Former NBA star Amar’e Stoudemire set to become an Israeli citizen
For those wondering what has been keeping former six-time NBA All-Star big man Amar’e Stoudemire busy these days, we have the answer for you.
Stoudemire has been playing in the Israeli Basketball Premier League for Hapoel Jerusalem over the past few of years. He has had such a significant impact on the local league of the Middle Eastern country that Israeli Minister of Interior, Aryeh Deli, has decided to grant him with an Israeli citizenship. This is according to Yiannis Bouranis of TalkBasket.net.
“Amare’s contribution to Israeli sports is unquestionable. He is one of the greatest athletes to ever play in Israel, and he wants to connect his destiny with Israel. Therefore, I have decided to use my authority according to the citizenship rule, and hand him the status of an Israeli citizen.
“I wish Stoudemire to keep up his success and to bring joy to the basketball fans in Israel, especially the ones of Hapoel Jerusalem,” Deri stated in an officially announcement.
Stoudemire retired from the NBA back in 2016 after spending his final year as part of the Miami Heat. He continued playing overseas, however, and it was in Israel where he would revive his career.
There was some talk earlier in the season for a potential comeback for Stoudemire in the NBA, but unfortunately, nothing came to fruition.
Stoudemire has career averages of 18.9 points (on 53.7 percent shooting), 7.8 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.8 steals, and 1.2 blocks in 14 colorful seasons in the NBA.