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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Why J.J. Hickson failed in Israel

After less than two weeks in Israel, J.J. Hickson packed his bags and was on a 10 a.m. flight back to America. Despite an upcoming matchup against a Rishon Lezion squad that knocked the team out of the playoffs last season, Bnei Herzliya had such an issue with Hickson’s attitude and behavior that they sent him home 24 hours before the game. Though he arrived with tremendous hype as one of the more acclaimed NBA players to play in Israel, Hickson’s stint

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More Euroleague: Maccabi-Madrid

On Thursday night, Jordan Farmar’s Maccabi Tel Aviv squad was able to squeeze by a strong Real Madrid squad led by Rudy Fernandez in Round 3 of the Euroleague, 88-82. It was Day 126 of the NBA lockout in America, but Israeli spectators were treated to a star-studded game featuring three current NBA players – Farmar, Fernandez, and Serge Ibaka of the Thunder, plus eight players who were either former draft picks or NBA players – Sokoflis Schortsanitis (Clippers), Keith Langford (Spurs),

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Gibson Column: DaJuan Summers Left To Fry Under Tuscan Sun

BARCELONA — Somewhere in Tuscany, DaJuan Summers is negotiating a buyout with Montepaschi Siena after playing only four games. Between the offers, counter offers and number crunching, I hope both sides can put down their pens long enough to look at each other and ask: What were we thinking? On the one hand you’ve got Siena, fresh off a Euroleague Final Four appearance as well an Italian Championship, their sixth in as many years. On the other, DaJuan Summers, a 23-year-old whose

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