When they put together a completely new team at Maccabi Tel Aviv this summer, they imagined that it would take time for the team to connect on and off the field, but they didn't want to and expected to end the preparation period with a record of one win compared to four losses.
There are mitigating circumstances for the results, of course, but even Oded Ketch, someone who knows the system closely, knows that losses are not welcomed and do not add to industrial peace.
The late return of Lorenzo Brown, the man who is supposed to lead and lead the team, after a wonderful campaign and winning the European Championship with the Spanish national team, damaged the team's preparations and caused him to miss the entire preparation period.
Everyone is waiting for him, photo: Maccabi Tel Aviv
The partial absence of the four players of the Israeli national team - Guy Panini, Rafi Manko, Roman Sorkin and Jake Cohen - did not help to encourage Oded Ketch to instill his teachings.
The former player is known as a coach with an orderly Torah and a clear basketball philosophy, and as such he often needs time to implement his method.
If putting together a new team and introducing eight new foreigners into the flow is something that takes time and is accepted in the system with understanding, the poor defense that the team presented in the five preparatory games was not liked by Eliyahu to say the least, and they marked the improvement of the defensive side as an important key point that should receive attention as soon as possible.
"We can't concede 38 points in a quarter," they said around the team.
The club knows they have a lot of work ahead of them and they must consolidate the squad quickly because the opening of the Euroleague season is already around the corner, but they marked the preparatory tournament in Greece as an important step on the way to the goal.
"This is a new team. Until a certain leadership is built here, until players become more vocal, these are exactly the experiences we needed to become better, but we still have a long way to go," shared the team's coach Oded Ketch honestly.
Joined late, photo: Kostas Petsas
After an impressive acquisition spree, Oded Ketch's yellows ended the preseason period with quite a bit of food for thought.
The former player who knows the system intimately and even got to experience first hand painful dismissals from it, is aware of the pressure and expectations on his shoulders but radiates calmness as usual.
Despite this, Ketch also knows that tonight's loss to Gilboa/Galil and an early elimination from the Winner Cup will not be accepted with understanding and will add quite a bit of fuel to the fire, just before the start of the Euroleague season.
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