Amar'e Stoudemire Still Figuring Out on How the Being-Jewish Thing Works

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Aug. 3 2010 4:35 PM

Amar'e Stoudemire Still Figuring Out on How the Being-Jewish Thing Works

Newly signed New York Knick Amar'e Stoudemire is on his way back from a trip Israel right now, because, as he put it on Twitter , " I think I might have some Hebrew Roots & i'm researching it."

ESPN's Marc Stein writes that Stoudemire's commitment to Jewish culture is sincere:

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But let me also say that any suggestion that all this is becoming public now because Amare is trying to win over New York’s significant Jewish population is badly misplaced. He’s been talking about going to Israel for years. I know that because I’ve discussed it with him several times. Amare’s interest in Judaism is so real that he recently had a Star of David tattooed on his left hand

Up next: a visit to Katz's Delicatessen for a corned beef sandwich and a tall glass of milk.

Tom Scocca is the managing editor of Deadspin and the author of Beijing Welcomes You: Unveiling the Capital City of the Future.