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Jewps report, Oct. 30, 2017

Posted on: October 30th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Way behind here. But since there’s only one Jewish player in the NBA at this point, it’s easy to catch up.

Image result for Omri casspi, warriorsOmri Casspi has already had a repeat of some of the health issues that have kept him down in the past few years. The 29-year-old Israeli import has missed three of the seven games played by his newest team, the Golden State Warriors, last year’s NBA Champions who are now just 4-3, sixth place in the Western Conference.

Kind of adorable how the Jerusalem Post kvelled about his “best game,” since that one was kind of default: on Friday, Casspi played 13 minutes, scoring eight points with three rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one blocked shot in a 120-117 win over the visiting Washington Wizards. He’s played just 19 minutes in the other tree games combined. The Post also noted that Casspi received “great praise” from his boss:

After the successful game, coach Steve Kerr referred to Casspi’s performance and complimented him on his hard work. “I can’t say enough about Omri, staying ready, hardly played him all year,” Kerr said. “I told him after the game, it’s just karma. You know you work that hard, you put that kind of effort in…he was the story of the game.”

That’s kind of like proud parents bragging to the neighbors about how well little Omri is doing in school. Cute. Then again, the Golden State of Mind blog on SB Nation also had nice things to say about him. Let’s hope he can stay healthy and make us all proud in the season ahead.

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Round ’em up

Posted on: October 13th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

For the sake of time, I’m combining a few sports in this round up, including baseball, hockey, and basketball.

JML

Well, so much for the possibility of Craig Breslow being added to the roster of the Cleveland Indians in the American League Championship Series; his team was eliminated by the visiting NY Yankees on Wednesday, 5-2.

Alex Bregman and the Houston Astros host on the Yankees in Game One of the ALCS beginning tonight. No one could blame him if he’s still kvelling from his home run in the clincher.

So far, Joc Pederson is not on the roster for the LA Dodgers, who host the Chicago Cubs beginning Saturday. The Cubs won a corker over the hiost Washington Nationals last night, 9-8, overcoming a 4-1 deficit.

Jice

Jason Zucker scored his second goal and second assist of the year as the Minnesota Wild (1-1-1) scored four times in the third period to beat the host Chicago Blackhawks, 5-2, for their first win of the a season. Zucker was on the ice for 19:52, taking five shots on goal.

Jason Demers spent the second-most time on ice for the Arizona Coyotes (23:37) in their 4-2 loss to the visiting Detroit Red Wings. he took two SOG. The Coyotes have yet to put a win on the board with a record of 0-3-1.

Jewps

Omri Casspi and the Golden State Warriors last played on Oct. 8. Their next game is Oct. 15. I don’t know how you can get any kind of continuity playing one a week. How much of an impact will Casspi have on the team?

Maccabi lost to the Indiana Pacers, 108-89 on Tuesday. They next face the Trail Blazers in Portland tonight. At this writing there are still 500 tickets available for as low as $2!!

 

 

 

Jice/Jewps update, Oct. 10, 2017

Posted on: October 10th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

NHL

Josh Ho-Sang took one shot on goal in 13:41 of ice time as the NY Islanders (1-1-1) fell to the visiting St. Louis Blues, 3-2, in a shootout.

Zach Hyman took one SOG in 14:20 as the Toronto Maple Leafs (30-0-0) beat the visiting Chicago Blackhawks, 4-2, in overtime. Hyman served a two-minute penalty for holding.

NBA

In a game played in China on Oct. 8, Omri Casspi and the Golden State Warriors beat the “visiting” Minnesota Timberwolves, 142-110. Omri Casspi scored four points in 12 minutes of the bench along with four assists (one offensive, three defensive), four assists, two steals, two blocked shots, three turnovers but four personal fouls.

Tonight, Maccabi Haifa is making their semi-regular visit to the U.S., taking on the Pacers in Indiana. Maccabi lost to the Utah Jazz on Oct. 4, 117-78.

