Middle East

Ex-NBA All-Star Stoudemire opens new chapter in Israel

  • Recently retired NBA star Amare Stoudemire signs autographs in Jerusalem, Monday, Aug. 8, 2016. Stoudemire signed a two-year contract Monday to play for Israeli team Hapoel Jerusalem. Stoudemire hosted some 140 Jewish and Arab kids to his basketball peace camp on Monday as he prepared to join the Israeli league. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty)

    Recently retired NBA star Amare Stoudemire signs autographs in Jerusalem, Monday, Aug. 8, 2016. Stoudemire signed a two-year contract Monday to play for Israeli team Hapoel Jerusalem. Stoudemire hosted some 140 Jewish and Arab kids to his basketball peace camp on Monday as he prepared to join the Israeli league. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty)  (The Associated Press)

  • Recently retired NBA star Amare Stoudemire trains kids in Jerusalem, Monday, Aug. 8, 2016. Stoudemire signed a two-year contract Monday to play for Israeli team Hapoel Jerusalem. Stoudemire hosted some 140 Jewish and Arab kids to his basketball peace camp on Monday as he prepared to join the Israeli league. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty)

    Recently retired NBA star Amare Stoudemire trains kids in Jerusalem, Monday, Aug. 8, 2016. Stoudemire signed a two-year contract Monday to play for Israeli team Hapoel Jerusalem. Stoudemire hosted some 140 Jewish and Arab kids to his basketball peace camp on Monday as he prepared to join the Israeli league. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty)  (The Associated Press)

  • Recently retired NBA star Amare Stoudemire trains kids in Jerusalem, Monday, Aug. 8, 2016. Stoudemire signed a two-year contract Monday to play for Israeli team Hapoel Jerusalem. Stoudemire hosted some 140 Jewish and Arab kids to his basketball peace camp on Monday as he prepared to join the Israeli league. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty)

    Recently retired NBA star Amare Stoudemire trains kids in Jerusalem, Monday, Aug. 8, 2016. Stoudemire signed a two-year contract Monday to play for Israeli team Hapoel Jerusalem. Stoudemire hosted some 140 Jewish and Arab kids to his basketball peace camp on Monday as he prepared to join the Israeli league. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty)  (The Associated Press)

Recently retired NBA All-Star Amare Stoudemire insists he has plenty of basketball left in him.

Arriving in what he called "my favorite city in the world" for a new chapter as a player for Hapoel Jerusalem, Stoudemire says he came to Israel to win — and to continue a spiritual journal to trace his Hebrew roots.

Stoudemire hosted some 140 Jewish and Arab kids to his basketball peace camp on Monday as he prepared to join the Israeli league. He says he's not here for "fun" but to pursue the championship that eluded him in his 14-year NBA career.

He says he had offers from at least three NBA teams, but since none of them was a title contender "I decided to retire and bring my talents over to Israel."