By Marc Hinton on Stuff…

When Dan Shamir decided to bring his family from Israel to New Zealand to coach basketball, little did he know he would be riding out a global pandemic in this little slice of South Pacific paradise. For that, he has learned to count his blessings every single day.

“This place is heaven,” Shamir tells Stuff as he contemplates recent months hunkering down with his family on Auckland’s North Shore to ride out the Covid-19 crisis.

Now, as his adopted country edges towards a full reopening, a new normality, he often finds himself reflecting on the wisdom of the decision to take the position of head coach of the New Zealand Breakers in Australia’s National Basketball League.

“I am from Israel, I have a lot of friends in Italy, my brother lives in New York and I have friends all over Europe,” he says in an interview soon after returning to Breakers headquarters to start preparations for the 2020-21 NBL season.

“When you are exposed to a situation like this and see how this country has handled things and you see on local media how the Prime Minister speaks, a guy like me has a personal way to compare it to other places in the world.”

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