Stoudemire un-retires to continue basketball career in Israel

Agence France-Presse
Amar'e Stoudemire remains retired from the NBA but not from basketball as he will sign a two-year deal with Hapoel Jerusalem, the team he co-owns

OFF TO ISRAEL. Amare Stoudemire will continue his basketball career in Israel. File photo by Paul Buck/EPA

NEW YORK, USA – Less than a week after announcing his retirement, former National Basketball Association star Amar’e Stoudemire said Monday, August 1 (Tuesday, August 2 in Manila) he is continuing his career in Israel.

“I may be retiring from the NBA, but I’m not saying goodbye to basketball just yet. My next step is playing for Hapoel Jerusalem, one of the top teams in Europe. This isn’t about collecting a paycheck overseas though; it’s a spiritual journey, too,” Stoudemire said.

Stoudemire, 33, said at a news conference Monday in New York that he would sign a two-year deal with Hapoel Jerusalem, the team he co-owns.

As part of the deal, American sports broadcaster ESPN reported he will sell his ownership shares that he purchased in 2013. –

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