Jewish Journal


November 9, 2011

Jordan Farmar’s experience playing basketball in Israel


Jordan Farmar, who for a while was the NBA’s lone Jew, has taken his talents to the south beaches of Tel Aviv.

Farmar has long been an interesting story. And now that he’s playing for Maccabi Tel Aviv during the NBA lockout and applying for Israeli citizenship, it’s getting more interesting. PRI’s The World produced the above video report and this story:

“I guess it started with the NBA lockout,” he says. “Basketball is how I make my living and support my family. And with the NBA being locked out and us not being able to go to work, I had to find other means.”

“The other option was to sit at home and kind of wait around. So, I figured I would try to play at a high level and stay sharp, and get a different life experience in the meantime.”

But this isn’t exactly a returning home for Farmar. His mother is Jewish; his stepfather is Israeli. But Farmar grew up in LA and doesn’t consider himself a religious Jew.

Actually ... it sounds like he should be right at home in Israel.

(h/t: LAObserved)

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