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For Alex Tyus, Israel more than just playing ball

FILE - In this Thursday, March 20, 2014 file photo, Alex Tyus of Israel's BC Maccabi Electra dunks a ball during their Euroleague Top 16 basketball match against Partizan, in Belgrade, Serbia, Thursday, March 20, 2014. With his Maccabi Tel Aviv team set to face LeBron James in his first game back for the Cleveland Cavaliers on Oct. 5, 2014, Alex Tyus, a 6-9 power forward from St. Louis, has an important decision to make _ whether to fast the previous day for the Jewish holy day of Yom Kippur. American Jews have long found a basketball refuge in Israel but the Jewish state has never seen anything like Tyus before: an African-American standout from a major college program with no previous link to the religion who decided, along with his future wife, to embrace the faith and set off on a path that led him to the Israel national team and the best team in the country. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic, File)


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