Jews Beat Raptors, Occupy Toronto
While some of you might still be bummed that the Israeli National Team failed to qualify for next year’s World Cup despite their undefeated record in qualifying, today there is new reason to rejoice and feel proud of our Israeli athletes. Last night 17,281 shocked Toronto Raptors fans sat and watched Maccabi Tel Aviv, the top professional basketball team in Israel and two-time defending European Club Champions, defeat their hometown club 105-103, earning their first victory over an NBA team since 1978.
This is a stunning defeat for American basketball, which, after the Olympic team’s disappointing finish at the Athens games, has now sunk to its lowest point in history. The Raptors, who boast a roster that includes NBA All-Stars Jalen Rose, Morris Peterson and Chris Bosh, played their starters throughout most of the game yet could not overcome Maccabi, who in the words of Rose “played this game like it was their championship game.”
The loss marks the first defeat an NBA team has suffered to an international club since 1988.