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  • NBA player Omri Casspi says Adelson-funded Israel trip not about politics

    By JNi.media

    July 29, 2015 | 3:54 pm

    Although it might seem like a nice off-season vacation shared by Israel’s first NBA player, Omri Casspi, forward for the Sacramento Kings, with his teammates, the funding for the Israel trip was generously provided by casino tycoon and Republican super donor Sheldon Adelson, and...

  • Jordan Farmar returning to Maccabi Tel Aviv

    July 6, 2015 | 4:02 pm

    Jordan Farmar, a Jewish NBA player who won two league championships as a member of his hometown Los Angeles Lakers, is heading back to Israel to play for Maccabi Tel Aviv.

    Farmar, who is Jewish, played 16 games for Maccabi Tel Aviv during the NBA lockout of 2011. The 6-2 guard, a...

  • Stephen Curry’s mom says Israel trip transformed her spiritually

    June 16, 2015 | 12:19 pm

    The mother of Stephen Curry, the NBA’s Most Valuable Player, said a trip to Israel five years ago transformed her and sparked her interest in learning Hebrew.

    Sonya Curry told Israel’s Sport 5 channel in an interview after Game 5 of the NBA Finals in Oakland, California, on...

  • David Blatt puts Cleveland on Israel’s map

    June 8, 2015 | 12:57 pm

    When my husband and I first made aliyah 15 years ago and an Israeli asked us where we were from in the United States, they looked at us blankly when we said Cleveland.

    They knew New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Miami, but Cleveland simply was not on their radar. This despite...

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  • Why the NBA finals are a lose-lose for David Blatt

    June 3, 2015 | 1:33 pm

    After the last game of an impressive series sweep of the Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt talked with broadcaster Ernie Johnson in front of an arena of joyous hometown fans.

    “So let’s be honest,” Johnson said. “This hasn’t always been easy this year, David....

  • Israel’s all in for NBA’s Cavaliers, Netanyahu tells coach David Blatt

    June 1, 2015 | 8:30 am

    Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt said that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu contacted him to offer him Israel’s support in the NBA Finals.

    “He said all of Israel is behind the Cavaliers,” Blatt said Sunday, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “That was great.

    ...
  • Is LeBron James coaching David Blatt?

    May 12, 2015 | 12:37 pm

    Tonight’s Eastern Conference semifinals Game 5 between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Chicago Bulls is pivotal for both teams – the best-of-seven series is tied at two games apiece — but it may be the biggest for Cleveland’s Jewish coach, David Blatt.

    Blatt, the American-Israeli...

  • David Blatt getting a handle on life as NBA coach

    March 1, 2015 | 7:19 pm

    With the clock winding down on a recent game here, Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt was still barking out instructions to his players despite enjoying a late 40-point lead over the Washington Wizards.

    Things didn’t come quite as easy early this season for the rookie NBA...

  • Lakers’ Kobe Bryant to have shoulder surgery, season in jeopardy

    January 26, 2015 | 12:55 pm

    Kobe Bryant's NBA season could be over after the guard agreed to have surgery on a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder, the Los Angeles Lakers said on Monday.

    The five-time National Basketball Association champion will have surgery on Wednesday and a timeline for his return...

  • Kobe Bryant has torn rotator cuff, likely out for season

    January 23, 2015 | 12:50 pm

    Five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant has a torn rotator cuff, according to preliminary results of an MRI exam, the Los Angeles Lakers said on Thursday.

    Bryant, who hurt his right shoulder on a dunk in the second half of Wednesday's game against the New Orleans Pelicans, will return...

  • What Dwyane Wade and Kevin Durant should’ve known about the JEM Center before going

    By Jared Sichel

    January 15, 2015 | 12:03 pm

    According to TMZ and an email blast sent by the JEM Community Center, the Miami Heat practiced at the Jewish youth group's Beverly Hills facility on Tuesday before playing the Los Angeles Lakers later that night. The JEM Center is run by the Illulian family and Rabbi Hertzel...

  • NBA icon Harvey Pollack seriously hurt in auto accident

    January 6, 2015 | 12:38 pm

    Harvey Pollack, an iconic figure in the NBA, was seriously injured in a car accident.

    Pollack, 92, the director of statistical information for the Philadelphia 76ers, has been hospitalized since the one-car accident on New Year’s Day in Philadelphia. He is unable to communicate...

  • Helping the disabled, Robbie Williams in Arabic, a soccer surprise and more…This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 10, 2014 | 8:40 am

    A big blow to Israeli soccer

    Last Monday was a shameful day for Israeli soccer. During the 33rd minute of the derby between Hapoel Tel-Aviv and Maccabi Tel-Aviv at Bloomfield Stadium, with the score tied at 1-1, a Hapoel fan jumped out of the stands and ran onto the pitch to...

  • 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...

  • Amar’e Stoudemire scoring for United Hatzalah

    October 13, 2014 | 1:19 pm

    In this season of good deeds, Amar’e Stoudemire is making a point.

