Amar’e Stoudemire to play in Israel


Amar’e Stoudemire may be done in the NBA, but he’s not quite done playing professionally. International basketball reporter David Pick reports that the six-time All-Star, who last week officially retired as a member of the Knicks, will play for the Israeli club Hapoel Jerusalem, which he co-owns.

In 2010, Stoudemire discovered that he had Hebrew ancestry, and converted to Judaism shortly afterwards. He began visiting Israel and learning Hebrew. So his connection to the country and culture runs deep, and it makes sense that he’s ending his career there.