HoopsHype Israel rumors

July 28, 2013 Updates
July 24, 2013 Updates
July 21, 2013 Updates
July 19, 2013 Updates

Israeli president Shimon Peres is trying to recruit Amar’e Stoudemire to join Israel’s national basketball team. Peres hopes Stoudemire, who has traveled to Israel since joining the Knicks and has said he believes he has some Jewish ancestry, will be able to help lead the country’s basketball team back to the Olympics for the first time since 1952, when Israel made its only appearance. New York Post

July 18, 2013 Updates

The president of Israel has invited Knicks star Amare Stoudemire to play for the country's national basketball team because of his ties to Judaism. Shimon Peres met with Stoudemire on Thursday to discuss the player's charity efforts. Stoudemire, who says he has "Hebrew roots," has traveled to Israel before and Peres urged him to help the national team. New York Post

The president of Israel has invited New York Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire to play for the country's national basketball team because of his ties to Judaism. Shimon Peres met with Stoudemire on Thursday to discuss the player's charity efforts. Stoudemire, who says he has "Hebrew roots," has traveled to Israel before and Peres urged him to help the national team. ESPN.com

July 17, 2013 Updates
June 29, 2013 Updates

New York Knicks' superstar power forward Amar'e Stoudemire has joined a group in talks to buy Israeli basketball club Hapoel Jerusalem, he tweeted on Friday. Stoudemire tweeted that he is "excited to join the partnership that is giving back to the city of Jerusalem by offering the Hapoel basketball team a fresh start." Jerusalem Post

June 28, 2013 Updates

The New York Knicks’ star forward Amar’e Stoudemire, who’s been reconnecting with his Jewish roots over the past few years, says he’s joining a group that’s likely to purchase the troubled Hapoel Jerusalem basketball team. “Excited to join the partnership that is giving back to the city of Jerusalem by offering the Hapoel basketball team a fresh start,” Stoudemire (@Amareisreal), 30, tweeted on Friday morning. Times of Israel

May 21, 2013 Updates

On contrary to EuroBasket 2011 Israel will enjoy the presence of its only NBA player in Casspi. Shivek knows exactly how important it is for his team. "Casspi's addiction, together with other players we expect to see with us in EuroBasket, will help us a lot in the upcoming tournament also in the match-ups we will have with our opponents." "Very often we see players who didn't play well during the season with their club but in the National Team step up and show their true quality. "I have no doubt all of our 12 guys will be in great shape when EuroBasket tips off. "I have faith in their abilities," he concluded. Casspi showed his anticipation for the upcoming campaign. After his 4th season in the NBA, when he wrote career lows in minutes and points, the Israeli forward is set to show his game is still among the top. "I can't wait to start playing with the national team," he said. "The togetherness of our team is our business card in this summer. "I believe we could have a good performance if we play like we know and can. Eurobasket 2013

May 13, 2013 Updates
April 29, 2013 Updates
April 7, 2013 Updates

Reno Bighorns 6-foot-9 power forward Samardo Samuels officially penned a two-month agreement with Hapoel Jerusalem of the Israeli Super League, league sources told Eurobasket yesterday. According to people with knowledge of the parties' partnership, Samuels' contract, his first outside American soil, is valued at $25,000 monthly for two-months, excluding playoff bonuses. Eurobasket.com

April 4, 2013 Updates
April 3, 2013 Updates
March 14, 2013 Updates
February 9, 2013 Updates

It was a big week for former Sixers general manager Brad Greenberg. Coaching Maccabi Haifa in Israel since leaving the college ranks, Greenberg and NBA prospect Gal Mekel had Haifa leading mighty Maccabi Tel Aviv with six-plus minutes to go in the fourth quarter of Thursday night's State Cup final before the perennial European powerhouse with the far bigger budget rallied to pull out a 76-68 triumph. Mekel had 28 points on the big stage and remains on course to get his NBA shot in summer league. ESPN.com

Any rumor missing? E-mail us at   hoopshype@hoopshype.com.