Glen Rice Jr., the son of former NBA All-Star Glen Rice Sr., was cut from his professional team in Israel as a result of punching a teammate in the face Monday night in the locker room following a loss, the team Hapoel Holon announced in a statement released to Israeli media. The teammate, Guy Pnini, was hospitalized with a facial injury, and a surfaced social media photo revealed a black eye and bandage on his face. Israeli Police have also opened up an investigation, according to The Times of Israel.
Casspi, 30, plans to spend the next few weeks visiting family in Tel Aviv, then return to Los Angeles to continue rehabilitating and training during the offseason. Famously upbeat, he has no desire to resume his career in Europe, which he started with Maccabi Tel Aviv. “No, I want to stay in the NBA,” he said. “I learned so much this year with the Warriors. That’s what makes this so hard. That is an amazing organization, and Steve, the way he handles things, the good times and the adversity, is really impressive. He told me he loves what I bring, too, and I could tell it was hard for him to tell me. “When we met with (Warriors GM) Bob (Myers) last night, Steve kept looking down. I told him, ‘I love you guys. I understand.’ I just feel if I could have ever gotten healthy, I’d be on on the playoff roster. But what are you going to do? This is a hard business sometimes.”
The NBA has apologized and removed wording from its website referring to “Palestine-occupied territory” on Friday after complaints by an Israeli minister. Israeli sports minister Miri Regev had sent a letter to NBA commissioner Adam Silver calling Palestine “an imaginary ‘state'” and asking for the reference to be removed from the league’s website.
“We do not produce the country listings for NBA.com, and as soon as we became aware of it, the site was updated,” NBA president for social responsibility Kathy Behrens said. “We apologize for this oversight and have corrected it.”