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  • Beyonce’, aid to Goa, high-tech innovation, the Israelis at the NBA and more- This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 4, 2013 | 11:24 am

    A late Bat-Mitzvah

    Singer and reality- show judge, Paula Abdul, visited Israel this week to make a lifelong dream come true:  After a delay of almost four decades, she celebrated her Bat-Mitzvah at the Western Wall. Abdul made that visit formal when she met with President Peres,...

  • With Mekel’s arrival, Casspi has Israeli company on the NBA court

    October 29, 2013 | 12:35 pm

    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.

    Casspi took his first shot, a three-pointer that...

  • 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...

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  • 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...

  • Casspi to sign with Houston Rockets, join Dwight Howard

    July 8, 2013 | 10:40 am

    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.

    Casspi, 25, who played the last two seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers, told the Cleveland Jewish News that he hopes to sign the...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 8, 2013 | 5:52 am

    Camp Kimama is taking off!

    More than 1500 children and teenagers from all around the world will land this summer in Israel, for an unforgettable international experience named: Camp Kimama. The staff is assembled from young Israelis, Jewish Agency summer camps alumni, who use...

  • 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...

  • Cavs’ Casspi undergoes appendectomy

    February 25, 2013 | 10:08 am

    Omri Casspi, the first Israeli to play in the NBA, had an appendectomy.

    The Cleveland Cavaliers forward had his appendix removed on Saturday night at the Orlando Regional Medical Center and stayed overnight at the hospital, CBS Sports reported Sunday, citing a team news release.

    ...
  • 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...

  • Iverson signing on with Maccabi Haifa for U.S. games—and maybe longer

    October 4, 2012 | 1:50 pm

    UPDATE: Reports that Allen Iverson will play for Maccabi Haifa are false

    Former NBA Most Valuable Player Allen Iverson reportedly will play for Maccabi Haifa in its two exhibition games against NBA teams -- and perhaps longer.

    Iverson, 37, will suit up for the Israeli squad...

  • 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...

  • Jewish NBA player “Completely not jealous” of Jeremy Lin

    February 28, 2012 | 11:09 am

    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’m not envious at all,” says Steinman, “It’s just,...

  • City redistricting plan has potential to affect Asian-Americans

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    February 22, 2012 | 3:21 pm

    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...

  • Jeremy Lin giving God all the credit

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    February 15, 2012 | 3:42 pm

    I have a little more self-control than Sportscenter, which means that half of the content on this blog will not be related to Jeremy Lin. But after sharing Monday what Lin’s success and character has meant to Asian Americans, in particular Asian American Christians, I had to mention...

  • Jeremy Lin: Asian American Christian basketball star

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    February 13, 2012 | 9:10 am

    Like so many Americans, I’ve been caught up in Lin-sanity. The numbers being put up by Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin are jaw-dropping.

    And don’t call him Tim Tebow 2.0. He’s no gimmick; he’s a true point guard who absolutely savaged the Lakers on Friday night. The only real...

  • Israel’s Mr. Basketball is also Mr. Goodwill

    December 26, 2011 | 12:19 pm

    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.

    “It was a challenge to take a team that...

  • Amar’e Stoudemire thinking about opening a Hebrew school

    November 29, 2011 | 1:11 pm

    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. The insider says the idea appears to be on the back burner for the time being but...

  • 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...

  • NBA Cavalier Omri Casspi a slam dunk for Israel

    By Lauren Bottner

    November 15, 2011 | 11:39 am

    Omri Casspi is done waiting around for the NBA season to start. Haaretz reports that he has signed with the Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball team amidst the lockout between NBA owners and the basketball players. 

    Casspi previously played two seasons with the Sacramento Kings and was...

  • LeBron James gets slammed at Ohio Jewish Community Center

    By Lauren Bottner

    November 14, 2011 | 5:43 pm

    Pro-basketball star LeBron James filled in for a team at the Mandel Jewish Community Center (JCC) in Cleveland, Ohio at the last minute and not surprisingly crushed his opponents.

    But after the game, James got slammed by a sandwich shop worker located within the JCC who reacted to...

  • NBA lockout prompts a new motive for aliyah: Basketball

    October 12, 2011 | 3:09 pm

    Call it circumstantial Zionism.

    There’s been a recent uptick in North American aliyah—of basketball players.

    More than a dozen North American players have become Israeli citizens and joined professional Israeli basketball teams and second division squads in the past few years.

    ...
  • Jewish school hires ex-NBA star Kenny Anderson to coach

    September 1, 2011 | 3:51 pm

    A Florida Jewish day school is hiring former NBA All-Star Kenny Anderson to coach its boys’ basketball team.

    Anderson, 40, was expected to sign a contract Thursday to head the boys’ squad at the 120-student David Posnack Jewish Day School in Davie, Bloomberg reported.

    Anderson, a...

  • Casspi says no to playing with former Israeli team

    August 23, 2011 | 5:35 pm

    The Cleveland Cavaliers’ Omri Casspi will not sign with his former Israeli basketball team during the NBA lockout after all.

    A message on Casspi’s Twitter page read: “The two sides met today & came to the understanding that the tax issues are too big…”

    Maccabi Tel Aviv coach David...

  • Stoudemire on Twitter mulls taking skills to Tel Aviv

    July 10, 2011 | 4:04 pm

    Amar’e Stoudemire asked fans on Twitter if he should play in Israel during the NBA lockout.

    “Should I go to Israel and play for Maccabi Tel Aviv during the lockout?” Stoudemire, an all-star forward for the New York Knicks, tweeted July 8.

    He included the championship-winning...

  • Omri Casspi’s image defaced on billboard again

    April 12, 2011 | 10:43 am

    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.

    The portion of the billboard with Casspi’s face painted on it was ripped off....

  • Omri Casspi could rejoin Maccabi Tel Aviv

    March 17, 2011 | 10:20 am

    Sacramento Kings forward Omri Casspi said he might rejoin his former Israeli pro basketball team if the NBA imposes a player lockout next season.

    Casspi, the first Israeli to play in the National Basketball Association, told Israel’s Army Radio Thursday that that he would consider...

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