Thursday, July 18th, 2013 at 3:45 pm  |  33 responses

Amar’e Stoudemire Asked to Play for Israel’s National Team

Three years ago, Amar’e Stoudemire discovered that he’s Jewish. While in Israel this week, president Shimon Peres invited STAT to hoop for their national team. Per the AP: “Shimon Peres met with Stoudemire on Thursday to discuss the player’s charity efforts. Stoudemire, who says he has ‘Hebrew roots,’ has traveled to Israel before and Peres urged him to help the national team. The six-time NBA All-Star already has significant ties to Israeli basketball. Last month, he joined a group looking to buy Hapoel Jerusalem, a team in Israel’s top league. Stoudemire is in Israel to coach the Canadian basketball team at the Maccabiah Games, a competition for Jewish athletes.”

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  • Teddy-the-Bear

    wtf? Jewish =/= Zionist. Israel treats its African population like sh!t. STAT is seriously confused.

  • RayJr

    So if his mom ended up being Hindu then he would’ve wanted to play for India then? He should really focus on playing for the Knicks who PAY HIM smh

  • Lexluther312

    He’s coaching Canada, has Jewish roots, and makes millions in the U.S. Did he also start from the bottom? Is his favorite acronym YOLO?

  • Mack

    Wtf? Lol the Jews would get worked by like 75 percent of the rest of the world’s teams; I don’t see the benefit of playing for Israel’s ball team.

  • spit hot fiyah

    he played for the usa national team so this would be against fiba rules



  • ActionBronson

    They should sign up Shyne too while they’re at it…

  • Caboose

    It’s a really misleading title. The President asked Stoudemire to play for Israel. Stat didn’t just go there and say, hey, can I play?

  • Caboose

    REALLY misleading title there SLAM.

  • bike

    That explains why Dirk always felt uncomfortable in Amare’s company.

  • EinStein007

    He can’t be Jewish cause he’s black – most Jews hate black people they’re not allowed to donate their “filthy” blood (!) – the israelis just don’t have no real ballers

  • EinStein007

    btw shimon peres is a war criminal!!!!!!

  • Max


  • Max

    Yea it got me too, should have used the word ‘was’.

  • http://triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Did someone call for a moyle??

  • Ugh

    The best part of this is the ‘einstein’ in your name.

  • Ugh

    Israel pretty much treats everyone who isn’t Ashkenazi like sh!t, but yes, African Jews are at the bottom.
    Money always opens doors, though, and STAT has a lotta money.

  • Shooting Guard

    HAHAHAH my goodness i’m rolling over


    And neither got invited to the nba championship party


    Dennis rodman to north korea, now this. Am expecting hedo to coach the armenian national team next

  • truehooper

    So does America….

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray


  • KnicksFan

    Look at the INFo Below..Tells you a little about taking some of this stuff with a grain of salt. .
    Chris Paul Requests Trade to NY ( 2011)

    CP3 reportedly wants to be moved to the Knicks.

    With Chris Paul’s future very much up in the air, Yahoo! is reporting that the superstar point guard has one destination on his mind: The Big Apple. Some details: “Chris Paul’s agent informed New Orleans officials on Wednesday that his client will not sign a contract extension and wants to be traded to the New York Knicks, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. As soon as the NBA lifts its lockout restrictions, Hornets general manager Dell Demps wants to meet with Paul and hear that directive from him. Nevertheless, the prospects of the Hornets executing a trade with the Knicks appear to be relatively dim. The Knicks simply don’t have the trade assets that come close to

  • KnicksFan

    WRONG Einstein… there is a tribe of Jews in/from Ethiopia… VERY Black. Hopefully you are not right that ” most jews…”…

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Yup, can’t argue with that…

  • sammyb96

    Have you even ever been to Israel? I’m an African Jew and I’m fine here.

  • King David

    lmaooo !

  • Ugh

    FWIW, I have, and comparison between available social resources for African Jews to Ashkenazi Jews favoured the latter considerably. I talked to African Jews who had been rehoused in Palestine as ‘economic settlers’ while Asheknazi Jews who had arrived in Israel with the same level of income at the same time were housed in Tel Aviv. The Africans – and the same goes with Iraqi Jews and Palestinian Jews I met – were only offered two settlements, one at the edge of the wall in a village with 75% unemployment and no doctor, or a housing settlement inside Palestine with an employment program and a doctor on grounds in the apartment complex.
    This was referred to as a ‘buffer settlement’. Living in Jaffo or Tel Aviv seemed a whole lot easier to me, and enabed you to have many more choices in living arrangement and employment, which is what you seem to get if you or your parents were born in the US or Europe.

  • Ugh

    I see what you did there. Excellent work.

  • Ugh

    PS – Einstein was Jewish!!!!!!!

  • Ugh

    BTW, you look pretty European on your Facebook page. Which part of Africa were you from, anyway?

  • EinStein007

    so what – I’m not tryin’ to spread hate on jews but on those israeli murderes (that speak on behalf of all jews but don’t really represent ALL of them)- read Israel Shahaks Jewish History, Jewish Religion: The Weight Of Three Thousand Years (PS make up ur own mind)

  • Teddy-the-Bear