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Wednesday, December 11th, 2013 at 3:13 pm  |  27 responses

Seton Hall Guard Tom Maayan to Reenlist in Israeli Defense Forces


by Bill DiFilippo / @bflip33

Usually when a basketball player’s career ends, it’s because something tragic happened. For Seton Hall’s Tom Maayan, not so much.

The sophomore guard and Israeli native played his last game for the Pirates last night—a 71-55 thrashing of NJIT—because he is redeploying to Israel to rejoin the Israeli Defense Forces.

Maayan did army training over the summer and received a waiver to put off his mandatory three years of service until after the season. However, Maayan learned last month that he would only be allowed to stay in America for 120 days before he’d be ordered to report back to Israel. He needs to return to the country to continue training by January 2.

From NJ.com:

“It was definitely a shock,” Seton Hall teammate Sterling Gibbs said. “A little bit into the season, we kind of figured — but we weren’t sure — that this may be his last year. But we weren’t sure. I’m happy for him because he’s going back to his country, he’s going to see his family and he’s going to live his normal life now.”

“I think the yo-yoing was tough for everybody,” [Pirates coach Kevin] Willard said after in the hallway of the Prudential Center. “It was tough for him — those are his teammates, his family. His extended family. Leaving them wasn’t easy. It wasn’t easy last time and it wasn’t easy this time, either. But it is what it is.”

Maayan ends his career averaging 1.9 points, 3.0 assists, 1.6 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 43 career games for the Pirates.

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  • TTN

    Damn good luck to him. Isreal don’t need this kid, they act like they fighting a major war tomorrow.

  • Anthony

    Mandatory service in the armed forces…I was horrified of this at 18 when I had to register for US selective service to get college loans…Now at 37, it might not have been a bad thing..3 years of a steady paycheck, gov’t foots all the bills, some structure and discipline, plus learning a marketable trade. Sucks this young man has to give up hooping, but hopefully it will work out for the best for him….(“ball is life” is just marketing)

  • Scott Camuto

    Socialists hate freedom.

  • Israel = Imperialist Puppet

    So he’s gonna help Israel steal more Palestinian land and shoot at “terrorist” children armed with Rocks of Mass Destruction.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Socialists do hate the “freedom” to own other people as property, yes, we do. You know who didn’t, and thought it important enough to include in the constitution? The Founding Fathers.

    kthxbai

  • Ugh

    I’m confused as to who the socialists are in this scenario.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    Big ups to the REALEST NORMAN FILKENSTEIN who wrote HOLOCAUST INDUSTRY… HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH… GOOGLE SEARCH MASJID AL AQSA… why does every image show the Masjid Dome of the Rock… two different buildings I am not paranoid

  • thegoodgamer

    I think he doesn’t really mind THAT much about going back to the army. The Israeli army is usually actually really flexible when it comes to shortened service, or no service at all for kids going to the US. I got shortened service after an exchange of a series of emails with army representatives with little to no problem at all.
    I’m guessing he’s just homesick and he doesn’t mind that much that he’s going back, especially because he doesn’t seem like a major contributor on the team based on his stats.

  • thegoodgamer

    Rockets are constantly being fired into Israel from Gaza, so I’m pretty sure it’s not just rock throwing children (who have been educated to throw rocks at Israelis, but you just ignore that).
    Go educate yourself on the 6 day war and how the Palestinians were told to leave by THEIR OWN LEADERS before you call it stealing land (Btw, the palestinians who stayed now have citizenship).

  • allah wakbar

    wow so much bullshit is written in your comments, he joins the army, but he is not going to kill anyone, he will be able to play ball so professionally and once in a week or something he is goiong to spend few hours doing nothing in the army, that’s all. not “stealing” land, not killing “innocent” children just doing nothing important and spend few hours a week. let’s all of us (jews, muslims, christians, arabs, blacks, whites, browns, yellow ) hope for peace in the whole world.

  • Israel = Imperialist Puppet

    Numerous Palestinian resistance groups are socialist. The PFLP for instance is a Marxist-Leninist organization.

  • Israel = Imperialist Puppet

    During Operation Cast Lead, the Israeli Defense Forces murdered 1200 Palestinians, a full third of whom were children. As for the rest of your nonsense, let’s see what Israeli leaders themselves have to say on how the Israeli state came into being:

    “Jewish villages were built in the place of Arab villages. You do not even know the names of these Arab villages, and I do not blame you because geography books no longer exist… There is not a single place built in this country that did not have a former Arab population.” Moshe Dayan, addressto the Technion, Haifa, reported in Haaretz, April 4, 1969.

