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Amare Stoudemire may have retired from the NBA last week, but that doesn’t mean his basketball career is over. The six-time NBA All-Star will reportedly announce that he is signing with Hapoel Jerusalem in Israel next season. STAT is part owner of the team and has a strong connection with the country. Via Jerusalem Post:
Hapoel Jerusalem is confident of signing Stoudemire, who has an ownership stake in the club since the summer of 2013. The 33-year-old forward has said in the past that it would be “great” to play for Jerusalem and Hapoel owner Ori Allon has always hoped he could convince him to come to Israel.
Stoudemire claims he has Jewish roots on his mother’s side and has visited Israel in the past. He is set to arrive in the country once more next week as part of the joint initiative between the Omri Casspi Foundation and NBA Cares, the league’s global community outreach initiative, aimed at presenting Israel in a positive light across the world. Jerusalem is hoping to make the most of the opportunity and officially unveil Stoudemire while he’s in the country.