Ahead of its local challenge against Maccabi Rishon LeZion later tonight, Maccabi Tel Aviv's head coach David Blatt (Agency: Beo Basket) filed a letter of recommendation to Great Britain's basketball search committee suggesting his assistantGuy Goodes (Agency: Avi Zilberman) for their national team head coaching position.
Blatt, one of Europe's prolific coaches and elite basketball minds, who managed to resurrect the broken image of Israel's powerhouse organization and reshape its intimidating form, believes Goodes is worthy of filling in for longtime coach Chris Finch, who joined the Houston Rockets' coaching staff.
"Guy (Goodes) and I have worked closely together over the last three years (for Maccabi) and we've had a lot of success and he's been a very big part of it," Blatt told Eurobasket during a sit-down interview in his office at Nokia Arena, adding, " (Goodes) has a keen basketball mind. He's been a head coach for several years, he functions in Maccabi as an associate head coach more than an assistant, and he's a person who I can leave my team in his hands because there will be no fall off."
Goodes, 42, played point guard with duel British and Israeli passports. Yet multiple NBA coaches have also sent in applications for the position, which is set to participate in the upcoming 2013 European Championship games in Slovenia.
Prior to Blatt's remarkable Bronze medal campaign with the Russian national team during the 2012 London Olympics, the Princeton graduate competed against the Brits in a number of pre-Olympic exhibition games, allowing him to become familiar with its personnel.
"I know the British national-team program because we've played against them a number of times this past summer and I had the chance to meet the people on board, so when they made it known to me through their search committee that they were looking for a coach, I recommended Guy Goodes because I strongly believe in him and know what great possibilities he presents as a national team coach," the 53-year-old Massachusetts native said.
Towards the end of 2012, it became apparent that British basketball suffered an overwhelming blow after losing all of its funding from UK Sport in the wake of last summer's Olympics failure. Despite featuring current NBA players Luol Deng (Chicago Bulls) and Joel Freeland (Portland Trail Blazers), the British dropped four of their five Olympic games.
Still, Blatt is certain that the chase for GB's head coaching position is very high.
"National teams are very attractive jobs for coaches and certainly the British national team because of the directions which they're trying to take programs in and the fact that it's a English speaking country which makes the adjusting process easy. I know they are looking at a number of different candidates which is natural -- but from my perspective -- I put Guy out there because I believe he will do a great job."
After a stellar playing career, Goodes' coaching career began in 2004 as an interim coach for Israel's Maccabi Rishon Lezion, who eventually hired him for the remainder of the season and the following one, in which Goodes led the organization to the Israeli league Final Four. He then worked for two seasons as an assistant coach for European power Maccabi Tel Aviv and two seasons as a head coach for Hapoel Jerusalem.
In 2010, Goodes returned to familiar grounds signing a two-year deal with Tel Aviv as an assistant coach. Throughout his time on the sidelines, he earned seven championships and won three state cups.
Avila lands William Hall, ex Glasgow Rocks - 4 hours ago
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Carrefour El Bulevar de Avila (LEB Silver) landed 25-year old British small forward William Hall (201-91, agency: Dynamics Global Management). He played most recently at Glasgow Rocks in British BBL league. In 36 games he averaged 12.7ppg, 7.0rpg and 2.9apg last season. Hall helped them to make it to the semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-British BBL Honorable Mention. The previous (14-15) season Hall played at Leeds Force (a... [read more]
Carrefour El Bulevar de Avila (LEB Silver) landed 25-year old British small forward William Hall (201-91, agency: Dynamics Global Management). He played most recently at Glasgow Rocks in British BBL league. In 36 games he averaged 12.7ppg, 7.0rpg and 2.9apg last season. Hall helped them to make it to the semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-British BBL Honorable Mention. The previous (14-15) season Hall played at Leeds Force (also in BBL) where in 27 games he had 14.2ppg, 7.3rpg, 2.6apg and 1.1spg. Hall played in the final of British EBL Division One in 2011. He represented United Kingdom at the European Championships U20 Division B in Sarajevo (Bosnia) five years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 2.1ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.4apg. Hall has played also professionally for other British teams like Sheffield Sharks, Reading Rockets and London Greenhouse Pioneers.
Carrefour El Bulevar de Avila roster for 2016-2017:
The opening weekend of the new season concluded with five games on Sunday evening. Leicester Riders became the first team to record two wins after holding off Worcester Wolves 77-66, while Esh Group Eagles Newcastle started their campaign with an 85-99 victory over Cheshire Phoenix, behind 28 points from Scott Martin (203-G-88, college: Notre Dame, agency: HMS) Plymouth Raiders bounced back from an opening loss on Saturday to defeat Surrey Scorchers 87-63 with all five starters reaching... [read more]
The opening weekend of the new season concluded with five games on Sunday evening.
