For much of last season Sandy Cohen was not at all in the rotation of Maccabi Tel Aviv, but with the acquisition of citizenship during the corona break, the 24-year-old American began to get more minutes from Yannis Sapropoulos, until in the Israeli Final Four he exploded with 16 points and helped the Yellows keep The championship plate for the third year in a row. The citizen turned to an interview in the United States published today (Friday) in which he concluded his first year in Israel.
Cohen Convinced that being part of a big team like Maccabi improves his chances of reaching the NBA: “I am glad I signed with them. This is the highest level of overseas basketball, this is a good match. I have another three years on the contract and it gives some confidence, it’s nice. “Israel is a very beautiful country, which has undergone a great ‘Americanization’, but my goal is still to play at the highest level, so I hope that with my development in this system, I will get a chance in the league.”
On waiting for an Israeli passport, which delayed his entry into business: “It was a different situation. I didn’t play at the beginning of the year, I just tried to stay focused for the entire season and realized it was a process. I continued to work on my game and learn from the veterans. I think it was a very good season and it ended well. ”
The difficulty of joining a rich roster of proven players: “We have – I do not know how many – players who played in the NBA. It shows that the team is good and at a high level. I think some of our players can fit into the NBA today, so you have to earn your playing minutes. ”
The citizen also referred to the one who will surely make the leap to the best league in the world – Danny Abdia: “He is a very good player who can play many roles. He has great size, he understands the game, reads situations well in pick and roll, can score from a distance, deliver and make moves in the post. There are not many things he is unable to do. In my opinion, whoever you choose will get a very good player. ”