Maccabi Tel Aviv B.C.

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מ.כ. מכבי "אלקטרה" תל אביב
Maccabi "Electra" Tel Aviv B.C.
מ.כ. מכבי "אלקטרה" תל אביבMaccabi "Electra" Tel Aviv B.C. logo
Leagues Israeli Super League
Euroleague
Israeli Cup
Founded 1932
History 1932–present
Arena Nokia Arena
Arena Capacity 11,700
Location Tel Aviv, Israel
Team colors Yellow, Blue
         
President Israel Shimon Mizrahi
Head coach Israel Guy Goodes
Championships 6 Triple Crowns
6 European Championships
51 Israeli Championships
41 Israeli State Cups
1 Intercontinental Cup
5 League Cups
1 Adriatic Championship
Website maccabi.co.il
Uniforms
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Home
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Maccabi Tel Aviv B.C. (Hebrew: מ.כ. מכבי אלקטרה תל-אביב‎), currently known as Maccabi Electra for sponsorship reasons is a professional basketball club based in Tel Aviv, Israel. The team plays in the Israeli Super League and internationally in the Euroleague. Maccabi is the reigning Euroleague champion.

The club started in the mid-1930s, as part of the Maccabi Tel Aviv Sports Club, which had been founded in 1906.

With six European Championships, one Adriatic Championship, 51 Israeli Championships, 41 Israeli Cups, and five League Cups, Maccabi has been the most successful basketball team in Israel. It is also one of the most successful teams of the European basketball. Its players such as Tal Brody, Miki Berkovich, Jim Boatwright, Kevin Magee, Earl Williams and Aulcie Perry, and more recently Derrick Sharp, Šarūnas Jasikevičius, Anthony Parker and Nikola Vujčić, have been among the elite of Europe's basketball players.

History[edit]

The Israeli Basketball Super League started in 1954, and Maccabi Tel Aviv was the first champion. It has dominated the championship ever since, winning the title 50 times, including a run of 23 titles in a row between 1970 and 1992. The team has also won the Israeli Basketball State Cup 41 times. Maccabi is considered Israel's national sporting representative in the world.

From 1969 until 2008, Maccabi Tel Aviv was sponsored by Elite, Israel's largest food company, and carried its name. Since July 2008, Maccabi has had a new sponsor – Electra.

Since 1963, the club's home court has been the Yad Eliyahu Arena in Tel Aviv. Originally an open-air court for 5,000 spectator, it is now a modern arena with a capacity of 11,700.

Most Maccabi head coaches have been former players of the club. Yehoshua Rozin was involved with the club for 40 years. Ralph Klein started as an 18-year-old player and later had several spells as a coach, and led the club to its first European title in 1977. Zvi Sherf played for Maccabi's second team, and coached the team for three spells. Pini Gershon played in the Youth Section, and as a coach led Maccabi to three European titles; in 2001, 2004, and 2005.

Maccabi Tel Aviv has always provided the national team with a large number of players. Five Maccabi players, headed by Avraham Shneur, were on the team that represented Israel in its first European Championship, in 1953 in Moscow.

Tanhum Cohen-Mintz was one of Europe's top centers in the sixties, and was selected for the first European All Star Team which played in Madrid in 1964. Mickey Berkowitz, Motty Aroesti, Lou Silver, and Eric Minkin played a major part in winning the silver medal in the European Championship in 1979 in Torino. Doron Jamchy played 16 years for the national team, and holds the record for appearances (191 international games) and points scored (3,515).

Maccabi Tel Aviv was the first Israeli club to enter the European Cup for Champions in 1958. Since then, it has played over 600 games in European competitions, and was the only Israeli club to play in a Final (1967 Cup Winners Cup) and to win the Champions Cup on six occasions (1977, 1981, 2001, 2004, 2005 and 2014). Maccabi has played in 15 Champions Cup Finals (1977, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1987, 1988, 1989, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2011 and 2014). In 1994 and 2004, Maccabi organized the European Final Four in Tel Aviv.

The first basketball game between an NBA and an FIBA team was held in 1978 in Tel Aviv. Maccabi Tel Aviv beat the defending NBA champion Washington Bullets, 98–97.

Maccabi has played a record 18 times vs. NBA teams, and became the first European team to win on an NBA floor when it beat Toronto, 105–103, in 2005. It also beat the Suns and Nets in 1984, to win a tournament in Tel Aviv.

Through the decades[edit]

1950s[edit]

5 Israeli Championships, 3 Israeli Cups.

Early success in the Israeli League. Rivalry with Hapoel Tel Aviv begins.

