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Amare Stoudemire is in Israel exploring his Jewish roots

July 30, 2010 |  8:44 am

Amare_240 Amare Stoudemire believes he may have some Hebrew roots and is in Israel "researching it," according to his Twitter page.

Stoudemire, who recently signed with the New York Knicks, believes his mother may have Jewish roots. Judaism is passed down matrilineally.

On Thursday, the five-time all-star tweeted, "I'm having so much fun here in Jerusalem. I'm with family an [sic] friends. Love to everyone. ;) Shalom."

The 6-foot-10 forward signed a five-year, $100-million contract with the Knicks three weeks ago after playing with the Phoenix Suns the first eight years of his NBA career.

-- Melissa Rohlin

Photo: Amare Stoudemire. Credit: Jason Merritt / Getty Images.