New York Knicks forward Amar’e Stoudemire has purchased a stake in the Israeli basketball team Hapoel Jerusalem.
Stoudemire – who is is serving as an assistant coach for the Canadian basketball team at the Maccabiah Games in Israel that started July 18 – said on his Twitter feed July 12 that he joined an ownership group led by businessman Ori Allon that purchased the team, which participated this season in the Eurocup.
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“Excited to join the partnership that is giving back to the city of Jerusalem by offering the Hapoel basketball team a fresh start,” Stoudemire tweeted.
“Proud to partner with @Amareisreal & others on building a promising future for the Hapoel Jerusalem basketball club,” Allon tweeted.
Since finding out his mother is Jewish, Stoudemire has taken a high-profile trip to Israel in 2010 and expressed his Jewish roots.
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