1960s[edit]

6 Israeli Championships, 6 Israeli Cups.

Establishment as an elite club with European All-Stars like center Tanhum Cohen-Mints. Fierce rivalry with home-town foes Hapoel Tel-Aviv.

Tal Brody came to Israel in 1966 from the United States, after having been drafted # 12 in the 1965 National Basketball Association Draft, originally just to take one year out of his life to play for Maccabi Tel Aviv.[1][2][3][4][5] Ralph Klein, Israel's most successful coach at the time, said that up until the enthusiastic Brody's arrival, Israelis had only viewed basketball as a fun game.[1][6] But within a year, with his serious attitude and his inspirational commitment, Brody had inculcated his teammates with his view of basketball as a way of life.[1] At his urging, the team doubled the number of practices it held every week.[7]

To capitalize on Brody's quickness and speed, the coach abandoned the team's formerly slow pace in favor of a fast-paced motion game, built around fast breaks.[1] Brody was the most dominant player in the Euroleague in 1966–67. In 1967, he was named Israel's Sportsman of the Year.[6][8] The team made it through the first, second, and third rounds of the league playoffs and reached the European Cup Championships, finishing second in the league.[1][8][9]

For the first time, the Israeli Prime Minister (Levi Eshkol), the Israeli Defense Forces Chief of Staff, and Knesset members came to games. Demand for tickets to games in the team's 5,000-seat stadium was so high that they became exceedingly difficult to obtain.[5][6][10]

1970s[edit]

1 European Championship, 10 Israeli Championships, 8 Israeli Cups.

The rise to the top in Europe. The first European championship in 1977 was soon followed by another final appearance in 1980. Tal Brody 1966–69, and 1970–80, was the captain of that Maccabi team.

1977 European Championship: "We are on the map!"[edit]

The year 1977 was the apex of the Cold War, and the Soviet Union was boycotting Israel.[8] In the first round of the European Cup basketball championship, Maccabi Tel Aviv defeated Madrid, 94–85. In the second round, it beat Brno, Czechoslovakia, for the first time, 91–76, on 15 February 1977.[1][11]

In the European Cup semi-finals, Maccabi Tel Aviv was matched against CSKA Moscow—the Red Army team.[8][9][11] CSKA Moscow was a powerhouse. The Soviet Army team had won the prior four European Cup basketball titles, and had been undefeated during those four years.[1][8][11][12] Six of its players had played on the Soviet team that had defeated the United States in the Olympics, and their captain was Sergei Belov.[9][13] And the Communists were well known for using sports to glorify what they billed as their supremacy over the West.[1]

The Soviet Union had broken off diplomatic relations with Israel a decade earlier, and politically and militarily backed Israel's Arab enemies. For political reasons, therefore, CSKA Moscow refused to play in Tel Aviv. And the Soviets also refused to grant visas to the Israelis, to allow them to come play in Moscow.[1][8][9] In the end, Maccabi Tel Aviv's "home game" was played in the small, neutral town of Virton, Belgium.[1][8][9][11]

The game took place in an emotional atmosphere. It was of huge symbolic value for Maccabi Tel Aviv fans, and for many Israelis who ordinarily had no interest in basketball.[1][14] The game pitted the capitalist West against the Communist East, and Israel against the country that was supplying its enemies with weapons.[1][15] The game also matched the country of Israel, with a total of a mere 4 million inhabitants, against the Soviets, with their 290 million people.[1] The newspaper Maariv billed the 17 February 1977, game as "the fight between David and Goliath."[1] Most of Israel's population watched the game, which was broadcast on Israel's only TV channel at the time.[1]

Maccabi Tel Aviv upset the heavily favored Soviets, 91–79.[1] The feeling among Israelis was not only that CSKA Moscow had been defeated, but that a victory–albeit small–had been achieved against the mighty Soviet Union.[9][11] The game has for decades been recognized as a key event in the forging of Israel's national identity. Even decades later, it was being replayed repeatedly on Israeli television.[1][7]

"We are on the map!" proclaimed a euphoric Tal Brody in his heavily American-accented Hebrew, as a TV announcer pushed a microphone in front of him for a post-game quote, while people danced the hora around him in excitement and celebration. "And we are staying on the map – not only in sports, but in everything."[9][16][17][18] The phrase "We are on the map!" ("anachnu al hamapa, ve'anahnu nisharim al hamapa!"), a literal translation of an English phrase into his adopted language, but a novel saying in Hebrew, became a new, popular phrase in Israel.[17][19] It reflected a physical victory by the nascent Jewish Zionist idea, and national pride.[10][17][20] It became Israel's most famous quote,[2] and a staple of Israeli speech.[7][21][22][23][24]