    “It is the duty of Israeli leaders to explain to public opinion, clearly and courageously, a certain number of facts that are forgotten with time. The first of these is that there is no Zionism,colonialization or Jewish State without the eviction of the Arabs and the expropriation of their lands.” Yoram Bar Porath, Yediot Aahronot, of 14 July 1972.

    “We declare openly that the Arabs have no right to settle on even one centimeter of Eretz Israel… Force is all they do or ever will understand. We shall use the ultimate force until the Palestinians come crawling to us on all fours.” Rafael Eitan, Chief of Staff of the Israeli Defense Forces – Gad Becker, Yediot Ahronot 13 April 1983, New York Times 14 April 1983.

  • butternuts

    So happy I wasn’t born there, yay!

  • butternuts

    you have direct intel from the Israeli Army?

    Or just what you’ve heard on the Television of Total Truths?

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    Fear meeting your Maker. You’ll never achieve peace in this world unless you have the correct ideology. Look at how the interest banking system oppresses the poor in America. Look at how western christian false aryan depictions of a pagan god oppressed blacks.

    How you get PEACE depends on the ideology

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    LOL no way. Look up NORMAN FINKLESTEIN.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    GOOGLE SEARCH MASJID AL AQSA… why does every image show the Masjid Dome of the Rock… two different buildings I am not paranoid

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    I am not a muslim apologist. I fight against any oppression whether it is Goldman and saachs or dictatorships.

    Human rights watch has documented the atrocities in Palenstine. Look up NOrman Filkenstein

    your user name is not right. Fear your Uncreated Creator

  • Jerome

    Yeah ‘Flying Palestinian’ deaths are not tragic at all. Nice work, SLAM. Definitely not iSLAM.

  • SLAM = Basketball

    I am shocked that people actually can ‘like’ this statement. It’s unwarranted and it is neither the time nor the place for a political debate. Don’t bring that mess in here man. I’m going to spare you and everyone reading this post the rant that I am having difficulty suppressing right now.

  • TeRz

    Are you aware that the Palestinians use children as human shields to prevent Israel from retaliating while they fire there rockets from Gaza? Are you aware that Israel made a conscious effort to warn Palestinian civilians that they were going to attack and that they should stay in there homes and out of the streets?
    Why the heck do you think they fire rockets at Israel in a city inhabited by innocent people?! So that Israel won’t retaliate!
    Would normal, sane people do such things? Would peaceful people put there counterparts in danger like that? Would Israel or America do this? Of course not!
    Let me ask you something: what would America do if Mexico started firing rockets into the United States? Of course they would retaliate! And they must in order to protect their people!
    Israel gave the Palestinians Gaza back with the promise of peace, only for it to be used against Israel. That is why Gad Becker, Ahronot, Dayan, and all of the leader you quoted must have an iron fist, they must be strong, because if you are weak with these people, they will take full advantage of you.

  • tahirnaeem

    “Maayan ends his career averaging 1.9 points, 3.0 assists, 1.6 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 43 career games for the Pirates.”

    WHY ON EARTH IS THIS EVEN AN ARTICLE ON SLAM?

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    Nomran Finklestein the realest… Human rights watch….

    If you are jewish then your enamored with the PARADISE called israel. I know every year you’ll take a trip and party it up there and hit maybe a synagogue or two to get a “spiritual experience”. Wake up and stop using corrupt analogies.

    Palestinians fight with rocks and dirt. You realize how foolish it is to defend Israel right

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    If you are jewish then your enamored with the PARADISE called israel. I know every year you’ll take a trip and party it up there and hit maybe a synagogue or two to get a “spiritual experience”. Wake up and stop using corrupt analogies. How would Prophet Solomon Peace Be Upon Him react to Israel. The Uncreated Creator knows best, but I would hope inshAllah he peace be upon him would use his peace be upon him’s army to fight the oppression.

    Palestinians fight with rocks and dirt. You realize how foolish it is to defend Israel right

  • Israel = Imperialist Puppet

    What kind of sick racist bullsh!t was that? So Palestinians are subhuman to you, eh? Thought so. F*ck you, f*ck the US military and f*ck Israel.

  • Israel = Imperialist Puppet

    WOW @ “Would Israel or America do this?” Israel used white phosphorous on Palestinian hospitals. As for the USA, nobody murders more innocent civilians than them. The amount of radiation the US dropped on Iraqi people, in the form of depleted uranium, was the equivalent of 250,000 nuclear bombs like the ONE dropped on Nagasaki.

    F*ck you, you sick bast@rd.

    http://www.rense.com/general66/equals.htm

  • Israel = Imperialist Puppet

    Shut up, you pro-imperialist piece of sh!t.

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