Maccabi Tel Aviv denied Sunday that it has held negotiations with NBA All-Star
Kevin Durant after it was reported in the US that the Oklahoma City Thunder
forward is weighing several offers from Europe, including from the
According to Yahoo’s Marc Spears, Durant said he has
offers from Maccabi Tel Aviv, Valencia in Spain and BBC Bayreuth in
“I’m right on the fence with playing overseas and I’m about to
jump over,” said Durant, who according to the story could sign with a European
team as soon as next week, assuming the NBA lockout continues.
senior figure at Maccabi told The Jerusalem Post on Sunday that there is
absolutely no truth to the report and that no offer has been made to Durant, who
finished fifth in MVP voting in the NBA last season.
Maccabi returned to
Israel on Sunday after claiming road wins over Anadolu Efes Istanbul in the
Euroleague and Buducnost in the Adriatic League, and although he had no clue
where Durant may have come up with the idea that Tel Aviv had made him an offer,
coach David Blatt admitted that he would gladly welcome such a player.
don’t know where he got that from or where his agent got it, but it is a big
compliment that he said he would like to play for Maccabi, although it is
completely unfounded,” Blatt said. “If he wants to come and play for Maccabi we
will find a place for him. He is one of my favorite players, but I think this is
Maccabi has a bye in the BSL this week, but three games
took place on Sunday, with Hapoel Gilboa/Galil beating Maccabi Rishon Lezion
88-83 on the road, BC Habika’a defeating Bnei Hasharon 76-74 and Ironi Ashkelon
edging Hapoel Holon 91-87 in overtime.
On Monday, Maccabi Haifa hosts the
only remaining winless team Barak Netanya.
After losing its last two BSL
games by a combined 62 points, Bnei Hasharon got the encounter at Ganei Tikva
off to an encouraging start leading 20-14 after 10 minutes and 41-32 at the
However, a 13-0 Habika’a run put the hosts in front (60- 58) early
in the fourth frame and there was nothing to separate the teams after Danilo
Pinnock tied the score at 74- 74 with 30 seconds to play.
had a chance to put the visitors back in the lead, but the Bnei Hasharon guard
missed his shot and Pinnock grabbed the rebound.
The forward then raced
to the other end and scored the winning basket with 0.5 seconds
“I was thinking that I would penetrate and someone would come
over and I would pass, but I saw there was no time left on the clock and decided
to take a little floater and it went in,” said Pinnock, who finished with 19
points, eight rebounds and seven assists.
Rashaun Freeman also scored 19
points, with Dion Dowell adding 10 points and 18 rebounds.
Dunn had 29 points for Bnei Hasharon, with Carter contributing 21
At Rishon, Gilboa opened a comfortable cushion in the second
period and held off a late Rishon surge for an impressive win.
signing Chris Thomas led Gilboa with 22 points, five rebounds and five assists,
while Derwin Kitchen had 23 points and 18 rebounds for the hosts.
Holon, a rollercoaster game came down to the final seconds after a late Ashkelon
Ashkelon was ahead throughout the first half, but Holon fought
back to lead for most of the fourth quarter.
Dwayne Mitchell tied the
score from the line for the visitors, and after a Holon turnover, Raviv Limonad
missed an opportunity to win the game at the buzzer.
would control the extra period and claimed a win that takes it to the top of the
standings at least for a week.
Mitchell had 23 points, 12 rebounds and
eight assists for Asheklon, with Raymar Morgan adding 21 points and 15
Bryant Dunston led Holon with 23 points and 16 rebounds.