NOVEMBER 24: Amare Stoudemire #1 of the New York Knicks reacts during his game against the Charlotte Bobcats at Time Warner Cable Arena on November 24, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina.(Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

“Excited to join the partnership that is giving back to the city of Jerusalem by offering the Hapoel basketball team a fresh start,” the New York Knick’s power forward Amar’e Stoudemire tweeted yesterday. The Israel enthusiast joined New York-based investor Ori Allon in a group bid on Israeli basketball club Hapoel Jerusalem.

Stoudemire, who famously visited the Holy Land in 2010, can check out the team in July when he returns to Israel, this time as a coach for the Canadian basketball team in the Maccabiah Games.

NY Knicks Amar’e Stoudemire joins group bidding to buy Hapoel Jerusalem [Jerusalem Post]
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