Good thing Amar’e Stoudemire didn’t find out he had Martian roots, otherwise he’d be prepping for space travel at this very moment. reports the Knicks PF has undergone a religious awakening of sorts prior to training camp.

“On the flight to Israel. This is going to be a great trip,” announced Stoudemire, via the micro-blogging site Twitter.

According to an Army Radio report, Stoudemire plans to spend time in Israel learning Hebrew, having recently learned he has a Jewish mother.

“The holy land. Learn about it,” he wrote, adding “ze ha’halom sheli” “ Hebrew for ‘this is my dream’.

News of Stoudemire’s trip quickly had Israeli basketball fans buzzing with speculation that they might one day see him playing alongside another Jewish NBA star, Israel’s Omri Caspi, on the national team.