Israel is known as the Holy Land and a place rich with history and culture, but what many people don’t know is that it is also home to high level basketball. Since 2000, Israel has been one of the biggest basketball hotbeds in Europe. Maccabi Tel Aviv, Israel’s top team, won Euroleague titles in 2001, 2004, and 2005, and reached the Euroleague title game in 2006 and 2008. They also produced NBA players Anthony Parker, Omri Casspi, Maceo Baston, and Sarunas Jasikevicius, and beat the Toronto Raptors in an exhibition game, 105-103, in 2005. Additionally, many NBA players including Jordan Farmar, Trevor Booker, J.J. Hickson, and Avery Bradley spent the lockout playing in Israel. I caught up with David Pick, a writer for Eurobasket.com covering the Euroleague and Israeli basketball, to talk about the lockout, the Israeli Super League, and LeBron James. Read More »
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While another New Jersey point guard, Deron Williams, has already agreed to an overseas contract, another may be on his way. Jordan Farmar‘s interest in playing somewhere outside of the NBA has been strong all summer. Back in early July, Farmar told the Star-Ledger that playing overseas would definitely be an option to look into. Now, there’s talk he could be on his way.
Officials from Maccabi Haifa are saying they are close to an agreement. Read More »