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Agent: Amare Stoudemire applies for Israeli citizenship

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08:28 AM ET 08.03 | Amar'e Stoudemire apparently feels Israel is the land of milk, honey and good-looking MRIs. The sore-kneed Stoudemire, who is touring Israel, has now applied for Israeli citizenship, according to his agent, Happy Walters. Stoudemire has been in Israel since mid-July, first as assistant coach for Canada in the Maccabiah Games and is touring the country while exploring his Jewish roots on his mother's side. The Knicks have shut down Stoudemire this summer to rest his knees, telling him not to train or take part in basketball-related activities, such as attending Hakeem Olajuwon's big-man camp.

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August 3, 2013  09:56 AM ET

Have You Seen A Burning Bush, Bro?

August 3, 2013  10:09 AM ET
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I'm sure the dry desert air feels great on his knees, why do you think old guys head to Arizona

Why doesn't he just go to Arizona then wouldn't it be a lot easier to get citizenship there then Israel

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August 3, 2013  01:01 PM ET
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I'm sure the dry desert air feels great on his knees, why do you think old guys head to Arizona

His knees probably would have been better if he has stayed in Phoenix.

August 3, 2013  05:56 PM ET

Aren't Isreali citizens supposed serve in the military for 2 mandatory years ?

August 3, 2013  06:11 PM ET
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His knees probably would have been better if he has stayed in Phoenix.

they'd be even better if he just quit

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August 4, 2013  01:57 AM ET
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I'm sure the dry desert air feels great on his knees, why do you think old guys head to Arizona

I live in the desert and it doesn't help my knees any.

August 4, 2013  01:58 AM ET
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Aren't Isreali citizens supposed serve in the military for 2 mandatory years ?

He's too old for the military.

August 4, 2013  04:04 AM ET
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Yes. That is a very good point. I don't know the laws, but maybe it applies only to citizens who were born there or grew up there. It would be a bit bizarre for a 30-something year old who becomes an Israeli citizen to go serve in the military for the first time, alongside 18-year olds, but if it's the law, he will have to do it.What would probably happen would be that Israel would allow Amare to get credit for military service if he conducts some basketball camps with the military and plays on their national team for a couple years.

I'm an American who immigrated to Israel and the law is citizens from 18-24 must serve, so Amare will have no military issues,besides there are like 20 other laws witch would exempt him from service.

August 4, 2013  08:59 AM ET
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Amare is Jewish ? Didn't know that.It seems that the few Jews who have played in the NBA have mostly been big men. The other guy that comes to mind is Rony Seikaly - a 7-foot center.

I think Seikaly was Lebanese.

August 4, 2013  08:59 AM ET
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Amare is Jewish ? Didn't know that.It seems that the few Jews who have played in the NBA have mostly been big men. The other guy that comes to mind is Rony Seikaly - a 7-foot center.

I think Seikaly was Lebanese.

August 4, 2013  11:45 PM ET
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Why doesn't he just go to Arizona then wouldn't it be a lot easier to get citizenship there then Israel

LOL

 
August 5, 2013  09:44 AM ET

Oy vei!

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