About a possible NBA return Sonny Weems: I have undertaken a serious task right now here in Europe! There is a team and an organization that trusted me and largely depend on my performance. I am very happy here! I want to stay in Europe for many years and I expect the Euroleague to make even more good things, to keep me in Europe and other players who like to compete here. I honestly do not think about the NBA, only how to succeed with Maccabi in Europe.
He’s the great American hope for Hapoel, which sees the basketball star as the key to finally squashing long-time rival Maccabi Tel Aviv on the road to national and European-league success. “There has never been a player at Amar’e’s level come to Israel before,” says Eran Soroka, NBA analyst for Israel’s Sport5 network and chief editor of the Nana 10 news site. “Even if he doesn’t end up as their top scorer, he’ll be the marquee player for Hapoel this season.”
One of the very best American players that has ever graced the courts of European basketball, was honored tonight by the team with which he won back-to-back Euroleague titles during the previous decade. Anthony Parker was inducted to Maccabi Tel Aviv Hall of Fame in a wonderful ceremony that took place before the prep game between the Israelis and Darussafaka Dogus in “Menora Mivtachim” arena. After he was honored by the management of the club, his jersey with the no. “8” was raised to the sky of “Nokia Arena” in a massive round of applause.
What a thunderous way for Hapoel Jerusalem to begin the new season. The rising power in Israeli basketball made a serious point in the Winner Cup final by defeating rivals Maccabi Tel Aviv 77 – 62 and getting the trophy in their bags. Curtis Jerrells paced the winners with 19 points, while Tarence Kinsey added 12 along with 6 rebounds. On the way to celebrating his first title in Israel, Amar’e Stoudemire dropped 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in the 25 minutes he spent on the floor.