Mitnick Column: Was Scheyer to Maccabi a mistake?

TEL AVIV, Israel — When All-American Jon Scheyer of Duke signed this year with Maccabi Tel-Aviv, many applauded the move as a great signing for Maccabi and a great opportunity for Scheyer to develop and advance his career. Last year, ESPN reporter Doug Gottlieb predicted, “Scheyer would be one of the more coveted players ever for  a team like Maccabi Tel-Aviv.” While only four foreign players are allowed to dress for each team in Israeli league play, Scheyer would not count

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Euroleague highlights from Week 5

I am unable to post the video, but I will give you a link to highlights from Week 5 in Euroleague, which includes glimpses of Serge Ibaka and Rudy Fernandez. The video is here. Also, I again recommend giving a read to Nick Gibson’s Euroleague 101 column from yesterday. At a certain point, basketball-starved Americans are going to want to keep an eye on what is happening across the pond. CSKA Moscow (with Andrei Kirilenko filling the stat sheet, and Nenad Krstic

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Gibson Column: Euroleague 101 for starving hoops fans

MADRID — With NBA’s nuclear winter upon us, the Euroleague is ready to explode beneficially. That was my first thought. Then I realized that, aside from being incredibly cheesy, it was also incredibly untrue. In the absence of The Association, people will do many things. They will watch more football, dive a little deeper into college basketball, maybe finish that Tom Wolfe book that’s been peering at them from their bedside table for 16 months. They might start volunteering at their kids’

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Weijia Column: News from China, and CBA Power Rankings

BEIJING — As one CBA (collective bargaining agreement) goes down, another CBA (Chinese Basketball Association) is just getting ready to fire up. The Chinese season is scheduled to begin Nov. 19. The CBA is a little-known league for American readers, so I will provide you with a preseason power ranking. The defending champs, as always, are accorded the deserved honor of starting the new season atop any power rankings, apart from their new addition of Yi Jianlian. 1. Guangdong Southern TigersIncluding Yi, the

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Gibson Column: Barcelona Dominates And Rony Seikaly Heats Up The Club

BARCELONA — Bo McCalebb stands to Andrei Kirilenko’s left with Macedonia’s flag draped around his neck. Several feet to Bo’s left, just past Tony Parker and right before Pau Gasol is Juan Carlos Navarro, still wearing his number seven España jersey and smiling weakly. Both Bo and La Bomba are holding onto their All EuroBasket trophies, the undeniable heroes of the summer. But only Navarro waits on a medal. A gold one, in fact. That’s how it works when you’re a

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Euroleague: Maccabi-Efes

Former New Jersey Nets teammate, Jordan Farmar and Sasha Vujacic competed against each other Thursday night as Maccabi Tel-Aviv knocked off Anadolu Efes 79-72 in Round 4 of the Euroleague.  Maccabi managed to win despite giving up 17 offensive rebounds and turning the ball over 15 times, thanks to their efficient 60-percent shooting. While their former Laker teammate, Derrick Fisher, spent over 20 hours over the last two days sitting in a conference room negotiating, his former backcourt mates just finished an

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Team USA exhibition against France in jeopardy

From FIBA.com: “Speaking to French sports daily L’Equipe this week, French Basketball Federation (FFBB) President Jean-Pierre Siutat gave an idea of what the men’s national team’s schedule of warm-up games will be like. “The calendar has yet to be finalised, but it looks as though we will go and play Spain in early July and we have agreed on a return leg in France, in theory on 15 July,” he said. “The preparations will consist of seven to nine games

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