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NBA stars cancel trip to Israel

US basketball stars nix a trip to Israel to support Hapoel Jerusalem, which is co-owned by New York Knicks player Amar’e Stoudemire.

TMZ reports that the NBA group, which includes Russell Westbrook, Derrick Rose, Chris Mullin, and Robin and Brook Lopez, were planning to attend the opening of a new basketball arena in Jerusalem on September 4, but canceled their plans due to safety concerns amid the fighting in the Gaza Strip.

Magic Johnson, also on the guest list, is said to have run into “scheduling issues” even before the trip was nixed.

According to the report, some of the players were to have squared off against Hapoel Jerusalem, which is co-owned by Stoudemire, Ori Allon and Arn Tellem.

Since NBA players begin training camp in October, they are unlikely to reschedule the visit any time soon, TMZ says.

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