Coach David Thorpe on the past, present and future of Israeli basketball

NBA Coach David Thorpe in conversation with The CJN's sports podcasters, the Menschwarmers.

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Outside of executive offices, David Thorpe is one of the biggest Jewish names in the NBA—a player development coach who’s helped countless athletes, especially young prospects, reach new heights and meet their goals of competing on the world’s biggest basketball stage.

Among those athletes have been Omri Casspi and Gal Mekel, two of Israel’s biggest basketball stars; after he helped them get drafted into the NBA, word began to spread in the Holy Land, and Coach Thorpe found himself flown into Israel to help cultivate a homegrown scene there.

Hear him tell these stories and more, including some FIBA discussions and how his parents instilled Jewish values in him personally, in this deep-dive interview on Menschwarmers.


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