Schalit drops in on All-Star game

Memphis Grizzlies along with the help of super-agent Arn Tellem, worked on behalf of NBA enthusiast Schalit to bring him to Orlando.

By ANDREW GERHMAN
February 28, 2012 23:58
2 minute read.
Gilad Schalit at Maccabi TA game

Schalit Maccabi 390. (photo credit: Baz Ratner/Reuters))

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

This past weekend’s NBA All- Star festivities brought celebrities and athletes from all over the world to Orlando to check out the best basketball players in the world.

Included on the guest list was Gilad Schalit, the Israeli soldier released five months ago after spending five years held in captivity by Hamas.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


An anonymous request on Schalit’s behalf for tickets to the all-star weekend came recently from Jerusalem to the Memphis Grizzlies.

The team, along with the help of super-agent Arn Tellem, worked on behalf of NBA enthusiast Schalit to bring him to Orlando.

According to Chris Wallace, GM of the Grizzlies, “The Grizzlies played a role in helping Gilad get tickets for the entire all star weekend.”

Wallace went on to say, “We received a request from someone in Jerusalem on Gilad’s behalf, we took the request and moved it along to the right people.”

Wallace who has visited Israel in the past said, “I had met Gilad’s parents when I was in Israel a couple of years ago at the Schalit tent set up in Jerusalem.”



Now, Wallace was able to meet Gilad himself, just two days ago in Orlando.

“Having a chance to meet Gilad was a thrill for me. I am so happy he got to have this dream experience,” said Wallace.

In addition to the main event of the All-Star game, Schalit attended all of the events of the weekend, including the Skills Competition, Slam Dunk Competition, and Future Stars Game.

Prior to his trip, Schalit visited the United States Embassy in Tel-Aviv for his visa.

While at the embassy, Schalit had the opportunity to meet with United States Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro for the second time since his release.

Schalit, who was held in captivity by Hamas since June of 2006, was released in a prisoner swap October 18, 2011. An avid basketball fan, Schalit has been spotted at Maccabi Tel-Aviv basketball games since his release.

According to Wallace, “He is a huge NBA fan.”

To the best of Wallace’s knowledge, Gilad is traveling with friends.

“When I saw him in Orlando he appeared to be having a great time,” said Wallace.

Andrew Gershman is a freelance sports writer from Silver Spring, Maryland and author of the forthcoming children’s book “Modern Day Maccabees,” about contemporary Jewish sports legends.

Related Content

dudi sela
August 31, 2014
Sela steamrolled by Dimitrov

By ALLON SINAI