    In the upcoming NBA season, United Hatzalah is hoping the New York Knicks’ standout scores plenty of them.

    Stoudemire, 31, has launched Amar’e Saves to promote a campaign that encourages youngsters to contribute...

  • LeBron returns, Blatt bests former team as Cavs cruise past Maccabi Tel Aviv

    October 6, 2014 | 10:23 am

    The Cleveland Cavaliers in LeBron James’ return to his hometown NBA team routed Maccabi Tel Aviv in a game that pitted the Cavs’ new coach, David Blatt, against his former squad.

    On Sunday, James scored 12 points in playing only the first half of the 107-80 victory over the 2014 ...

  • NBA Hawks’ owner to sell control of team, cites racially insensitive remarks

    September 8, 2014 | 11:05 am

    The owner of the Atlanta Hawks announced on Sunday he would sell his controlling interest in the National Basketball Association franchise because of racially insensitive remarks he made, in an echo of a scandal involving the former owner of the Los Angeles Clippers NBA team.

    ...
  • Bruce Levenson: Worse — and better — than Donald Sterling

    September 8, 2014 | 10:15 am

    Read the email that cost Bruce Levenson his ownership of the NBA franchise the Atlanta Hawks. It’s ten times less raw and salacious than Donald Sterling’s racist rant to his mistress. At the same time, its ten times worse.

    This wasn’t a man allegedly suffering dementia, telling...

  • 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...

  • Sterling’s last bid to halt L.A. Clippers sale blocked by court

    August 14, 2014 | 10:28 am

    Former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling lost his final chance to block the $2 billion sale of the NBA team to former Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer, when a California appeals court refused on Wednesday to halt the deal.

    The three-judge panel rejected...

  • Sterling marriage ‘stress’ at issue as L.A. Clippers trial nears end

    July 24, 2014 | 5:32 pm

    Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling's bid to block the $2 billion sale of the NBA team in a probate trial entered its final stretch on Wednesday when his attorneys sought to prove his estranged wife improperly seized control of the franchise.

    Sterling's attorneys called...

  • Can Israel’s Gal Mekel make his point in Dallas?

    June 26, 2014 | 1:56 pm

    Basketball analysts viewed the trade Wednesday between the Dallas Mavericks and New York Knicks as preliminary maneuvering by both teams wooing the two darlings in this summer’s NBA free-agent class, LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony.

    But a far-below-the-radar beneficiary may be...

  • The Pixies, NBA history, award winning T.V series and more…This week from Israel.

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 23, 2014 | 11:34 am

    Starbucks embrace new Israel technology

    Talk about a major BDS fail! Tables in Starbucks coffee shops are to be outfitted with Israeli-developed Powermat charging pad technology, where customers can place their compatible devices and charge them wirelessly. The Powermats are...

  • 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...

  • David Blatt, ex-Maccabi Tel Aviv coach, meeting with NBA’s Cavaliers

    June 16, 2014 | 12:06 pm

    David Blatt, who resigned as the coach of Euroleague champion Maccabi Tel Aviv, is set to meet with the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers.

    Blatt, 55, will interview Wednesday with the Cavaliers for their vacant head coaching position, Yahoo Sports first reported Sunday, citing what it...

  • Shelly Sterling to seek court backing as Clippers owner

    June 10, 2014 | 3:32 pm

    Shelly Sterling will seek an emergency court order confirming her as owner of the Los Angeles Clippers in a bid to block her estranged husband from having any say in the team's $2 billion sale, a source with knowledge of the matter said on Tuesday.

    Donald Sterling, 80, was banned...

  • Donald Sterling says Clippers not for sale, after all

    June 9, 2014 | 9:44 pm

    Basketball franchise the Los Angeles Clippers is not for sale, owner Donald Sterling said on Monday, vowing to fight to keep the team he built, NBC News reported, in the latest salvo of his battle with the league.

    Sterling, who was banned for life by the National Basketball...

  • Maccabi Tel Aviv’s David Blatt on NBA radar for coaching slots

    June 9, 2014 | 3:18 pm

    David Blatt, who guided Israel’s Maccabi Tel Aviv to the Euroleague basketball championship, is rumored to be in the mix for several coaching jobs in the NBA.

    The Cleveland Cavaliers reportedly have contacted Blatt for their vacant head coaching post, The Associated Press...

  • Sterling agrees to Clippers sale, will drop NBA lawsuit

    June 4, 2014 | 4:59 pm

    Donald Sterling, the embattled owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, has agreed to sell the team for $2 billion and will drop his lawsuit against the National Basketball Association, his lawyer, Maxwell Blecher, said on Wednesday.

    Sterling, 80, has been banned for life and fined...

  • Sterling purchase of the Clippers among top investments in memory

    June 2, 2014 | 9:59 am

    Donald Sterling, forced to sell his National Basketball Association team after a lifetime ban for making racist comments, is not going to be remembered as a "visionary," "icon" or "oracle" – terms attached over the years to renowned business personalities such as Bill Gates, Steve...

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