Deni Avdija Joins the Washington Wizards and NBA: Exploring the Legacy of Jews and Sports

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This moment matters, and it’s why I kept my 8-year-old son, Eyal, awake past his bedtime to watch the NBA draft with me. When Deni Avdija was selected by the Washington Wizards, both of us jumped up, gave each other a high five and pumped our fists in unison. 

Are we Washington Wizards fans? Granted, I grew up in Baltimore, but the Wizards never caught my interest (except for those two surreal Michael Jordan years).

Is Deni going to be a world class athlete? Who knows. So, why did we both instinctively cheer and embrace when we...

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