Back home, hundreds of thousands of Israelis celebrated spontaneously in the streets, and 150,000 in Tel Aviv congregated in celebration in what is now Rabin Square. Many jumped into its fountain, splashing in water and champagne.[1][9][25] Recalling the moment, an Israeli quoted in the book From Beirut to Jerusalem told Thomas Friedman that on one level it was Brody the star basketball player and his teammates beating the Russians, but on another level it was "my grandfather beating them. It was our retroactive victory over the Cossacks."[26]

The European Cup finals were played in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, on 7 April 1977.[27] Yugoslavia was a Non-Aligned country that supported Palestine and with which Israel did not have diplomatic relations, and the El Al plane that brought the Maccabi Tel Aviv players over to it for the game was the first Israeli plane ever allowed to land there.[18][28]

The Israelis were pitted against the highly favored Mobilgirgi Varese, the champions of Italy.[27] Mobilgirgi Varese had beaten the Israelis twice that year, and had beaten them in the finals ten years earlier when Brody first started playing for Maccabi Tel Aviv.[27] Back in Israel, the entire country watched the game on television.[1][6][9][11][29]

Maccabi Tel Aviv went on to defeat Mobilgirgi Varese by one point, 78–77, in the European Cup finals.[27][30] Brody, as the team captain, received the European Cup from FIBA's Secretary General, and lifted it over his head.[1][9] Jim Boatwright was the team's leading scorer with 26 pts.

It was Israel's first European Cup Basketball Championship in the 23-nation league.[28] It was also the first time that Israel had won a championship of that caliber in any sport, and was, at the time, Israel's greatest achievement in international sports.[1][3][8][29] The victory greatly lifted the spirit and morale of the country.[3][8] In Israel, 200,000 people gathered to celebrate in Israel's National Park, and the event was celebrated as a national holiday. When the team returned home, it found 150,000 Israelis waiting for it.[9][18][31]

1980s[edit]

1 European Championship, 10 Israeli Championships, 8 Israeli Cups.

A golden era of the Maccabi ball club. Throughout the 1970s and 80s, Maccabi dominated the Israeli league, winning all 20 league championships in a row. Winning the European title in 1981 and reaching the finals for four more times in 1982, 1987, 1988, and 1989. Miki Berkovich 1971–75 and 1976–88, Motti Aroesti 1974–88, Doron Jamchi 1985–96 and 1999–2000, Kevin Magee 1984–90, Lou Silver 1975–85, Ken Barlow 1987–90, Aulcie Perry 1976–85, and LaVon Mercer 1988–95 were the superstars of that Maccabi run.

1981 European Championship[edit]

Beating Sinudyne Bologna 80–79 in the final game in Strasbourg under head coach Rudy D'Amico. Proof that Maccabi was at the top for good.

1990s[edit]

9 Israeli Championships, 5 Israeli Cups.

No European title in the decade, still considered one of the European powerhouses with European All-Stars such as Jamchy, Kattash, and LaVon Mercer. Reached the European title game in 2000, which marked the start of Maccabis' second "golden era", the most successful to date.

2000s[edit]

3 European Championships, 8 Israeli Championships, 7 Israeli Cups, 2 League Cup.

The "second golden era" of Maccabi, making it the second most successful European basketball club of that decade. Winning three European championships in 2001, 2004, and 2005 respectively. Reaching the European title game on two more occasions in 2006 and 2008. Ariel McDonald 1999–2002, Anthony Parker 2000–02 and 2003–06, Nate Huffman 1999–2002, Šarūnas Jasikevičius 2003–05, Maceo Baston 2003–06, Derrick Sharp 1996–2011, and Tal Burstein 2000–09 and 2010-today have been recognised as European All-Stars for their accomplishments with Maccabi Tel Aviv.

2001 European Championship[edit]

The return to European glory. This was the only year in European professional club basketball history with two recognized European champions, from two different organizations. Maccabi, recognized as the winner of the traditional FIBA SuproLeague, and Kinder Bologna, recognized as the champion of the newly established Euroleague Basketball.