 

Jewps Update, Oct. 3, 2017

Posted on: October 3rd, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Image result for omri casspi, warriorsThat’s a combo of “Jews” and “hoops” for those of you just tuning in…

Omri Casspi joined the world champion Golden State Warriors during the off-season. He immediately made headlines when he decided not to play in their preseason opener on Yom Kippur, which they lost to the Denver Nuggets, 108-102. Omri received an official okey-dokey from his team:

“Whatever each person needs to do, obviously we afford them that right,” [Warriors coach Steve] Kerr said. “It’s an important holiday for people of the Jewish faith. Obviously, Omri has our full support, and we’ll see him tomorrow.”

T.J. Leaf, a 6’10” power forward born, like Casspi, in Israel, was drafted by the Indiana Pacers. Whether he sticks is another story. According to ESPN,

Leaf has been battling an undisclosed injury for about a month but returned to practice last Tuesday. Since the Pacers are currently in a rebuilding phase, Leaf, Indiana’s first round pick of the 2017 draft, will get opportunities to jump into the rotation during the regular season, although he’ll be splitting time with Bojan Bogdanovic and Domantas Sabonis behind Thaddeus Young.

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Indiana’s first preseason game takes place tomorrow against the Milwaukee Bucks.

As of this writing, those are the only two Jewish players on NBA rosters. Unless I missed somebody?

Catching up

Posted on: July 5th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

As you no doubt know, there has been a marked drop-off in posts here in the past few months as I looked for a job. Finally got one, which also impacted the time I have for blogging. I won’t go into details now, but suffice it to say it’s not a normal nine-to-five, Monday-to-Friday schedule. I could be working 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. on day and 4 to midnight the next. Basically all I have time for is the Jewish Major Leaguer updates but I hope to get a handle on all this soon.

Actually let’s start now with a bit of catching up.

Probably the biggest news of the off-seasons is that the NJ Devils parted ways with Michael Cammalleri, who holds the record among Jewish NHLers in terms of points scored. The 35-year old left-winger made his debut in 2002 with the Los Angeles Kings so it’s fitting that he has rejoined them for what might be his last hurrah, signing a one year-$1 million contract. In between, Cams has played for the Calgary Flames, Montreal Canadiens, Flames again, and Devils. In 890 regular season contests, he has 287 goals and 326 assists for 613 total points, so that 600 plus a bar mitzvah.

Right to PlayIn other hockey news, Zach Hyman kept himself busy with author appearances for his kids’ books, The Bambino and Me and Hockey Hero. The center is entering his third season with the Toronto Maple Leafs; perhaps, as he is a restricted free agent.

Jason Zucker, the Minnesota Wild’s star forward, co-hosted the ninth annual Champions for Children Celebrity Golf Classic with Vikings’ tight end Kyle Rudolph late last month.

Let’s just keep going, shall we?

In the NFL, Nate Ebner got this season review on the New England Patriots website. he’s still getting mileage for his rugby performance at the last Olympics. The Pats Pulpit portion of the SB Nation family deemed him the best tackle on special teams last year (although they might be a wee bit biased). A similar portion of SBN that focuses on the Arizona Sun Devils posted this article about former QB Mike Bercovici, now a member of the LA Chargers (wow, does that sound strange). The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are expecting a bigger role from newly-designated center Ari Marpet, but Adam Bisnowaty isn’t getting that kind of love from the NY Giants as he prepares for his first camp.

Over on the hard court, Omri Casspi gets his big break? He signed with the world championship Golden State Warriors for what Ha’aretz, one of the leading newspapers in Israel, described as “only a modest $2.1 million.” Wish I could be so modest. Casspi split time between three teams last year, so four clubs in two seasons has to be some kind of record, at least for Jewish players.

According to the Jerusalem Post, Gal Mekel‘s “career has been on a downward spiral since he was cut by the Dallas Mavericks.” He was recently dismissed by Maccabi Tel Aviv.

I think that about gets us caught up on the recent older news. I’ll be posting about the Maccabiah Games, of course, and whatever is going on in Wimbledon in the days ahead. Stay tuned.
 

