HoopsHype Maccabi Tel Aviv rumors

October 23, 2014 Updates

A Palestinian-American student alleged that she was assaulted by a group of Jewish fans at a Brooklyn arena during an exhibition basketball game between the host Nets and Israel’s Maccabi Tel Aviv. Nerdeen Kiswani, 20, said that she was punched in the stomach and had a Palestinian flag taken from her hands during the October 7 game at the Barclays Center by a group that included Leonard Petlakh, the executive director of the Kings Bay YM-YWHA, who was punched outside the arena after the game. Kiswani, who wears a hijab, is a student at Hunter College in Manhattan, where Petlakh also teaches. Haaretz

October 9, 2014 Updates

Leonard Petlakh, the executive director of the Kings Bay Y in Brooklyn, was attacked by a pro-Palestinian protester following the exhibition basketball game between the NBA’s Nets and Maccabi Tel Aviv. Petlakh said he required eight stitches and his nose was broken after being punched on Wednesday while exiting the Barclays Center arena following the Nets’ 111-94 victory. Jerusalem Post

October 6, 2014 Updates

Several dozen anti-Israel protesters, many of them waving Palestine flags, gathered outside Quicken Loans Arena before the Cavaliers hosted Maccabi Tel Aviv. Holding signs that read: ''Hold Israel Accountable'' and ''Boycott Israel,'' the protesters peacefully chanted behind barricades set up across the street from the downtown arena. Cleveland police, including several on mounted horseback, kept a watchful eye as fans made their way into the building Sunday for Cleveland's first exhibition game. Sports Illustrated

October 5, 2014 Updates

Though Maccabi's roster is stacked with talent: former Cavs, Grizzlies and Sixers guard Jeremy Pargo (Agency: Priority Sports); defensive specialist guard Marquez Haynes; ex-Olympian Australian center Aleks Maric; skilled wing Sylven Landesberg, and 6-foot-5 veteran forward Devin Smith, who could've been a perfect glue-guy in an NBA system like the San Antonio Spurs -- Tyus has the most NBA upside. "The NBA is all about opportunity and getting a chance. I never got mine because of the NBA lockout and my pursuit of Israeli passport," Tyus told Eurobasket. Eurobasket.com

According to sources the Miami Heat, among other teams, expressed interest in Tyus and were open to audition the 6-foot-9 big man in training camp. One official for the Heat was in Israel last season when Tyus bullied Serbian club Partizan Belgrade with 16 points on 8-for-8 shooting, and nine rebounds in 19 minutes. However, under contract with Maccabi, talks were terminated in a flash. Eurobasket.com

September 29, 2014 Updates

Now the specter of a pro-Palestinian protest at an Israeli sporting event is coming to the United States. This could happen next month when the most celebrated basketball team in Israel’s history, Maccabi Tel-Aviv, will return to the United States and play two NBA preseason games against the Brooklyn Nets and Cleveland Cavaliers. As Euroleague Champions, this will be the fifth time in nine years that Maccabi has played in the United States. But coming on the heels of the summer bombardment of Gaza, there are many activists in New York City arguing that it can no longer be hoops as usual. The Nation

September 22, 2014 Updates
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Australian forward Joe Ingles has received some interest from the Philadelphia 76ers, sources told Sportando. Ingles is currently playing in the FIBA World Cup with Australian NT. Brett Brown, coach of the Philadelphia 76ers, worked with Ingles during 2012 Olympic Games in London and he's a big fan of him. Ingles is a free-agent after spent the last season with Maccabi Tel-Aviv. Sportando

August 8, 2014 Updates

The Cavs will compete in two regional home contests in Ohio against a pair of Central Division opponents. The Indiana Pacers will arrive in Cincinnati for a matchup with the Cavs at the Cintas Center on Oct. 15. Cleveland will square off with the Chicago Bulls at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus on Oct. 20. The seven-game slate also includes three games at Quicken Loans Arena where the team will host Head Coach David Blatt’s former club and Israeli-league power Maccabi Tel Aviv on Oct. 5, the Milwaukee Bucks on Oct. 14 and the Dallas Mavericks on Oct. 17. In their preseason finale, the Cavaliers will travel to Memphis to face the Grizzlies on Oct. 22. NBA.com

July 31, 2014 Updates

The Nets’ preseason schedule: Oct. 7: vs. Maccabi Tel Aviv (Barclays Center); Oct. 12: at Sacramento (Shanghai, China); Oct. 15: vs. Sacramento (Beijing, China); Oct. 19: vs. Boston (Barclays Center); Oct. 20: vs. Philadelphia (Barclays Center); Oct. 22: at Boston (TD Garden). NBA.com

July 25, 2014 Updates
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Turkish Airlines Euroleague champion Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv brought back one of the dominant pieces in its run to the 2011 Euroleague Championship Game by signing point guard Jeremy Pargo to a two-year deal. Pargo (1.88 meters, 28 years old) arrives from CSKA Moscow, with whom he reached the Final Four in Milan last season, but saw his team fall to Maccabi in the semifinals. He averaged 5 points and 1.4 assists over 27 Euroleague games for CSKA. Pargo enjoyed his best season with Maccabi in 2010-11. He averaged 13 points, 3.5 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 22 games, was the Euroleague MVP of the Month in March 2011 and named to the 2010-11 All-Euroleague Second Team. He helped Maccabi win the Israeli double - league and cup titles - in 2011. Euroleague.net

July 16, 2014 Updates

I watched the press conference you held after you guys won the Euroleague this year. You said something that surprised me: that the team you beat in the final game, Real Madrid, would have beaten you in a longer series. Do you think NBA playoff series should be shorter, so that there would be more upsets? No. I think the seven-game series is great. I love the history of it. I love the tradition of it. [John] Havlicek stole the ball in the seventh game, man! He didn’t even steal it, either. He deflected it. And Johnny Most goes crazy: “Havlicek stole the ball! Havlicek stole the ball!” But that’s the beauty of it. It’s a moment that’s frozen in time, and it can’t be in the fifth game. It has to be in the seventh game. Now, in Europe, the final four is how you determine the Euroleague champion. And that’s fine. And what I said was true. The teams we beat in the final four were much stronger than us on paper. If we had to play them in a seven-game series, I don’t believe we would have won. Grantland

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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

June 1, 2014 Updates

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