Former Knicks C Amar'e Stoudemire will be the man to light a cermonial menorah at Madison Square Garden before Tuesday's contest against the Lakers, per NY Daily News' Stefan Bondy.
Stoudemire, who has been highly connected with Judaism, says it is an honor to be able to kick off the first night of Hanukkah at MSG.
"Lighting the menorah on the first night of Hanukkah is a privilege in any location but having the opportunity to do it at Madison Square Garden and with the Knicks during their first ever Hanukkah Night is special," Stoudemire said in a statement.
Stoudemire has been connected with Judaism through he spiritual journeys in Israel. He also played professionally most recently in Israel, and owned a team there as well. The 35-year-old re-signed with the Knicks before the 2016-17 season to officially retire as a Knick.
"Although my career has taken me to other places around the country, my heart had always remained in the Big Apple," he said at the time.
The 6-foot-10 center spent parts of five seasons with the Knicks, where he averaged 17.3 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks per game. His final season in the NBA came with the Heat following the 2015-16 season.