Top of the week: Out of the frying pan — David Blatt, the Israeli American who was fired this season as head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, reportedly is under consideration for the same post with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Blatt was listed this week in an ESPN report, citing unnamed league sources, as one of 10 potential candidates on the NBA team’s “long list” to replace Byron Scott, who was fired by the Lakers on April 24 after leading the squad to its two worst seasons ever. Blatt, on the other hand, was fired by the Cavs while they were in first place this season and made it to the NBA Finals last year.
Playoff action: Andre Burakovsky and the Washington Capitals beat the Philadelphia Flyers to move on to the second round in the NHL post-season. Jason Demers and the Dallas Stars beat Jason Zucker and his Minnesota Wild in their series to advance as well. (Eric Nystrom and the Nashville Predators played their seventh and decisive game against the Anaheim Ducks after this edition went to press.) Jordan Farmar and the Memphis Grizzlies were eliminated in the first round of the NBA Western Conference Playoffs in a four-game sweep at the hands of the San Antonio Spurs.
Going, going…Ryan Braun hit his fourth and fifth home runs over the weekend for the Milwaukee Brewers; Joc Pederson hit his third for the Los Angeles Dodgers in a 12-10 win over the Colorado Rockies on April 24, scoring five times in the ninth inning for the victory.
Birthday greetings: Israel women’s tennis star Shahar Peer turns 29 on May 1. Figure skater Sarah Hughes turns 31 and international soccer star Jeff Agoos turns 48 on May 2.
Sources: JTA, Day by Day in Jewish Sports History, ESPN.com