A reading for tonight’s NBA Finals Game 5
Dolph Schayes on the NBA playoffs
Trash-talking in the locker room, all-nighters by the TV—March Madness hits Israel, thanks to former NCAA ballers who play in the Israeli League
Twenty years before Linsanity, the Knicks City Dancers took Madison Square Garden by storm. I should know—my aunt invented them.
Neal Pollack’s novel Jewball re-imagines the prewar era when Jews ruled pro basketball and Nazism threatened to gain an American foothold
Jon Scheyer, the best Jewish basketball player of his generation, led Duke to a championship and now plays for another powerhouse: Maccabi Tel Aviv
Houston Rockets center Hakeem Olajuwon was exactly the ambassador for Islam Americans needed after Sept. 11
Jeffrey Pollack, a former promoter for the NBA, NASCAR, professional bull riders, and the World Series of Poker, is the wandering Jew of the sports industry. His latest bet: an exclusive poker league.
Israeli baller gets his wish and departs Sacramento
NBA Draft lottery produces watershed moment in American Jewish history
NBA coach and commentator Jeff Van Gundy is not Jewish, but his brainy banter, nebbishy looks, and nervous intensity have led fans to think otherwise
The brainy, numbers-crunching Jewish fans who’ve revolutionized pro sports and realized every geek fan’s dream are celebrated as heroes at the annual MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference
And he basically is one!
Commissioner David Stern made the NBA the world’s most popular sports league by running it with a stereotypically Jewish collection of traits: humor, cutthroat deal-making, and focus on the bottom line
Noshing challah, Knicks star is the quintessential New Yorker
Think you know Jewish hoops? Pick your starting five and bring it.
Basketball legend Dolph Schayes discusses the game’s past and present
Plus Archbishop Tutu calls for boycott, and more
You can bet on it (but don’t)
And Scheyer could play for another Evil Empire
Oh, plus that LeBron James character
Will Jewish ex-Dukie play ball in Israel?
Coach Red Holzman led the Knicks to their only championships and an auspicious 613 wins
And we have an official NBA team!
Durant to take top spot from 1948’s Zaslofsky
If Blue Devil is undrafted, Israel awaits
My brief encounter with Israel’s first NBA player
Plus MoDo on the Saudis, directing indirect talks, and more in the news
Israeli baller stars in Nike ad
Israel’s first NBA player is only going to get bigger