Let’s Get the NBA Finals Started Already

Written by Efraim Andrew Wakschlag on . Posted in Sports

I have never, until this year, had a tough time watching the NBA playoffs. I never even thought I’d ever utter those words; but here we are. The least competitive NBA playoffs anybody can remember are finally dwindling down, with two super-teams — the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers — duking it out for the championship.

The Capitals Lack the Mazal in Their Mojo

Written by Phil Jacobs on . Posted in Sports

So, I’ve been following these Washington Capitals since their inaugural 1974 season; and, like you, I watched last week as once again as Lucy pulled the football away from Charlie Brown and the Capitals’ season ended up on its back.

The Bucks and Their Future

Written by Sam Glick on . Posted in Sports

The youngest team in the NBA, with an average age of 24.5, the Milwaukee Bucks have probably the best prospects among NBA teams right now, besides for the Minnesota Timberwolves. The team is among the top 10 in allowed points per game because every player in the starting lineup has a 6’10” wingspan or longer. The Bucks are led by one-time All-Star and small forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, who is 22 years old. Antetokounmpo had his best season of his career this year, and I think it will translate into next year when he is a major contender for MVP.

Russell Westbrook, the Unquestionable MVP

Written by Roey Herzfeld on . Posted in Sports

On March 27, the Oklahoma City Thunder were down by 13 points against the Dallas Mavericks, with just above three minutes left in the game. It was over, right?

Russell Westbrook didn’t think so. In the final three minutes, Westbrook scored 12 out of his team’s final 14 points, icing the comeback with a game-winning jumper. Westbrook finished with an impressive stat line: 37 points, 10 assists, and 13 rebounds.

New Sunday Sports League Launched for Jewish Community

Written by Kol HaBirah Staff on . Posted in Sports

SILVER SPRING (Md.) —Dr. Joshua Hollander was frustrated that his community didn’t have any organized sports leagues for his son, so last year he did something about it: he launched Ko-ach Sports. Starting with soccer last fall, a spring baseball league currently in session, and a summer track program planned for this year, the healthcare consultant and former chiropractor is hoping to provide year-round athletic activities that are tailored to observant Jewish families.

A Recap of April Baseball

Written by Roey Herzfeld and Ezra Troy on . Posted in Sports

Five Things We Learned From April:

1.) Eric Thames is a beast

Even though he got injured for a few days, Thames still has 11 HR’s (home runs), tied for the league lead, 19 RBI (runs batted in) , and would be in the running for NL triple crown if it was the end of the season. He already has more home runs in less than half of the at bats then the last time he played in the majors (2012). No wonder they think he is a god in Korea.

Do NBA Players Deserve a ‘Rest’?

Written by Efraim Andrew Wakschlag on . Posted in Sports

Over the last few years there has been a sharp increase in players missing games due to “rest.” In 2013, there were eight such games, while in 2015 there were 37 such games. So far this season, there have been 70 such games. “Rest” has become an accepted excuse for an NBA player to miss his team’s game.

The issue of players “resting” famously came to the national spotlight back in 2012, when former NBA Commissioner David Stern fined the San Antonio Spurs $250,000 after head coach Gregg Popovich sat Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, and Danny Green during a nationally televised game against LeBron James and the Miami Heat. The issue prominently resurfaced last week when LeBron James, Kevin Love, and Kyrie Irving sat out against the Los Angeles Clippers in a much-hyped nationally televised game. Right before tipoff, after learning the superstars would be “resting,” analyst Mark Jackson remaarked, “This is an absolute joke.”

Should College Athletes Get Paid?

Written by Efraim Andrew Wakschlag on . Posted in Sports

Considering March Madness is in full swing, I knew I had to write something about college basketball. Instead of recapping games, I want to write about a subject which resurfaces every couple of years and that is whether or not college athletes should be compensated. While this issue certainly isn’t new, it gained traction when college athletes began appearing on video games a year or two ago. At the time, students from several schools threatened to unionize and demanded they be paid royalties from these types of programs which benefited from using their profiles. In 2016, college athletics generated nearly $1 trillion in revenue for the National Collegiate Athletic Association and affiliated parties, yet the stars running the show did not receive a penny. Does this make any sense?