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June 28, 2013 Updates

The New York Knicks’ star forward Amar’e Stoudemire, who’s been reconnecting with his Jewish roots over the past few years, says he’s joining a group that’s likely to purchase the troubled Hapoel Jerusalem basketball team. “Excited to join the partnership that is giving back to the city of Jerusalem by offering the Hapoel basketball team a fresh start,” Stoudemire (@Amareisreal), 30, tweeted on Friday morning. Times of Israel

May 21, 2013 Updates

On contrary to EuroBasket 2011 Israel will enjoy the presence of its only NBA player in Casspi. Shivek knows exactly how important it is for his team. "Casspi's addiction, together with other players we expect to see with us in EuroBasket, will help us a lot in the upcoming tournament also in the match-ups we will have with our opponents." "Very often we see players who didn't play well during the season with their club but in the National Team step up and show their true quality. "I have no doubt all of our 12 guys will be in great shape when EuroBasket tips off. "I have faith in their abilities," he concluded. Casspi showed his anticipation for the upcoming campaign. After his 4th season in the NBA, when he wrote career lows in minutes and points, the Israeli forward is set to show his game is still among the top. "I can't wait to start playing with the national team," he said. "The togetherness of our team is our business card in this summer. "I believe we could have a good performance if we play like we know and can. Eurobasket 2013

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Reno Bighorns 6-foot-9 power forward Samardo Samuels officially penned a two-month agreement with Hapoel Jerusalem of the Israeli Super League, league sources told Eurobasket yesterday. According to people with knowledge of the parties' partnership, Samuels' contract, his first outside American soil, is valued at $25,000 monthly for two-months, excluding playoff bonuses. Eurobasket.com

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It was a big week for former Sixers general manager Brad Greenberg. Coaching Maccabi Haifa in Israel since leaving the college ranks, Greenberg and NBA prospect Gal Mekel had Haifa leading mighty Maccabi Tel Aviv with six-plus minutes to go in the fourth quarter of Thursday night's State Cup final before the perennial European powerhouse with the far bigger budget rallied to pull out a 76-68 triumph. Mekel had 28 points on the big stage and remains on course to get his NBA shot in summer league. ESPN.com

December 4, 2012 Updates

Derrick Caracter signed a contract in Israel with Bnei Herzliya, David Pick reports. Former Lakers already landed in Israel to join his new team. Caracter spent last season in D-League with D-Fenders, Vipers and Stampede. Sportando

November 26, 2012 Updates

From Casspi’s perspective, Israelis simply grew tired of living in fear of death and random missile launches and began fighting back. The damage has been great, with civilians and children killed on both sides. “It got to a certain point that the Israeli government and people said: ‘That’s enough. We can’t keep living like this. We can’t have a normal life when there is a missile every 10 days that might kill your kids,’ ” Casspi said. “It’s a tough situation. You’re dealing with a terrorist organization that doesn’t really care about its own people. They hate us more than they love their kids.” Akron Beacon Journal

October 26, 2012 Updates
October 5, 2012 Updates

Contrarily to reports from Israeli media, mostly from Sport5.co.il, Allen Iverson won't be joining Maccabi Haifa for the two exhibition games in NBA against Golden State Warriors and Minnesota Timberwolves. Sportando's David Pick spoke with Brad Greenberg, Maccabi Haifa coach and ex 76ers GM, who denied all the rumors: 'It is natural for people to link us up but I have not spoken to Allen in years' said Greenberg. Sportando

Former NBA Most Valuable Player Allen Iverson reportedly will play for Maccabi Haifa in its two exhibition games against NBA teams -- and perhaps longer. Iverson, 37, will suit up for the Israeli squad when it takes on the Dallas Mavericks and Minnesota Timberwolves this month in the United States, the Israeli Sport5 site reported. Sport5 added that Maccabi Haifa officials are considering signing the perennial NBA All-Star guard to a longer contract if the experiment succeeds. JTA

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