Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Move Over, Jordan Farmar. Amar'e Stoudemire is the NBA's Biggest Jewish Star


If this story had been published around Purim, I would have said it was a "Purimspiel" (a put on). According to a story in HaAretz, New York Knick's star Amar'e Stoudemire, who recently learned that his mother is Jewish, is making his first visit to Israel. "On the flight to Israel. This is going to be a great trip," tweeted Stoudemire to his Twitter followers. "The holy land. Learn about it," he wrote, adding "ze ha'halom sheli. [This is my dream.]"

If Maccabi Tel Aviv knows what it's doing, it will have a recruiter at the airport to meet Stoudemire. Not that you have to be Jewish to play pro basketball in Israel--many non-Jewish American players have done so, including African Americans. But now that Amar'e is a member of our tribe... .

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