The First Basket

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Chronicling Jewish roots of the NBA and basketball's influence on modern Jewish culture.

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Peter Riegert
as Narrator

Critic Reviews for The First Basket

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (3)

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    November 17, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Drew Toal

    Time Out
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    November 21, 2008 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • It uncovers a fascinating and largely forgotten chapter of the game's history that is well worth revisiting.

    November 14, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • A valuable reminder that for nearly three decades, basketball was dominated by Jewish players -- and coaches who found the sport an ideal vehicle for assimilation in the United States.

    October 31, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • When the history of the sport is allowed to unfold through the reminiscences of geriatric Yiddish pros, pic approaches the richness of its impressive archival trove. Too often, however, director David Vyorst's chauvinistic agenda intrudes.

    October 29, 2008 | Full Review…

    Ronnie Scheib

    Variety
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  • The First Basket, a functional (if narrowly interesting) history lesson by the filmmaker David Vyorst, recollects the rich history of Jewish participation in basketball.

    October 29, 2008 | Rating: 3/5

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