The Lakers brought back a familiar face in (Jewish) veteran guard Jordan Farmar on Wednesday. The signing required a $500k buyout from his Euroleague team Anadolu Efes Istanbul. From the Lakers' press release:
Jordan Farmar was waived by the NBA's Atlanta Hawks and reportedly will continue his professional basketball career in Turkey.
Jordan Farmar of the New Jersey Nets has signed to play for Maccabi Tel Aviv.
It’s the second night of Passover, and Jordan Farmar is warming up under the bright lights of Staples Center. His teammates have already slipped into the locker room to decompress before taking the court against the Denver Nuggets. Farmar is still taking shot after shot.
Some still affectionately refer to the game that they and top coaches such as Red Sarachek and Red Auerbach developed -- emphasizing teamwork, crisp passing and defense -- as "Jew ball."
Jordan Farmar was in his familiar place in the backcourt on Aug. 5, scoring an easy shot. Only this time his teammates were not named Kobe and Pau but Daniel and Ibrahim, and instead of shooting to win, he was shooting for coexistence in the Middle East.
It's March Madness, so brush off your brackets, enter your office pool and cheer for two Jewish UCLA Bruins, one male, one female, as they head into the big dance.