The Israeli born basketball player T.J. Leaf was picked by the Indiana Pacers in the first round of the NBA draft on Thursday.
Thursday’s NBA Draft will see the first Israeli-born player selected since Omri Casspi in 2009.
“I could just call it quits and leave as a champion.”
The move revokes a 20-year-old ban on religious head coverings that was originally imposed for “safety reasons.”
The former NBA champion also visited the former Warsaw Ghetto and spoke with students from a Jewish school in Baltimore who were there on a class trip.
Ten-time NBA All-Star Ray Allen was sworn in last week to serve on the board of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington. Allen, who was named to the position by former President Obama, is not only a two-time NBA champion and one of the greatest shooters of all time — he’s also passionate about Holocaust education.
— Six-time NBA All-Star Amar’e Stoudemire may soon be able to add another skill to his impressive resume: Hebrew. The 34-year-old basketball player, who moved to Israel after signing a two-year deal with the Israeli basketball team Hapoel Jerusalem in August, is now learning the aleph-bet, the Hebrew alphabet. Stoudemire —who isn’t Jewish but identifies with the Hebrew Israelites, African-Americans who believe they are…
“I am deeply sorry for offending anyone,” the basketball star said.
Amar’e Stoudemire won Israel’s Martin Luther King, Jr. award for philanthropy and then said he would “shower across the street” if he had a gay teammate.
(JTA) — Six-time NBA All-Star Amar’e Stoudemire made an unlikely move in August, when he retired from the NBA and signed a two-year deal with the Israeli basketball team Hapoel Jerusalem. But it seems the choice was the right one for the 34-year old basketball player, who raves about his “adopted homeland” in a recent interview with…