(photo credit: Maccabi Tel Aviv website)
Maccabi Tel Aviv has been searching for a big-man all summer. On Thursday, it
found the biggest man European basketball has to offer.
Sofoklis Schortsanitis signed a two-year contract to play for the
yellow-andblue, leaving Olympiacos after five seasons.
“As soon as I
decided not to continue in Greece I looked for a big, organized and
club that I could contribute to and I found all of this at Maccabi Tel
said the 25-year-old Schortsanitis, who is also known as Sofo and Baby
because of his massive frame of 2.06-meters and 150-kilograms.
really excited about coming to Tel Aviv and the Nokia Arena. I know the
well, the tradition, the fans, the great achievements, and I will do
to continue and glorify the name of Maccabi Tel Aviv.”
Sofo is new coach
David Blatt’s sixth signing of the summer, joining Tal Burstein, Elishay
Richard Hendrix, Mikhail Torrance and Jeff Foote, who will likely spend
coming season on-loan to gain some European experience.
with this signing,” Blatt said.
“One of our main targets in building the
team was to sign a big-man who could act as a target under the basket.
patient and eventually found one of the best centers in Europe, who is
of the more special and attractive players you can find.”
who is currently preparing for the FIBA World Championships with the
national team, was selected 34th overall by the Los Angeles Clippers in
NBA draft, but never got his chance in the US.
He joined Olympiacos ahead
of the 2005/06 season, and despite being a key member of the team in
campaigns, his numbers were always quite modest.
In 19 Euroleague games
for the team last season, Schortsanitis averaged 7.2 points and 2.5
in 71 games in the competition he has never played more than 26
“Our fans waited for a big player and here he comes,” Blatt
added. “He has been a significant contributor to the Greek national team
Olympiacos for several years and I’m very happy he decided to join us.”