Nate Huffman, Maccabi Tel Aviv legend, dies at 40

Nate HuffmanMaccabi Tel Aviv legend Nate Huffman has passed away at the age of 40, he died on Thursday, just a few weeks after he was found to have terminal cancer.

The former center had been diagnosed with bladder cancer in its fourth stage, which had spread to other parts of his body, including his liver and lungs.

“Nate was a giant – not only in height and playing ability, but also in heart, radiating love and warmth to everyone around him. We will miss him very much,” said Maccabi chairman Shimon Mizrahi.

Nate Huffman was a huge presence for the Maccabi Tel Aviv team that won the 2000, 2001, and 2002 Israeli league championship and made the Euroleague Final Four in each of those seasons. Known for a consistent all-round game, the American was a chief scorer and rebounder for Tel Aviv and his performances earned him a brief stint in the NBA with the Toronto Raptors during the 2002/2003 campaign.

The Court-Side team would like to extend our thoughts to Nate’s family in this difficult time.

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