Thursday, June 29, 2006

Why is this night different from all other nights?

As a Jewish boy growing up with a father from New York, I heard countless stories about Sandy Koufax putting his religion ahead of the team in the World Series. While I loved the story and appreciate Sandy Koufax for all he has done (both wearing a Dodgers jersey and a yarmulke), I was disappointed by the lack of Jews playing professional sports when I was growing up. There are a couple of notable Jews playing major league sports (LA Kings Center and former Wolverine Mike Cammalleri and Arizona Diamonbacks right fielder Shawn Green to name a few), but the NBA hasn't had a Jewish player since Danny Schayes left the NBA in 2000.

Well, today was a historic day for Jews and the NBA. Lior Eliahu made history today when he was the first Israeli born player drafted. He was drafted by the Orlando Magic with the 44th pick in the NBA's draft. He was then traded promptly to Houston because apparently they thought Texas would feel more like Israel.

Immediately after drafting him, ESPN analysts said he is not quite ready to make it to the NBA, but maybe in a couple of years. Sadly, I realized that my dream of a Jew playing in the NBA was far away, but then I found out that former UCLA Bruin and the 26th pick for the Lakers Jordan Farmar is Jewish!!! So, thank you to Adonai for bringing a bit of diversity to Staples next year.


Blogger Dave said...

whoa i had no idea Farmar is one of the Tribe

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