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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Weijia Column: Kenyon Martin in China update

BEIJING – Who is the greatest American player in CBA history? You can’t find an answer that pleases everyone. Some may tell you Stephon Marbury is the best. He is a two-time NBA all-star, was selected to the All-NBA Third Team twice, and praised himself as the best point guard on the planet. Others would say J.R. Smith is a better player for now because he is much younger than Starbury, and he is a scoring machine who already put up a triple-double (33 points,

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Mitnick Column: Hickson coming to Israel

This past Friday, Sacramento Kings forward J.J. Hickson signed with Bnei Hasharon/Herzliya of the Israeli Basketball Super League for the duration of the NBA lockout. In a bizarre twist, Hickson landed in Israel several months after being traded from Cleveland in exchange for Israel’s first NBA player, Omri Casspi. The fifth current NBA player to sign in Israel during the lockout, Hickson’s acquisition comes with a mountain of expectations, considering that he is the most heralded prospect to make the leap. Despite having all the

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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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