In the 65 years since Israel’s independence, no sports team there has been more successful than Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball club. Along with 50 Israeli championships and 40 national cups, Maccabi first made international history upon winning its inaugural European Championship back in 1977.
Amar’e Stoudemire, the New York Knicks star who claims Hebrew roots and is currently touring Israel, is seeking Israeli citizenship.
Ossie Schectman, who scored the first basket in the league that would become the NBA, has died.
As a broadcaster, Dan Shulman has seen many athletes get injured during games. Last week at the Maccabiah Games, it was Shulman who got hurt – and the timing was plenty unfortunate.
New York Knicks forward Amar’e Stoudemire has purchased a stake in the Israeli basketball team Hapoel Jerusalem.
Israeli point guard Gal Mekel is poised to become the second Israeli to play in the NBA after giving a verbal commitment to the Dallas Mavericks.
Last night’s NBA Draft was the last one for commissioner David Stern, who has been in the office since 1984.
A Hungarian basketball team has apologized for “misunderstandings” around the alleged banning of the Hungarian flag during a match against Israeli players.
Guy Pnini of the Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball team was suspended indefinitely and stripped of his captaincy after calling an opposing player a "Nazi."
David Stern, the commissioner of the National Basketball Association, said he will be retiring in 2014 after 30 years in the position.
One of the reasons I love sports is that I can indulge my primal instinct for combat without feeling any guilt. I’m a huge Lakers fan, and I can easily spend hours poring through analyses of how the team will clobber the competition this year with the addition of two fearless warriors.
Reports that retired NBA star Allen Iverson will play for Israel's Maccabi Haifa basketball team in two upcoming exhibition games against NBA teams are false, a Maccabi representative told JTA.
The London Olympics may have “lit up the world,” as organizing committee head Sebastian Coe put it, but for Jews the 2 1/2 weeks offered healthy doses of frustration and glory.
The Russian Olympic men's basketball team, coached by Israeli-American David Blatt, has advanced to the semifinals.
National Basketball Association teams, fans and analysts seem to be in a constant search for the “next Michael Jordan,” looking for a player to duplicate the feats of the six-time champion and five-time Most Valuable Player many consider the best ever in his sport.
Brad Greenberg, the former general manager of the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers, has signed on to coach the Maccabi Haifa basketball team.
Longtime Syracuse University assistant coach Bernie Fine, who was fired in November amid allegations of sexual molestation, was hired as a consultant for an Israeli pro basketball team.
Seth Greenberg, who will coach the U.S. men's basketball team at the 2013 Maccabiah Games, was fired by Virginia Tech.
Virginia Tech coach Seth Greenberg was named the head coach of the U.S. Maccabiah Games men’s basketball team.
Comments by the head of a Texas school association at the center of a controversy over Sabbath accommodations is fueling a drive by its members to be more open to the needs of Jewish and Muslim schools.
The Beren Academy Orthodox Jewish day school should never have been accepted to the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools, the association's director told a Texas newspaper.
On the morning of Feb. 28, 2012, Alyza Lewin of the law firm Lewin & Lewin invited me to participate in a conference call to discuss a burgeoning controversy involving the basketball team of the Robert M. Beren Academy, an Orthodox Jewish School in Houston, Texas.
For one week, the boys basketball team of the Robert M. Beren Academy in Houston, Texas, made nationwide headlines.
While Jews all over the world gathered on March 7 to retell the story of Purim, the nine Jews on the Calabasas high school boys basketball team celebrated differently: by playing in their first California Interscholastic Federation State Tournament.
The Robert M. Beren Academy of Houston lost, 46-42, to Abilene Christian in the 2A private and parochial boys basketball state championship game.
After grabbing national headlines with its push for a pre-Shabbat starting time, the Robert M. Beren Academy of Houston registered a decisive 58-46 win over Dallas Covenant to secure a spot in the 2A private and parochial boys basketball state championship game.
Chris Cole, the coach of the boys' basketball team at the Robert M. Beren Academy in Houston, says his squad is peaking coming off its 27-point victory in the state tournament quarterfinals.
An Orthodox high school in Texas was rejected in its request to have the state basketball semifinals rescheduled to avoid a conflict with the Jewish Sabbath.
I was too young to see Hank Greenberg play. That was my father’s generation. But growing up in New Jersey, I well remember the day when Sandy Koufax, playing for the Dodgers, announced his electrifying decision to sit out a 1965 World Series game on Yom Kippur. Koufax’s action was a great source of pride to a Jewish kid with a baseball glove perennially at hand and who had heard way too many jokes about the thin book of Jewish sports heroes.
Spectators at a University of Kansas men's basketball game relished the chance to buy kosher hot dogs, selling out the stand in its debut.
Selected 12th overall in the 1965 National Basketball Association draft, Tal Brody passed on the American Dream so he could help change the landscape of Israeli sports—turning down the Baltimore Bullets for a spot on Maccabi Tel Aviv.
