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Amar'e Stoudemire Talks Jewish Roots, Coaching Maccabi Canada Team [VIDEO]

Stoudemire was in Toronto for training camp as the team's Assistant Coach

By: Daniel Koren

Published: July 17th, 2013 in News » World

Amar'e Stoudemire Talks Jewish Roots, Coaching Maccabi Canada Team [VIDEO]

New York Knicks all star Amar'e Stoudemire was recently in Toronto, displaying his prowess as the assistant coach for the Maccabi Canada Basketball Team.

Stoudemire was in town for training camp to get the Canada squad in gear for the forthcoming 19th Maccabiah Games in Israel, kicking off tomorrow night in Jerusalem.

In an exclusive video with On Point, Stoudemire talks about visiting Israel in 2010 and reconnecting with his Jewish roots.

He also talks Canada's chances in the forthcoming sporting event known as the Jewish equivalent of the Olympic Games, the 19th Maccabiah Games, and how he came to be assistant coach of the team.

He had only confirmed his official participation in the event, as assistant coach to John Dore, last Friday. His appearance in Toronto was a surprise, though obviously a welcome one, for the Canadian players.

It was Dore who originally reached out to Stoudemire to suggest he join the Canadian delegation. “I heard about these games and I know how important they are. When I got the call, it was a no brainer for me,” said Stoudemire.

His involvement in the team is said to draw a lot of attention to Maccabi Canada this year.

Stoudemire also recently became part owner of an Israeli professional basketball club, Hapoel Jerusalem.

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