Hapoel Jerusalem Rumors
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.”
Stoudemire: I may be retiring from the NBA, but I’m not saying goodbye to basketball just yet. My next step is playing for Hapoel Jerusalem, one of the top teams in Europe. This isn’t about collecting a paycheck overseas, though; it’s a spiritual journey, too. The Scripture speaks about Jerusalem as a holy place, and I can feel that whenever I’m in the city. This is a chance for me to be a better husband and a better father, to help me lead my family into righteousness. The opportunity to play there, and grow as a player and person, is a blessing. As my father used to tell me, “The sky’s the limit.”