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.
Former NBA All-Star Amar’e Stoudemire touched own in the Holy City of Jerusalem today and it was sheer bedlam at the local airport. Stoudemire’s arrival in Jerusalem completely overshadowed the arrivals of Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv’s Sonny Weems and Andrew Goudelock, as they touched down near enough the same time as the former NBA star.
Israeli guard Shawn Dawson will spend the training camp with the New Orleans Pelicans, as announced by Israeli team Maccabi Rishon. Last season Dawson won the championship in Israel averaging 15.7 points and 6 rebounds per game.
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.”