2004 and 2005, back-to-back European Championships[edit]

Maccabi fans did not have to wait too much for another big title, as it all clicked in the 2003–04 season. Sharp's miracle three-pointer to survive the Top 16 that year has become one of the classic shots in European basketball history, unforgettable for any Maccabi fan. Once in the 2004 Final Four, Maccabi turned to record breaking with an outstanding 118-point title game performance. Maccabi managed to win back-to-back Euroleague titles in 2005, becoming the first team to do so since 1991. Jasikevicius, Parker, Tal Burstein, Maceo Baston and Vujčić, coached by Pini Gershon, became a classic lineup in European basketball history. This team of 2003–04 and 2004–05 is generally conceived as one of the best basketball teams in European history and certainly one of the most fun to watch ever in basketball history. After starting point guard "Saras" Jasikevicius left the team to fulfill his lifelong dream and play in the NBA, Maccabi went back to the Euroleague final in the 2005–06 season, but CSKA Moscow stood in the way of a three-peat. Anthony Parker and Maceo Baston left after that year and returned home, signing multi-million dollar contracts with NBA teams. Center Nikola Vujčić stayed with Maccabi for two more years playing one more final in the 2007–08 season before leaving the team and signing a multi million dollar deal with Olympiacos. Israeli legends Derrick Sharp and Tal Burstein remained with Maccabi and continued to play for their team till 2011 and 2012, respectively.

2010s[edit]

1 European Championship, 2 Israeli Championship, 3 Israeli Cup, 4 League Cup, 1 Adriatic Championship.

For the 2010–11 season, management brought back head coach David Blatt, and adding new premier players. Maccabi reeled off nine consecutive wins to finish the regular season. Highlights included David Blu's game-winning triple against Khimki, Sofoklis Schortsanitis's dominance inside, and the defense of steals leaders Chuck Eidson and Doron Perkins. The momentum ended with a road loss at Regal FC Barcelona at the start of the Top 16, but Maccabi surged again with three straight wins to reach the playoffs. Barca handed Maccabi another loss, this time in Tel Aviv – the only home defeat of the season – and ended Blatt's hopes for home-court advantage in the next stage against Laboral.

Maccabi prevailed in the series, as the injured Perkins' replacement in the starting lineup, Guy Pnini, set a game-career-high in scoring along the way and moved on to the Final Four. Pargo finished with the best performance index ranking, and the second-most points per game, among all playoffs participants. He also ranked among the top five players in three-pointers made, assists, and steals. Backup forward Richard Hendrix was named MVP of the first round of the Euroleague Playoffs, and finished as the overall playoff leader in rebounds and blocks. Maccabi Tel Aviv beat Real Madrid in the semi-final, 82–63, advancing to the final game. On 8 May 2011, Maccabi lost the final game, 70–78, to Panathinaikos.

In order to add income ($3 million per year) and quality games to its schedule,[citation needed] Maccabi announced that it would join the Adriatic League for the 2011–12 season for the second time since the 2002–03 season, when it reached the final game.[32] This was supposed to bridge the gap between the highest basketball level Maccabi engages in, the Euroleague, and the low-level Israeli league. The Adriatic League is generally regarded as the third-highest European basketball competition, behind the Euroleague and the Spanish ACB.

In June 2011, guard Jon Scheyer signed a two-year contract with Maccabi Tel Aviv, worth a reported $450,000.[33][34][35][36] While the team is limited to no more than four players who are both non-Israeli and non-Jewish, because Scheyer is Jewish and was thus entitled to Israeli citizenship, a right he availed himself of by taking becoming an Israeli citizen in September 2011, he does not count towards that limit.[37] Scheyer led his high school team to an Illinois state basketball championship as a high school All-American while he was named Illinois Mr. Basketball, and the 2009–10 Duke Blue Devils to the 2010 NCAA Basketball Championship as the team's captain and point guard and a college All-American. He was a prolific high school scorer, and later an Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) leader in numerous statistical categories, ranging from free throw percentage and three-point shots/game to assists/turnover ratio.[35][38]

On 3 August 2011, NBA point guard Jordan Farmar of the New Jersey Nets signed a one-year contract with Maccabi Tel Aviv, in the wake of the 2011 NBA lockout. He played for the team during the lockout.[7][39] Farmar said that he was very excited to be coming to Tel Aviv, because his step-father is from the city, he spent time there as a child, and it is a beautiful beach city.[7][40][41]

Because Farmar is Jewish, he is eligible to obtain Israeli citizenship, which he indicated he would apply for.[7][39] If he becomes an Israeli citizen, he will be considered an Israeli player, and thereby avoid being counted against the Israeli league's limit of four non-Israeli players per team.[39] If he is granted Israeli citizenship, Farmar will also be eligible to play for the Israel national basketball team in the Olympics and other international competitions.[7]

Israeli NBA forward Omri Casspi signed with Maccabi Tel Aviv in November.[42] It was reported on 14 November 2011, that according to Creative Artists Agency which represents Casspi, he would join the team in several weeks.[43] However, the end of the NBA lockout and the 25 December 2011, start date for the 2011–12 season brought Casspi and Farmar back from Tel Aviv to join their NBA teams (Cleveland and Brooklyn, respectively).

