NEW YORK — The head coach of the Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball team refused to leave the court following his ejection from an exhibition game against the New York Knicks last week.
Pini Gershon delayed play in Madison Square Garden for 10 minutes after he wouldn’t exit after his second technical foul in the third quarter led to an automatic ejection.
Security officials from the NBA and Madison Square Garden tried to lead Gershon off the floor. Rabbi Yitzchak Dovid Grossman of the youth village Migdal Ohr, which was benefiting from the night’s proceeds, also tried to intercede, asking officials to let the coach stay.
Gershon eventually left under heavy security detail.
The Knicks defeated Maccabi, 106-91. The Israeli squad left New York for Los Angeles for another exhibition game against the Clippers on Oct. 20.
It lost the game it lost 108-96, but it ended its short NBA pre-season tour on another sour note, as players had $22,000 in money and belongings stolen during the game from their locker room at Staples Center arena, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Under Gershon, Maccabi Tel Aviv has won the Euroleague Championship twice in the past decade.