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January 25, 1985 - Image 83

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1985-01-25

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Friday, January 25, 1985

NEWS

Basketball,
Israeli Style

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BY HASKELL COHEN

Tel Aviv (JTA) — Basketball is
reaching a fever pitch in Israel
what with the Maccabi Tel Aviv
team doing so well both domesti-
cally in the National League and
in competition for the European
Cup in international play. The
success, or major portion of the
team's success, is attributed to
two black players, new additions
from the United States, Lee
Johnson and Kevin McGee.
Johnson was brought to Mac-
cabi Tel Aviv by Gary Wolff, a
19-year-old Harvard student.
Wolff, the son of lawyer-agent Bob
Wolff of Boston, has to be the
youngest courier in the sport
world. His father is widely known
in sporting agentry circles for
securing a $15 million contract for
Larry Bird of the Boston celtics.
Gary, under the watchful eye of
his father, is fast becoming a
magnate in his own right. Rumor
has it that he extracted a six fig-
ure contract for Johnson from •
Maccabi. At any rate, Johnson,
together with McGee, has helped
forge the Tel Aviv five into a pow-
erhouse. The club figures to run
away with the National League
pennant and definitely is a con-
tender for the European basket-
ball champsionship.
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Hapoel Tel Aviv is getting a
great year out of Willy Sims, the
black Jew, who played on the U.S.
Maccabiah teams, 1977-1981, and
appears permanently settled in
the Holy Land. Besides scoring on
the court, Sims, it is reliably re-
ported, is cleaning up with his
new restaurant, located on
Hayarkon Street in Tel Aviv.
His eatery is the hangout for
the American hoopsters now play-
ing in Israel, and the local stars,
players and coaches alike can be
seen in his dining quarters
nightly. Sims has been keeping
company with a local belle and
wedding bells appear to be in the
offing.
Pete Maravich, all-time Na-
\
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guard and his dad, Press, a college
coach for several Southern in-
stitutions, are slated to visit Is-
rael late in the spring to give
coaching clinics at several col-
leges and high schools. .

The U.S. Postal Service will issue
a stamp honoring Yeshiva
University founder Dr. Bernard
Revel, above, in 1986. Dr. Revel, a
Lithuanian immigrant who came
to the United States in 1906,
founded the university in 1916
and served as its president until
his death in 1940.

Remember the
1 1 th Commandment:

"And Thou
Shalt be
Informed"

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You've read the
five books of
Moses. Isn't it
time to try the
Fifty-Two Issues
of the Detroit
Jewish News? It
may not be
holy, but it's
weekly! And
such a bargain.
To order your
own subscription
call 354-6060.

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