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Amar'e asks followers about playing in Israel (UPDATED)

Amar'e Stoudemire #1 of the New York Knicks

Amar'e Stoudemire #1 of the New York Knicks looks on against the Boston Celtics during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Photo Credit: Photo by Jim McIsaac

Though agent Happy Walters says Amar'e Stoudemire isn't going to play overseas during the lockout, Amar'e continues to push the agenda. On Friday he posted this inquiry to his followers on his Twitter account:

"Should I go to Israel an play for Maccabi Tel Aviv during the lockout? @ who's with me lettgo. @MaccabiElectra #Knicks #NBA"

We told you yesterday that Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony had made initial inquiries about playing overseas during the lockout. Walters quickly dismissed the idea and smart money -- and lack of insurance to cover his five year, $99.7M contract, says he doesn't go.

But the fact that he's thinking about it should be a bit nerve-wracking for the Knicks. 

 UPDATED (July 9):

On Saturday, Amar'e sent a follow-up tweet to quell the talk about him going overseas during the lockout:

"Europe teams are calling, I think I'm going 2 stay here in the states. My loyalty is with the State of New York an the NYK's. Who's with me?"

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