Euroleague Final Four Preview: Mayhem in Milan

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After a fantastic season of Euroleague basketball, one weekend of mayhem in Milano will decide the champion. While the seven-game series format leading up to the Final Four has proven undeniably exciting (and profitable), there is a special charm to the Euroleague’s one-and-done Final Four format that gives off a very comparative feeling to the NCAA Final Four. For the first time since 2006, neither of the Greek powerhouses – Olympiacos and Panathinaikos – will be represented in the Final Four. Instead,

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Mitnick: Obradovic too brash to coach in the NBA? Ridiculous

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Is Zeljko Obradovic too brash to coach in the NBA, or are some NBA players too self-centered to play for Obradovic? Yesterday, HoopsHype editor Jorge Sierra posted a poll amongst several players throughout Europe as to which coaches in Europe would make the best head coaches in the NBA. While the consensus top three of Ettore Messina, David Blatt and Zeljko Obradovic is pretty obvious, as all three coaches are clearly capable of running an NBA squad, the panel’s take on

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An Inside Look At The Newest Cavalier: Scotty Hopson

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Hopson on his way to winning the 2013 Israeli League Dunk Contest The Cavs are making a playoff push, and they’ve filled out their roster with a 15th guy. Is Scotty Hopson any good? Decide for yourself after watching him play, but here is my take after watching him this season. On Monday, it was announced that Cleveland had signed the ex-Anadolu Efes wingman to a 2-year, $3.8 million contract, with a team option for next year. There has

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Mitnick: 10 Overseas Players Who Can Help NBA Playoff Teams

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NBA playoff teams in need of help can still find a difference maker before the deadline arrives for setting postseason rosters. All they need to do is look overseas. With the playoffs less than a month away, and the trade deadline and “February free agency” in the distant past, NBA teams are typically left to rely on the D-League to provide injury replacement players at this point of the season. With players needing to have been released by their previous NBA team by

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Mitnick: Bogdanovic The Answer To The Nets’ Future?

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Not to be confused with the Serbian guard Bogdan Bogdanovic The Nets may have traded away most of their future cap space and draft picks to obtain KG and “The Truth”, but they sneakily held on to one of their aces, Bojan Bogdanovic, a Croatian star who may just be the answer to how the Nets will transition into the post-KG era. After a horrid 11-20 start, the Nets have managed to turn things around since New Year’s,

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Mitnick: Top Five American Draft-and-Stashes

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NBA teams have been drafting European players and stashing them overseas for several years. But the term “Eurostash” has taken on a whole new meaning this season. It’s the Americans who are being stashed across the pond, too. And one of them can actually be called an “Aussiestash.” There’s a new term for y’all. This year’s draft featured five American players taken out of college who are currently hooping overseas while their rights are retained by NBA teams. And that doesn’t count second-round

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Mitnick: Top European “Rookies” in NBA Camps

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With training camps underway, teams are getting their first look at players making their way from Europe to begin their NBA journey. Over the last two decades, the talent pool for basketball has rapidly expanded worldwide, and teams are constantly scouring the globe to find the next hidden gem. Just who are these newest international men of mystery, and what can they bring to their respective squads? Here is a look at the top European players who are set to make their

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Eurobasket ’13: Top 10 things learned in Slovenia

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Twenty-four teams came, and only eight remain at the 2013 Eurobasket. The pressure to qualify for the World Cup has lessened, but the pressure to bring home the gold is sinking in. At this point, one win in the Round of 16 (taking place today and tomorrow) gets you into the World Cup next summer, with only the 8th place team not gaining an automatic bid. (If Spain finishes sixth or higher, the seventh place team is in. The eight remaining

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