NBA

Israeli Basketball Star Shawn Dawson Signs With NBA Team

Training camp stint with the New Orleans Pelicans, puts Eilat native one step closer to becoming the third sabra to join an NBA roster.

08/18/2016 - 16:59
Editorial Intern

While Israeli basketball fans have been forced to the sidelines, having no team to root for in this summer’s Olympics — Israel’s basketball team hasn’t qualified for the Olympics in over 60 years — they do have reason to rejoice. One of their own took one step closer to joining the NBA.

Israeli Shawn Dawson signs NBA training camp contract with New Orleans Pelicans. Photo from Hazan Sports Management

Amar’e Stoudemire To Sign With Jerusalem Basketball Team He Co-Owns

08/01/2016 - 11:37

Jerusalem — Amar’e Stoudemire, who retired from the NBA last week, reportedly has closed a deal to play with the Israeli basketball team Hapoel Jerusalem, which he co-owns.

Amar’e Stoudemire, then of the New York Knicks, with former Israeli President Shimon Peres at the president’s residence. JTA

Shalom, Amar’e Stoudemire: Goodbye To The NBA’s Jewish Star

07/28/2016 - 11:59
JTA

For those obsessed with the search for Jewish big-time athletes, Amar’e Stoudemire, 33, was an unexpected dream and predictable heartbreaker — in short, the perfect punchline for a Jewish jocks joke.

Amar’e Stoudemire playing for the New York Knicks in a game against the Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center in Houston. JTA

A Third Israeli In The NBA?

Israeli basketball player Shawn Dawson hopes to land on an NBA roster this fall.

07/20/2016 - 00:32
Editorial Intern

Omri Casspi, a 6-foot-9 forward from Holon, broke the mold in 2009 when he became the first Israeli ever to play in the NBA; he was picked in the first round of the draft by the Sacramento Kings. Four years later, point guard Gal Mekel from Ramat HaSharon became the second after signing with the Dallas Mavericks. And as the NBA becomes increasingly international — with star players from Latvia to Sudan to New Zealand — will Shawn Dawson be No. 3?

Shawn Dawson, left, in Washington Wizards summer league game. Courtesy Hazan Sports Management

Maccabi Tel Aviv Coming To The Garden

09/16/2015 - 20:00

As part of an athletic tradition that is becoming an annual autumn ritual for Jewish sports fans, the Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball team will again play exhibition games in the United States. A game at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, Oct. 4, at 12:30 p.m., against Euroleague Basketball rival Emporio Armani Milan, will follow an Oct. 1 contest between the two teams in Chicago’s United Center.

Maccabi Tel Aviv

No Cavalier Decision

Root, root, root … for the NBA team with the Jewish coach.

05/25/2015 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Although I have rooted for the New York Knicks since the 1970s, this year I become a Cleveland Cavaliers fan. My attraction to the team stems from an even deeper connection than the childhood bond I formed with the Knicks.

Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt. Wikimedia Commons

When Basketball Was Jewish

Dolph Schayes and the NBA during a more innocent time.

12/15/2014 - 19:00
Staff Writer

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

Gal Mekel Back In NBA With New Orleans Pelicans

12/07/2014 - 19:00

Gal Mekel, the second Israeli to play in the NBA, has signed with the New Orleans Pelicans.

Lebron Returns, Blatt Bests Former Team As Cavs Cruise Past Maccabi Tel Aviv

10/07/2014 - 20:00

The Cleveland Cavaliers in LeBron James’ return to his hometown NBA team routed Maccabi Tel Aviv in a game that pitted the Cavs' new coach, David Blatt, against his former squad.

Blatt In Spotlight As His Old Team Tours U.S.

Maccabi Tel Aviv plays Cleveland, then Brooklyn, as all eyes are on Cavs coach.

09/30/2014 - 20:00
Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — Maccabi Tel Aviv’s fan-appreciation night was packed with kids, dunks, chants and breakdancing cheerleaders — a feel-good send-off before a pair of exhibition games next week in Cleveland and then Brooklyn.

Cavs Coach David Blatt: Great expectations. Getty Images
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