Of Hoops and Hebrews

HOW JEWS CHANGED BASKETBALL by Mikhail Horowitz   Discussed in This Essay: The Chosen Game: A Jewish Basketball History, by Charley Rosen. University of Nebraska Press, 2017, 208 pages.  Seven-foot Jews in the NBA, slam-dunking! My alarm clock rings.     —Anonymous haiku on the Internet   FOR THE MOST PART the Jewish hoopers chronicled by Charley Rosen […]

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May 19: Dolph Schayes

Star basketball player and coach Adolph “Dolph” Schayes was born in the Bronx on this date in 1928. Schayes played his entire 16-year career (1948-64) with the Syracuse Nationals and their successor team, the Philadelphia 76ers, and led his team into the league playoffs fifteen times. In 1966, he was NBA Coach of the Year […]

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July 30: Two Points!

Ossie Schectman, who scored the very first basket in the Basketball Association of America’s very first game on November 1, 1946, died at 94 on this date in 2013. The Basketball Association would become the NBA three years later. Schectman, only six feet tall, was team captain and point guard with the New York Knicks […]

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