When basketball was jewish is author douglas starks second book on the history of jews in basketball in twenty interviews many originally published in other archives or publications stark chronicles the lives of jewish players from 1900 to 1960. Douglas stark is the museum director at the international tennis hall of fame in newport rhode island he is the author of wartime basketball the emergence of a national sport during world war ii nebraska 2016 and the sphas the life and times of basketballs greatest jewish team. In the 2015 16 nba season the jewish presence in the league was largely confined to adam silver the commissioner david blatt the coach of the cleveland cavaliers and omri casspi a player for the sacramento kings basketball however was once referred to as a jewish sport. Many of basketballs early stars were jewish including shikey gotthoffer sonny hertzberg nat holman red klotz dolph schayes moe spahn and max zaslofsky in this oral history collection douglas stark chronicles jewish basketball throughout the twentieth century focusing on 1900 to 1960. Gotthoffer is one of 20 players from the 1920s to 1960 featured in the oral history when basketball was jewish voices of those who played the game compiled by douglas stark the author of several other books related to basketball basketball was invented in december 1891 by canadian american physician and chaplain dr james naismith in the
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