Gibson Column: Batum, Krstic Shine, But This Is Navarro’s Euroleague

BARCELONA — Eleven men dressed in red and blue knelt to the floor and then rocked onto their backsides, some grabbing a heel, others a toe as they stretched. But Barcelona’s Juan Carlos Navarro remained standing, his heels and toes right behind the 3-point stripe. Unlike the others, he wore long black pants and a matching long-sleeved shooting shirt, and all it took was a raised eyebrow for the ball boy to get the hint; he fired one out as Juan

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Weijia Column: J.R. Smith adjusting slowly to China

BEIJING — Two years ago, when J.R. Smith and the Denver Nuggets came to Beijing to participate in the NBA China Games, he did not know he would spend part of his career in this ancient and mysterious country. But now, in October 2011, he has come to China and become a member of the Zhejiang Chouzhou team. “The lockout upsets me, basketball is my job, my love and my life. The lockout robbed it all. But because of the lockout, I can come

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Euroleague special report: Zalgaris Kaunas-Unicaja Malaga

By Dubi Pick If I were to challenge myself to guess who’s more frustrated about his current situation, recently fired Zalgiris Kaunas head coach Ilias Zouros, or the team’s point guard, Ty Lawson, I’d go with the latter. The Denver Nuggets’ exile blew off a lot of steam lately with a series of aggressive tweets, seemingly indicating he might be on his way home while bashing European basketball. A simple look at Lawson’s last four games clearly shows he hasn’t adjusted to

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Basketbrawl Video from China

  Hat tip to loyal reader Lan Qiufan for sending me this video of a fight between the Guangdong Foshan Dralions of the Chinese Basketball Association and team from Melbourne, Australian. It is not the greatest fight video of all time, but it is part of a growing trend. With fights having been all but eliminated from the NBA, the best stuff is coming in from China, like the big brawl two months ago between Georgetown and the Bayi Rockets.

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Gibson Column: Ranking NBAers in Euroleague Week 1

By Nick Gibson of EuroleagueAdventures.com BARCELONA — So you’ve played in the NBA before. That’s terrific. The thing is, nobody in Europe really cares. The fans might enjoy the novelty, but your teammates aren’t impressed, your coaches won’t tie you to a longer leash, and management has a loophole at the ready whenever they feel like voiding your deal, which is most likely the heftiest on the books. Being an NBA talent means just that: you’re talented. However, talent alone is not nearly enough to compete

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Guest Column: Shirley on playing in Europe

By Paul Shirley Professional Basketball In Europe: Thrown Chairs, Missed Payments, And A Plane Called The Mosquito This summer and fall, as threats of an NBA lockout changed to confirmation of an NBA lockout, players and agents began casting their eyes toward Europe. There was talk of this season as an opportunity for the amalgamate that is the European leagues to chip away at the NBA’s stranglehold on the world’s top basketball talent. This didn’t happen quite as expected, in part because Europe

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