Jeremy Fargo Known as one of the best players through Israel, but also one of the most interesting. The former Maccabi Tel Aviv and Hapoel Jerusalem guest hosted a podcast by the Haynes brothers and shared some of his experiences in Israel and Europe.
He said of the rookie season at Gilboa: “The goal was first and foremost not to be impoverished. I earned $ 90,000 that season first year at Gilboa, I had the opportunity to earn 50,000 in the development league. This season ended with winning the championship, winning Maccabi. After this season I was not ready Hearing about Europe, unless it’s an offer of $ 400,000 or more I was determined to stay in the US.
Then Blatt called
Fargo tried to get a contract in the NBA, but the offers did not come. “I was at a friend’s wedding, and then my agent told me that David Blatt wanted to talk to me for 5 minutes. At that point I did not know who the hell David Blatt was. I told him I was not interested in returning to Europe. There was an immediate click between us but he only offered me 200,000 and I said There’s no fucking chance. Later in the day I got to talk to Pete Myers (former NBA player, Chicago assistant coach), I told him about the offer and he told me what are you crazy about? Maccabi is like the NBA. Maccabi initially offered a two-year contract, with a first 200,000 years , 350 second year and I said there is no chance, but only one season in 250. “
But his first experience in Israel somewhat deterred Fargo. “As soon as I signed I was surprised to return to Israel because my memory in the first season was different. When I first landed I was told it was Israel, beaches, weather, it’s a bomb. But then we started traveling, and traveling, to the Galilee יתי “I’m fucking going… and then all of a sudden I got to some hut. It took me tremendous mental strength not to give up and I never gave up anything in the middle, except in video games, but then I was close.
He went on to talk about a chain of events that might have changed the entire course of his career. “Guy Goodes was an assistant at Maccabi, a year before he was a coach in Jerusalem and he said that Gilboa considered cutting me off last season. And I’m like ‘what ???’ “Then he told me that he made it clear to Gilboa that if they cut me off he would take me to Jerusalem in that second. If you ask Gilboa, they will deny it, but I believe in Guy, he is like my brother.”
“This is your team”
About the first season at Maccabi, he said: “I replaced Mikael Torrance who was dealing with heart problems. Blatt did not really know me at first, he did not know what he had in hand. At the camp in Italy he asked me to penetrate the basket and drown with his left hand. My left hand, but I did it easily. It made him and me realize that we have something good together here. In the third game against Partizan with the crazy crowd I was good and that’s it, everything connected. Blatt is the best manager I’ve ever met in my life. “He’s good at basketball, but he’s the best at dealing with people.”
Fargo continued: “Before the playoffs in the Euroleague Blatt sat down with me and asked me if I was even aware that this was my team. I said to him ‘Ah? No. We play together…’ I had by my side Doron Perkins who was a huge guard, he and Diandra Kane are the two best guards I played with them. David Blue was huge, I do not think in Israel understand how big he is. His end was at its peak, Tal Burstein was excellent. Guy Pnini who had great significance for the team, we ran excellent all together. Does not happen today.But one of the losses was the final to Pao.They attacked me from the first moment, it never happened to me.If we played against them only once before, we would decipher them, but in the home method it was different.And if Perkins was not injured we would Winners. ”
On the memorable dunk against Zalgiris he said: “Our style of play was such that once we recognized Miss Match, everyone else flew aside and did Open. So that’s what I did and it was crazy, boom! After the game they sent me a message on Facebook that this move was chosen “During Sports Center’s week on ESPN, and I’m like that ?! The Euroleague has never provided such highlights to Sports Center. In Europe, it’s not the case that players my size do such a thing.”
“I’m not good at ‘play and shut up'”
After two years in the NBA, Fargo came to CSKA’s big money even though he had an offer from Maccabi Tel Aviv (“I was offered a million dollars more”), but professionally it was the least good season of his career. “I did not understand why they signed a player who does not fit the method, whose qualities do not suit the coach, I am not the style of Ettore Messina. I am not good at the ‘play and shut up’ method. I play as I know and it does not mean just because it is different from what the coach wants I’m not saying it’s wrong. Everyone knows I enjoy playing and that’s why I’m good, but that season was all but fun. I was miserable, I felt ostracized. Every time I felt I was on the track something happened that took me back. In Game # 5 in the series against Pau, We were led by 30 and two minutes to the end Messina asked me if I wanted to play, and I told him no. And I’m like that, yeah, of course I told him… and despite all that, if he wants me to come play for him in Milan I’ll seriously consider it. ”
The nightmares from Messina resurfaced, especially with Yannis Sapropoulos in Fargo’s last term at Maccabi. “The same thing happened as it happened to me in Moscow and it made me realize that typical European coaches do not really want me or what I can do, these coaches feel like they are the game, they are the ones playing. Have you ever seen a coach scoring a basket that wins the game?”
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