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    Quote Originally Posted by MoTown16 View Post
    Wonder if this is one of Lindsey's finds. SA has a good history of digging deep to come up with contributors. Perhaps the new GM is already paying dividends.

    I'm not sure why Stein states it's unlikely Mekel comes to Utah one week in to camp. That gives him enough time for a full slate of games. And he could still return to Israel if he doesn't make the team. If he's promising enough, there's no reason the Jazz can't offer him a small guaranteed deal after Bell is released.
    I was going to pos rep you for a different post but after getting Braille's name wrong I don't know if I can do that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by theNBAnerd View Post
    sarcasm?

    i hope so. the reality is that a 24-year-old international rookie would have to fight for every minute, meaning if he's on the floor instead of tinsley/watson/foye, it's because he's earned it by outplaying them. and i, for one, would LOVE to have somebody to outplay tinsley and watson as backup points.
    Yes, it was sarcasm.

    I think there's definitely room for a backup PG. Watson is hurt (and a year older). Tinsley can't shoot. They're both good guys, but should be emergency-only players. Earl should just be added to the coaching staff.

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    His college/euro statistics are not impressive.

    http://www.draftexpress.com/profile/...el-5880/stats/

    Wonder what they saw there.

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    Gal was israeli league 2010 m.v.p.
    and its one of the competitve league in europe.
    also was good at u20 european championship

    http://www.fibaeurope.com/cid_KNce8j...eamID_306.html
    Last edited by ali baba; 10-01-2012 at 05:36 PM.

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    The Israeli sports media is really hyped about this. The headlines generally goes something like "Will Israel have two representatives in the NBA?".
    BTW - Mekel played in Italy the last two seasons, and did not have a lot of playing time this summer with the national team. Mostly because the more veteran PG (Yogev Ohayon) had a very good campaign. Mekel grew in a rather small Israeli team - Hapoel Galil Elyon, which is located in the country area not far away from my home. I love this team mainly because their specialty is to grow young talents with great basketball fundamentals and team work. Does anyone here remember Nadav Henefeld and Doron Schefer? They both came from that same team. I think he'll be great player to coach, and a team work guy. Don't expect any over average athleticism nor shooting abilities. But certainly a great prospect.

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    He's a chosen one...I give him approval.

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    More details on the Mekel story from Eurobasket.com (http://www.eurobasket.com/Israel/bas...ents=1&Women=0)

    "Ex-Wichita State playmaker Gal Mekel entertained several high-level European offers from Israel and Spain before holding a summit with the Cavs' Casspi, his national-team teammate and close friend, before one of Israel's games in Eurobasket qualifying.

    Casspi told Mekel that he needed to go to Florida after the Eurobasket campaign to train at the Pro Training Center near Tampa, just as Casspi himself had done early in his pro career.

    "Omri called David Thorpe, whom he said was the best coach he had ever trained with, and asked if (Thorpe) would spend two weeks with me", Mekel exclusively told Eurobasket from Tampa, where he is completing his training stint. "Coach Thorpe requested to speak to me first before committing to me, and once we talked I knew it was going to be a great learning experience."

    But neither Thorpe, nor Mekel, expected such fast results. Last week, Mekel did so well in an open-gym audition with the Utah Jazz that he was invited to Utahs training camp.

    "He's really like a scientist with how he teaches, everything is simple but specific, and I quickly saw results with my game, shooting, dribbling, athleticism, etc.," Mekel said. "When Thorpe told me he thought I was a serious NBA prospect, I was moved and surprised to hear such comments from someone who sees the game like he does," Mekel added.

    According to Mekel, Thorpe had begun to speak with a few teams about the 6-foot-4 guard for next season when the Jazz called to invite Mekel in for a look.

    That workout turned out to be just the chance Mekel needed to show that his pick-and-roll prowess would adapt well to the NBA. After looking good on a court that also featured the likes of Utah veteran Derrick Favors and NBA veteran point guard Chris Quinn (Agency: Priority Sports), Mekel quickly won over some Jazz officials, including former sharpshooting guard Jeff Hornacek.

    But not long after the high of being invited to Jazz camp, which officially began Tuesday, Mekel quickly learned that he would have to turn down the opportunity because he would not be able to secure the required working visa for several days, likely forcing him to miss at least a week of practices.

    "Although the lack of an American work permit ruled me out for Utah's training camp, I feel good about my future," Mekel told Eurobasket. "It's very likely I'll play in Europe this year. Armed with all this new knowledge about how I can better my game, my goals are to keep improving my game, help my new team win and be prepared for possibly coming back to the United States next summer for either the NBA summer league or training camp in October.""

