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Amare Stoudemire: Foreign clubs calling

Posted by shawn cassidy on July 25, 2011 at 10:35 PM

NBA Nightly Rundown

The latest on the free agent foreign market.

Speaking at his rented home on Monday afternoon in Hollywood Hills, where he joined designer Rachel Roy in unveiling their women's clothing line to members of the fashion media, Stoudemire said he's seen a flood of international caller IDs come his way.

"All the clubs have called the office inquiring about me," Stoudemire said. "Teams from Israel, China, Turkey, Spain. A lot of countries have been calling."

"The chances would be high" of playing elsewhere in a lockout, Stoudemire said. "They'd definitely be high. I just want to make sure I'm healthy and totally 100 percent before I make that type of commitment. As of right now, we're not entertaining offers. I'm still trying to get (my back) right."

Once Stoudemire is cleared to play, his first move won't be booking a one-way international flight. He'll be organizing a "training camp" with many of his Knicks teammates. The likely site is a major college campus in Southern California.

"We should have at least a majority (of Knicks players) here for that. Ideally, at least seven to 10 guys will join. We have a few players out here already. Landry Fields and Carmelo (Anthony) are out here. I talked to Carmelo last month. He was getting himself ready; I don't think he's cleared yet, either. Once we're all ready to go, we'll ramp it up. When I'm cleared, I'll call all the guys again and orchestrate it. All the guys are ready for it."

Another day of the lockout means talking about the stars leaving for the foreign game. Amare is coming off an injury,and I think he would in the end stay away from the over seas game. 

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