Amar’e Stoudemire, now a Brooklyn Webs coach, doesn’t work on Shabbat
KOBE BRYANT (left) and Amar’e Stoudemire had many battles versus each other in the NBA, and Stoudemire – currently on Maccabi Tel Aviv – was very shaken by Bryant’s death this week. Amar’e Stoudemire, the previous NBA star-turned-Orthodox-convert to Judaism and Israeli team owner, is still settling into his brand-new task as an assistant player development coach for the Brooklyn Nets. One fact that is helping him get comfortable: The group is not forcing him to work on Shabbat, which he observes. Writing about Stoudemire and his brand-new gig in December, Marc Stein of The New york city Times reported that the team was still resolving how to deal with the star’s demand about the Jewish Sabbath. Stein wrote that Stoudemire was having a little trouble adapting to being called a “coach” while not being officially retired as a gamer. In 2015 Stoudemire bet Maccabi Tel Aviv and helped the Israeli club win a champion in the country’s top league.On Monday, Stein tweeted that the team has actually accepted Stoudemire’s ask. cnxps.cmd.push(function () ); if(window.location.pathname.indexOf(“656089″)!= -1) ” [T] he Nets are granting Shabbat off to Stoudemire each week– Friday sundown through Saturday sundown,” Stein wrote.The development is symbolic of Stoudemire’s more stringent adherence to Jewish law with time. He finished an official Orthodox conversion in August.Stoudemire, once an All-Star for the Phoenix Suns (where he played along with existing Webs head coach Steve Nash), comprehensive his Jewish journey in a late December talk with the UJA-Federation of New York.