NBA icon Harvey Pollack seriously hurt in auto accident

Harvey Pollack, an iconic figure in the NBA, was seriously injured in a car accident.

Pollack, 92, the director of statistical information for the Philadelphia 76ers, has been hospitalized since the one-car accident on New Year’s Day in Philadelphia. He is unable to communicate and remains in severe pain, his son Ron told JTA on Tuesday morning as Pollack headed into surgery.

Fans attending the 76ers’ home game Monday night, a victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers, were asked to keep Pollack in their prayers. Similar sentiments have been conveyed on the team’s game broadcasts.

A member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and considered the unofficial historian of all things throughout the National Basketball Association’s existence, Pollack has worked in professional basketball in his hometown since 1946 – before the league came into being – when he started with the Philadelphia (now Golden State) Warriors.

Even at 92, Pollack has remained a consistent presence courtside at the 76ers arena, compiling statistics during games and collaborating with Ron and grandson Brian, who are stationed elsewhere in the building.

“Harvey is the 76ers,” Lara Price, the club’s vice president for business development, told JTA. “He is our family and we are praying for a fast recovery.”


Brad Greenberg to coach Israel’s Maccabi Haifa

Brad Greenberg, the former general manager of the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers, has signed on to coach the Maccabi Haifa basketball team.

Greenberg, who is Jewish, will coach the team for the next two seasons, the team announced Monday on its official website.

Greenberg, 58, becomes the first head coach in Israel to have served as an NBA assistant coach, NBA general manager and NCAA Division I head coach, according to the team. His contract starts on Aug.1, and the team opens its regular season on Oct. 8.

Maccabi Bazan Haifa finished last in the Israel Basketball League this past season.

“It has been a dream of mine to coach professionally in Israel,” Greenberg said in a statement on the team’s website.

Greenberg served as head coach this past season for Venezuela’s Bucaneros De La Guaira, leading the team to a playoff appearance. He will return as assistant coach of the Venezuelan National Team competing this summer for a chance to participate at the 2012 London Olympics.

He served as assistant coach for both the Los Angeles Clippers and the New York Knicks. As general manager of the Philadelphia 76ers, he drafted top first-round pick Allen Iverson.