Arik Shivek Rumors
Despite Shivek’s claims, Mekel took full responsibility for his decision not to play for Israel this summer. “I understood that in order to have a good rookie season I need to get to Dallas early and work according to the team’s program,” Mekel said. “I really love the national team, but I came to the conclusion that if I want to remain an NBA player for many years, then my rookie season is very important. I think that in the long run this will also benefit Israeli basketball. I’m only 25 and I’ve got 10 more years to play for Israel.”
Shivek: “I was very surprised and so was Gal. Mekel then put Donnie Nelson on the phone, who I know from his time in Europe, and I told him what I thought of what they are doing to Gal. I think they are not being fair and are putting him in an impossible situation.”
“Mekel told me that he was put in a room with General Manager Donnie Nelson and all the coaches and they told him that as a rookie he would have a better chance of playing more minutes at the start of the season if he takes part in the preliminary training camp as well as the final camp,” Shivek said.
David ‘Dubi’ Pick: Israel’s NT coach Arik Shivek is fuming over Mavs request of Gal Mekel to withdraw from upcoming Eurobasket. Fires back @ Dallas. Shivek: “Mekel was told by Mavs it would be beneficiary for him to partake in early Aug. training, ahead of official camp in Sep.”