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  • Hoops guru David Thorpe connects with players on and off the court

    1 week ago

    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...

  • 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...

  • Maccabi Tel Aviv in the NBA? It may not be a hoop dream

    April 12, 2014 | 12:03 am

    BALTIMORE (JTA) – Maccabi Tel Aviv reportedly is heading back to the United States this fall for its first exhibition games against NBA teams in five years – but greater developments appear to be in the works for the iconic franchise and Israeli basketball.

    For one, how about NBA...

  • 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,...

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  • 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...

  • Maccabiah Games close in Jerusalem with Israel topping medal count

    July 31, 2013 | 10:55 am

    Israel handily won the most medals at the 19th Maccabiah Games, which came to a close in Jerusalem.

    The games closing ceremony on Tuesday at Teddy Stadium featured some of Israel’s most popular pop music groups, such as Balkan Beat Box and Infected Mushroom.  Speakers urged the...

  • Texas two-step: Israeli hoopsters Mekel and Casspi

    July 10, 2013 | 2:11 pm

    Jewish basketball fans will have their eyes on Texas when the NBA starts its new season this fall as Israelis Omri Casspi and Gal Mekel are signing on with teams in the Lone Star State.

    On Wednesday, Mekel, a point guard who helped guide Maccabi Haifa to its first Israeli Super...

  • 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...

  • 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.

    ...
  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Casspi signs with Maccabi Tel Aviv

    November 15, 2011 | 10:17 am

    Omri Casspi of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers has signed with his former Israeli team, Maccabi Tel Aviv.

    Casspi wrote Tuesday on his Facebook page that he has signed a contract with the Israeli club. He said the contract is effective in January, when it will be clear whether or not...

  • Community gathering: Fashion for Cure, Jewish Pierce College and Omri Casspi

    October 21, 2011 | 1:11 pm

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    1] Fashion for Cure, a fashion show that took place Oct. 2 in Tarzana, raised funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and featured donated clothing...

  • Community gathering: Camp Chesed, Idan Raichel and Omri Casspi

    September 16, 2011 | 4:46 pm

    1] Camp Chesed, a free camp for Jewish kids with special needs, is staffed entirely by volunteering teens. Photos by James Shubert  

    2] Chesed campers enjoyed a summertime trip to Disneyland with their teen counselors and family members.   

    3] The Jewish Federation’s Carol...

  • 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...

  • Omri Casspi’s Kings’ reign ends with trade to Cavs

    June 30, 2011 | 1:52 pm

    Omri Casspi, the first Israeli to play in the NBA, has been traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

    The Sacramento Kings sent Casspi, 23, and a 2012 first-round draft pick to the Cavs in exchange for power forward J.J. Hickson in a deal announced Thursday.

    Casspi, a favorite of Jewish...

  • 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....

  • Casspi billboard defaced for second time

    September 20, 2010 | 2:53 pm

    A billboard featuring Israeli-born NBA player Omri Casspi was defaced with a swastika for the second time.

    The billboard was discovered vandalized on Sept. 16, the second time in about a week, the Sacramento Bee reported. It was painted over before most people were able to see it,...

  • 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...

  • Israeli Casspi Set for NBA Debut

    October 14, 2009 | 7:51 pm

    Although he hails from Yavne, in the center of Israel, Omri Casspi is going to have a lot of American basketball fans offering to treat him like family this season.

    Casspi, a 6-foot-9 forward, is set to become the first Israeli player in the NBA, having been taken in the first round...

  • Kings pick first Israeli in NBA draft

    By Adam Wills

    June 26, 2009 | 12:33 am

    The Sacramento Kings used their 23rd pick to make history Thursday night by tapping Maccabi Tel Aviv shooting guard Omri Casspi, the first Israeli to be selected in the first round of the NBA draft. Some in the crowd waved Israeli flags after the announcement at Madison Square Garden...

  • Israeli Casspi set to make NBA history

    By Adam Wills

    June 24, 2009 | 7:25 pm

    Thursday will likely be a historic day for the NBA. Omri Casspi, a small forward for Maccabi Tel Aviv, is expected to become the first Israeli taken in the draft. With Portland nabbing the 22nd pick from Dallas, they move ahead of Sacramento (23rd), which had been eyeing Casspi....

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