Mario Balotelli, who grew up as the foster son of a Jewish mother, led Italy to the Euro 12 soccer championship game. 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 ▸
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(Other than the most obvious one, that Israel actually has a Lacrosse team, thanks Issac!)
This weekend, Israel’s national lacrosse team will debut its official international play at the 2012 European Lacrosse Championships in Amsterdam. For those of you who just found out that Israel has a Lacrosse team, here are a few fun facts:
1. Scott Neiss, founder of Israel Lacrosse, came up with the idea during his Birthright trip in 2010
Neiss visited Israel in 2010 and found out that Lacrosse hadn’t made it over to the Holy Land yet. Thanks to a few contacts at the Federation of International Lacrosse, he was able to establish the team. Neiss, an Oceanside, N.Y. native, made aliyah in 2012. He is currently the executive director of Israel Lacrosse. In the past, he was the chief executive of the National Lacrosse League (NLL) and North American Lacrosse League (NALL). 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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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 Ben Harris
Kenyan runner Sammy Tu won the Tel Aviv Marathon in a record time. More ▸
By Marcy Oster
Six of the 16 Beitar Jerusalem soccer fans detained by Jerusalem police for assaulting Arabs at a city shopping mall were banned from attending games. More ▸
By Marcy Oster
Israeli windsurfer Lee Korzits won the Women’s RS:X competition ISAF Sailing World Championships in Spain. More ▸
While the most buzzed Daily Show topic this week has been Samantha Bee’s hilarious piece about the Park Slope Food Co-Op‘s vote on whether to boycott Israeli products (watch it, it’s great), not many people noticed that just 24 hours earlier former NBA all-star and now TNT analyst Shaquille O’Neal stopped by and showed off… More ▸
With baseball’s Opening Day nearing, why we care about Jews who played in the Major Leagues from the author of a book on the subject. More ▸