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Is Amar’e headed to Israel to play during the lockout?

Jul 9, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

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Friday, Amar’e Stoudemire posted the following on his Twitter account:


So, apparently, STAT’s considering a move to Israel to play during the lockout. You’ll remember Stoudemire’s time spent in Israel last summer discovering his roots. Stoudemire has Jewish ancestry and has shown a keen interest in Israel. Maccabi Tel Aviv is a powerhouse in Israel from all accounts, with five European championships, and 49 Israeli Championships. Their payroll is considerable so they would likely be able to make Stoudemire an impressive offer. Two fringe NBA players currently playing for Maccabi Tel Aviv are Richard Hendrix, former Warriors draft pick, and Jeremy Pargo, Jannero’s bro.

Stoudemire joining Deron Williams overseas would create quite the ruckus. With Stoudemire’s injury concerns, Knicks fans would be apoplectic about him playing overseas, potentially risking his career in a foreign league and applying pressure to James Dolan to exert his influence as the owner of one of the biggest NBA franchises.

Here’s an out of the box idea for the player’s union. Obviously there won’t be offers for all of the NBA players to play overseas. But those that are going are getting paid pretty well, even if it is a fraction of what they make in the NBA. Imagine if Deron Williams or Stoudemire kicked in 50% of their earnings to a fund to be distributed to the rest of the locked out players. Williams could easily live on $100,000 and still make enough to continue his investments without reaching into his savings. Splitting that combined money off would show solidarity among the players and would create a real lifeline for the entire union. If they want to “STAND” together, they need to put their money where their mouth is. Doing so might break the owners’ group and put the players back in the driving seat.

Expect FIBA to come along and screw all this up in the next few weeks to stay in the league’s good graces.

  1. demo3356 - Jul 9, 2011 at 10:56 AM

    yeah, that is just what his creaky knees and ailing back needs…Amare if anyone should take advantage of this lockout and rest his body, not risk his health for a fraction of what he makes in the NBA…

  2. savvybynature - Jul 9, 2011 at 1:32 PM

    As a fan, I think it’s great! I am a fan because I want to see the greatest bball players in the world compete against each other, not because I care one iota about the owners.

    Don’t get me wrong the owners have the right to do what they gotta do for their biz.

    But I would love to see how some of these guys fare in Euro and other foreign leagues. Would be much better than not watching basketball at all.

    In the long run it would help the league too. It could only attract more interest in the NBA if fans in other countries got to see some of these guys play up close and personal. And if an NBA star led their team to a title, they would probably become a fan of that player even after he leaves their team to return to the NBA.

  3. tashkalucy - Jul 9, 2011 at 2:14 PM

    What an unchecked ego.

    These NBA kids are just morons. They should be made to go to college and pass real classes. Get a real job during the summer and interact with real people.

    Like the whole world gives a rats-azz what you do.

    • tashkalucy - Jul 9, 2011 at 2:20 PM

      Maybe some practicing physician full of PHD’s and Masters Degrees should tweet…..

      “Should I go to the lab this afternoon and work till 3 in the morning on the cure for certain forms of cancer that will help people live longer? Who’s with me?”

      Just incredible egos, an unrealistic sense of their importance, and the maturity of a 5 year-old living in a dream world.

      • tashkalucy - Jul 9, 2011 at 2:27 PM

        New slogan for the NBA….

        “You gotta be dumb.

        Give me all your money.

        Because the NBA Cares!”

      • tashkalucy - Jul 9, 2011 at 2:34 PM

        If there is any difference between this crap and the WWF, some one needs to point it out.

        They should make Jerry Springer their union head.

  4. tashkalucy - Jul 9, 2011 at 2:42 PM

    “Hey Melo and Amar-apostrophe-e, you guys make over $15 million a year to play basketball, something you’ve been doing for over 15 years. Perhaps you two can use this time off to learn to play defense, set picks, and pass to your teammates when they’re open. Signed, Knick Fans.”

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