Amar’e Stoudemire has made no secret of the fact that he’s extremely interested in exploring his spirituality, and with it the Jewish faith that he’s embraced due to the family ties he has to it on his mother’s side.
Stoudemire regularly posts biblical quotes to his social media accounts, and has been seen wearing a Yarmulke at basketball-related events on more than one occasion.
This summer, Stoudemire has spent considerable time in Israel to continue this journey, and it appears as though he’s looking to take things a step further.
The sore-kneed Stoudemire, who is touring Israel, has now applied for Israeli citizenship, his agent Happy Walters told nymag.com.
Stoudemire previously announced he had become a part owner in the Israeli basketball club Hapoel Jerusalem, partnering with basketball and baseball agent Arn Tellem. Israeli president Shimon Peres said he wants Stoudemire to play next year on the Israeli National Team, but it’s unlikely the Knicks would grant permission, since they already denied him a spot on Team USA in 2010.
This isn’t about basketball, as there’s no way the Knicks would allow Stoudemire to play in any capacity as long as they’re on the hook for his guaranteed contract which is uninsurable due to his history of injuries.
No, this is simply about Stoudemire feeling more connected to his faith. If gaining Israeli citizenship helps him do that, then it should only be viewed as a positive.
Larry Nance Jr. plays tribute to father — rock-the-cradle dunk in Suns uniform
Los Angeles –Devin Booker‘s Suns have the NBA’s worst record (18-41).
“I think everyone is fed up with the losing, from the top to the bottom of the organization,” Booker said this afternoon. “So, for us, it’s what’s next?”
A 3-point contest victory.
Overcoming Phoenix’s poor record to draw an invite to All-Star Saturday Night, Booker won the 3-point contest with a whopping 29 points in the final round.
That score left little margin for 2016 champion Klay Thompson, who capped the event with a 25-point round that was otherwise the night’s high. Clippers forward Tobias Harris, in his new home arena, finished third.
Booker was all smiles after the rare victory.
“Season not going how we planned, but I know a lot of the city was ready for this All-Star Weekend, having somebody participate,” Booker said. “So, I’m glad I could win it.
Where he and the Suns go from here is still questionable, but he has a plan.
“I’m going to win the dunk contest next year,” Booker said. “No, I’m just kidding.”
LOS ANGELES — Anyone who knew the Spencer Dinwiddie story knew not to count him out when he looked down.
That was true when at Colorado he had played his way into the first round of the draft, maybe the 2014 lottery, until an ACL injury derailed him. He had to battle back from a devastating injury, push his way back through the then D-League to the NBA, and wait for his chance. When he got it this season in Brooklyn (after the Jeremy Lin injury) he grabbed it and has had a quality NBA season for the Nets.
So when Dinwiddie was behind the Kings’ Buddy Hield in the first round of the All-Star Saturday Night Skills Contest, he needed a little help. Dinwiddie got it when Hield missed his first three (you have to close out the race with a made three), Dinwiddie caught up and drained his on a pull-up jumper.
Forget the fact Dinwiddie is shooting 28.5 percent on pull-up threes this season, he did the same thing to Jamal Murray in the semi-finals.
Dinwiddie boat raced Bulls’ rookie Lauri Markkanen in the finals when the big man struggled with the passing skill and got so far behind it was over.
“It’s big for me to even be at All-Star Weekend considering the road that’s been in my career, very up and down, Dinwiddie said. “Obviously being in the G-League both on assignment and as a G-League player, thank you to the Brooklyn Nets for giving me this opportunity to play and be here.
Then it all really feels and seems full circle because I got to come home and do it in front of my family.”
Dinwiddie was born in Los Angeles and played his high school ball at Taft High School in Woodland Hills (in LA’s San Fernando Valley). He went against the likes of Jrue Holiday and DeMarre Carroll, and he learned some hard lessons there.
It’s all paying off now for Dinwiddie, who has proven he belongs in the NBA.