Omri Casspi has come down to earth a bit. In his last two games, he’s scored four points in a 108-101 loss to the Golden State Warriors, and 16 in a 102-100 win over the Denver Nuggets.
The push to get him on the All-Star team is in full swing.
A group of Israel fans working on a Vote4Casspi campaign with ynet.com. “We want to show Casspi our support, love and appreciation for what he is doing and what he has achieved,” wrote Liat Samuel an an e-mail blast. “We would be grateful if you could lend us a hand in making this dream become reality – to see, for the first time, an Israeli player in the All Star games.
“It would be great if you could forward this letter to your family and friends, write about the campaign or better yet, if you have a website, embed a button on your homepage/blog that directs readers to the minisite.”
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Jordan Farmar had amazingly similar numbers in his last two games: three points in a 107-98 loss to the Portland Trailblazers and 17 in a 95-77 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.
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Oh, the Protestants hate the Catholics
And the Catholics hate the Protestants
And the Hindus hate the Moslems
And everybody hates the Jews
National Brotherhood Week, by Tom Lehrer
Not so, according to this lovely article in The New York Times about Niveen Rasheed and Lauren Polansky, two girls of Arab and Jewish heritage, respectively, who get along just fine on the Princeton basketball team.
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Finally, Bruce Pearl’s Tennessee Volunteers handed the Kansas University Jay Hawks their first loss of the year, 76-68, on Sunday night in Knoxville, Tenn. And it wasn’t so much that they won, but they way in which they did it.
From the Times:
It was the Vols’ first game after Coach Bruce Pearl dismissed the senior Tyler Smith on Friday, a week after he was arrested on misdemeanor gun and drug charges. They were also playing without Cameron Tatum, Melvin Goins and Brian Williams, who were arrested Jan. 1 with Smith.
But Tennessee, which had already lost two players before the season started, played even more short-handed than that. The starters Wayne Chism and J. P. Prince were in foul trouble early and each spent more than half of the game on the bench.