FOUR NBA TEAMS TO HOST ISRAELI LEAGUE FINALIST MACCABI HAIFA FOR NORTH AMERICAN TOUR IN OCTOBER 2014
Maccabi Haifa to play the Washington Wizards on October 15, Portland Trail Blazers on October 17, Sacramento Kings on October 18, and Toronto Raptors on October 22
AVENTURA, Florida – The Maccabi Haifa professional basketball team, the 2013-14 Israeli Super League runner-up, announced today the team will participate in a four-team NBA exhibition tour in North America, becoming only the second international team ever to play four NBA teams in the same trip. Maccabi Haifa will face the Washington Wizards on Wednesday, October 15 at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time (Thursday, October 16 at 2:00 a.m. local time in Israel) at the Verizon Center, the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday, October 17 at 7:00 pm Pacific Time (Saturday, October 18 at 5:00 a.m. local time in Israel) at the Moda Center, the Sacramento Kings on Saturday, October 18 at 7:00 p.m. Pacific Time (Sunday, October 19 at 5:00 a.m. local time in Israel) at the Sleep Train Arena, and the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday, October 22 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time (Thursday, October 23 at 2:30 a.m. local time in Israel) at the Air Canada Centre.
Maccabi Haifa’s trip to the United States will mark the fourth time in five years the team will travel to North America to play against NBA competition. In three trips to the United States, Maccabi Haifa has faced six NBA opponents (New Jersey Nets, Golden State Warriors, Minnesota Timberwolves, Phoenix Suns, Detroit Pistons, Memphis Grizzlies). At the conclusion of the North American tour, Maccabi Haifa will rank second all-time among international basketball teams in games played (10) against NBA opponents.
Maccabi Haifa has a long and storied legacy as it was one of the original eight teams to form the Israeli Premier League for the 1954 season. Under the ownership of American businessman Jeffrey Rosen, Maccabi Haifa won their first Israeli League championship in the franchise’s 60-year history during the 2012-13 season and were an Israeli League Finalist in the 2013-14 season.
Maccabi Haifa’s charity program, “Haifa Hoops for Kids”, a joint initiative between Maccabi Haifa and the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest New Jersey, has hosted over 20,000 underprivileged and special needs children in Israel at Maccabi Haifa home games. The team will hold charity basketball clinics for children in each city during the NBA preseason tour.
“Maccabi Haifa is proud to continue our tradition of playing against NBA opponents, as our fan base in North America is one of the largest among all international basketball teams,” said Maccabi Haifa team owner Jeff Rosen. “We are thrilled to be competing against the Washington Wizards, Portland Trail Blazers, Sacramento Kings and the Toronto Raptors.”