Midway through the first quarter, Omri Casspi entered the preseason game between his Houston Rockets and the Dallas Mavericks. A minute later, the buzzer sounded summoning Mavs rookie guard Gal Mekel into the Oct. 21 contest.
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.
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:
Omri Casspi, the first Israeli-born player to join the NBA, reportedly has agreed to a two-year, $2 million contract with the Houston Rockets.
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.
Omri Casspi, the first Israeli to play in the NBA, had an appendectomy.
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.
Former NBA Most Valuable Player Allen Iverson reportedly will play for Maccabi Haifa in its two exhibition games against NBA teams -- and perhaps longer.
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.
Jeremy Lin’s NBA debut, in which he scored more points in his initial five games than any other new player, resulted in a fan frenzy that Charlotte Bobcats third-string small forward Elon Steinman “totally gets.”
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.
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.
According to the New York Daily News gossip page, Amar’e Stoudemire of the New York Knicks “is interested in opening a Hebrew school, which would focus on teaching the language and Jewish history
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant reportedly held a private training session at a Jewish Community Center in Irvine, Ca.
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.
The Sacramento Kings' Omri Casspi will not sign with his former Israeli basketball team during the NBA lockout after all.
Amar'e Stoudemire asked fans on Twitter if he should play in Israel during the NBA lockout.
The face of Israeli NBA basketball player Omri Casspi was vandalized on a Sacramento Kings billboard in the city's downtown. It was the third time that Casspi's image has been defaced on a team billboard.
Sacramento Kings forward Omri Casspi said he might rejoin his former Israeli pro basketball team if the NBA imposes a player lockout next season.
Allan Houston, a former All-Star with the New York Knicks and now their assistant general manager, was awarded State of Israel Bond's 2011Martin Luther King Award. Ido Aharoni, acting consul general of Israel in New York, presented the award Wednesday on the court at Madison Square Garden before the Knicks played the Atlanta Hawks.
NBA All-Star Dwight Howard will visit Israel to hold a basketball clinic for teens.
Amare Stoudemire of the New York Knicks reportedly said he is a practicing Jew "spiritually and culturally."
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.
Farmar stands a natural leader at 6-foot-2 and 180 pounds and has been extensively covered in the Daily Bruin since before his entrance into UCLA in fall 2004. A psychology major with a 3.0 grade point average, he has been described in the Daily Bruin as having innate leadership skills, a competitive spirit and a dedicated work ethic.
Representing the West Coast in this year's dance are Cal forward/center Amit Tamir and Stanford University guard/forward Dan Grunfeld.