T. J. Cline
Timothy Joseph "T. J." Cline (born July 22, 1994) is an American-Israeli professional basketball player for Maccabi Tel Aviv of the Israeli Basketball Premier League and the EuroLeague. He is also a member of the Israeli national basketball team. He played college basketball for the Richmond Spiders. Cline is the son of Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame player Nancy Lieberman.
|No. 2 – Maccabi Tel Aviv|
|Position||Power forward / Center|
|League||Israeli Basketball Premier League|
|Born||July 22, 1994|
|Nationality||American / Israeli|
|Listed height||2.06 m (6 ft 9 in)|
|Listed weight||104 kg (229 lb)|
|High school||Plano West (Plano, Texas)|
|NBA draft||2017 / Undrafted|
|2020–2021||Basket Brescia Leonessa|
|2021-||Maccabi Tel Aviv|
|Career highlights and awards|
After playing three years of junior varsity basketball at Plano West Senior High School, Cline re-made his game (and grew four inches to 6'8") and starred his senior season, earning conference offensive player of the year honors. He was able to obtain an NCAA Division I scholarship to Niagara. As a freshman, he earned Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference all-rookie team. When coach Joe Mihalich left Niagara for Hofstra, Cline chose to transfer to Richmond.
At Richmond, Cline built a reputation as a scorer. In his senior season, he averaged 18.6 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. A skilled passer, Cline averaged 5.6 assists per game, unusual for a player his size. In 2014-15 he was fourth in the Atlantic 10 Conference in 2-point field goal percentage (.605). In 2015-16 he was second in the A-10 in field goal percentage (.558) and 2-point field goal percentage (.635), and sixth in points per game (18.3). In 2016-17 he was second in the A-10 in 2-point field goal percentage (.613) and assists per game (5.6), third in field goal percentage (.517), and fifth in points per game (18.3).
At the close of the 2016-17 season, Cline became the second Spiders player to be named Atlantic 10 Player of the Year. Despite playing only three seasons at Richmond, Cline finished his career ranked eighth in points and seventh in assists in Spider history.
Hapoel Holon (2017–2020)Edit
On November 15, 2017, Cline signed a two-year deal with Israeli team Hapoel Holon. On November 23, 2017, Cline received an Israeli passport. On February 15, 2018, Cline won the Israeli Cup with Holon after beating perennial cup holders Maccabi Tel-Aviv, 86–84 in the final game of the competition. On March 4, 2018, Cline recorded a season-high 16 points, shooting 7-for-8 from the field, along with four rebounds and two assists in a 105–88 win over Maccabi Ashdod. Cline helped Holon reach the 2018 Israeli League Final, where they eventually lost to Maccabi Tel Aviv.
On March 5, 2019, Cline recorded a career-high 19 points, shooting 8-of-12 from the field, along with four rebounds and two assists in an 85–81 win over Balkan. In 20 Israeli League games, he averaged 9.9 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game. Cline helped Holon reach the 2019 FIBA Europe Cup Semifinals, where they eventually were eliminated by Dinamo Sassari.
On July 16, 2019, Cline re-signed with Holon for the 2019–20 season. On October 5, 2019, Cline recorded an Israeli League career-high 18 points, shooting 7-of-12 from the field, along with eight rebounds and seven assists in an 89–75 win over Hapoel Tel Aviv. Two days later, he was named Israeli League Round 1 MVP. He was named to the Basketball Champions League Team of the Week on January 16, 2020, after contributing 18 points, 10 rebounds, and two assists in a win over SIG Strasbourg. He averaged 12.9 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game in Winner League.
Basket Brescia Leonessa (2020–2021)Edit
Maccabi Tel Aviv (2021–Present)Edit
National team careerEdit
Cline is a member of the Israeli national basketball team. On February 21, 2019, Cline made his first appearance for the Israeli team in an 81–77 win over Germany, recording 14 points and five rebounds off the bench.
Cline was born in Plano, Texas, is Jewish, and is the son of Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame player Nancy Lieberman. During his childhood, however, his mother had already adopted Christianity, especially its born-again tradition, as detailed in a 1998 review of the book Faith in Sports: Athletes and Their Religion on and Off the Field by Steve Hubbard and a 2015 article in The Jerusalem Post.
- Auerbach, Nicole (February 13, 2015). "Richmond's T.J. Cline, Nancy Lieberman's son, creates own identity". USA Today. Retrieved March 16, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "T.J. Cline College Stats". College Basketball at Sports-Reference.com.
- O'Connor, John (March 7, 2017). "A-10 honors Spiders T.J. Cline, De'Monte Buckingham as player, rookie of year". Richmond Times-Dispatch. Retrieved March 16, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "Galatasaray signs rookie big man Cline". Eurocupbasketball.com. August 6, 2017. Retrieved August 6, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "TJ Cline signs with Hapoel Holon". Sportando.com. November 15, 2017. Retrieved November 15, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "ממשיכה להתחזק: טי.ג'יי קליין חתם בחולון". basket.co.il (in Hebrew). November 15, 2017. Retrieved November 15, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "טי ג'יי קליין קיבל אזרחות ישראלית, יירשם לליגה". One.co.il (in Hebrew). November 23, 2017. Retrieved November 23, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "Winner League, Game 18: UNET Holon Vs Maccabi Ashdod". basket.co.il. March 4, 2018. Retrieved March 7, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "Bucks Announce 2018 Summer League Roster". NBA.com. July 2, 2018. Retrieved July 30, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "UNET Holon v Balkan BC boxscore - FIBA Europe Cup 2018-19". FIBA.Basketball. March 5, 2019. Retrieved July 16, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "טי.ג'יי קליין ממשיך לעונה שלישית בחולון". basket.co.il (in Hebrew). July 16, 2019. Retrieved July 16, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "Winner League, Game 1: U-NET Holon Vs Hapoel TA". basket.co.il. October 5, 2019. Retrieved October 5, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "מצטיין המחזור הראשון: טי.ג'יי קליין". basket.co.il (in Hebrew). October 7, 2019. Retrieved October 9, 2019.
- "BCL Team of the Week: J. Brown, Hazer, Ulmer, Cline and Hankins". Eurohoops. January 16, 2020. Retrieved February 1, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "Germani Brescia officially signs TJ Cline". Sportando. July 22, 2020. Retrieved July 22, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "Brescia arricchisce il proprio roster: ufficiale l'acquisto di TJ Cline" (in Italian). basketbrescialeonessa.it. July 22, 2020.
- "Israel v Germany boxscore - FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 European Qualifiers". fiba.basketball. February 21, 2019. Retrieved February 21, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "T.J. CLINE basketball profile". Eurobasket. Retrieved December 2, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "Jerusalem back on track with home win". The Jerusalem Post. November 16, 2017. Retrieved December 2, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "Faith Leads to True Victory, Not Score at End of Game". The Christian Science Monitor. March 26, 1998.
For the most part, "Faith in Sports" focuses on male believers, but Hubbard also connects with some women, including basketball player Nancy Lieberman Cline, a Jew turned born-again Christian...
- "Nancy Lieberman ready to roam the sideline for the Sacramento Kings". The Jerusalem Post. TNS. August 4, 2015.
Lieberman – who was raised Jewish, but has become a born-again Christian...