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Despite Shivek’s claims, Mekel took full responsibility for his decision not to play for Israel this summer. “I understood that in order to have a good rookie season I need to get to Dallas early and work according to the team’s program,” Mekel said. “I really love the national team, but I came to the conclusion that if I want to remain an NBA player for many years, then my rookie season is very important. I think that in the long run this will also benefit Israeli basketball. I’m only 25 and I’ve got 10 more years to play for Israel.” Jerusalem Post

July 29, 2013 Updates

David 'Dubi' Pick: Israel's NT coach Arik Shivek is fuming over Mavs request of Gal Mekel to withdraw from upcoming Eurobasket. Fires back @ Dallas. Shivek: "Mekel was told by Mavs it would be beneficiary for him to partake in early Aug. training, ahead of official camp in Sep." Twitter @IAmDPick

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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

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