The Florida trainer has earned the trust of NBAers like Israelis Omri Casspi and Gal Mekel, as well as those reaching for the stars. More ▸
The trade of two guards provides a golden opportunity with the Mavericks for the former Maccabi Haifa ace. More ▸
For the iconic Israeli club, greater developments appear to be in the offing beyond its first exhibition games vs. NBA teams in five years. More ▸
By Jana Banin
Jewish NBA player Omri Casspi, recently signed by the Houston Rockets, spent the first night of Sukkot at the Chabad of Pinellas County in Clearwater, Fla. More ▸
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. 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 ▸
Omri Casspi isn’t playing much these days for the Cleveland Cavaliers, and he wonders why. It’s a far cry from the early fanfare for the only Israeli to make the NBA. More ▸
By Uri Fintzy
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 ▸
By Uri Fintzy
Thank you to our friends at Abbanibi who discovered this gem — a short report about the Omri Casspi Basketball Clinic in Cleveland, where the Israeli hoopster teaches local kids some hoop fundamentals. In the video, Casspi talks about his path from Maccabi Tel Aviv to the NBA, and about his experience reuniting with Anthony Parker… More ▸
By Marcy Oster
The painting of a swastika on a billboard featuring Sacramento Kings forward Omri Casspi is “hurtful,” the Israeli player said. More ▸