New Hapoel Jerusalem coach Brad Greenberg was full of praise for his players and
cautiously optimistic ahead of the new season when the club held its official
press conference to open the 2013/14 campaign on Monday.
American guided Maccabi Haifa to the BSL championship last season thanks to a
stunning victory over Maccabi Tel Aviv in the league final, but refused to
comment on Jerusalem’s chances of repeating the feat this season.
goal is to try and come as close as we can to our capacity,” said Greenberg.
“What that means in wins and losses I don’t know. But I’ll feel good if I feel
that our guys truly want to reach their capacity. That’s how I judge if we are
successful or not. You never know how far you can go. You need to get lucky and
have things fall your way to really do something special.”
display an almost completely new roster when it gets the pre-season Winner Cup
underway next Monday in a game against Barak Netanya, with Josh Duncan and
Elishay Kadir the only senior players back from 2012/13.
Hapoel has made
some intriguing acquisitions during the summer, signing the likes of Belarusian
giant Artsiom Parakhouski and NBA veteran Ronald Dupree, as well as experienced
Israelis Yotam Halperin and Yaniv Green. Greenberg is delighted with what he’s
seen from them so far.
“You need high character people if you want to
achieve anything special,” he explained. “This group has shown in a short time
the willingness to connect, to be purposeful as a group and not just as
individual people. Unselfishness is a very admirable trait and we have that in
abundance with this group. I don’t think I’ve ever been with a group that after
25 practices I can say that I haven’t had a bad day.”
“It’s a long season
and your goal is to get better step by step and I think this group has the
character to do that,” he added.
“In a week we start for real and we hope
we can play basketball that will get the city excited.
This is not just
about this season, this is about building a strong foundation for the club that
will have significant ambitions and goals for a long time.”
echoed his coach’s sentiment.
“I’m very excited to be here,” said the
former Maccabi Tel Aviv guard. “There is something real happening here and we
have everything we need to succeed. Sometimes it takes time for things to fall
into place, but we have long-term goals and we mainly need time and patience to
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