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant reportedly held a private training session at a Jewish Community Center in Irvine, Ca.
A longtime assistant basketball coach at Syracuse University was put on administrative leave on Thursday after police reopened an investigation of alleged inappropriate behavior with a ball boy.
Omri Casspi of the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers has signed with his former Israeli team, Maccabi Tel Aviv.
Call it circumstantial Zionism. There’s been a recent uptick in North American aliyah -- of basketball players.
A Florida Jewish day school is hiring former NBA All-Star Kenny Anderson to coach its boys' basketball team.
Former Duke University basketball standout Jon Scheyer arrived in Israel and immediately made aliyah.
The Sacramento Kings' Omri Casspi will not sign with his former Israeli basketball team during the NBA lockout after all.
Jordan Farmar of the New Jersey Nets has signed to play for Maccabi Tel Aviv.
Amar'e Stoudemire asked fans on Twitter if he should play in Israel during the NBA lockout.
Former Duke University standout, Jon Scheyer, has signed to play with Israeli powerhouse Maccabi Tel-Aviv. Scheyer, who led the Blue Devils to an NCAA title in 2010, played most recently for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA Developmental League.
Former Duke University standout Jon Scheyer has signed to play with Israel's Maccabi Tel Aviv team. Scheyer, a guard who during his senior year helped lead the Blue Devils to the 2010 NCAA Championship, signed a two-year contract with Maccabi, which was the runner-up to the Euroleague champions this year and has won the Euroleague championship four times.
Israeli hoopster Naama Shafir competed in the European women's championship wearing skin-toned elastic sleeves. The compromise between the Israeli national team and FIBA Europe, the Munich-based organization that governs basketball in Europe, came after FIBA refused to allow Shafir to play in the EuroBasket tournament with a T-shirt under her jersey, for reasons of modesty, since FIBA regulations state that all players must wear the same uniform.
The organization that coordinates European basketball will not make an exception to its uniform policy for an Orthodox Jewish player on the Israeli national women's team. Naama Shafir, an Israeli point guard and a player on the University of Toledo's women's basketball team, normally wears a T-shirt under her jersey for modesty reasons.
Early Sunday morning on Mothers Day, as my brother and I prepared breakfast for our mom, I also prepared myself for the special day ahead. In addition to celebrating my mom, my family would also gather in our den to watch Maccabi Tel Aviv play Greece’s Panathinaikos for the Euroleague’s Basketball Championship. Proudly wearing my Maccabi t-shirt, I thought how strange it felt that on the day we are watching Maccabi compete for the European basketball championship, that night, we would attend the Israeli Consulate’s Yom Hazikaron ceremony.
Men’s and women’s teams from 20 colleges will compete at the University of Maryland in the inaugural National Hillel Basketball Tournament. Twenty-five men’s teams and seven women’s squads will be participating in the tournament this weekend, with the women's final at 3:15 p.m. Sunday and the men's final 30 minutes later.
The start time of the Euroleague championship basketball game has been moved up by several hours to accommodate an Israeli team that does not want to play on its Memorial Day. On Wednesday, the Euroleague said the May 8 final of its Final Four tournament in Barcelona, Spain, would be played at 5:30 p.m. Israel time, so as not to interfere with Yom Hazikaron, the memorial day for fallen soldiers and victims of terror.
Naama Shafir, a Sabbath-observing Israeli, scored a career-high 40 points to power the University of Toledo women's basketball team to the school's first national postseason championship in any sport. Shafir hit 13 of 27 shots as the host Rockets defeated the University of Southern California, 76-68, on April 2 for the Women's NIT title. The victory also marked the first national championship for a Mid-American Conference team in any sport. Shafir, a 5-7 junior guard from the small northern Israeli town of Hoshaya, also sank 13 of 18 free throws in the game.
Bruce Pearl, who guided the University of Tennessee men's basketball team to unprecedented success and the U.S. men's squad to the Maccabiah Games gold medal, has been fired by the university, according to ESPN.com. Pearl, 51, was informed of his dismissal on Monday, sources said. The Knoxville school must reach a financial settlement with the coach and his assistants.
The real March madness is thousands of Jewish high school seniors waiting to hear about college acceptance. And then what if they are accepted by more than one? How to decide? Since statistics show they favor certain schools, to aid their choices and soothe their jitters why not carve out a “J” Division to the 2011 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament from the 68 teams already playing in it?
Sacramento Kings forward Omri Casspi said he might rejoin his former Israeli pro basketball team if the NBA imposes a player lockout next season.
First-quarter scores of 17-5 are usually in Valley Torah’s favor. Not so against Bishop Diego of Santa Barbara, which seemed poised to end the No. 1-seeded Wolfpack’s winning season. But, as the adage goes, “It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.” The Wolfpack finished strong, becoming the first Orthodox Jewish school to win a California Interscholastic Federation championship after coming back from a 44-35 fourth-quarter deficit to take the Southern Section Division 6AA championship title, 58-51.