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When Basketball Was Jewish

Dolph Schayes and the NBA during a more innocent time.

12/16/2014
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In the early days of professional basketball in this country, the sport was largely a city game, played by upwardly mobile athletes from working-class families — often with immigrant roots — who used their shooting and defensive skills as their ticket to a better life.

Dolph Schayes: An NBA Hall of Farmer with Bronx roots, he settled in Syracuse after starring for its basketball team.  Wikimedia

‘To End This Way Makes No Sense’

YU officials mum on firing of hoops coach Jonathan Halpert after 42 years.

02/18/2014
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In January, Yeshiva University’s basketball coach Jonathan Halpert published his memoirs, “Are You Still Coaching?” In February, the answer is “no,” with Halpert fired after 42 years and more than 400 victories (seventh most in the history of New York men’s basketball).

YU coach Jonny Halpert, fired after 42 years: “It rips your heart out.”

Against Michigan, Aaron Liberman’s Kippah Makes Hoops History

01/07/2014
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On Jan. 5, Aaron Liberman of Northwestern checked in for the final minute of action against Michigan in the Wildcats’ 74-51 men’s basketball loss in Ann Arbor. In the process, the redshirt freshman made history twice.

Video: Mitchell Marcus, Internet Phenom And Nephew Of NN Blogger, On Ellen

Mitchell Marcus, the student with a developmental disability who became an Internet phenomenon after scoring his basketball team’s final basket of the season, got a chance to tell his story again yesterday on Ellen, the talk show hosted by Ellen DeGeneres.

Linda Burger, aunt of Mitchell Marcus

UPDATE: Sabbath Observant Basketball Team Loses Friday Afternoon Texas Semifinal

02/27/2013

Beren Academy, which made international headlines last year with its battle to avoid a forfeit in the Texas state boys' basketball tournament over a Sabbath scheduling conflict, lost in quadruple overtime in the state semifinals.

Hikind Under Fire For Dressing As Black Basketball Player On Purim

02/26/2013
Assistant Managing Editor

Facing a torrent of criticism from other politicians for his choice of Purim costume, Assemblyman Dov Hikind of Brooklyn on Monday insisted that coloring his skin and wearing an afro wig to look like a black basketball player should not be taken as offensive.

Hikind hijinks: Assemblyman's costume causes racial flap.

A Jewish Flavor In College Basketball

11/01/2012
Staff Writer

Jewish sports fans may have a hard time choosing a favorite team in one conference of college basketball when the 2012-13 NCAA season opens next week. Three of the head coaches in Conference-USA are Jewish.

NCAA coaches Ben Braun, Larry brown, and John Pastner

Breaking News! Ex-NBA Star To Coach Jewish High School in South Florida

The traditional dynamic of black-Jewish relations in sports and entertainment is pretty straight-forward, and nothing to brag about: African Americans make the product, Jews sell it. You don't need to dig too deep into history to find relevant examples: Lyor Cohen and Rick Rubin ran the show at Def Jam, the hip-hop label juggernaut, until only recently. And David Stern still happily resides over the NBA.

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