The Maccabi Haifa professional basketball team announced today they will embark on their annual NBA tour in the United States including re-matches with the Memphis Grizzlies at the Fedex Forum on Sunday, October 6 at 2:00 PM Central Time (10:00 PM Israeli time), the Portland Trail Blazers at the Moda Center on Thursday, October 10 at 7:00 PM Pacific Time (Friday, October 11 at 5:00 AM Israeli time), and with the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Target Center on Sunday, October 13 at 7:00 PM Central Time (Monday, October 14 at 3:00 AM Israeli time).
Maccabi Haifa’s trip to the United States will mark the ninth time in ten years the team will travel to North America to play against NBA competition. In addition to the NBA exhibition games, Maccabi Haifa will play St. Thomas University in the 3rd annual Haifa Hoops Charity Basketball Game in Miami Gardens, Florida. The game, benefitting the Haifa Hoops for Kids charity, will take place on Wednesday, October 2 at 7:00 PM Eastern Time.
All three of Maccabi Haifa’s exhibition games are re-matches, having played both Memphis and Portland twice before, and Minneapolis once before.
Maccabi Haifa played the Memphis Grizzlies in 2013, losing 116-70, and again in 2015, losing 97-84. Maccabi Haifa last played the Trail Blazers on October 13, 2017, falling 129-81 at the Moda Center. The two teams also played during the 2014 preseason, with Portland winning 121-74.
This also marks Maccabi Haifa’s return to the Minneapolis-Saint Paul region, where they last played in 2012, a 114-81 defeat to the Timberwolves. Brian Randle, who helped lead Maccabi Haifa to an appearance in the 203-14 finals, serves as a Player Development Coach for Minnesota.
At the conclusion of the trip, Maccabi Haifa will have played the most games against NBA competition of any international basketball team. The club currently ranks second all-time among international basketball teams in games played against NBA opponents (18).
“We are thrilled to take part in our 9th annual NBA Tour,” said Maccabi Haifa team owner, Jeffrey Rosen. “The trip allows the team to bond before the season while representing Israel on a global stage.”
As one of the original eight teams to form the Israeli Premier League for the 1954 season, Maccabi Haifa has a long and storied legacy in Israeli basketball. Under the ownership of American businessman Jeffrey Rosen, Maccabi Haifa won their first Israeli League championship in franchise history during the 2012-13 season and were an Israeli League Finalist in the 2013-14 and 2016-17 seasons.