NETANYA, Israel - About 6,000 miles separate Netanya, Israel and East Lansing, Michigan. Yet, for former Michigan State basketball star and current Barak Netanya star Raymar Morgan, the distance seems much shorter.
"Adjusting wasn't really too hard. When I first got here, I was most surprised by just how Americanized it is, it's not too much different than America, looking at all aspects of it. The game is not too much different. Socially, everyone speaks English, so when you want to go to the store, or go out, it's easy to adjust and to adapt," Morgan said.
Posted December 19, 2012 14:38
Meeting tomorrow with Former Michigan State Basketbal Star Raymar Morgan, who is now playing for Israeli pro team Barak Netanya. Check back soon for a look into how the game differs abroad as well as insights regarding daily life in Israel-
Photos from the 2009 NCAA Final Four, in which Morgan went for 18 points in a win against UConn in the national semifinals:
Posted December 12, 2012 03:36
Some photos from today's swell... the spot is next to the Dolphinarium, which once served as a sealife performance venue and aquarium [it was dubbed the 'blue and white (read: Israeli) Disneyland,' though they probably meant SeaWorld"]. The venture only lasted a few years and closed in 1985.
Posted December 6, 2012 12:52
Spent Election Day (Israeli Labor party primaries) with candidate Oren Pasternack. Video coming soon...
Posted December 2, 2012 07:21
JERUSALEM- A visitor to the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo this past week could have been forgiven for thinking that the mob scene outside the entrance gate was due to the typical excitement of children on a school field trip.
However, the children anxiously waiting to see the exotic animals inside were not on a break from a normal school day, they were escaping the constant barrage of rockets targeting them in southern Israel.
Posted December 1, 2012 15:10
Picked up my complimentary gas mask today. At the mall.
No big deal: store, store, store, free gas mask pick-up, store, store, store.
Posted November 28, 2012 07:31
As a taxi driver told me yesterday, things in Israel happen fast: wars, elections... even rain storms.
Soldiers are back from reserve duty, Ehud Barak resigned his post, Tzipi Livni jumped into the race- and the events of last week are like a distant memory.
Posted November 27, 2012 14:53
TEL AVIV - Of all the things to be concerned about in Santa Barbara, finding shelter in less than 90 seconds is not one of them. As the ceasefire goes into effect, a temporary lull has descended over Israel and the Gaza Strip, but the looming threat of rocket attacks and bombings casts a shadow over the lives of Santa Barbarans who have experienced the past week and previous outbreaks of violence.
Posted November 25, 2012 02:29