The NBA has apologized and removed wording from its website referring to “Palestine-occupied territory” on Friday after complaints by an Israeli minister. Israeli sports minister Miri Regev had sent a letter to NBA commissioner Adam Silver calling Palestine “an imaginary ‘state'” and asking for the reference to be removed from the league’s website.
“We do not produce the country listings for NBA.com, and as soon as we became aware of it, the site was updated,” NBA president for social responsibility Kathy Behrens said. “We apologize for this oversight and have corrected it.”
Baron Davis: We did this for Omri Casspi. We didn’t want to leave him out. Casspi is the only Israeli player in the NBA, so we made this incredible sweater for him to celebrate Hanukkah and the Jewish tradition.
“I had the opportunity to go back to Maccabi Tel Aviv or to go to Khimki Moscow and, ultimately, because of my desire not to commit long-term to anything beyond this coming season, I decided it would be best for me to stay here, and then after this season, reevaluate what I want to do with my career; whether I’m able to find an opportunity in the NBA next year, which was my goal, or whether I will again commit to a different kind of situation next season.
Jerryd Bayless, Sam Dekker and Norman Powell were among the current players who joined Casspi this summer. Campers who attended Basketball Without Borders came from 22 different countries to be a part of BWB. Many became friends and cheered for one another and he said it was uplifting to see kids from the Jewish community, Israeli community, Druze community and Muslim community all working together on the basketball court.