Sylven Landesberg and Great Moments In Israeli TelevisionPosted by KCarpenter on February 1st, 2012
I love international basketball. I love it because it gives lots of standout college players a place to work hard and earn a spot in the NBA outside of the limelight of the American media-sports-industrial complex. More importantly, however, I love international basketball because it gives lots of collegiate standouts a place to be unabashedly goofy. ACC fans likely remember Sylven Landesberg, the 2008-09 conference Rookie of the Year who seemed poised to break out in a big way after a brilliant freshman season for Virginia. At the end of his sophomore year, Landesberg was suspended from the team for failing to meet academic obligations. He didn’t come back.
Cut to the present: Landesberg plays in the Israeli league for Maccabi Haifa, displaying his legitimate basketball talents as well as his incredibly goofy side. So, without further ado, The Best International Basketball Non-Basketball Video Clip of An ACC Standout (displacing the Italian GQ interview of former North Carolina player Danny Green talking about dancing): Landesberg singing a high-rent karaoke version of “Empire State of Mind” for television.