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The First Basket (2008)



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David Vyorst's documentary The First Basket takes a look at the early days of the Basketball Association of America. When it was formed in 1946, the majority of players were Jewish -- a fact that certainly is not true of American basketball just 60 years later. This film showcases how these athletes provided inspiration for Jews suffering discrimination.


Peter Riegert
as Narrator

Critic Reviews for The First Basket

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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

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…

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

Unforgiveable are the kitschy, Photoshopped graphics that maddeningly mock the defenseless interviewees from the sidelines.

October 26, 2008 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

David Vyorst's comprehensive and celebratory documentary presents the stats in one easy-to-follow, nicely organized 86 minutes.

November 14, 2008 | Rating: 3/4

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