Former Suns star Amar’e Stoudemire will make a comeback for Hapoel Jerusalem
After retiring from the NBA in 2016, Amar’e Stoudemire signed with and played overseas in Israel to play for Hapoel Jerusalem for one year. He helped the team win the Israeli League title and Israeli League cup averaging 9.9 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 23 games. He went on to contribute in the team’s quest that ended in semifinals finish in the 2017 Euro League Cup.
Still young at 33 years old when he retired from the NBA and already with chronic injuries to his knees, Amar’e looked to find a second chance at playing basketball like other NBA stars have done; go overseas and see if they can still play. The six-time All Star who was the partner of the two-time NBA MVP and Hall-of-Famer Steve Nash with the Phoenix Suns, was at his peak playing in the Mike D’Antoni system.
In the 2010 free agency, he signed with the New York Knicks and continued to play his dominant self for two years, side-by-side another All Star by the name of Carmelo Anthony. Their team-up never lived up to its potential in going deep into the playoffs. Stoudemire’s numbers slowly dwindled down after the 2012-2013 injury plagued season in the Big Apple. His minutes slowly followed in descent.
Now fresh from his stint with the Tri-State in the BIG3 League, and with his respectable performance ending in a semifinal finish, Hapoel Jerusalem welcomes again Amar’e Stoudemire after a year hiatus from the team hoping to contribute yet again and improve on their performance in the last Israeli League Cup.