New York Knicks star Amar’e Stoudemire (31) held a special basketball clinic for
Wingate Sports Academy’s cadets on Friday.
The event was part of a
one-day seminar in honor of the late Israeli coach Ralph Klien, organized by the
Israeli Coaches Organization in cooperation with the Wingate
About 350 coaches and friends of Ralf attended the clinic,
which took place at Hadar Yosef arena in Tel Aviv.
After greetings from
Coach Zvika Sherf and Ruti Klien, Ralph’s widow, the Wingate players went up on
the floor, as Canada’s coach John Dor introduced them to some offensive drills.
Stoudemire, acting in the Maccabiah as Canada’s basketball team’s assistant
coach, got up from the bench after Dor was done and demonstrated some personal
maneuvers in the paint zone.
“It might look simple on the television, but
basketball is a complicated game that demands professionalism. You can break the
play to 3-4 parts and improve each one separately” said Stoudemire, wearing a
white jersey with the Israeli team logo.
Stoudemire grew up in Florida
and has recently discovered his Jewish roots. He answered some questions from
the crowd and demonstrated a drill with former basketball player Lazy Gordon,
who was jokingly warned not to hurt the NBA star.
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