Lavon Mercer, the 'Israeli Michael Jordan'

LaVon Mercer describes himself as an African-American Israeli. He was once known as the Israeli Michael Jordan. In this part of the world, they call him "coach" of the Spelman College women's varsity basketball team, as well as associate athletic director. No matter how you see him, LaVon Mercer is a bridge between cultures. NPR's Tony Cox speaks with Mercer.

Copyright © 2004 NPR. All rights reserved. Visit our website terms of use and permissions pages at for further information.

NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by a contractor for NPR, and accuracy and availability may vary. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Please be aware that the authoritative record of NPR’s programming is the audio.



Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.