In order to understand the importance of Aaron Liberman, you have to grasp how the Jewish community feels about its athletes. See, all it takes is a hint of Judaism for the community to begin buzzing about a given player. The reason is simple: Jews are generally viewed as people better suited to be owners, coaches, GMs or media members reporting on 40-times rather than the ones running them.
Your grandmother may not know what a puck is, but when she hears that Matthew Berman scored a goal for the Kings she wants to know if he’s Jewish. Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun may have been raised Catholic, but the Jews will follow his career like Moses through the desert. They’ll tell you his last name is all they need to know about him to like him. Or better yet, ask Mike Jacobs about the devotion. He was the first athlete in the history of South Florida sports to get the Del Boca Vista crowd to attend Marlins games. They still don’t care that he actually is not Jewish.
The point is that baseball has Sandy Koufax and Hank Greenberg, football has Sid Luckman, and the list of Jews in basketball includes Dolph Schayes, and the dude SI said was the Jewish Jordan. Simply said, we need someone, and Omri Casspi, Jordan Farmar, and whatever Amare Stoudemire is trying to pass himself off as won’t cut it.
We need a new hope.
Enter Aaron Liberman.