Amar’e Stoudemire Isn’t Retiring…He’s Going To Play In Israel
Earlier today Amar'e Stoudemire signed a one day contract to retire as a member of the New York Knicks. Amar'e had a really quick start with the Knicks and was a legitimate MVP candidate in the first half of his first season. Injuries predictably did Stoudemire in and he wound up being released when he became a shell of the player that he was. Stoudemire unquestionably brought excitement back to MSG and was a major reason Carmelo Anthony wanted to come to New York.
After leaving New York, Stoudemire played a season in Dallas and last year in Miami. He never was able to recapture the glory from his days in Phoenix, which earned him the max contract he received in New York. In his goodbye letter to Knicks fans, he said,
“I want to thank Mr. Dolan, Phil [Jackson] and Steve [Mills] for signing me so that I can officially retire as a New York Knick,” Stoudemire said. “I came to New York in 2010 to help revitalize this franchise and we did just that. Carmelo [Anthony], Phil and Steve have continued this quest, and with this year’s acquisitions, the team looks playoff-bound once again. Although my career has taken me to other places around the country, my heart had always remained in the Big Apple. Once a Knick, Always a Knick.”
"Once A Knick, Always A Knick"...unless you're Jeff Van Gundy or Tom Thibideau. But we digress.
Despite retiring from the NBA today, Amar'e isn't quite done with playing basketball. Stoudemire, who discovered his Jewish roots six years ago, is reportedly headed to Israel to play a season or two there. Stoudemire is a majority shareholder of Hapoel Jerusalem B.C. and has expressed interest in playing for his team. Now that he has officially retired from the NBA, he has the freedom to do this. He is expected to visit Israel in day along with native Israeli Omri Casspi and will try and finalize a deal with the team he owns.
That doesn't sound like it should be much of an issue.
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