New York City's famed Madison Square Garden will be the site of the second and final "Euro Classic" clash between Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv and Olimpia Milan on Sunday afternoon (1200 local time; 1800 CET). Maccabi was victorious 85-79 in the first leg of their games as part of the Euroleague Basketball World Tour 2015 on Thursday in Chicago.
The games will be broadcast on numerous networks throughout Europe and North America, including Sport 5 in Israel, Fox Sports in Italy, MSG in the United States, Sky Mexico in Mexico and Sportklub in Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, Bosnia, Montenegro and FYROM.
A large turnout is expected at "The Mecca of Basketball" with a mix of members of the local Italian and Israeli communities plus basketball enthusiasts at large who are both eager to see some of the best teams in Europe and the teams’ top young talents. There will be many special touches to the game, among them the inclusion of One Team partner Special Olympics New York athletes in the player introductions and the honoring of retired greats from both teams, including New York City native Art Kenney for Milan and Derrick Sharp and Earl Williams of Maccabi fame.
Although the games are do not count in any standings, both teams are eager to win in New York. "I'm absolutely satisfied with our progress," Maccabi head coach Guy Goodes said. "But there is still plenty to improve. We're pleased with the atmosphere here; there is positive energy and the hospitality has been excellent."
Friday was a rough day as rain and high winds caused bumpy flights from Chicago and left the players wet whenever they ventured out of the hotels. Milan concluded its day with an event at the A|X Armani Exchange store in SoHo, which Maccabi management was also a guest at, and a team dinner at Armani Ristorante. Maccabi wrapped up its day with practice at a local college. Saturday was a more low-key day, which allotted players from both teams a bit of free time before Sunday’s game.