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April 14, 2014 Updates

Israeli-American Ori Allon, who heads the Hapoel ownership group, said he has had discussions with Stoudemire about playing for Hapoel Jerusalem. Allon has a goal of making Hapoel into the same recognizable brand as Maccabi Tel Aviv and believes Stoudemire’s addition — as owner or player — has put the team on that path. “We’ve discussed it in the past,’’ Allon said. “It would be tremendous and unbelievable but it’s still early. I think it’s a real possibility, but he played very well this season so it’s up to him.’’ New York Post

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Vander Blue will start his pro career in Israel with Maccabi Rishon LeZion. The product of Marquette averaged 14.8ppg and 3.2rpg in his last NCAA season. Sportando

September 9, 2013 Updates

Are you watching Israel at the Eurobasket? Gal Mekel: Yes, of course I'm watching. So how do you feel about the fact you're not there and they are struggling a little bit? Gal Mekel: I cheer for them and I really want them to be successful. It was a tough decision for me to not go to the Eurobasket this year because in Israel we're very proud of the National Team and I love to play with the National Team. But I spoke with a lot of guys, players including [Omri] Casspi, who have been in this situation, and everybody was telling me that the rookie season is something very, very important. And even more important is the preparation for the rookie season. It will be the first time that I have to play an 82-game season, so I want to be 100 percent ready. I definitely know me being here in Dallas and spending time with coach [Rick] Carlisle, the coaching staff, preparing for the season a few months before the training camp will help me a lot. Eventually if I become a good NBA player and play a lot of years here, Israeli basketball and the National Team will benefit from this. HoopsHype

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