NBA star Amar'e Stoudemire part of Israeli basketball team’s new ownership group

( National Basketball Association star Amar'e Stoudemire, who famously visited Israel in the summer of 2010 to explore his family’s Jewish roots, is part of a group that purchased the Israeli professional basketball team Hapoel Jerusalem.

Amar'e Stoudemire. Credit: Scott Mecum via Wikimedia Commons.

“Today I’m one of the proud new owners of the Hapoel Jerusalem basketball organization,” Stoudemire tweeted July 12. “It’s a great day!”

Stoudemire, sports agent Arn Tellem, advertising executive Eyal Chomsky, and engineer and entrepreneur Ori Allon bought a 90 percent stake in Hapoel Jerusalem for 20 million shekels, or about $5.6 million.

A forward for the New York Knicks, the 30-year-old Stoudemire visited Israel in 2010 to “see all the important historical sites, learn Hebrew and to get a better understanding of my heritage.”

“I have been aware since my youth that I am a Hebrew through my mother, and that is something that has played a subtle but important role in my development,” Stoudemire told The Jerusalem Post at the time.

Stoudemire has averaged 21.3 points and 8.6 rebounds per game in 11 NBA seasons, three with the Knicks and eight with the Phoenix Suns.

Posted on July 14, 2013 .