Jewish Journal

Best (Theoretical) NBA Stories for the Holy Land

by Jeremy Fine

October 15, 2011 | 11:21 pm

With the NBA lockout looking more likely, TGR decided to look at who we would want to see in Israel (besides Jordan Farmar). Which NBA players would be the most intriguing stories and where should they go play.

Roger Mason Jr. 

Mason Jr. played two years for Hapoel Jerusalem and that was really the last time they were relevant. Maybe Mason Jr.‘s return would bring them back.

Joakim Noah

Noah’s athleticism and laid back nature would fit well in Israel. Can’t you just envision Noah playing for Hapoel Eilat kicking back on the beach?

Lawrence Frank

Frank’s not a player but as coach he still needs to work. Bring him to Israel and watch him work his magic (I’m sure he is hoping to pull some rabbits out of his hat in Detroit anyway).

Will Bynum

Bynum had good success for Maccabi Tel Aviv. Let’s put him back in Tel Aviv for Hapoel Tel Aviv and see how he does.

Blake Griffin

Griffin is maybe the most exciting player in the NBA. His frame and athleticism would be attractive. Put them on Maccabi Tel Aviv and see how great he performs.

Deron Williams

Yes, we know DWill is in Turkey, but if we are looking at all NBA players, DWill fits in nicely. He wants to play and Israel likes passionate players. Also, many former Illini players have been bolting to Israel (Dee Brown, Brian Randle, Warren Carter, etc). Since will DWill is willing to take risks lets put him on Maccabi Rishon LeZion who played against Maccabi Tel Aviv in the semi-finals. Maybe he puts them over.

Omri Casspi

The favorite son returns. Where else? To his original team Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Anthony Parker

You can’t begin to talk about Israeli basketball without mentioning Anthony Parker. He is a legend in Israel and I am sure they would welcome him back. Again, bring him back to Maccabi Tel Aviv where he belongs.

Amare Stoudamire

Stoudamire talked a lot about Israel and his passion for Judaism. He spent a lot of time touring Jerusalem. Lets bring him in for a year and have him play for Hapoel Jerusalem.

Lebron James

The games brightest star, James would bring credibility to Israeli ball. Maccabi Haifa is where I would like to see him. They have been trying new things (coming to the states for tryouts, TV shows, Jeremy Tyler, etc). James would be big news. Also, I would love to see him in his natural habitat, aka not surrounded by other stars.

And Let Us Say…Amen.
-Jeremy Fine

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Rabbi Jeremy Fine is the Assistant Rabbi at Temple of Aaron in St. Paul MN. He was ordained from the Jewish Theological Seminary where he also received a Masters in Jewish...

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