It seemed too good to be true. Maccabi, the former Euroleague powerhouse, was building the ultimate Jewish basketball team, picking and choosing Jewish NBA players and former college stars, and creating a team that could rival any of its previous championship teams.
They signed New Jersey Nets star Jordan Farmar, and followed it up with the signing of former Duke star Jon Scheyer. The finishing touch was supposed to be Omri Casspi, the first Israeli born NBA player.
The signs were good, and rumors were that both sides were very close to an agreement. But then news broke via Twitter on Casspi's offical page:
"Offical - @Casspi18 will not join @MaccabiElectra. The two sides met today & came to the understanding that the tax issues are too big..."
And there you have it. Taxes are what kept Maccabi from having the ultimate Jewish basketball team.
Reprinted with permission from Shalom Life
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