NY Knicks Amar'e Stoudemire joins group bidding to buy Hapoel Jerusalem

Superstar with Jewish roots wants to "give back to Jerusalem" by offering the basketball team a fresh start.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
June 28, 2013 11:17
1 minute read.
New York Knicks power forward Amar'e Stoudemire

Amar'e Stoudemire 370. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

New York Knicks' superstar power forward Amar'e Stoudemire has joined a group in talks to buy Israeli basketball club Hapoel Jerusalem, he tweeted on Friday.

Stoudemire tweeted that he is "excited to join the partnership that is giving back to the city of Jerusalem by offering the Hapoel basketball team a fresh start."

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.





Ori Allon, who is leading the group bidding for Hapoel, tweeted , "Proud to partner with @Amareisreal & others on building a promising future for the Hapoel Jerusalem basketball club."






Stoudemire, who says he has Jewish roots on his mother's side, visited Israel in July, 2010, telling The Jerusalem Post that "The Holy Land has always been high on my list of places to visit, and when this opportunity arose, I wasn’t going to push it off any longer.”

“I have been aware since my youth that I am a Hebrew through my mother, and that is something that has played a subtle but important role in my development,” he went on.

“I have never hid my spiritual roots,” he said. “They just weren’t something that came under the spotlight.”

Stoudemire added that he had always channeled his spirituality through the way he played basketball.

“I am proud to be a Hebrew and embrace my Jewish background,” he said.

Hapoel Jerusalem was swept out of the BSL semifinals by rivals Maccabi Tel Aviv earlier this month.

Uriel Sturm contributed to this report.

Related Content

dudi sela
August 31, 2014
Sela steamrolled by Dimitrov

By ALLON SINAI