HoopsHype Maccabi Tel Aviv rumors

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In the hours after Maccabi Tel Aviv stunned Real Madrid for the Euroleague basketball championship, Maccabi coach David Blatt told USA TODAY Sports in an e-mail he is "very interested" in a head coaching job in the NBA. "No doubt in my mind I could do the job," he said. The American-born 54-year-old, who played at Princeton for Pete Carril, has spent his entire career overseas, coaching in pro leagues in Israel, Russia, Italy, Turkey and Greece. Blatt also coached the Russian national team to the 2007 Eurobasket championship, 2011 Eurobasket bronze medal and 2012 London Olympics bronze medal. USA Today Sports

Blatt's e-mail indicated he hasn't had the opportunity yet. "Obviously someone has to want you," Blatt wrote. "A lot of great coaches in the States." USA Today Sports

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Vujcic, 35, a member of the Euroleague's All-Decade Team from 2001 to 2010, was considered one of the elite big men outside the NBA. In a recent interview with Eurobasket, Vujcic approached the reasons behind passing on numerous offers to play in the United States and wishes he could turn back the clock. "After winning the Euroleague with Maccabi Tel Aviv for the first time, I had a few NBA offers but none made me leave Israel," said Vujcic, who won two Euroleague titles, five Israeli Championships and four State Cups for Maccabi. "Toronto Raptors offered me a three-year guaranteed deal - and for better money - but I had just won the Euroleague, our team was keeping a core group of guys and we were favorites to win back-to-back. There was no way I was giving that up for Toronto," he added. Eurobasket.com

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And if the owners are looking for someone “exotic,” they could go with Boston-born David Blatt, who is currently head coach of the Israeli pro team Maccabi Tel Aviv, or Italy’s Ettore Messina, currently coaching CSKA in Moscow and considered one of the top coaches in Europe. “There are five or six ‘names’ like Lionel Hollins and George Karl and Alvin Gentry and Scott Skiles,” a league source said. “Then you look at the younger guys — and there aren’t a lot of them that are hot names right now.” Boston Globe

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Maccabi Tel Aviv is targeting Charles Jenkins. The free agent point guard wants to explore his options in the NBA before considering playing in Europe One.co.il

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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

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