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A Primer on Maccabi Haifa B.C., Portland's Next Opponent gives a quick look at the Portland Trail Blazers' next pre-season opponent, Maccabi Haifa B.C.

In the Fanshots section of the site, reader occassia pointed us towards this article giving us a rundown of things to know about Maccabi Haifa B.C., the opponent for the Portland Trail Blazers in tonight's pre-season game. In addition to listing the full roster, the article gives us gems like:

The team has reached the Israeli State Cup Finals or Israeli League Finals five times (2 State Cup Finals, 3 Israeli League Finals). The Greens won their first-ever championship in franchise history in the 2012-13 season, defeating perennial powerhouse Maccabi Tel Aviv and were one basket shy of earning the team's second title this past season.

And this:

Maccabi Haifa qualified last season for the Eurocup, reaching the Last 32 bracket.

And who wouldn't want to know this?

Maccabi Haifa's die-hard fans are known as the "Green Apes".

The roster of the "Greens" includes six alumni of American colleges, 7 players over 200 lbs, and one 7'0" tall center. \

You can peruse the rest of the article at your leisure. Occassia's citation gives us the chance to remind you that we appreciate you linking any Blazers-related news you find in the Fanshots. Our news team scours the web for relevant articles but we can't see everything. You provide a great service when you inform fellow readers about nifty stuff you find online!

--Dave / @DaveDeckard @Blazersedge