Gibson: Update on Latavious Williams (Property of OKC Thunder)


BARCELONA — Latavious Williams misses American food.  Ask him what he craves most and there’s no hesitation. “My Auntie’s barbecue,” says Williams. But as his Auntie fires up the grill in Starkville, Mississippi, Latavious is playing power forward for Joventut Badalona of the Spanish League. When his two cousins visit later this month, odds are they won’t be sneaking any ribs through customs, either. No matter. The 6-foot-8 Williams, who says he lost a ton of weight upon his arrival in Spain, says he


Mitnick: Maccabi wins but “not in the Euroleague promise land” yet


With their backs against the wall, Israel’s Maccabi Tel-Aviv kept their Euroleague chances alive with a resounding 75-60 home win against Italy’s Bennet Cantu. After struggling in both the Israeli league and the Euroleague over the past several weeks, Maccabi turned a corner in the third quarter, displaying the brand of basketball that propelled them to an excellent first round of the Euroleague. While many were anticipating former Maccabi point guard Doron Perkins’ debut with Cantu back in the familiar Nokia Arena,


Weijia: One on one with Jeremy Lin


Jeremy Lin put on another show Wednesday night, logging his third consecutive 20-plus point game as the New York Knicks defeated the Washington Wizards 107-93. In Beijing, a certain columnist was back at work following an extended break for Chinese New Year, wondering whether his e-mail pal could pull off another one of the types of performances that had fans at Madison Square Garden chanting “M-V-P” two nights ago. Lin certainly did, with 23 points, 10 assists and four rebounds. Lin had


Gibson: Euroleague update: For Cantu, Doron Perkins Is a Risk Worth Taking


BARCELONA — This Thursday in Israel could mark Doron Perkins’ first Euroleague game in over 10 months. As far as Perkins is concerned, it couldn’t come in a better place; Tel Aviv’s Nokia Arena has been home to many of Perkins’ finest moments with Maccabi. Only this Thursday, he might be sliding into his socks in the visitor’s locker room as a member of Bennet Cantu, a team that bested Maccabi 82-74 Thursday. Let’s rewind a bit. Last March in a playoff series


Mitnick: Update from Israel on Fran Vazquez (Magic) and Erazem Lorbek (Spurs)


TEL AVIV, Israel — Regal Barcelona put on a defensive clinic in Tel-Aviv against Maccabi in a round of 16 showdown between two of the powerhouse teams in the Euroleague. Barcelona’s stable of big men and heady guard play were too much for Maccabi to overcome, giving the Spanish squad a big 71-57 road victory. Barcelona’s frontcourt features two NBA prospects in Erazem Lorbek and Fran Vasquez, whose combination of size and skill was too much for Maccabi. With Sofoklis Schortsanitis


Gibson Column: Sergio Scariolo on the hot seat in Milano

Sergio Scariolo, Olimpia Milano

BARCELONA — At the end of last season, Olimpia Milano fans had every reason to fret. A poor showing in the Italian League was rough enough on its own, but when it left them without a Euroleague license, the Italian powerhouse had the look of an organization that had bottomed out. Then the Euroleague issued a reprieve: a wild card berth. Milano would play in the continent’s toughest competition after all. Once the news was official, Milano cracked open the piggy bank


Mitnick: The 10 best NBA prospects playing in Israel


Lior Eliyahu, whose NBA rights are owned by the Houston Rockets

TEL AVIV – In recent years, there have been several strong rotation players in the NBA, including Will Bynum, Beno Udrih, Roger Mason Jr, Anthony Parker, Carlos Arroyo and Jeremy Pargo, who have honed their skills in the Israeli league in their quest for NBA success. While the talent pool in Israel has dried up significantly due to the end of the NBA lockout, there are still


Gibson: Nets pick Bogdanovic’s big night is wasted


BARCELONA — The first half was all his. Sinking deep threes with fingers in his face and racing out ahead of the pack for an emphatic flush on the break. At halftime, New Jersey Nets draft pick Bojan Bogdanovic led his Fenerbahce Ulker squad into the tunnel up 41-24 on UNICS Kazan of Russia. Bogdanovic led all scorers with 15 points, 12 of which had come as part of a 15-0 run by the Turkish visitors. The 26-day Euroleague layover hadn’t left