Maccabi Haifa hires former NBA exec Brad Greenberg

Maccabi Haifa hires former NBA exec Brad Greenberg

Former manager who drafted Iverson under coaching sanctions in US; contract with Haifa set for two seasons

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Maccabi Haifa basketball teams signed former NBA general manager Brad Greenberg to be its new coach for the next two seasons.

As general manager of the Philadelphia 76ers, Greenberg drafted Allen Iverson with the No. 1 pick in the 1996 NBA draft. He also had stints as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Clippers and the New York Knicks.

He most recently coached at Radford University, where he resigned amid an investigation into recruiting violations. In February, the program was put on probation for two years and Greenberg was handed a sanction that almost precludes him from working as a college coach for five years.

Maccabi Haifa finished last in the league this season. Its owner, Jeffrey Rosen, called Monday’s hiring “historic,” saying Greenberg would “help restore Haifa’s winning tradition.”

Copyright The Associated Press 2012

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