Gibson: NBA Scouts Eye European Prospects

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BARCELONA — In a couple of years, Augustinas Jankaitis might be a name NBA fans can get excited about. A 6’7″ forward for Lietuvos Rytas who’d rather dribble through you than around you, the Lithuanian has already garnered attention from draftniks far and wide for his versatility and toughness.  Yesterday, Jankaitis led Lietuvos Rytas’ junior team to a 72-68 win over Barcelona for first place in the 2012 Ciutat de L’Hospitalet Junior Tournament. Then, he held in his hands much more tangible evidence

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Mitnick: Top 10 International Draft Prospects

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The 2012 NBA Draft has the potential to be one of the strongest drafts of the last few years, mostly due to the number of talented American college players. Not so much with the internationals. While the 2011 draft had several top-level European players including Jonas Valanciunas, Nikola Mirotec and Jan Vesley, this year’s crop is significantly weaker. While there may be several NBA caliber players coming out this year, it is looking very likely that there

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Chandler says Marbury is still NBA material

BEIJING _ That is the video from the Beijing Ducks’ third consecutive loss after their 13-0 start to the season, a game in which Wilson Chandler scored 44 points and grabbed 18 rebounds. (Shoutout to NiuBBall.com for the footage). At one point in the game, Stephon Marbury told his coach he would defend Chandler. Marbury, 34, is 10 years older, 6 inches shorter, and 15 pounds lighter. “Nobody asked me, but I have to do that. Because at the time my teammates were

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Gibson: Bulls’ Mirotic Is Worth The Wait

BARCELONA — In prison movies, when a freshly incarcerated inmate wants respect, he drops his tray, strolls up to the baddest dude in the cafeteria and knocks him in the jaw. Real Madrid’s Nikola Mirotic picked out one of the biggest, baddest dudes in Euroleague and dunked on him. The 220-pound Montenegran let out a yell as he threw the ball through the net and off the head of 350-pound Sofoklis Schortsanitis. Mirotic landed, shot a searing gaze at Big Sofo and

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Mitnick: NBA “All-Import” Team, Euro-rules style

TEL AVIV –In most European countries, there are separate post-season awards for local players and import players.  The NBA justly classifies all of its players into one category, as passports are a non-factor when post-season awards are up for discussion. While the approach taken by the NBA is certainly the right one, as the absolute acceptance of foreign players into the NBA has made a big impact on the league in the last two decades, and fans are always looking for

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Gibson Column: Krstic, Weems among Euroleague’s best

BARCELONA — After nine weeks and 108 games, the final session of the Euroleague’s regular season tipped off with four Top 16 slots still empty, and eight teams vying to fill them. Fenerbahce Ulker bested Cantu 83-76 and Bilbao took care of Caja Laboral 77-72, leaving the Basque powers out in the cold after seven straight trips to the quarterfinals. In Group B, Zalgiris tucked Ty Lawson and their organizational turmoil under the rug long enough to end Zagreb’s season with an 87-76 victory, while

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Mitnick Column: Regular Season “All-Euroleague” Team

With the NBA preseason making its debut, the Euroleague regular season enters its final week before teams advance to the “round of 16,” the next stage of the Euroleague competition. This year’s regular season has been one of the most exciting since the league took on its current format in 2001-2002, due to the influx of talent during the NBA lockout. With each team only having one game remaining in the regular season, now is a good time to take a

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Gibson Column: Krstic Keeps CSKA Undefeated; Reeves Nelson from L.A. to Lithuania

BARCELONA — Regal Barcelona came into Thursday night letting up just 59 points per game. Montepaschi Siena scored more than half that in the final nine minutes and sent the team from Catalunya packing with their first loss of the year, a 77-74 final. And though Siena’s Coach Simone Pianigiani has locked up five straight Italian Championships and is coming off of a Euroleague Final Four, this win belongs right near the top of his list. Why? Because he beat Europe’s best

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