Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv announced Tuesday that star center Sofoklis Schortsanitis cannot begin training with the team for a number of weeks due to an undisclosed medical issue. "Maccabi confirms that Sofo did not pass his medical tests. The player, his agent and Maccabi today reached an agreement in which the player will remain in Israel and receive the necessary treatment," the club said in a statement. "Maccabi wishes Sofo a speedy recovery and the expectation is that he can return to activities within a number of weeks."
Maccabi will play its first official games of the season, against Flamengo in the FIBA Intercontinental Cup, over the last weekend of September in Brazil before continuing to the United States to play Cleveland and Brooklyn in the Euroleague US Tour 2014. Schortsanitis is due to play his fourth season with Maccabi. In his first three, Schortsanitis has been to two Final Fours, named to the All-Euroleague team and won the 2014 Euroleague crown.