Brooklyn Nets’ Exhibition Game With Israeli Team Faces Ethical Dilemma

By: Fatima Roshni Image credit: NBA

With major devastations and happening in the Israel-Palestine War, questions about the first match of the three-day exhibition game-tour between the NBA and the Israel team are in discussion.

The game has garnered quite a bit of speculation worldwide with its commencement on October 12 at the Barclays Center, scheduled for the Israel team's Maccabi Ra’anana match against the Brooklyn Nets.

Questioning the current status of the game, Brooklyn Nets center Nic Claxton wrote, “We feel for the players that we’re playing against. I don’t know if we should be playing the game personally."

Expressing his concern, Mikal Bridges also stated, “Pray for peace. With security, I control what I control. I have nothing to do with security. Just go out there and go play basketball.”

BSE Global chief external affairs officer Marissa Shorenstein said, “We take into consideration the specific security needs of each event. We have increased measures to ensure a safe environment.”

Nets coach Jacque Vaughn, stating the Israel team's choice, wrote, “Just organizationally, we have been in contact with Maccabi, and Maccabi has reiterated to us that they do want to play the game."

Prior to the matchup, both teams were seen in support, mourning the tragic losses: “We stand together against terror, and our thoughts are with all who have been impacted by these tragic events."

Following Thursday's match, the Israel team is scheduled to play two more games against two other NBA franchises this week, including the Cleveland Cavaliers and Minnesota Timberwolves.

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