Former Maccabi Tel Aviv Player Lior Lubin Dies at 46 from Cancer

Lior Lubin, Former Maccabi Tel Aviv Player and Coach, Passes Away at 46

Tragically, 46-year-old Lior Lubin, a former professional basketball player and coach, passed away. The Israeli sports community is in mourning for the passing of this extraordinary person who significantly impacted the sport.

The Battle with Cancer

It is with deep sadness that we share the news of Lubin’s passing. He had been bravely battling cancer, and unfortunately, his health took a turn for the worse after being diagnosed with this devastating illness. The likelihood of Lubin recovering from the disease was slim, despite the doctors’ best efforts, so he passed away at home with his loved ones by his side.

After losing his battle with cancer on Monday, January 22, 2024, Lubin left behind a legacy that the basketball community will always cherish.

Lubin’s Basketball Career

Lubin had an impressive playing career that spanned from 1995 to 2007. As a point guard, he showcased his skills in Israel and internationally.

One of the highlights of his career was winning the Israeli league championship and State Cup in 2003 with Maccabi Tel Aviv. Lubin also had the opportunity to compete in the Euroleague as a team member.

In addition to his time with Maccabi Tel Aviv, Lubin played for Ironi Ramat Gan and Hapoel Tel Aviv in the Israeli Super League. He also had stints with Azovmash in Ukraine, Apollon Patras in Greece, and Bulgaria’s CSKA Sofia.

Representing his country, Lubin proudly wore the national team jersey, playing in 66 games and showcasing his dedication to the sport.

A Transition to Coaching

Lubin went from playing to coaching with ease after retiring. His love of basketball brought him to several coaching roles where he carried on improving the game.

Lubin’s appointment as the Israeli national team’s assistant coach in 2014 demonstrated his skill and commitment to the sport. Throughout his coaching career, he worked with prominent teams such as Maccabi Tel Aviv and Panathinaikos Athens.

As the head coach of six Israeli Super League teams, Lubin left his mark on the league. Most recently, he served as the head coach for Hapoel Beer Sheva until November 2023, when he had to step down due to his illness.

A Fond Farewell

Lubin’s passing has profoundly impacted the basketball community, both in Israel and beyond. His talent, professionalism, and gentle nature were admired by all who had the privilege of knowing him.

In a tribute to Lubin, Israeli Sports Minister Miki Zohar expressed his condolences, saying, “Lubin was an excellent player and coach, a significant figure in Israeli basketball. Pleasant, quiet, and a real professional.”

The loss of Lubin has created a void that will be difficult to fill. His contributions to the sport will always be remembered, and his legacy will continue to inspire future generations of basketball players and coaches.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Lubin’s family and friends during this difficult time.

This news article is for informational purposes only and should not be considered as a death or obituary notice..

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