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Report: Stoudemire wants to open a Hebrew school


We take a step back from today’s “what should my team do on Dec. 9” discussions to talk in Hebrew. Or at least about Hebrew.

Knicks star Amare Stoudemire is interested in opening up Hebrew school in New York, according to the New York Daily News.

A source close to the New York Knick tells us the power forward is interested in opening a Hebrew school, which would focus on teaching the language and Jewish history. The insider says the idea appears to be on the back burner for the time being but that Stoudemire has discussed it seriously.

Stoudemire’s mother is of Jewish heritage and he has embraced learning about it in the last year, heading to Israel himself. He also keeps Kosher now and has a Star of David tattoo (which is ironic).

Hard to fault any NBA player who wants to sink his money into a school for others, however.

Politicians grandstanding on NBA lockout starts Wednesday


It was only a matter of time before a politician somewhere (we like to imagine in a smoke-filled backroom) said “how can I gain some points with my constituents around the NBA lockout?”

Meet New York State Senator Malcolm A. Smith — who represents a rather gerrymandered looking district that includes parts of Hollis, Queens and more — who is putting up a petition in front of Madison Square Garden (not in his district) tomorrow for season ticket holders to sign and ask for a full refund of their full season ticket money. He’s bringing restaurant and bar owners losing money due to the lockout together to complain, too. (He should reach out to the guys running escort services, while he’s at it.)

Grandstanding. Look it up in the dictionary and this is exactly the definition.

People who renewed season seats and didn’t see this potential don’t get my pity. It was a risk, they renewed anyway. But they can now get their money back from the teams on games lost to date, or they can leave it with the team gaining interest that can be applied to future season seats. Which is what most are doing.

If you really want to have some fun, do this in front of the NBA league offices. Or the union offices. Both are in New York (again, outside Smith’s district). Why MSG?

Yes, we’re all ticked right now. But this is about as helpful as challenging Michael Jordan to a game of one-on-one to end the lockout.

Carmelo Anthony looks for place to host NYC charity game

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Well, it looks like we’ll have more time for All-Star filled charity games and international exhibition tours.

So Carmelo Anthony is looking to bring a big one to the New York area… he just needs to find a venue, reports the New York Post. The problem is that Madison Square Garden is out (home to the Knicks), the Prudential Center is out (home to the Nets for now), the Barclay Center is not yet finished.

That doesn’t leave a lot of options.

During an appearance in Greenwich Village on Thursday, the Knicks forward said he’d like to house the all-star charity event at an 18,000-seat arena, with Izod Center in the Meadowlands being considered.

Anthony said the event, which he hopes will include at least nine All-Stars, will take place around Thanksgiving, unless the NBA lockout is settled….

“This would be one of the biggest games this summer and it’s New York,’’ Anthony said. “I don’t think we can hold it at a 4,000-, 5,000-seat arena. Maybe we may have to go to Jersey and hold it at the Izod Center or one of those places that hold 18,000 to 20,000. Because everybody is going to want to come to that game.’

Actually, what everyone wants to do is go to a Knicks games. We’re getting burnt out on the summer fun season as we head into fall. We’d like games where they mix in a little defense. But if you can pull it off and the money goes to a good cause, go for it.

How about Goodman vs. Rucker Park showdown? It’s on.

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This could be better than any of the summer pro-am league showdowns this summer (and beating Goodman vs. Drew and Goodman vs. Melo will be hard):

How about Washington D.C.’s Goodman League vs. ECB Rucker Parck? The best of New York now in the mix.

It is set for Oct. 1, according to the official twitter for the Goodman League.

Breaking News!!!…..Goodman vs. EBC Rucker Park game tenative date is October 1, 2011 in New York….details coming….Stay Tuned!

This is not going to happen because the owners and players are going to solve their problems in the next couple weeks and training camps will open on time days before this. Ha ha, just kidding. We know that’s not happening. Just thought I’d throw the joke out there.

Goodman vs. Rucker would be a show — there is no environment like Rucker. Goodman will bring Kevin Durant and… does it matter who else? Durant is a one-man summer show. He already dropped 66 at Rucker this summer.

By the way, Goodman is going to have a West Coast rematch with the Drew League (according to the Drew League) but the date is not set.

NBA flagship store to reopen in New York City

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The NBA store of Fifth Avenue in New York was a kind of mecca — it contained just about everything NBA (and Adidas, which runs the store). Plus it hosted a number of player events. It was sort of a shrine to hoops.

But it closed in February when its lease was bought out in the trendy part of Manhattan’s shopping district because the building owners wanted higher rents.

Now the league’s official store has found a new home of Fifth Avenue between 47th and 48th street and will open soon, reports the New York Post. Basically, this is “trendy area” adjacent and still a good location.

This is a temporary, 6,000 square foot space (the old space was a whopping 35,000 square feet). The NBA store will be there for a couple years until a new location can be found. Adidas will continue to run the store.

Just don’t expect any player events in the immediate future.