Tel Aviv, Israel
For a Clevelander traveling the world these days, the celebrity status of NBA star LeBron James brings us instant recognition.
Whether you are in Asia, Europe, or the Middle East, nearly everyone seems to know one fact about Cleveland, Ohio, USA: LeBron James plays basketball for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Folks in Israel know another thing: David Blatt, an American famous here for his prowess in leading championship basketball teams, is head coach of the Cavs.
As my wife and I were walking this week in Safed, one of the holiest cities in Israel, in the hills above the Sea of Galilee, I helped to reduce some basketball anxieties among a group of merchants in the local outdoor market.
We had arrived in Israel on luxury cruise line Silversea’s 540-passenger Silver Spirit, docked in Haifa, and were touring with a private guide.