Hapoel Jerusalem Rumors
What a thunderous way for Hapoel Jerusalem to begin the new season. The rising power in Israeli basketball made a serious point in the Winner Cup final by defeating rivals Maccabi Tel Aviv 77 – 62 and getting the trophy in their bags. Curtis Jerrells paced the winners with 19 points, while Tarence Kinsey added 12 along with 6 rebounds. On the way to celebrating his first title in Israel, Amar’e Stoudemire dropped 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in the 25 minutes he spent on the floor.
Amar’e Stoudemire had his first practice with Hapoel Jerusalem, and while training sessions are traditionally closed door affairs, 600 fans turned up to cheer on the former NBA All-Star. The Israeli giants will compete in this season’s EuroCup despite joint efforts from the Israeli Basketball Association and FIBA to get them to join the Basketball Champions League instead.
David ‘Dubi’ Pick: Amare Stoudemire: “I retired from the NBA because I wanted to play for a team that had a chance to win a championship, so I decided to bring my talents to Israel. This choice of mine has rocked the United States, it’s all over, it’s an historic moment. I’m still in good health, I don’t play basketball for fun, but to win.”