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jazz Punk Rocker View Post
    He's a chosen one...I give him approval.
    He is, but we're approaching this from the wrong angle.



    The Jazz are looking at him as a potential CFO after Hyde retires, not as a backup PG. He's got all the attributes that we need in a successful financial officer.

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    You need to watch as much of Giannis as you can. He's the next big thing, right now I'd srsly consider taking him over Wuggins and Jabari.
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    I thought Dal was black for a long time. He was one of the people I was referencing when I told colleagues I have several black friends.

    I still like him irredgardless.
    *confirmed*

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    But, but...that will cut into the minutes of Watson, Tinsley and even Foye at PG. Corbin will then have to follow the Sloan model and play those vets at SG (a la Fisher), which will reduce Burks' minutes to 10 per game.
    Now that he isn't coming over this year, it actually works better assuming that he comes back in the summer. Then Both Earl and Tinsley will be free agents and there will be tons of room on the team due to other expiring contracts. Then all Mekel has to do is outpreform Earl or Tinsley to get a spot on the team. Looks like he will be about 25 years old, younger than all or our current point guards.

    I'm not going crazy thinking he's the reincarnation of John Stockon, I just like the idea of some new blood and I'm a sucker for a good story.

    (BTW, he went undrafted in the 2008 NBA draft for those of you who didn't know)

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    Quote Originally Posted by cctrackstar View Post
    Now that he isn't coming over this year, it actually works better assuming that he comes back in the summer. Then Both Earl and Tinsley will be free agents and there will be tons of room on the team due to other expiring contracts. Then all Mekel has to do is outpreform Earl or Tinsley to get a spot on the team. Looks like he will be about 25 years old, younger than all or our current point guards.

    I'm not going crazy thinking he's the reincarnation of John Stockon, I just like the idea of some new blood and I'm a sucker for a good story.

    (BTW, he went undrafted in the 2008 NBA draft for those of you who didn't know)
    I agree about working well for him to come next summer. He'll certainly have a fair shot to make the roster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cctrackstar View Post
    Now that he isn't coming over this year, it actually works better assuming that he comes back in the summer. Then Both Earl and Tinsley will be free agents and there will be tons of room on the team due to other expiring contracts. Then all Mekel has to do is outpreform Earl or Tinsley to get a spot on the team. Looks like he will be about 25 years old, younger than all or our current point guards.

    I'm not going crazy thinking he's the reincarnation of John Stockon, I just like the idea of some new blood and I'm a sucker for a good story.

    (BTW, he went undrafted in the 2008 NBA draft for those of you who didn't know)
    if he's as good as thorpe says, he probably won't be available next summer. sometimes you have to pounce while a guy is still somewhat under the radar.

    i think it's a massive bummer if the jazz pass on this guy just because he can't be available until week two of camp. what a waste.
    check out the jazzbros.com blog for more on the jazz.

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    And what were the Jazz supposed to do? Give him a guaranteed contract? They invited him to camp which is the most an undrafted free agent could expect. And as far as I know, the offer is still there, it was him who decided to stay over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by theNBAnerd View Post
    if he's as good as thorpe says, he probably won't be available next summer. sometimes you have to pounce while a guy is still somewhat under the radar.

    i think it's a massive bummer if the jazz pass on this guy just because he can't be available until week two of camp. what a waste.
    Agree. Jazz need to add him as the 15th guy. Then he has a whole season to work out.

    On the other hand, maybe he was a bit impressive, but not really much better than a guy like Quinn. If that's the case, the Jazz did him a solid by saying they liked his game and now his agent is doing his job in making sure to hype the workout as much as possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cctrackstar View Post
    And what were the Jazz supposed to do? Give him a guaranteed contract? They invited him to camp which is the most an undrafted free agent could expect. And as far as I know, the offer is still there, it was him who decided to stay over.
    that's not what it sounds like though... it sounds like the jazz only wanted him if he was in uniform on 10/1. which makes absolutely no sense to me. but that's what it sounds like mekel is saying:

    "Although the lack of an American work permit ruled me out for Utah's training camp, I feel good about my future," Mekel told Eurobasket.
    check out the jazzbros.com blog for more on the jazz.

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    Maybe worth bumping, as he was player of the month in his (weak) league?:

    http://www.mhbasket.co.il/News.asp?i...n#.UOcy_aUyHzI

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