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NBA Player Nicolas Batum: “I Grew Up a Big Fan of Maccabi Tel Aviv”


Nicolas Batum is a French professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers. In his 14 years in the NBA, he has averaged 11.1 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.5 assists in more than 900 games. He is also a member of the French national team. In short: he’s a bit of a basketball legend.

On Twitter yesterday, he was answering fan questions; this is how he responded to one who asked if he would consider playing in Europe: 

The responses have been (surprisingly) overwhelmingly positive, with Israeli fans hardly able to contain their excitement.

Although this has taken all of us by surprise, I guess the signs were always there…


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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media

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