Leicester Riders became the first team to record two wins after holding off Worcester Wolves 77-66, while Esh Group Eagles Newcastle started their campaign with an 85-99 victory over Cheshire Phoenix, behind 28 points from Scott Martin (203-G-88, college: Notre Dame, agency: HMS)
Plymouth Raiders bounced back from an opening loss on Saturday to defeat Surrey Scorchers 87-63 with all five starters reaching double figures, while Jack Isenbarger netted 28 points to inspire Leeds Force to a 79-58 success over DBL Sharks Sheffield.
Also, Glasgow Rocks claimed their first win after recording a convincing 56-90 success away at Manchester Giants as Neil Watson led five scorers in double figures with 21 points on debut.
BBL Championship Leeds Force 79 (21,38,57) (Isenbarger 28, Marsden 12, Sanders/Matthew 8) DBL Sharks Sheffield 58 (19,33,47) (Poole 14, S Davis 13, Wroblicky 8)
Leeds Force opened their account for the new season with a 79-58 win over DBL Sharks Sheffield, thanks in large to an impressive shooting display from Jack Isenbarger.
The American went 8-of-11 from beyond the arc including a perfect 7/7 in the second half on his way to a 28-point haul.
It was Rob Marsden (200-PF-88, college: Findlay, OH) who made a strong start with eight of his 12 points in the first period as he edged the home side into a narrow advantage.
Two triples from Eddie Matthew pushed Leeds up by nine, but the Sharks levelled at 38-38 early in the second half.
However, Isenbarger began to heat up with a trio of 3-pointers in quick succession to help Leeds establish a 10-point cushion ahead of the final quarter. Two more followed to cap an 8-0 run to put the game beyond doubt.
Isenbarger netted his eighth in the final minute to complete a fine performance on his BBL debut as Leeds start 1-0 in the league.
The defeat sees the Sharks fall to 0-2 in a disappointing start to the campaign. BBL Championship Plymouth Raiders 87 (24,47,66) (Grady 18, Nicholas/Dixon 16) Surrey Scorchers 63 (10,26,43) (Neighbour 25, Ogedengbe 12, Margai/Rollins 6)
Plymouth Raiders bounced back from their opening loss with a comfortable 87-63 victory at home to Surrey Scorchers.
Anton Grady contributed 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Cory Dixon and Donte Nicholas added 16 points apiece with all five starters reaching double figures in the 24-point win.
The Raiders raced out of the blocks and used a 12-0 run to set the tone early in the first and they never looked back. Rhys Carter started the second with a three as the lead continued to be stretched.
Plymouth were up by 21 at the half with three players already in double figures. The visitors kept battling in the second half despite being in foul trouble and kept their opponents from completely running away with the game.
The gap hit 31 points late in the fourth, but the Scorchers closed with an 8-1 run and they now drop to 0-2 despite a game-high of 25 points from Will Neighbour. BBL Championship Leicester Riders 77 (23,39,55) (Clark 20, Bernardini 11, Thomson/Hampton 9) Worcester Wolves 66 (16,42,58) (Kennedy/Huffor 18, Setty 11)
Leicester Riders completed a perfect weekend after seeing off the challenge of Worcester Wolves with a 77-66 success.
Rob Paternostro's side trailed heading into the final quarter, but seized control and held off their opponents with a 10-0 close to the game.
Brandon Clark top scored with 20 points and also handed out seven assists as Riders' depth was evident once again.
A 10-0 run established early control as the Riders were up by 10 on a three from Eric Robertson, but the visitors hit back strongly in the second with a 23-3 run as Wolves made a 9-of-15 start from downtown to lead 32-42.
Danny Huffor moved to 16 points, but the Riders finished the half with the final seven points with Marek Klaasen picking up his fourth foul in the meantime.
Wolves managed to maintain their narrow advantage after an even third period before the defending champions opened the fourth with a 7-0 run.
A three from Trevor Setty cut the gap to one at 67-66 before five points from Pierre Hampton was followed by a big triple from Tyler Bernardini to make the game safe in the final minute.
Riders improve to 2-0, while the Wolves are now 1-1 having won their opener in overtime on Friday night. BBL Championship Manchester Giants 56 (9,31,43) (Y Williams 14, Webster 11, Goffen 9) Glasgow Rocks 90 (24,45,63) (Watson 21, Elechi 16, Lescault 12)
Glasgow Rocks made an impressive start to their league campaign after completing a 56-90 win away at Manchester Giants.
Neil Watson led five different scorers in double figures with 21 points on his Rocks debut, while Anthony Elechi added 16 points and 10 rebounds.
The Rocks established their authority with a 15-2 close to the opening quarter as they opened up a commanding 9-24 cushion. Manchester began to settle and edged the second quarter 22-21 to narrowly close the gap heading into half-time.
However, the visitors maintained their control and a late three in the third from Jordan Clarke gave his side a 20-point advantage to take and the lead continued to grow in the final period.
