A Blog by the Editor of The Middle East Journal

Putting Middle Eastern Events in Cultural and Historical Context

Thursday, June 4, 2015

The Middle East Connections of Both NBA Championship Coaches

A very busy day so not much blogging. I'm not that big a basketball fan unless my alma mater or a local pro team is involved, but with the NBA finals underway, I should note Haaretz' piece "Middle East veterans to meet in NBA finals." 

Cleveland coach David Blatt is an Israeli dual citizen and former coach of Maccabi Tel Aviv, and Golden State coach Steve Kerr is a Beirut-born son of the late, great scholar and AUB President Malcolm Kerr, assassinated in Beirut in 1984. I met Malcolm Kerr a few times but had no idea of this connection