Friday, July 19, 2013
Shimon Peres' play for Amar'e
By Nick Borges
New York Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire is currently over in Israel and president Shimon Peres is openly recruiting him to play for their national team, according to the New York Post.
Stoudemire may have some Jewish ancestry, however it's unlikely that he would get clearance to play for Israel since he's already been a member of Team USA. He won a bronze medal with the 2004 team at the Olympics and a gold medal at the 2007 FIBA Americas tournament. Israel's last Olympic competition goes all the way back to 1952.
Another obstacle is Stoudemire's health. Between his knees and other injuries he's missed a lot of games and the Knicks would surely prefer that he rests in the summer instead of playing in an International competition.