As an Israeli African-American Jew, Nets' Dawson should feel right at home in Brooklyn

“In Israel, the one thing was he was missing was that mean, competitive streak that you get playing in the United States, playing in the streets,” said Hazan, an Israeli-American from the Bronx. “That was something he didn’t have coming into training camp with the Pelicans, things like that. Now, you see that aggressiveness – willing to bump bodies with players, go at players. That was something that I think he wasn’t able to develop being in Israel. Basketball isn’t like that in Europe.”

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