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  • Hoops guru David Thorpe connects with players on and off the court

    October 21, 2014 | 11:17 am

    Rodney Glasgow catches a pass, pivots, takes one dribble and lays the ball in the basket.

    David Thorpe, Glasgow’s coach and trainer for a couple of weeks this summer, steps in to offer some pointers, instructing the former Virginia Military Institute guard to look up after making...

  • For ex-WNBA chief Donna Orender, NBA breakthrough for women a show of respect

    August 15, 2014 | 11:32 am

    As a former WNBA president who played in what is considered the first U.S. professional basketball league for women, Donna Orender has been eager for a trailblazing female to join the National Basketball Association in a prominent role.

    So she was plenty pleased last week when...

  • David Blatt riding Tel Aviv’s Euro title to NBA dream job

    June 20, 2014 | 10:40 am

    In 1981, David Blatt moved to Israel in pursuit of a path of lifelong worship — to play professional basketball.

    Now, more than 30 years later, Blatt is leaving Israel to make a different, and totally unprecedented, form of aliyah — to leave the ranks of Israeli basketball to...

  • Timberlake rocks TLV, racism in basketball, future of security and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 2, 2014 | 12:12 pm

    Who talked The Rolling Stones into performing in Israel?

    Ronnie Wood, guitarist for The Rolling Stones, revealed that Bob Dylan put the idea in the Stones' circle to include Israel in their tour. In an interview with Channel 2 in response to written questions ahead of the Stones'...

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  • Vegan lifestyle, Superhero in Hollywood, Ultra- Orthodox Capoeira and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    February 4, 2014 | 12:08 pm

    A bite of the Big Apple

    The flight is long and tiring, the jet-lag is sometimes unbearable, but if you ask Israelis, no place beats the Big Apple! According to a new survey, New York is Israelis' favorite travel destination.  The second place went to Thailand. Despite requiring a...

  • Sinai Akiba wins basketball championship

    January 3, 2014 | 3:17 pm

    Stacked at the corner of Wilshire and Beverly Glen boulevards is a five-story structure that houses a championship tradition not well known to the outside world. It is here that Sinai Akiba Academy has taken its athletics program, which was once almost kicked out of its league, to...

  • The North Korea Dennis Rodman will never see

    December 19, 2013 | 11:28 pm

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has a problem.
     
    Seems he’s been taking a lot of heat lately for having Jang Song Thaek, his uncle and mentor, arrested, publicly humiliated in front of the country’s ruling elite, called out as a traitor, put on trial and executed - all...
  • Hack-a-Sport: The NBA needs to revisit intentional fouling rule

    By Jeffrey Hensiek

    November 20, 2013 | 9:47 pm

    Los Angeles Lakers know the scene far too well.

    Up by 10 points, 8 minutes left in the 4th quarter, game seemingly in hand — then the whistle blows.

    20 feet away from the ball, a low-caliber player is touching the all-star center on the arm. The Hack-a-[Player] is on. 

    The...

  • L.A. return is true Blu

    August 14, 2013 | 11:36 am

    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...

  • Stoudemire seeking Israeli citizenship

    August 2, 2013 | 11:29 am

    Amar’e Stoudemire, the New York Knicks star who claims Hebrew roots and is currently touring Israel, is seeking Israeli citizenship.

    Stoudemire’s agent, Happy Walters, told New York magazine that the Knicks’ power forward is in the process of becoming an Israeli.

    “He’s...

  • Ossie Schechtman, scored first basket in NBA, dies at 94

    July 30, 2013 | 3:31 pm

    Ossie Schectman, who scored the first basket in the league that would become the NBA, has died.

    Schectman, a New York native who made the historic layup while playing for his hometown Knicks, died Tuesday. He was 94.

    The Knicks were playing the Toronto Huskies on Nov. 1, 1946...

  • For ESPN broadcaster, Maccabiah ends just as it was getting started

    July 30, 2013 | 11:07 am

    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.

    The voice of ESPN’s college basketball and Sunday night baseball telecasts, Shulman came to Israel...

  • Knicks’ Stoudemire becomes part owner of Jerusalem basketball team

    July 15, 2013 | 9:52 am

    New York Knicks forward Amar’e Stoudemire has purchased a stake in the Israeli basketball team Hapoel Jerusalem.

    Stoudemire said Friday on his Twitter feed that he joined an ownership group led by businessman Ori Allon that purchased the team, which participated this season in...

  • ESPN: Israel’s Mekel to sign with NBA’s Mavericks

    July 1, 2013 | 9:56 am

    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.

    Mekel, 25, informed the Mavs early Monday morning that he would sign a three-year contract with the 2011 champions at the end of the...

