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Amar'e Stoudemire takes a trip to Israel

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U.S. NBA's New York Knicks basketball player Amare Stoudemire, shakes hands with Israel's President Shimon Peres during a meeting at the President's residence in Jerusalem. (July 18, 2013) Photo Credit: AP

Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire was in Israel on Thursday after the country's president, Shimon Peres, invited him to play with the national basketball team. Stoudemire says he has "Hebrew roots."

U.S. NBA's New York Knicks basketball player Amare
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U.S. NBA's New York Knicks basketball player Amare Stoudemire, shakes hands with Israel's President Shimon Peres during a meeting at the President's residence in Jerusalem. (July 18, 2013)

Israeli President Shimon Peres (R) hosts NBA basketball
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Israeli President Shimon Peres (R) hosts NBA basketball player Amar'e Stoudemire of the New York Knicks at the presidential residency in Jerusalem. Stoudemire, who is of Jewish origin, was named an assistant coach of the Canadian basketball team for the 2013 Jewish Maccabiah Games. (July 18, 2013)

Israeli President Shimon Peres (L) hosts NBA basketball
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Israeli President Shimon Peres (L) hosts NBA basketball player Amar'e Stoudemire of the New York Knicks at the presidential residency in Jerusalem. Stoudemire, who is of Jewish origin, was named an assistant coach of the Canadian basketball team for the 2013 Jewish Maccabiah Games. (July 18, 2013)

Israeli President Shimon Peres stands back to back
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Israeli President Shimon Peres stands back to back with NBA basketball player Amar'e Stoudemire of the New York Knicks at the presidential residency in Jerusalem. Stoudemire, who is of Jewish origin, was named an assistant coach of the Canadian basketball team for the 2013 Jewish Maccabiah Games. (July 18, 2013)

U.S. NBA's New York Knicks basketball player Amare
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U.S. NBA's New York Knicks basketball player Amare Stoudemire stands with Israel's President Shimon Peres during their meeting at the president's residence in Jerusalem. Peres invited Stoudemire to play for the country's national basketball team because of his ties to Judaism. (July 18, 2013)

Israeli President Shimon Peres (R) hosts NBA basketball
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Israeli President Shimon Peres (R) hosts NBA basketball player Amar'e Stoudemire of the New York Knicks at the presidential residency in Jerusalem. Stoudemire, who is of Jewish origin, was named an assistant coach of the Canadian basketball team for the 2013 Jewish Maccabiah Games. (July 18, 2013)

Amare Stoudemire attends a meeting with Israel's President
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Amare Stoudemire attends a meeting with Israel's President Shimon Peres, not seen, at the President's residence in Jerusalem. (July 18, 2013)

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