HoopsHype Israel rumors

August 3, 2014 Updates

Do you support the operation? David Blatt: "Absolutely. In my opinion, this war is Israel's most justified war I can remember in recent years. I'm really sorry about what's happening in Gaza, but there's no doubt that we had to act there, so that Israel will have quiet there once and for all, and we can live in peace." Do you feel support for Israel in the US? David Blatt: "There's support, although sometimes it's not enough. In my opinion, though, there's more support this time than before." Globes.co.il

David Blatt: It's not easy for me when I'm constantly thinking about what's happening in Israel. My two older daughters happen to be on their global post-army service tour, my son is overseas playing in in the European Youth Basketball Championship, and my youngest daughter is also out of the country for a few days. They're all returning to Israel, though, and I'm planning on seeing them again at the beginning of August. I had a plane ticket with Delta Airlines, but I changed to El Al Israel Airlines Ltd. (TASE: ELAL) as soon as Delta canceled its flights to Israel." Globes.co.il

July 29, 2014 Updates

David 'Dubi' Pick: FIBA have decided against Israel hosting Montenegro in EuroBasket QF. Games vs Holland & Bulgaria TBD on August 4th. Twitter @IAmDPick

July 24, 2014 Updates

Turkish Airlines Euroleague champion Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv brought back one of the dominant pieces in its run to the 2011 Euroleague Championship Game by signing point guard Jeremy Pargo to a two-year deal. Pargo (1.88 meters, 28 years old) arrives from CSKA Moscow, with whom he reached the Final Four in Milan last season, but saw his team fall to Maccabi in the semifinals. He averaged 5 points and 1.4 assists over 27 Euroleague games for CSKA. Pargo enjoyed his best season with Maccabi in 2010-11. He averaged 13 points, 3.5 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 22 games, was the Euroleague MVP of the Month in March 2011 and named to the 2010-11 All-Euroleague Second Team. He helped Maccabi win the Israeli double - league and cup titles - in 2011. Euroleague.net

July 23, 2014 Updates

He recently engaged in a brief, but controversial Twitter tussle about the Israel-Gaza conflict with his friend and former Houston Rockets teammate, Dwight Howard. But the worst of it? Casspi, 26, is standing on the corner of the latest Middle East conflagration, running to bomb shelters when sirens sound and incoming rockets shake his boyhood home in Yavne, a Tel Aviv suburb about 45 miles from the border with Gaza. “Everyone is scared and on edge,” Casspi said in a lengthy phone conversation. “My dog (Butch) follows me everywhere, even into the bathroom. I tried to sleep last night, but then the sirens go off, and you can hear when the Iron Dome missiles connect with an incoming rocket. The whole house trembles. My sister and my parents, we just run to the nearest bomb shelter. Believe me, this is just terrible.” Sacramento Bee

Howard, who has the same agent as Casspi, appeared to start the mini-controversy with a #FreePalestine tweet. Casspi quickly responded with his own tweets, including one that read, “600 missiles been fired from GAZA by Hamas in last 4 days. NUMBERS DON’T LIE. STOP LYING.” Howard quickly retracted his remarks and called his former teammate to apologize. Casspi, who has received his own share of criticism for venting, regrets sharing his thoughts so publicly and acknowledged that his emotions are raw and unfiltered, increasingly so since his return to Israel. Sacramento Bee

“We were talking again today about (how) much different it felt back then,” Casspi said. “Dwight (Howard) all the time talked about coming to visit me in Israel. J.T. (Jason Thompson) came over and had a great time. Then, two years ago, Yavne started getting hit a lot. Now we are in the middle of this, and it’s so hard to see, it’s heartbreaking. Kids dying in their parents’ arms? I think of the people in Gaza … they think Jewish people are monsters with three heads. But Hamas is using humans as shields and building tunnels under people’s houses. What do we do?” Sacramento Bee

July 22, 2014 Updates

NBA star Amar’e Stoudemire has canceled the basketball camp he was to host in Israel for local youth later this month, citing safety concerns due to the ongoing conflict with Hamas. “We chose to cancel the Amar’e Stoudemire Basketball Academy because we did not want to put any of our campers or coaches in harm’s way,” Stoudemire said in a statement to Haaretz. “I look forward to hosting a basketball camp in Israel in the future.” Haaretz

July 17, 2014 Updates

As Langston Galloway continues to play for the Knicks during NBA Summer League, a source tells RidiculousUpside.com that Galloway also has an offer to play for a team in Israel next season. Ridiculous Upside

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A person familiar with the Cleveland Cavaliers' search says the team has contacted Maccabi Tel Aviv coach David Blatt about their coaching job. The highly regarded Blatt coached Russia to a bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics. He is one of several candidates to speak with the Cavs, said the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday because of the sensitivity of the situation. Blatt has not had a formal interview, the person said. Haaretz

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Casspi said he told his teammates: "Come get a different feel, be in Israel a little bit. Come see my country where I'm from. Kind of get better bonding as a team." And while no dates have been set yet, Casspi said a number of his Rockets teammates want to make the trip. "Dwight is definitely interested," Casspi said. "Chandler said he's interested. James said he's interested, Cisco. Me and Cisco are very close friends. Pat Beverley is going to come. So it's going to be fun." FOX 26 Sports

April 15, 2014 Updates
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Stoudemire is part of a four-man ownership group, including superagent Arn Tellem, that purchased 60 percent of Hapoel Jerusalem last summer and turned the franchise into the top team in the Israeli league at 20-7. Stoudemire’s late surge, during which he played near his All-Star level the season’s final month, could prompt him to seek another NBA contract after 2014-15 when his $100 million pact expires. But he’s also mulling Israel to boost its profile. New York Post

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