Burstein with Maccabi's former coach, Pini Gershon

Tal Burstein (Hebrew: טל בורשטיין‎‎)(born February 19, 1980) is a retired Israeli professional basketball player.

He played at the point guard position and also as a swingman. He is 198 cm (6 ft 6 in) in height. He has also been named as one of the best Israeli basketball players ever. He last played for the Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Early life

Burstein is Jewish,[1] and was born in Petach Tikva, Israel.

Professional career

Tal Burstein began his basketball career with the Bnei-Herzliya junior team. In the 1997–1998 season, he made his professional debut and he was named the Israeli League Rookie of the Year. He became a team captain in the 1999–2000 season. In the 2001–02 season, he led the Israeli League in three-point field goal percentage, shooting 49.4%.

Since 2000–01, he has played with Maccabi Tel-Aviv. He became a starter in his first season in Tel Aviv. With the club, Burstein has won 8 Israeli National Championships and 6 Israeli State Cups. He has also won 3 European championships with Maccabi, the 2001 FIBA SuproLeague championship, and the Euroleague championships in the years 2004 and 2005. After the 2008–009 season, Burstein left Maccabi Tel Aviv and signed with the Spanish team Fuenlabrada. A year later, Burstein returned to Maccabi on a three-year contract.

In August 2012, he announced retirement from professional basketball after learning that he would have to undergo surgery on his injured hip, which would take him away from the whole next season.[2]

Israeli national basketball team

Burstein has played for all of the Israeli junior national team's and also for the senior men's Israeli national basketball team. In August 2000, he was the captain of the under-20 national team, which won a silver medal at the FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship in Ohrid, Macedonia. In August 2001, Burstein was a member of the Israeli Under-22 national team at the FIBA Under-21 World Championship in Saitama, Japan, where his team finished in 7th place.

He also played with the senior men's team, the Israeli national basketball team at the 2003 European Championship in Sweden, where his team finished in 7th place and at the 2005 European Championship. As of 2008, Burstein was a captain on Israel's national team. He plays as the national team's first shooting guard and he can also play as a point guard if needed.

References

  1. ^ "Israeli Sports". Jewish Sports Review 8 (87): 20. September/October 2011, accessed September 16, 2011.  Check date values in: |date= (help); |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  2. ^ "Maccabi great and three-time European champ Burstein retires". Euroleague. Retrieved 30 August 2012. 

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