The next biggest (Israeli) thing in the NBA?

Posted on: June 26th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Mazel tov to T.J. Leaf.

With their first pick, the Indiana Pacers selected the Israeli-born Leaf — “a fierce but quiet competitor” — in the recent NBA draft.

Leaf, a 6’10” power forward, averaged 16.3 points and 8.2 rebounds per game in his only season for UCLA. He was the 18th overall pick.

Omri Casspi, the first Israeli taken by an NBA team back in 2009, is currently with the Minnesota Timberwolves after debiting with the Sacramento Kings in 2009. he also played for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, returned to the Kings, and the New Orleans Pelicans before arriving in Minny. He has endured his share of injuries and disappointments; last year he split time between three franchises, all the while being praised as a heady player. So what gives?

Gal Mekel is the third Israeli to play in the NBA, albeit very briefly.

Mish-Mashing (Trying to catch up)

Posted on: May 15th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Things have been a bit hectic of late, what with looking for a new job and dealing with the release of the new book. So here’s a quick look back and what we (meaning I) have missed over the last several days.

Jewps/Jice update, Games of April 12, 2017

Posted on: April 13th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

NHL

Jason Zucker and the Minnesota Wild find themselves down a game in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs following their 2-1 overtime loss to the visiting St. Louis Blues. Zucker took six shots on goal in 19:47. Game two is scheduled for tomorrow night.

Zach Hyman and the Toronto Maple Leafs play their Eastern Conference opener against the host Washington Capitals tonight.

NBA

Omri CasspiIt ended not with a bang but with a whimper for Omri Casspi and the Minnesota Timberwolves, who finish their season with a 31-51 record following their 123-118 loss to the host Houston Rockets. Casspi played 19 minutes off the bench, scoring seven points with three rebounds and two assists; he was the only sub for the Wolves to finish with a minus-rating (-7).

Between injuries and coaches’ decisions, Casspi appeared in just 36 games: 22 for the Sacramento Kings, one for the New Orleans Pelicans, and 14 for the Timberwolves. His per game averages: 17.1 minutes, 3.5 points, 3.1 rebounds, and one assist. Here’s wishing him better luck next year.

Dallas Mavericks’ owner Mark Cuban thought it would be a sweet idea to sign recently-retired Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback and uber hoops fan Tony Romo to a one-day contract but NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said no. As it was Romo participated in the Mav’s shoot-around before their final game and “suited up” for a pregame practice. The team finished the year at 33-49, so it’s not like anything was really on the line.

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Jewps/Jice update, April 12, 2017

Posted on: April 12th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

NHL

The playoffs get underway tonight. Jason Zucker and the Minnesota Wild host the St. Louis Blues. Tomorrow, Zach Hyman and the Toronto Blue visit the Washington Capitals.

NBA

Omri Casspi scored seven points in 17 minutes off the bench for the Minnesota Timberwolves, who lost their penultimate game, 100-98, to the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder. Casspi also had three rebounds, an assist, and three steals. The season mercifully comes to a close tonight as the Wolves visit the Houston Rockets.

The Miami Herald added a fifth question to the Seder ritual: “Why is this night different for Jewish Heat season-ticket holders?

Heat fans attempt to distract Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James as the Miami Heat host the Cleveland Cavaliers at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Decemeber 2014.

Jewish sports update, April 11, 2017 — UPDATE

Posted on: April 11th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

NBA

No game last night for Omri Casspi and the Minnesota Timberwolves. They host the Oklahoma City Thunder tonight before wrapping things up tomorrow by visiting the Houston Rockets.

NHL

The playoffs get under way tomorrow. Jason Zucker and the Minnesota Wild host the St. Louis Blues. Zach Hyman and the Toronto Maple Leafs have to wait another day until the visit the Washington Capitols.

UPDATE: With their season over, the NY Islanders sent Josh Ho-Sang to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in the American Hockey League. The hopea re that he can help somebody get into the playoffs.

   
 

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