Israel team upset over locker room theft

LOS ANGELES: The Maccabi Tel Aviv ended their NBA tour on a sour note as they had money and belongings stolen from their locker room at Staples Centre arena, the Los Angeles Times reported on Thursday.

The alleged theft occurred during

the Israel sports club’s game on Tuesday night against the National Basketball Association’s Los Angeles Clippers.

Staples Centre arena spokesman Michael Roth did not return phone calls to AFP on Thursday.

The newspaper said the Los Angeles police were notified of the incident which was reported at halftime of

the 108-96 loss to the Clippers. Los Angeles’ Central Division police department also did not return calls. The Staples Center game was the second of two exhibitions games Maccabi Tel Aviv played against NBA clubs.

The first game was a 106-91 loss to the New York Knicks on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. The New York game was delayed for eight minutes when Maccabi Tel Aviv coach Pini Gershon was tossed out of the game for arguing calls.