Maccabi, Stoudemire join forces
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv bolstered its frontcourt by inking power forward Amare Stoudemire for the remainder of the season, the club announced Wednesday. Stoudemire (2.08 meters, 37 years old) arrives from Fujian Sturgeons of China, where he averaged 19.4 points and 8.3 rebounds in 11 games this season. He played the previous two seasons for Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem, helping it win the Israeli League title and reach the 7DAYS EuroCup Semifinals in 2017. Stoudemire played 14 campaigns in the NBA, where he was voted rookie of the year in the 2002-03 season. He played his first eight years with Phoenix before switching to New York for the 2010-11 season, his last as an all-star. After five seasons in New York he played the last two with Dallas and Miami, respectively. Stoudemire had NBA career averages of 18.8 points and 7.5 rebounds, totaling 15,994 points and 6,632 rebounds in 846 regular season games, as well as 1,461 points and 574 rebounds in 78 playoffs games. He was a member of the All-NBA first team in 2007 and the second team in 2005, 2008, 2010 and 2011. He won a bronze medal at the 2004 Olympic Games with the U.S. national team. He is set to make his Turkish Airlines EuroLeague debut with Maccabi.
"I am very humbled for the opportunity, happy to be in Israel, the place that I love," Stoudemire said. "I have a chance to play in the highest level in Europe, which is a dream come true."