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Arrivederci Coach Pianigiani

June 28, 2017 // 0 Comments

I’ve been trying to put my feelings down on paper for a while now about Simone Pianigiani officially leaving Hapoel Jerusalem to most probably sign with Milano and it’s taken some time to do so. It took time because I wanted to appropriately express my feelings about our league’s loss [Read More]

John DiBartolomeo – Taking one step at a time

May 30, 2017 // 0 Comments

John DiBartolomeo has been shooting lights out over the past two seasons with Maccabi Haifa in the beautiful city on the Carmel Mountain. Ever since landing in Israel after a couple of seasons in Spain, the Westport Connecticut guard has come to love the city and country he is in. “I love [Read More]

Chanan Colman – Denmark’s man on Israel’s hardwood

May 28, 2017 // 0 Comments

As the Israel Basketball League Playoffs continue on, one of the most surprising teams of course is Hapoel Eilat who finished the regular season in second place. One of the key players on the team is Chanan Colman. Sounds like an interesting name. His first name Chanan is very Israeli, his last on [Read More]

Arik Nissim, From Rishon to Eilat via Europe

May 20, 2017 // 0 Comments

Afik Nissim is a star and has been for many years, not only in Israel but across Europe. He is a workmanlike point guard who now plies his trade down south in the vacation resort city of Eilat. Yes Eilat. You didn’t think there were a lot of sports going on there did you? But yes there is. Oded [Read More]

Return to Relevance: Maccabi Tel Aviv BC

May 17, 2017 // 0 Comments

A couple of months ago I said that Maccabi had to make a move in order to return to relevance and finally after what seemed to be an eternity they did just that. Ainars Bagatskis out, Arik Shivek in. The former Israel National Team coach becomes the 5th Yellow & Blue boss of the season, yes, [Read More]

Alex Rosenberg’s Excellent Israeli Adventure

May 2, 2017 // 0 Comments

In honor of Yom Ha’atzmaut, The Sports Rabbi has a special insightful interview with Alex Rosenberg a new Oleh, a recent immigrant to Israel who is plying his basketball trade for Maccabi Kiryat Gat. After playing for Columbia in the Ivy League, Rosenberg looked at his options to continue his [Read More]

Why would this season be any different than the last two for Maccabi?

April 16, 2017 // 0 Comments

Hapoel Jerusalem 65-57 Maccabi Tel Aviv Hapoel Jerusalem outplayed Maccabi Tel Aviv in the Israeli Classico picking up the 8-point victory. Lior Eliyahu led the way for Hapoel with 14 points and 12 rebounds, while Jerome Dyson had 12 points of his own. Gal Mekel had a big game with 22 points, while [Read More]
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