Amar'e to make aliyah

Amar'e Stoudemire's going back to Israel.

Stoudemire will serve as an assistant coach for the Canadian men's basketball team in the Maccabiah Games in Israel this summer. The competition will be held for two weeks in mid-July.

"From a pure basketball perspective, to have someone who's competed at the highest level of basketball with us is invaluable," said Alex Brainis, the head of the Canadian delegation for the Maccabiah Games.

Stoudemire is currently rehabbing a knee injury and hopes to be back during the postseason.

The Knicks forward has been active off the court during his rehabilitation. He plans to unveil a documentary titled "Amar'e Stoudemire: In The Moment" on April 19.

Stoudemire is also no stranger to Israel.

In the summer of 2010, Stoudemire visited the country to explore his Jewish heritage.

At the time, Stoudemire said he had "Hebrew roots" through his mother, Carrie. So he spent a week in the country to learn about its history, language and religions.

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