Former NBA Star Amare Stoudemire Calls Return to Israeli Basketball League a ‘Possibility’
Six-time NBA All-Star Amar’e Stoudemire said he might resume playing for an Israeli basketball team if cannot make a comeback in the NBA next season.
“It’s a possibility,” he told TMZ. “If I don’t go back to the NBA, then I would go back and play for Israel.” The 35-year-old added, “I feel great…I feel like I’m in top shape,” and noted that there is no specific NBA team he’d like to play for.
Stoudemire retired from the New York Knicks in August 2016, signed a two-year deal to play for the Israeli basketball team Hapoel Jerusalem and moved to Israel. Hapoel won the Israeli Basketball Premiere League championship in 2017, after which Stoudemire returned to the US.
In May, he told CBS Sports, “I’m definitely planning on (coming back to the NBA). I’ve been training like you wouldn’t believe, my body feels great. I had an amazing year last year playing overseas, and so I’m gonna definitely continue to work.”
The basketball player, who is the son of “Hebraic” parents, previously played for the Phoenix Suns, New York Knicks, Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat.