Basketball

King Casspi shows true colours

By Simon Griver, January 31, 2014

Omri Casspi hit top form in the NBA, leading the Houston Rockets to a 119-98 victory against Sacramento Kings, his former club.

Houston marketed the match as ‘Israel Day’ in honour of Casspi who rose to the occasion, scoring a season-high 20 points. In the region of 450 Israelis attended the game, 3,000 Israeli flags were handed out and Casspi spoke about Israel at half-time.

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Dinner to spearhead EMG basketball medal bid

December 16, 2013

Team Maccabi GB’s Basketball set-up for the European Maccabi Games 2015 has been announced.

Sport Chair Marc Dinner will be oversee the Management Team which includes coaches Tamir Grant, Craig Harris and Jason Rosenblatt. Team managers to be appointed at a later date.

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de Hond was the true star

By Danny Caro, November 29, 2013

You could almost hear a pin drop when Marc de Hond took to the stage at the Maccabi GB Sports Awards the other night.

He gave an emotional account about how he went from a fit, happy-go-lucky youngster with a big sporting dream to rock bottom overnight following a spinal cord injury.

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NBA stars in top form

By Simon Griver, November 8, 2013

Two of Israel’s leading stars took centre stage in the NBA when Omri Casspi and Gal Mekel went head to head in the second game of the season.

Houston Rockets star Casspi scored 12 points in the 113-105 win over Dallas Mavericks before limping off with a twisted ankle. Rookie Mekel contributed 11 points for the Mavericks.

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Israel fires blanks at Eurobasket

September 13, 2013

Arik Shivek says Israel only have themselves to blame after they crashed out of Eurobasket 2013 following three defeats in four matches in Slovenia.

The Israel coach cut a dejected figure as his players lost 75-71 against Great Britain in overtime and their fate was sealed with a 80-76 defeat against Germany as they finished bottom of Group A.

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Israel slumps at Eurobasket

By Danny Caro, September 8, 2013

Israel has made a poor start at Eurobasket 2013 - losing all three of their matches so far.

There was disappointment all round as Israel was beaten 75-71 by Great Britain in over-time. This was followed by a 74-67 defeat against Ukraine and then a 82-63 loss against France.

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Mavericks in for Mekel

By Simon Griver, July 5, 2013

Gal Mekel is set to become only the second-ever Israeli to play in the NBA after reaching an agreement with the Dallas Mavericks.

The Maccabi Haifa point guard is said to have reached a verbal agreement with the Texan team and will sign a three-year contract worth $2.3 million on July 10 when the NBA equivalent of the transfer window opens.

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Goodes in for GB’s Euro task

By Simon Griver, July 5, 2013

Guy Goodes has been appointed assistant-coach of the Great Britain basketball team.

His first task will be to prepare the squad for the Eurobasket 2013 European Championships in Slovenia, with Britain’s opening match against Israel on September 4.

Goodes has been working as assistant-coach at Maccabi Tel Aviv but says there are no split loyalties ahead of the game.

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Pnini sorry over insults

By Simon Griver, December 6, 2012

Maccabi Tel Aviv has suspended captain Guy Pnini after he was found guilty of racist insults.

Pnini lost his head in the match against Hapoel Tel Aviv and was caught directing verbal abuse towards Swedish-Israeli player Jonathan Skoldjebrand.

Television cameras caught Pnini repeatedly telling Skoldjebrand that he was a "Nazi" and "I hope you and your father drops dead from cancer".

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Blatt dedicates medal to Israel

By Danny Caro, August 13, 2012

An Israeli finally won a medal at the 2012 London Olympics. The only problem - he was coaching the Russian Men's Basketball team.

David Blatt, who also coaches Maccabi Tel Aviv, steered the Russians to bronze following a nail-biting 81-77 victory in the third-place playoff.

"This is a very proud moment for me," said Blatt, who guided the Russians to their first basketball medal.

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