Maccabi Tel Aviv will continue its journey in Spain tonight (Thursday, 21:30) and will be hosted by Valencia.
The Bats, who lost the first meeting of the two this season, will arrive as one of the hottest teams in the factory, and are in the midst of a positive momentum - which includes five straight wins.
They are also fighting with the Yellows for a place in the playoffs.
Unlike the meeting in Israel, where Chris Jones was injured, this time the host will welcome her big star and the yellow exes - and this is a good enough reason to choose the four yellow exes who broke out in a big way only after they left the city without a break.
The hero of the article, and the one who will meet the Yellows tonight, embodies in his career path one of the most impressive and inspiring success stories in recent years in the Euroleague.
The coordinator who signed with the Yellows after a good season in Turkey arrived at the club without any past factory experience and with a resume that included seasons in the Mongolian, Swiss and Belgian leagues, but also with a relatively low contract and a marked improvement in his career.
The yellows' bet on Jones did not turn out to be a failure but not a resounding success either.
The center provided a solid rookie season and averaged 7 points and 2.8 assists in 17 minutes per game.
The club debated for a long time whether to exercise the option for the second season in his contract, but finally decided to give up his services and sign Keenan Evans.
Jones moved to the French Villerban and had a breakout season, recording impressive averages of 13.1 points and 3.6 assists in 27 minutes of play, which probably made the Yellows regret giving him up.
This season in Spain, Jones became the main star of his team and proved that he is capable of leading a team that is fighting for a place in the playoffs, recording a career high with 14.3 points and 4.9 assists and establishing his status as one of the most stable and efficient centers in the company.
Will the bank account be closed?, Photo: Alan Shiver
The story of Evans is almost completely reminiscent of the story of the player he replaced only the previous summer and raises quite a few question marks.
The center signed with the Yellows after a breakthrough season in Hapoel Haifa, and Beid Eliyahu decided to bet on him and his potential, at a relatively cheap price.
Evans started his rookie season a little shaky but showed improvement as the season progressed, finishing with 8.2 points and 3.5 assists per game.
The disappointing end of the season and the loss of the titles in the local arena along with the relegation against Real Madrid in the crossover led to a revolution in the team's squad in the summer, and it was also decided to give up Evans in the end after quite a few deliberations.
Zhelgiris Kovna jumped at the opportunity and won Evans, who became one of the best centers this season in Europe, averaging impressive 15.9 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.7 assists in the Euroleague, until he tore his Achilles tendon and ended the season a few weeks ago.
The impressive abilities he displayed led the Yellows to examine the possibility of bringing him back in the summer, as first published in Israel Hayom.
What did you not recognize about Maccabi?, Photo: Udi Tsitiat
The French center, who signed a two-month temporary contract with Maccabi Tel Aviv after Ante Zizic's injury, brought the team a defensive presence and energy on both sides of the field, but after the Croatian's return, the club chose not to continue the contract with him, and he moved to Partizan Belgrade, who were playing in the Eurocup at the time.
Lasur, who averaged 7.4 points and 3.4 rebounds in only 11 minutes of play in the yellow uniform, has become one of the best and most efficient centers in the Euroleague this season and is averaging a great 12.6 points and 7.3 rebounds per night.
Žižić returned, he left, photo: EPA
Closing the list and the newest among its members to join the Euroleague is the guard who holds Israeli citizenship and signed a few days ago with the Spanish Baskonia.
His story is very different from the other members of the list, but in the face of the relatively meager contribution of the Israelis in yellow, one can wonder if the decision to give him up was not wrong.
Heidegger signed for three seasons with Maccabi Tel Aviv in the summer of 2020 and recorded an average of 3.5 minutes of play and a point per evening in two appearances, until he was loaned to Bnei Herzliya where he starred and was one of the best Israelis in the Premier League.
Last season he was loaned from the Yellows to German Oldenburg and also excelled in Media.
He started the current season with the Markazfendi team and once again stood out for good with impressive averages of 19.6 points, 6.5 assists, which led the Spanish team to pay his release clause and add him to their roster.
Blooming since he left the Yellows, photo: Alan Shiver
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