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Amar’e Stoudemire has applied for Israeli citizenship

Aug 3, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

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Amar’e Stoudemire has made no secret of the fact that he’s extremely interested in exploring his spirituality, and with it the Jewish faith that he’s embraced due to the family ties he has to it on his mother’s side.

Stoudemire regularly posts biblical quotes to his social media accounts, and has been seen wearing a Yarmulke at basketball-related events on more than one occasion.

This summer, Stoudemire has spent considerable time in Israel to continue this journey, and it appears as though he’s looking to take things a step further.

From Dan Amira of NYMag.com (via Marc Berman of the New York Post):

The sore-kneed Stoudemire, who is touring Israel, has now applied for Israeli citizenship, his agent Happy Walters told nymag.com.

Stoudemire previously announced he had become a part owner in the Israeli basketball club Hapoel Jerusalem, partnering with basketball and baseball agent Arn Tellem. Israeli president Shimon Peres said he wants Stoudemire to play next year on the Israeli National Team, but it’s unlikely the Knicks would grant permission, since they already denied him a spot on Team USA in 2010.

This isn’t about basketball, as there’s no way the Knicks would allow Stoudemire to play in any capacity as long as they’re on the hook for his guaranteed contract which is uninsurable due to his history of injuries.

No, this is simply about Stoudemire feeling more connected to his faith. If gaining Israeli citizenship helps him do that, then it should only be viewed as a positive.

  1. antistratfordian - Aug 3, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    That’s interesting.

  2. jhb64 - Aug 3, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    Shalom!!

  3. jcmeyer10 - Aug 3, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    Yahwey bless. This isn’t really news but wish him all the best on finding himself.

  4. soflasfinest - Aug 3, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    Maybe he’s trying to locate his game.

  5. starvingardens - Aug 3, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    How much do you wanna bet that when his citizenship gets approved, there will be talks about him possibly playing for them in the Olympics?

    • Kurt Helin - Aug 4, 2013 at 11:04 AM

      He can’t, he has already played for the USA senior national team. Once you play for a team it is very difficult to change.

  6. seanb20124 - Aug 3, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    He is a weird dude.

    Since he has been capped with the USA national team, not sure how FIBA will allow him to suit up for Israel

  7. elnogo - Aug 3, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    FIBA could allow it. Because he would be going to a lesser team. Villanueva played for USA basketball and he now plays for Dominican Republic.

  8. jamieaadams - Aug 3, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    You better sign him for the minimum, Israel. And nothing long-term.

  9. giantssb42champs - Aug 3, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    Mazel toffs

    • jimeejohnson - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:43 PM

      L’chaim!

  10. damp1015 - Aug 3, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    Amare is just looking to his roots spiritually. I don’t know why anyone wants to disrespect him on that portion of his life.

    He’s a grown man. Let him be people.

  11. jzone954 - Aug 3, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    It’s simple. Amare believes he is a descendant of the 12 tribes of Israel

  12. sdelmonte - Aug 3, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    I doubt the Law of Return applies to him. But it’s nice to see someone embracing Israel.

  13. aaroncurryisbust - Aug 3, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    Only viewed as a positive except for the fact he’ll be residing in a place ethnically cleansed of the original Palestinian inhabitants.

    • drunkenjunk - Aug 3, 2013 at 10:05 PM

      And the palestians stole it from someone before that. What’s your point?

      • dondada10 - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:14 AM

        I would love an explanation of how the Palestians stole Abraham’s land. Other than what main stream, privately owned, media has taught you.

    • logisticalvoices - Aug 4, 2013 at 7:34 AM

      Here’s your quiz for the day: When has a nation called Palestine ever existed? When you have the answer, get back to me.

  14. donth8thehorns - Aug 3, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    Some people might call it an “Alter”,I like to call it a “Hhopa”!
    Kudos

  15. mannyicey - Aug 4, 2013 at 8:22 AM

    Do me a favor, if you wish to learn more about this religion: Google “Hebrew Israelite” or “African Hebrew Israelite.” They have a very interesting belief system.

    I had some good friends who were Israelites back in college.

  16. atahualpaoxford - Aug 4, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    The good thing is that he will blend perfectly…and nobody will even think he was not born there…

  17. jimeejohnson - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    Ever see Adam Sandler’s film You Don’t Mess With the Zohan? If so, then you know Amare better like humus and that orange fizzy drink. Sandler’s take on Israel is more than hilarious, but the underlying theme is that peace is possible between Arabs and Israelis, who have that dang humus and a bunch of other fart festival food in common.

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