2014 European Championship[edit]

Maccabi secured its place in the Final Four with a stunning 86–66 home win over Emporio Armani Milan, completing a 3–1 victory in their best-of-five quarter-final series.

Then, in the semi-final, Maccabi came from behind to defeat the heavily-favored CSKA Moscow with a last-second basket, after CSKA had been up by 15 points late in the game. Tyrese Rice scored the game winning lay-up with 5.5 seconds to go.[44]

Coach David Blatt admitted after the semi-final that Maccabi had overshot every possible expectation during the season. When asked if the sky is the limit, Blatt said that "in this storm of a season, Maccabi long ago touched the sky and reached the moon".

On May 18, 2014, Maccabi won its sixth Euroleague, after it defeated Real Madrid 98–86 in overtime to win the Euroleague championship.[45] Tyrese Rice was named Final Four MVP. The game received world-wide media attention after, in response to Real Madrid's loss to Maccabi, over 18,000 anti-Semitic mes­sages were posted on Twit­ter in an out­pour­ing of hatred against Jews.[46] Maccabi entered the final an underdog, with few expecting it to get into the Final Four, let alone to go all the way and win the championship.[47]

Accomplishments per season[edit]

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team, as has been defined by FIBA. Players may hold more than one nationality.

Maccabi Tel Aviv BC roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
G/F 6 United States Smith, Devin 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 111 kg (245 lb) 31 – (1983-04-04)April 4, 1983
F/C 9 Israel Tyus, Alex 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 102 kg (225 lb) 26 – (1988-01-08)January 8, 1988
SF 10 Israel Pnini, Guy (C) 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 97 kg (214 lb) 30 – (1983-09-04)September 4, 1983
PG 12 Israel Ohayon, Yogev 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in) 86 kg (190 lb) 27 – (1987-04-24)April 24, 1987
G 15 Israel Landesberg, Sylven 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 94 kg (207 lb) 24 – (1990-04-10)April 10, 1990
C 21 Greece Schortsanitis, Sofoklis 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 156 kg (344 lb) 29 – (1985-06-22)June 22, 1985
G - United States Haynes, Marquez 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 84 kg (185 lb) 27 – (1986-12-19)December 19, 1986
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Team manager

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Roster
Updated: May 20, 2014

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2 Bench 3
C Sofoklis Schortsanitis Alex Tyus
PF
SF Devin Smith Guy Pnini
SG Marquez Haynes Sylven Landesberg
PG Yogev Ohayon

Maccabi's top scorers in Europe[edit]

Matches against NBA teams[edit]

8 September 1978
Washington Bullets United States 97–98 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv*
28 August 1984
New Jersey Nets United States 97–104 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv
29 August 1984
Phoenix Suns United States 98–113 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv
9 October 1988
Philadelphia 76ers United States 108–107 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv
12 October 1989
Miami Heat United States 101–95 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv
16 October 1990
Los Angeles Lakers United States 129–106 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv
24 October 1991
Los Angeles Clippers United States 146–112 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv
27 October 1991
Los Angeles Clippers United States 98–93 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv
United States LA Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California
11 October 1999
Miami Heat United States 126–91 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv
16 October 2005
Toronto Raptors Canada 103–105 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv **
Canada Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario
19 October 2005
Orlando Magic United States 93–79 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv
8 October 2006
San Antonio Spurs United States 97–84 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv
11 October 2006
Phoenix Suns United States 119–102 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv
17 October 2006
Cleveland Cavaliers United States 93–67 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv
19 October 2006
Toronto Raptors Canada 118–84 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv
Canada Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario
11 October 2007
New York Knicks United States 112–85 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv
United States Madison Square Garden, New York City
18 October 2009
New York Knicks United States 106–91 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv
United States Madison Square Garden, New York City
20 October 2009
Los Angeles Clippers United States 108–96 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv
United States Staples Center, Los Angeles, California


* First European team to defeat an NBA team . ** First European team to defeat an NBA team on North American soil.

Notable players[edit]

To appear in this section a player must have either:
  • Played at least one season for the club.
  • Set a club record or won an individual award while at the club.
  • Played at least one official international match for their national team at any time.
  • To perform very successfully during period in the club or at later/previous stages of his career.
For a listing of past rosters, see Maccabi Tel Aviv (basketball) past rosters.

Notable coaches[edit]

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