The Toronto Raptors are gearing up for a makeover from none other than Drake, the city’s very own Jewish rap sensation. We know, you’re probably wondering if it’s even possible to infuse cool into a losing team with a tougher, redder Barney for a mascot. But according to the Toronto Star, the execs behind it… More ▸
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. More ▸
A Supercut of David Stern getting booed during last night’s NBA Draft. More ▸
By Jana Banin
Yesterday Jason Collins made news–and history–as the first active NBA player to come out. Nothing especially funny or Jewish about that, right? Wrong. Turns out when Collins was a Harvard-Westlake Wolverine he had a very funny, very Jewish teammate: Jason Segel. In the flurry of reporting that followed the breaking of the Collins story, Sports… More ▸
By Marcy Oster
Jordan Farmar was waived by the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks and reportedly will continue his professional basketball career in Turkey. More ▸
The NBA Draft was Thursday, and unfortunately this year’s list of prospects did not include any outstanding Jewish players.
Since the Beren Academy kids aren’t old enough yet, and the only player close to Jewish is projected number-one pick Anthony Davis, who’s unibrow reminds me of a few Israeli men I know, we decided to remember the days when Jews had a much bigger presence on the court (not off it like today).
Some Jews have even been drafted pretty high.
Here are our Jewish top 10 picks:
10. Omri Casspi (23rd Pick)
Drafted: 2009, 1st round – 23rd pick
Team: Sacramento Kings
College: N/A, Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel)
Position: Small Forward
NBA Career: 2009-present – 8.7 Points per game, 4.2 Rebounds per game, 1.1 Assists per game
Did you know: Omri is the first (and only) Israeli player in the NBA. More ▸
So the New York Knicks’ Amar’e Stoudemire was really frustrated about losing Game 2 of the first round of the NBA playoffs to Miami, which naturally made him punch an innocent fire extinguisher at the American Airlines Arena in Miami. The glass of the extinguisher’s protective box shattered, and Amar’e left the arena with a sling after he cut his hand. He may not be fit to play in Game 3.
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By JTA Staff
Two of the NBA’s biggest big men have broken out their Hebrew in recent months. Watch the video and vote on who’s got more Semitic game. More ▸
By Marcy Oster
Former captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit is in the United States, where he will attend the NBA All-Star Game in Orlando, Fla. More ▸
With 24 hours left before the deadline imposed by NBA owners, and with the complete season on the line, some NBA players are staying busy making ads. A new Nike spot, titled “Basketball Never Stops,” shows players shooting hoops in random places around the world. Which is kinda weird. I thought they were busy negotiating… More ▸