A 15-4 run from the Rocks took the gap past 30 points as Sterling Davis' side secured a convincing victory with GB internationals Kieron Achara and Gareth Murray back amongst the squad.
Player-coach Yorick Williams led his side with 14 points as the Giants drop their home opener. BBL Championship Cheshire Phoenix 85 (18,35,59) (Brown 27, Anderson 21, Wilcher 12) Esh Group Eagles Newcastle 99 (20,42,72) (Martin 28, Defoe 16, Parks 15)
Esh Group Eagles Newcastle pulled away from Cheshire Phoenix to record an 85-99 road victory, on Sunday evening.
Scott Martin led the way with a 28-point haul to help his team get off to a winning start as all nine players got onto the scoresheet.
After a tightly contested first period, the Eagles began to edge away, putting together a 16-2 run across quarters to lead by 12 at 22-34. Cheshire scored seven straight either side of half-time to close within three, but would not get closer.
Defoe scored six points in a 13-2 run as Newcastle re-gained a double-digit advantage and a further 10-1 burst in the fourth would make sure of the result with the visitors ahead by as many as 21 with three minutes to go.
Josh Fox scored consecutive baskets to end the game, but Cheshire drop to 0-2 despite 27 points from Earl Brown and a further 21 points from Jamell Anderson on 8-of-9 shooting.
The opening weekend of the new season continued on Saturday night as Bristol Flyers and London Lions began their campaigns with victories. Bristol edged a back-and-forth encounter with rivals, Plymouth Raiders, before a late surge helped secure an 85-80 triumph with Hameed Ali (188-G-93, college: Texas A&M-CC) finishing with 22 points on his league debut. Meanwhile, London pulled away in the second half to claim a 58-69 win away at Surrey Scorchers as Kai Williams and Alex Owumi both ne... [read more]
The opening weekend of the new season continued on Saturday night as Bristol Flyers and London Lions began their campaigns with victories.
Bristol edged a back-and-forth encounter with rivals, Plymouth Raiders, before a late surge helped secure an 85-80 triumph with Hameed Ali (188-G-93, college: Texas A&M-CC) finishing with 22 points on his league debut.
Meanwhile, London pulled away in the second half to claim a 58-69 win away at Surrey Scorchers as Kai Williams and Alex Owumi both netted 18 points apiece. BBL Championship Surrey Scorchers 58 (21,38,49) (Neighbour 18, Ochereobia 13, Ogedengbe 8) London Lions 69 (13,41,57) (K Williams/Owumi 18, Hassan 15)
London Lions opened their campaign with victory after defeating Surrey Scorchers 58-69 on the road.
Nigel Lloyd's side were down 10 in the opening period, but recovered and went on to record an 11-point victory with 18 points apiece for Kai Williams and Alex Owumi.
Will Neighbour (208-PF-90, college: UALR) top scored for Surrey with 18 points of his own as their efforts fell short.
The home side made a strong start and used a 13-2 run in the first to open up a double-digit lead at 20-10. However, the Lions responded in the second to turn things around with a 22-4 spell to lead by nine points at 29-38.
Surrey scored six points in the final minute of the first half to cut the gap to just three points and would remain within striking distance for much of the third period.
London edged clear to lead by eight and withheld a rally from Surrey in the fourth with a triple from Kai Williams making it a 10-point game with less than five minutes to go and the visitors were able to hold on to secure the win.
Surrey have the chance to bounce back from their opening loss as they head to Plymouth Raiders, tomorrow. BBL Championship Bristol Flyers 85 (25,43,65) (Ali 22, Smith 18, Boggs/Vigor 14) Plymouth Raiders 80 (17,39,63) (Nicholas 18, Corletto 17, Dixon 16)
Bristol Flyers produced a strong finish to claim an 85-80 victory over Plymouth Raiders in their opening league fixture.
The Flyers have now won eight of the nine BBL meetings between the South-West rivals after impressive displays from Hameed Ali and Leslee Smith - who finished with 18 points and 13 rebounds.
Ali made a bright start with seven of his 22 points early on before Lovell Cook took over with 10 of his own to help the Flyers lead by as many as nine points in the opening period.
Raiders hit back in the second and gradually moved ahead through four quick points from Cory Dixon, but Ali ensured the home side would go into half-time with the lead as he moved to 12 points.
A close encounter continued in the third until the Flyers went on an 8-0 run to threaten to pull clear, but Rhys Carter netted a late three to make it a two-point game at the end of the third.
The visitors scored six straight to edge ahead, but the game was tied at 69 with 4:30 left on the clock. Plymouth went up by five only to see the home side respond with an 8-0 run to lead 77-74.
Ali held his nerve at the line in the closing stages to wrap up victory for Bristol.
Donte Nicholas had 18 points for the Raiders as all five starters reached double figures and the team returns to action tomorrow when they host Surrey Scorchers.
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