Basketball

King Casspi setting NBA targets high

By Danny Caro, August 13, 2009

Omri Casspi has explained why he is putting club before country after ruling himself out for Israel at next month’s Eurobasket competition.

Casspi, 21, recently became the first Israeli to join the NBA after signing a three-year contract with the Sacramento Kings, worth $3.5 million.

Ranked 23 in the draft, he hopes to put Israeli basketball on the map in America.

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It’s a first for Casspi

By Simon Griver, July 2, 2009

Omri Casspi is the first Israeli to be chosen in the first round of the NBA draft. The 6ft 9” forward was selected in 23rd place by the Sacramento Kings.

Four other Israelis were previously selected in the second round of the draft but did make a single appearance in the NBA.

Maccabi Tel Aviv star Casspi described the news as “a dream come true. It is a great day for me, my family and Israeli basketball.”

In America to negotiate his contract, Casspi, 21, surprised officials by choosing the number 13 shirt - his lucky number.

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Israel looks to the future

By Danny Caro, July 2, 2009

Israel will name a 12-man squad for the Under 18 Future Stars International Junior Tournament at Kingston College from July 10-12.

Coached by Danny Franco, the squad is competing at the competition for the first time. They line up in a group alongside Russia, Lithuania and Italy.

Franco said: “The event is very important to the development of Israeli basketball as we lack high level international games. Our players need better competition than they get in the Israeli league.

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Top guard Hundert goes to Plymouths

April 2, 2009

Israeli point guard Haggai Hundert is rapidly becoming a cult figure at leading British Basketball League club Airwaves Plymouth Raiders.

Hailing from Ramat Gan, Haggai, who holds British and Israeli passports, went to Oklahoma City University before signing his first professional contract for Chemosvit in Slovakia.

Standing at 6ft 2”, Hundert hopes to continue the pattern of top Jewish stars in the country and follow in the footsteps of Tamir Berkovitch, formerly of London Towers and Newcastle Eagles, and Steve Panovka.

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Immanuel boys are the Bs’ knees

March 19, 2009

Immanuel College Year 10 won the Watford and District Schools’ B League Championship. David Moss, head of PE at Immanuel, said: “However close their matches were, the team’s spirit and determination ensured victory. All seven players were outstanding, and captain Adam Schwartz and Benji Weinberger were the major point scorers for the team.”

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Net gains

February 18, 2009

Three schools claimed silverware at the Maccabi GB Secondary Schools Boys Basketball tournament at JFS.

Hasmonean were the star attraction in the Year 11 competition. They beat JFS and Immanuel College along the way. JFS finished second by virtue of beating Immanuel.

King Solomon edged home in the Years Nine and 10 event. The Essex school pipped Immanuel to the post courtesy of a single basket victory. Hasmonean finished in third.

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Yavneh and Hasmo fill their baskets with gold

January 29, 2009

Yavneh College and Hasmonean took the honours at Maccabi GB’s secondary girls school’s basketball tournament in Kenton, North West London.

Split into two age categories, the first Jewish schools tournament of 2009 featured teams from four schools.

Yavneh and Hasmonean were evenly matched in the years eight and nine competition with Hasmonean winning by virtue of scoring one extra basket. JFS finished third.

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Farmar finds life tough at the top with LA Lakers

By Simon Griver, December 30, 2008

Jordan Farmar is one of the NBA’s brightest young stars. The 22-year-old recently signed a four-year deal $8 million with LA Lakers.

But he has failed to recapture last season’s form, in only his second year of pro-basketball, when he played in all 82 games, and the Lakers went all the way to the NBA finals before succumbing to the Boston Celtics.

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GB athletes boosted by major deal

December 10, 2008

Maccabi GB has continued its preparations for next summer’s 18th Maccabiah Games by announcing a new and unprecedented partnership deal with Village Hotels worth in the region of a quarter of a million pounds.

The agreement will see Village Hotels offering complimentary membership of their state-of-the-art fitness clubs to each member of Team GB taking part in the Maccabiah Games in Israel in July 2009.

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Big Macc squeezed on funds

By Simon Griver and Danny Caro, December 4, 2008

There are fears that next year's Jewish Olympics could be scaled down as a result of the credit crunch.

The latest financial crisis engulfing July's Maccabiah Games revolves around the failure of the organisers to raise sufficient sponsorship funds due to the global recession.

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