Jordan Farmar, the only Jewish player in the National Basketball Association (NBA), wore tefillin at the Western Wall (Kotel) on his recent visit to Israel, and the picture was posted by Chabad-Lubavitch, which said "students went crazy" over it. "Seeing someone like Jordan Farmar putting on tefillin has made the mitzvah a lot cooler," said Chabad's California State University Rabbi Chaim Shaul Brook, who sent it to fans of Farmar's Los Angeles Lakers team.
Farmar hosted basketball clinics during his visit to Israel. "I have been to Israel before, but I have never seen it in such depth and with this perspective. It was cool to get different views, and get this history of Jerusalem and Israel from the start," he said.