Much to the chagrin of many New York Knicks fans, Amar’e Stoudemire still has one year left on his massive contract. His monster cap hit and general lack of production over the past few years has frustrated fans and management alike. There are countless trade ideas and rumors thrown out with his name included, but due to his age and extensive injury history, nearly every team is wary of making a move for the former All-Star.
It stands to reason that there is a good chance this is Stoudemire’s last year in the league, but he has plans to keep playing basketball–even if it’s halfway around the world. In an interview with the New York Daily News, Stoudemire expressed interest in possibly playing in Israel once his contact is up following next season.
I feel in a year my game will still let me play in the NBA, but it depends on how I personally feel. I might decide to play in Israel.
Israel would certainly be a vast change from the NBA, but Stoudmire could potentially have a lot of success there, as long as he’s able to stay on the court. Other former NBA players, such as Stephon Marbury in China, have achieved great success playing in foreign countries. Marbury has gone so far as to win multiple championships and become a cult hero. Maybe Stoudemire will follow in his footsteps.