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David Blatt Leaving Maccabi Tel Aviv To Pursue NBA Dreams

06/13/2014
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Jerusalem — David Blatt, who guided Maccabi Tel Aviv to the Euroleague basketball championship, stepped down as the Israeli team’s coach to pursue opportunities in the NBA.

Donald Sterling Fighting NBA To Keep L.A. Clippers

05/29/2014
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Donald Sterling said the NBA has no basis for stripping him of ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers.

Sterling To Fight NBA Life Ban, Fine

05/19/2014
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Donald Sterling reportedly is threatening to sue the NBA for his life ban for making racist remarks in a private conversation.
Sports Illustrated reported Thursday that Sterling’s lawyer, Maxwell Blecher, wrote the NBA to say that Sterling, who owns the Los Angeles Clippers, would not pay the $2.5 million fine imposed last month and that “no punishment is warranted” for his actions.

Sterling Apologizes In First Interview Since Racist Rant

05/12/2014
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Donald Sterling, the Los Angeles Clippers owner banned for life from the NBA for making racist comments, publicly apologized in his first interview since the remarks were made public.

Sterling banned for life from Clippers, NBA for racist remarks

04/30/2014
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Donald Sterling, the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, was banned for life by the NBA and fined $2.5 million for making racist comments.

Jewish Groups Slam Racist Rant Attributed To Donald Sterling

04/28/2014
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Jewish groups condemned the racist remarks attributed to Donald Sterling, the Jewish owner of the Los Angeles Clippers.
Abraham Foxman, the Anti-Defamation League’s national director, called the remarks “reprehensible.”

Meeting Gilad Shalit

07/03/2012
Jewish Week Online Columnist

As the President of the Rabbinical Assembly, I was privileged to participate in a small lunchtime reception welcoming the recently liberated Israeli prisoner of war Gilad Shalit to New York. The reception was sponsored by the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations, the umbrella organization whose constituent members had played an integral part in the international campaign to gain Shalit’s release.
 

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik is the spiritual leader of the Forest Hills Jewish Center in Queens.

The NBA’s Next Israeli Player?

07/02/2012

National Basketball Association teams, fans and analysts seem to be in a constant search for the “next Michael Jordan,” looking for a player to duplicate the feats of the six-time champion and five-time Most Valuable Player many consider the best ever in his sport.

Lior Eliyahu won’t enter that conversation, but the “next Omri Casspi” seems more realistic.

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.

NBA's Stoudemire, On Twitter, Ponders Maccabi Stint

07/11/2011

Amar'e Stoudemire asked fans on Twitter if he should play in Israel during the NBA lockout.

"Should I go to Israel and play for Maccabi Tel Aviv during the lockout?" Stoudemire, an all-star forward for the New York Knicks, tweeted July 8.

He included the championship-winning Israeli basketball team's Twitter name at the end of the tweet and a Knicks hashtag.

Deron Williams, a star guard for the New Jersey Nets, has announced that he has agreed to play in Turkey if the NBA lockout continues.

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