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Dr. Ariel Nassim. Credit: Courtesy.

US Olympic Committee doctor Ariel Nassim wasn’t star-struck in Tokyo

As a captain point guard for his junior varsity basketball team at the Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns and Rockaway, Ariel Nassim led the Hawks to a championship around two decades ago. While...
Omri Casspi playing in the EuroBasket 2015 between Israel and Estonia. Credit: DarioZg/Shutterstock.

His basketball chapter may be over, but Omri Casspi’s next story has yet to...

When Israeli basketball player Omri Casspi announced his retirement from professional basketball this week, fans and colleagues in the United States, Israel and the world of sports management were somewhat sad and a bit...
Omri Casspi. Credit: Karolis Kavolelis/Shutterstock.

Israeli NBA star Omri Casspi announces retirement from professional basketball

Omri Casspi, Israel’s first basketball player in the National Basketball Association, has retired from playing the sport professionally. “Basketball has given me a lot over the years. I reached the peaks of European and world...
Israeli Basketball Premier League club Ironi Ness Ziona captain Tal Dan hoists the FIBA Cup, April 25, 2021. Source: Twitter/Ironi Ness Ziona.

Defeating odds, Israeli team crowned FIBA Europe Cup champion

Israeli Basketball Premier League club Ironi Ness Ziona has been crowned the new International Basketball Federation Europe (FIBA) Cup champions, after beating Stal Ostrow Wielkopolski and earning their first title in a European club...
Israeli basketball player Deni Avdija at a practice in December 2020. Credit: The Washington Wizards.

Deni Avdija out for rest of season with ankle injury

On Wednesday night, 2,133 lucky Washington Wizards fans saw their hometown team in person at the Capitol One Arena for the first time this season and for the first time in 407 days. They...
Rosalyn Gold-Onwude at the Western Wall. Source: Instagram.

ESPN host and basketball star Rosalyn Gold-Onwude opens up on Israel’s impact on her...

When Rosalyn Gold-Onwude was a college student at Stanford University, she participated on Birthright Israel. Several years later, she went on her second trip—this time, as a staff member on her younger sister’s Birthright...
NBA player Meyers Leonard of the Miami Heat used an anti-Semitic slur on the video-game platform Twitch, March 2021. Source: Screenshot.

NBA player caught using anti-Jewish slur on video-game platform

Miami Heat NBA basketball player Meyers Leonard was caught this week using an anti-Semitic slur on Twitch, a live-streaming video-game platform. “Don’t f***ing snipe me, you f***ing kike bitch,” Leonard, 29, said while playing “Call...
Deni Avdija of the Washington Wizards. Source: Screenshot.

On and off the court, Israel’s NBA star is making the grade

As Deni Avdija and the Washington Wizards mark the halfway point of the season and celebrate his selection to the 2020-21 NBA Rising Stars World Team roster, 21-year-old Wizards super-fan Matan Karudo could not be happier....
Israeli basketball player Deni Avdija at a practice in Dec. 2020. Credit: The Washington Wizards.

Israeli rookie Deni Avdija selected to NBA Rising Stars World Team squad

Washington Wizards Israeli rookie forward Deni Avdija has been selected to the 2020-21 NBA Rising Stars World Team roster, the National Basketball Association announced on Wednesday. He will be joined by his teammate Rui Hachimura of...
Marvin Hershkowitz with his son, Stuart. Credit: Courtesy of Stuart Hershkowitz.

Remembering basketball star Marvin Hershkowitz, one of Yeshiva University’s ‘most iconic alumni’

As fans prepare for the much-anticipated return of the National Basketball Association (NBA) season, the lesser-known world of Jewish sports recently lost one of its legendary figures. Marvin Hershkowitz, who passed away on May 4...