Knicks’ Stoudemire Says He’s Part of Bid to Buy Jerusalem Team

New York Knicks forward-center Amar’e Stoudemire said in a Twitter post that he’s part of a group bidding to buy the Hapoel Jerusalem basketball team.

“Excited to join the partnership that is giving back to the city of Jerusalem by offering the Hapoel basketball team a fresh start,” Stoudemire said in a Twitter post yesterday.

Ori Allon, co-founder of the New York-based real estate website Urban Compass, also sent a post on Twitter that Stoudemire forwarded.

“Proud to partner with @Amareisreal & others on building a promising future for the Hapoel Jerusalem basketball club,” Allon’s post said.

An e-mail sent to an address listed on Hapoel Jerusalem’s website seeking comment on the posts wasn’t immediately returned, nor was a telephone message left at the office of Happy Walters, Stoudemire’s agent.

Stoudemire has been vocal in expressing his Jewish roots since visiting Israel in 2010.

Hapoel Jerusalem, which plays in the Israeli Basketball Super League, was swept in a best-of-five semifinal playoff series this month.

Stoudemire will return to Israel next month, serving as an assistant coach on the Canadian team in the Maccabiah Games, according to the New York Times.

Hapoel Jerusalem’s roster includes former U.S. college players Ronald Steele of Alabama and Courtney Fells of North Carolina State.

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