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Brad Greenberg to coach Israel’s Maccabi Haifa

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June 4, 2012 | 10:26 am

Anadolu Efes's Ermal Kuqo (L) tries to block Maccabi Tel Aviv's Sofoklis Schortsanitis during their Euroleague Group C basketball game in Tel Aviv on Dec. 15.

Anadolu Efes's Ermal Kuqo (L) tries to block Maccabi Tel Aviv's Sofoklis Schortsanitis during their Euroleague Group C basketball game in Tel Aviv on Dec. 15.

Brad Greenberg, the former general manager of the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers, has signed on to coach the Maccabi Haifa basketball team.

Greenberg, who is Jewish, will coach the team for the next two seasons, the team announced Monday on its official website.

Greenberg, 58, becomes the first head coach in Israel to have served as an NBA assistant coach, NBA general manager and NCAA Division I head coach, according to the team. His contract starts on Aug.1, and the team opens its regular season on Oct. 8.

Maccabi Bazan Haifa finished last in the Israel Basketball League this past season.

“It has been a dream of mine to coach professionally in Israel,” Greenberg said in a statement on the team’s website.

Greenberg served as head coach this past season for Venezuela’s Bucaneros De La Guaira, leading the team to a playoff appearance. He will return as assistant coach of the Venezuelan National Team competing this summer for a chance to participate at the 2012 London Olympics.

He served as assistant coach for both the Los Angeles Clippers and the New York Knicks. As general manager of the Philadelphia 76ers, he drafted top first-round pick Allen Iverson.

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