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Amar’e Stoudemire to play in Israel

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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 07: Amar’e Stoudemire #1 of the New York Knicks looks on during a game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Madison Square Garden on December 7, 2014 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

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Amar’e Stoudemire may be done in the NBA, but he’s not quite done playing professionally. International basketball reporter David Pick reports that the six-time All-Star, who last week officially retired as a member of the Knicks, will play for the Israeli club Hapoel Jerusalem, which he co-owns.

In 2010, Stoudemire discovered that he had Hebrew ancestry, and converted to Judaism shortly afterwards. He began visiting Israel and learning Hebrew. So his connection to the country and culture runs deep, and it makes sense that he’s ending his career there.