Cleveland Cavaliers superstar small forward LeBron James recently expressed interest in visiting Israel someday as his team took on Maccabi Tel Aviv. The preseason game drew a lot of Israeli media to the event.
Speaking to Israeli reporters before the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 2014-2015 preseason debut against Maccabi Tel Aviv the team from the holy land. The NBA star said he had never visited the Jewish state but “I want to look forward to going there if I get an opportunity to.” James took a quick tour of Brazil after attending the World Cup Final this past summer.
When asked by an Israeli reporter if there was “any chance that LeBron James and his hometown Cavaliers can come to Tel Aviv,” the athlete said it was “not my decision” and that he had “no idea.” However, the NBA has been playing preseason games over seas for several years now.
According to the report, the Israeli journalists also asked the Olympic gold medalist several questions about Cavaliers coach David Blatt, who was Maccabi’s coach for six years up until last season. After answering a few of the questions, James said, “You guys know the new coach more than I do. I’ve only been with him for a couple weeks.”
The Cleveland Cavaliers defeated Maccabi Tel Aviv 107-80 in the preseason game at Quicken
Loans Arena in Cleveland. James started but played only 20 minutes and did not take the court in the second half, finishing with 12 points on 4-of-11 shooting with four rebounds and four assists. In addition to the LeBron James acquisition, the Cavaliers had a busy offseason putting together a solid team around James to make a series title run this June. James won two titles and reached the final two other times in four years with Miami, but again signed with the Cavaliers in July, saying he hoped to bring an NBA title to his home region.