NEW YORK — New York Knicks forward Amar’e Stoudemire has purchased a stake in the Israeli basketball team Hapoel Jerusalem.
Stoudemire said on his Twitter feed last week that he joined an ownership group led by businessman Ori Allon that purchased the team, which participated this season in the Eurocup.
“Excited to join the partnership that is giving back to the city of Jerusalem by offering the Hapoel basketball team a fresh start,” Stoudemire tweeted.
Stoudemire is serving as an assistant coach for the Canadian basketball team at the Maccabiah Games in Israel that were beginning this week.
Since finding out his mother is Jewish, Stoudemire has taken a high-profile trip to Israel in 2010 and has expressed his Jewish roots, occasionally posting “Shabbat Shalom” on his social media outlets.