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Amar'e Stoudemire to play in Israel?

Posted on: July 9, 2011 12:15 pm
Edited on: July 9, 2011 12:52 pm
Posted by Royce Young

Last summer, Amar'e Stoudemire spent the hot months exploring his Jewish roots by taking a huge trip to Israel and has since been extremely interested in his Jewish ancestry.

So with players like Deron Williams signing up to play overseas, Stoudemire might consider it as well and naturally, he's looking at playing in Israel.

Two major problems here though: 1) Stoudemire's health concerns make it a challenge because he'd be risking his NBA contract plus he wouldn't have insurance. 2) He is still under contract in the NBA so like Williams, would have to get FIBA clearance to be eligible to play. Not a hurdle that can't be jumped, but it's something that stands in the way.

And a third: Stoudemire is still recovering from the back injury he battled during the playoffs.

Hard to know if Stoudemire is really serious about this or if he's just kind of joking about, but whatever the case, New York's franchise player (or one of them) considering playing overseas and risking injury is something that has to catch the attention of the Knicks and James Dolan. It would be at least a little added pressure applied.

Maccabi Tel Aviv is the biggest team in Israel, winning five Euro titles and 49 Israeli league titles. If you remember, Tel Aviv came to Madison Square Garden last preseason to play the Knicks. It's one of those European franchises that's big outside of Israel and one of those franchises that has money. So they could give Stoudemire a little money I'm sure.

But don't expect this to happen. Like I said, Stoudemire's knee issues are a major concern. The Knicks didn't have an insurance policy on his knees before the 2010 World Championships and as a result, he had to sit out. The risk of injury is probably too great for Stoudemire to actually play in Israel. He was likely just thinking out loud.

Still, it would be pretty neat if he did.

Since: Feb 2, 2009
Posted on: July 10, 2011 9:23 pm

Amar'e Stoudemire to play in Israel?

david stern, go 100 mph off a cliff you dumb old man. 2 lockouts in 13 years? are u kidding me? and u call yourself an owner.. what a disgrace

Since: Aug 7, 2010
Posted on: July 10, 2011 3:49 pm

Amar'e Stoudemire to play in Israel?

well said...

Since: Nov 29, 2009
Posted on: July 10, 2011 2:37 pm

Amar'e Stoudemire to play in Israel?

  • Amar'e Dunking Giant Matzo Balls in Israel ??? Hey guys, the NBA negotiations won't get serious until the end of September or OCtober so let the players get in shape elsewhere and have opt out clauses to come back when the new deal is done. So if Amar'e plays in Israel and Lebron plays in Cairo, pass the hummus and pita, lay on the chicken soup and fellafel, grill the kababs, and let's party.

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: July 10, 2011 1:07 pm

Amar'e Stoudemire to play in Israel?

"Jewish Roots"?

As if 3rd and 4th generation "Italians" aren't bad enough...
this takes the new cake.

Since: Dec 28, 2008
Posted on: July 10, 2011 3:31 am

Amar'e Stoudemire to play in Israel?

yeah, NBA not sending pay checks to these guys and I am sure they got bills to pay like the rest of us.  Unemployment insurance wont cut it or the union money they may get during the legal battle.  May as well go over seas and make a few bucks and stay in shape why it keeps dragging on....

Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: July 9, 2011 6:00 pm

Amar'e Stoudemire to play in Israel?

I don't see how the NBA can lock players out and then demand they don't go elsewhere.  No court of law is going to uphold the owner's interpretation of the contract, if the owners even try to sue they will get hit hard with a breach of contract countersuit, Amar'e would get the difference in damages (the difference between his Tel Aviv contract and what the Knicks were supposed to pay him) and then the contract would be finished. 

So he COULD play if he wanted to, but as you pointed out there are other reasons he probably won't.

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