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  • 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.

    ...
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  • 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...

  • Ex-Knick Allan Houston scores with Israel Bonds

    February 17, 2011 | 10:26 am

    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...

  • NBA’s Dwight Howard to visit Israel

    August 23, 2010 | 10:51 am

    NBA All-Star Dwight Howard will visit Israel to hold a basketball clinic for teens.

    Howard, of the Orlando Magic, and several former NBA All-Stars will also scrimmage against the Maccabi Haifa professional basketball team of the Israeli Basketball Super League.

    The group of current...

  • Knicks’ Stoudemire says he is practicing Jew

    August 23, 2010 | 10:40 am

    Amare Stoudemire of the New York Knicks reportedly said he is a practicing Jew “spiritually and culturally.”

    Stoudemire, who last month visited Israel on a spiritual journey to explore his Jewish roots, made the comments in an interview with Page Six of The New York Post. He also...

  • Israeli-Iranian peace in the NBA

    By Adam Wills

    November 24, 2009 | 7:37 pm

    Before the Grizzlies’ 116-105 win over the Kings last night, Memphis center Hamed Haddadi, the league’s first Iranian player, took some time out to meet and shake hands with Sacramento’s Omri Casspi, the first Israeli to play in the NBA.

    The meeting was a first for Haddadi. In...

  • ‘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,...
  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Mensch Madness

    By Carin Davis

    March 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    If you're looking to win your office March Madness pool, put your money on the Jews. Representing the West Coast in this year's dance are Cal forward/center Amit Tamir and Stanford University guard/forward Dan Grunfeld.

    Grunfeld has been a reliable force off the bench this season,...

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