HoopsHype Israel rumors

July 23, 2014 Updates

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

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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

Israeli-American Ori Allon, who heads the Hapoel ownership group, said he has had discussions with Stoudemire about playing for Hapoel Jerusalem. Allon has a goal of making Hapoel into the same recognizable brand as Maccabi Tel Aviv and believes Stoudemire’s addition — as owner or player — has put the team on that path. “We’ve discussed it in the past,’’ Allon said. “It would be tremendous and unbelievable but it’s still early. I think it’s a real possibility, but he played very well this season so it’s up to him.’’ New York Post

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