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Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv signed Oded Kattash

The former star, a member of the club's Hall of fame and one of the leading coaches in Israeli basketball, returns to his youth club and will lead the construction of the team: "There is a lot to look forward to in the near future"

19/06/2022
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Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv signed Oded Kattash
The construction of the team for the 2022/23 season is underway. Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv has signed Oded Kattash for the next two years. The former coach of the Israeli national team, a superstar in the yellow and blue uniform as a player and member of the Maccabim Hall of fame, returns to the club where he grew up and will stand on the lines.

"It feels good, it's exciting. I'm very happy and looking forward to the challenge", Oded Kattash said after signing the contract. "In the end, in the current situation, it is very challenging and I am waiting for it. Beyond the good people who were here, in terms of joining David Blatt I think there was nothing better to ask for Maccabi and me as head coach. We talked about the excitement, it's one of the things I am most excited for - Learn and absorb as much as possible".

Ahead of his expected return to Yad Eliyahu, the coach said: "I think everyone who has experienced the great Thursdays in Yad Eliyahu, it's not something forgettable. It's always there and I have no doubt it will be exciting. Let's face it, the team will have to make significant changes. There are a lot of exciting things that are coming. There will be a lot of interesting situations. It is impossible to share them at the moment, but there is a lot to look forward to in the near future".



After wearing a yellow Maccabi shirt and signing a ball and a scarf, Kattash said: "A lot memories came back to me, it was nostalgic. I come to this experience feeling much more ready and I especially want to start working so that the fans can get what they deserve".

"Oded is a family member in Maccabi. From a very young age he played with us and reached many achievements with us as a player", recalled club chairman Shimon Mizrahi. "He has the DNA of Maccabi. He has an offensive style, an open court running style, and I think that's what the team needed at the moment. I wish him the all the best".

"I am very pleased with the appointment of Oded, as one who has strongly supported it along with sporting director Nikola Vujcic and the board", said professional committee chairman David Blatt after the signing. "We are all happy to see him return to our organization, Good luck to him".



"We are happy to sign Oded Kattash", Nikola Vujcic told maccabi.co.il. "He was an excellent player and he is today an excellent coach who gained a lot of experience in the past few years. We have a lot of work to do and we are looking forward to join hands, work hard and achieve our goals".

Oded Kattash was born on October 10, 1974 and at the age of ten joined the youth department of Maccabi Tel Aviv - a sequence of tenths that explains the number of the jersey which became identified with him. From an early age, he seemed like a big promise and was even promoted to the seniors at a young age, when he played in the uniform of the second team Maccabi South. After the loan seasons with Ramat Gan and the Galil Elyon, he returned to Yad Eliyahu and as Guy Goodes' replacement, became a superstar in his own right.

The skinny guard stunned his oppenents, controlled the pace and became one of the deadliest shooters in the continent en route to three championships and two state cups with the number 10 yellow jersey. To many, he is still considered the most talented Israeli player of all. 



In the summer of 1998, Kattash reached an agreement with the New York Knicks and was supposed to be the first Israeli in the NBA, but a labor dispute that broke out between the players' organization and the league led to a prolonged shutdown. Kattash returned to Tel Aviv and later moved to Panathinaikos.

Maccabi fans remember with appreciation and pain the final of the 2000 European Cup, in which Kattash scored 14 points in the uniform of Panathinaikos and subdued the Yellows on the way to a sweet-bitter trophy lift for him. He was later injured and in the next final, in which the Tel Avivians won and picked up the continental title for the third time in the club's history, he watched from the bench. After several years of dealing with the knee injury he announced his retirement and was appointed acting coach of the Hapoel Galil Elyon.

In the summer of 2007, Oded Katash was signed as the coach of Maccabi Tel Aviv, but the short term ended about six months later. Since then, the young coach has become one of the most prominent in Israeli basketball. He kept the humble Gilboa-Galil in the league, led it further to the local Final Four and in 2010 guided it to win the national championship. In the meantime, he was appointed assistant coach of the Israeli national team, moved on to terms at Hapoel Jerusalem, Hapoel Eilat and Hapoel Tel Aviv and in the summer of 2017 coached the U20 national team to reach the European Championship finals.



In October of 2017, Kattash was appointed coach of the Israeli national team and a few months later he returned for another term at Hapoel Jerusalem. As coach in the capital he led the Reds to two consecutive wins in the State Cup (2019-2020) and in January 2021 he returned to Panathinaikos, this time as head coach. He coached the Greens in the Euroleague, led them to win a local double and in September of that year finished his role on the team.

Last winter, Oded Kattash entered the Maccabim Hall, the Hall of Fame of the Maccabi Tel Aviv Basketball Club. He and Doron Sheffer were warmly received by more than 10,000 spectators in the arena at a festive ceremony held before the game against Monaco, Maccabi's 1,000th match in Europe. Shortly afterwards, he was appointed the sports director of Gilboa-Galil.

Oded Kattash has coached his teams in 403 regular season games in the Israeli Premier League (248 wins, seventh in history) and 71 playoff games (42 wins, ranked 4th in league history). As a player, he managed to play for Maccabi first team under coaches Zvika Sherf, Vinko Jelovac, Yoram Harush and Pini Gershon, who also coached him during his time with Galil.


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