  • David Stern getting booed at the NBA Draft: The Supercut

    June 28, 2013 | 9:00 am

    Last night’s NBA Draft was the last one for commissioner David Stern, who has been in the office since 1984.

    Over the years, Stern’s strict on/off-court policies has given him the reputation of an almighty dictator among players, owners and fans.

    Since the NBA Draft is usually...

  • Interview: Former Blue Ron Garber

    By Jeremy Fine

    April 8, 2013 | 8:17 am

    On the eve of another end to March Madness, TGR wanted to do something special. So we caught up with former Michigan basketball player Ron Garber. Ron is a great guy and plays in my Temple of Aaron Sunday night basketball game in St. Paul. Besides throwing down two massive dunks...

  • Alleged flag ban in Hungary-Israel basketball match causes uproar

    February 26, 2013 | 7:40 am

    A Hungarian basketball team has apologized for “misunderstandings” around the alleged banning of the Hungarian flag during a match against Israeli players.

    The Szolnoki Olaj KK club and the security company Védelem Holding of Feb. 25 expressed regret about the “real or assumed...

  • Israeli basketball player suspended for calling rival ‘Nazi’

    December 4, 2012 | 4:31 pm

    Guy Pnini of the Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball team was suspended indefinitely and stripped of his captaincy after calling an opposing player a "Nazi."

    Pnini also was fined more than $26,000 for his trash talk directed at Jonathan Skjodebrand of rival Hapoel Tel Aviv during a game...

  • Stern stepping down as NBA chief in ‘14, Silver tapped as successor

    October 25, 2012 | 2:08 pm

    David Stern, the commissioner of the National Basketball Association, said he will be retiring in 2014 after 30 years in the position.

    Stern, 70, announced Thursday that he will retire on Feb. 1, 2014 -- 30 years to the day since he was appointed to his post. Stern began working...

  • Obama, Romney and the Lakers

    By David Suissa

    October 10, 2012 | 4:41 pm

    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...

  • Reports that Allen Iverson will play for Maccabi Haifa are false

    October 5, 2012 | 10:20 am

    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 local Israeli press completely made this up,” said Andrew Wilson, director of...

  • Jewish glory, frustration mark London Games

    August 13, 2012 | 5:40 pm

    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.

    On the plus side, new medalists such as America’s Aly Raisman gained the spotlight with her grace,...

  • Russian basketball team, coached by Israeli-American David Blatt, reaches Olympic semis

    August 8, 2012 | 3:03 pm

    The Russian Olympic men’s basketball team, coached by Israeli-American David Blatt, has advanced to the semifinals.

    The Russians will play Spain in Friday’s semifinals after defeating Lithuania, 83-74, on Wednesday in London. Russia has not won an Olympic medal in basketball since...

  • The NBA’s next Israeli player? [VIDEO]

    July 2, 2012 | 5:40 pm

    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.

    Lior Eliyahu...

  • Brad Greenberg to coach Israel’s Maccabi Haifa

    June 4, 2012 | 10:26 am

    Brad Greenberg, the former general manager of the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers, has signed on to coach the Maccabi Haifa basketball team.

    Greenberg, who is Jewish, will coach the team for the next two seasons, the team announced Monday on its official website.

    Greenberg, 58, becomes...

  • Ex-Syracuse assistant coach accused of sexual abuse hired by Israeli squad

    April 26, 2012 | 11:00 am

    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.

    Maccabi Bazan Haifa of the Israeli Basketball Super League announced his hiring on Thursday. The...

  • Seth Greenberg, Maccabiah basketball coach, is out at Va. Tech

    April 24, 2012 | 10:28 am

    Seth Greenberg, who will coach the U.S. men’s basketball team at the 2013 Maccabiah Games, was fired by Virginia Tech.

    The Atlantic Coast Conference school made the announcement on Monday in a news conference.

    “We needed to go another direction in our men’s basketball program,”...

  • Virginia Tech’s Greenberg tapped to coach Maccabiah basketball team

    April 10, 2012 | 4:05 pm

    Virginia Tech coach Seth Greenberg was named the head coach of the U.S. Maccabiah Games men’s basketball team.

    Greenberg, 45, will be assembling a squad for the 19th Maccabiah Games in Israel in July 2013.

    “This volunteer position is important to me because any time you can...

  • Following basketball controversy, press is on Texas school group to be more inclusive

    April 3, 2012 | 2:10 pm

    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.

    Edd Burleson, the director of the The Texas Association of Private and Parochial...

  • TAPPS head: Beren Academy should never have been accepted to association

    April 2, 2012 | 7:58 am

    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.

    “We shouldn’t have accepted them in the first place,”  Edd Burleson, director of the Texas...

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