Maccabi Tel Aviv unveils NBA exhibition plans

Team to face the Knicks at Madison Square Garden on October 18, the Clippers in Los Angeles two days later in what will be the 20th time it faces an NBA team.

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April 23, 2009 06:38
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Maccabi Tel Aviv announced on Wednesday that it will play the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Clippers during October in two preseason exhibition games. Maccabi will face the Knicks at Madison Square Garden on October 18, and will face the Clippers in Los Angeles two days later in what will be the 20th time it faces an NBA team. Tel Aviv has beaten five NBA teams in the past and became the first international side to ever defeat a NBA side on North American soil, beating the Toronto Raptors 105-103 in 2005. Maccabi lost to the Knicks in a pre-season game in 2007 and played four exhibition games against NBA sides in 2006, losing to the San Antonio Spurs, Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors. Both games this year come as part of Maccabi's support of the Migdal Ohr organization, which provides shelter and education for over 6,500 abused, impoverished and orphaned children in Israel. In other news, Tel Aviv announced on Wednesday that it has decided to release Charles Gains from the team after he violated the club's code of conduct, going out to a nightclub last week on a night before an early training session. Gaines joined Maccabi less than three months ago and averaged 8.8 points and 5.0 rebounds in nine BSL games.

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