Knicks’ Mitchell Robinson Sets Rookie Block Record


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Mitchell Robinson

Drawing upon more than 35 years of relevant experience, Harvey Bell is a New Jersey resident who supports the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and the Lawfare Project. Beyond his professional and advocacy pursuits, Harvey Bell is a passionate fan of the National Basketball Association’s New York Knicks.

The Knicks aren’t off to a promising start to the 2018-19 season, as the team has a win-loss record of 4-10 through its first 14 games, but there have been some promising signs, one of which is the play of rookie center Mitchell Robinson. A 20-year-old native of Pensacola, Florida, Robinson dropped out of Western Kentucky and sat out for a year before being selected by the Knicks with the 36th overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. He has averaged 5.1 points and 4.3 rebounds per game, but it has been his ability to protect the rim that has the organization excited.

Robinson has 1.8 blocks per game for a total of 22 blocks through 12 games. However, he recorded nine of those blocks during the Knicks’ 115-89 loss to the Orlando Magic and, in the process, established a new franchise record for most blocks in a single game by a rookie. The record was previously held by Lonnie Shelton and Kristaps Porzingis, both of whom had seven blocks in one game. The Knicks record for blocks in a game is 10, and Robinson intends to surpass that in the not-so-distant future.


The Lawfare Project’s Support of Michigan University Students

Lawfare Project

The recipient of an MBA from Texas A&M University, Harvey Bell is a longtime resident of New Jersey. Beyond his professional pursuits, Harvey Bell supports the Lawfare Project, a global network of legal professionals that defends the human and civil rights of Jewish people and the pro-Israel community.

The Lawfare Project is litigating a pair of lawsuits against San Francisco State University and two against the City University of New York for alleged anti-Semitic incidents involving students and employees. On October 14, the US-based litigation fund warned the University of Michigan that it may be liable under federal anti-discrimination law for its insufficient response to several anti-Semitic incidents on campus.

According to the Lawfare Project, an American culture professor and his graduate teaching assistant denied two Jewish students letters of recommendation to spend a semester abroad simply because their destination of choice was Israel. Moreover, another Michigan student alleged that in order to earn her degree from the university’s Stamps School of Art & Design, she was required to sit through a lecture that equated Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, with Adolf Hitler. The slideshow presentation also included an image that depicted Jewish people as pigs drinking from bottles of money.

In a letter to the university, the Lawfare Project outlined “immediate and concrete” steps to remedy the hostile environment and asked that it investigate professors and instructors who have “adopted a discriminatory boycott.”

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