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  • Kobe Returns to Lakers!

    By Joy Bennett

    December 9, 2013 | 7:39 am

    Kobe Bryant, number 24, in Lakers Game at Staples Center, 12/8/13, photo by Joy Bennett

    The excitement was palpable at the Staples Center last night (December 8, 2013). Kobe Bryant returned to the Lakers after a long 8 month absence due to injury.  Even the Lakers store had...

  • 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...

  • Lou Adler: The Midas touch

    By Tom Teicholz

    November 13, 2013 | 12:37 pm

    About a mile north of Duke’s in Malibu, a right turn takes you up to a bluff with its own driveway, which leads to a large parking lot. There, on the day I visited, a tour bus was parked in front of a modest ranch house, alongside several other cars, none of them too fancy. The...

  • Lakers welcome back Jordan Farmar

    By Jeffrey Hensiek

    July 18, 2013 | 10:34 am

    The Lakers brought back a familiar face in (Jewish) veteran guard Jordan Farmar on Wednesday. Farmar had a bench role with the Lakers from 2006-2010 where he averaged 6.7 points and 2.1 assists per game. From the Lakers' press release:

    EL SEGUNDO - The Los Angeles Lakers have...

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  • Bureaucracies are the Antithesis to Redemption!

    By Beit T'shuvah

    February 22, 2013 | 11:10 am

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    Los Angeles lost a great personality this past week with the passing of Dr. Jerry Buss. What do bureaucracies and Dr. Buss have in common? NOTHING. Which is exactly my point. While I did not know Dr. Buss, I watched him, as did most Angelenos.

    Dr. Buss...

  • 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...

  • Kobe Bryant: The Player vs. The Player

    By Ilana Angel

    December 19, 2011 | 9:01 am

    I remember when Bryant came to play for the Lakers.  The city was excited and even someone like me, who is missing the sports gene, was looking forward to seeing this kid play.  He was the future of the game and we were thrilled he was in Los Angeles.  We all felt proud of him.

    He...

  • Kobe practices at the JCC

    November 29, 2011 | 10:26 am

    Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant reportedly held a private training session at a Jewish Community Center in Irvine, Ca.

    Bryant, according to the TMZ website, brought a trainer to the J to work on shooting drills and cardio training as spectators looked on.

    Last month, the Miami...

  • Nets’ Jordan Farmar to play with Maccabi Tel Aviv

    August 4, 2011 | 11:19 am

    Jordan Farmar of the New Jersey Nets has signed to play for Maccabi Tel Aviv.

    Farmar, a 6-foot-2 guard who is Jewish, will play for the Israeli champions as long as the NBA lockout continues, according to reports. He will be eligible to play as an Israeli, not counting against the limit of four foreign players per team in the Israeli league.

    The Los Angeles native averaged 7.4 points and 2.7 assists last season, mostly coming off the bench for the Nets. Farmar had played four seasons for the L.A. Lakers before coming to New Jersey.

  • Jordan Farmar and the Jewish (Hoops) Future

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    April 23, 2009 | 2:20 am

    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.

    Peeling...

  • ‘The First Basket’ depicts journey from Ellis Island to shooting hoops

    October 30, 2008 | 3:31 am

    It's true that major league baseball has seen a renaissance of Jewish players during the past few years, but the historic American Jewish sport is surely basketball.

    It makes sense if you think about it: Easy to play on the concrete surfaces that are ubiquitous in urban areas,...
  • Farmar shoots, rabbis dance, Chabad raises $8 million-plus [VIDEO]

    By The Web Guy

    September 15, 2008 | 4:47 pm

    Chabad’s “To Life” telethon raised more than $8 million last night—some of it due to amazing basketball shooting by Lakers star Jordan Formar.

    Farmar, just back from Israel, shot 36 baskets (‘double chai’) in 90 seconds to raise over $64K for the organization.  Apparel exec Masud...

  • Jordan Farmar shoots for Middle East coexistence

    August 11, 2008 | 4:41 pm

    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.

    Farmar came to Israel for a...

  • Laker Jordan Farmar starts peace ball clinic in Israel;  India, and Korea and Israel @ 60

    August 6, 2008 | 10:53 pm

    NBA Player Runs Clinic for Jews, Arabs

    The NBA's only Jewish player conducted a clinic in southern Israel for Jewish and Palestinian children.

    Jordan Farmar, a guard for the Los Angeles Lakers, was in Israel Tuesday in cooperation with the Peres Center for Peace. Farmar, 21, was...

  • Boys to men

    By Rob Eshman

    July 3, 2008 | 11:30 am

    It was by far my hardest speaking gig ever.

    Rabbi Stewart Vogel at Temple Aliyah invited me many months ago, to speak to the synagogue men's group at 7 p.m. on June 12. Of course I said yes -- it was one of those gracious invitations with so much advance notice that the day seemed as...

  • VIDEO: Paula Abdul talks about being Jewish

    July 6, 2007 | 10:48 pm

    Everyone’s favorite Laker girl, American Idol‘s Paul Abdul, talks about being Jewish

  • Farmar Trades Bruin Blue for Laker Purple

    By Ali Austerlitz

    July 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    What could be better? Los Angeles's own Jewish Jordan -- Jordan Farmar -- is here to stay.

    The Los Angeles Lakers has drafted Farmar, who made headlines as a sophomore point guard at UCLA, in the first round and as the No. 26 overall pick. Thus, though the Bruin bear must wave his...

  • ... And We Wouldn’t Mind $100 Million

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    April 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Lakers' basketball star Kobe Bryant "wouldn't mind being Jewish."

    Bryant, who is Catholic, reportedly told a handful of reporters in Boston last month that, "I wouldn't mind. Really."

    Well, why not? It's fine by us.

    The topic arose during a good-natured exchange with reporters during...

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