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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Weijia column: Marbury (10-0 with Beijing Ducks) a hero to many — especially a sick young girl

BEIJING — Who is the best foreign player in the CBA? Before the season started, we talked about this topic. At least for now, we’ve got the answer: Stephon Marbury, whether on or off the court. His stats are not as dazzling as those of J.R. Smith and Wilson Chandler, but the Beijing Ducks, Marbury’s team, are still unbeaten after their first 10 games. Opening 10-0 is a record for this club. Without any doubt, Marbury is the best player and the leader

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Gibson Column: Basile puts Cantu in Top 16; Bulls’ Mirotic killin’ it; ‘Melo crossed over by Bodiroga

BARCELONA — They say you should act like you’ve been there before. With a Euroleague-best 396 career 3-pointers, Cantu’s Gianluca Basile had been there plenty. Still, with the clock racing toward triple zeroes and the game tied at 64 in Bilbao, nobody thought Basile’s 35-foot heave would turn into number 397. Then it did, and some 8,000 Bilbao supporters sat in stunned silence. The scoreboard told them that Cantu had taken the lead 67-64, and that in one-tenth of a second their

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Mitnick Column: Five things Europe can learn from the NBA’s new CBA

TEL AVIV, Israel — After a tiresome five-month negotiation process, there finally will be a new CBA that will ensure uninterrupted quality NBA basketball for at least the next six years. Throughout the duration of the lockout, many fans and analysts have openly shared their dismay that the owners and players couldn’t come to a fair agreement quicker, without losing any games. However, the collective bargaining process is a luxury unique to the NBA, and is something that allows the NBA to

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Gibson Column: How the end of the NBA lockout affects Euroleague

BARCELONA — Bieber must have dumped Selena. Or the other way around. That, or the British are coming. There are tweets in ALL CAPS. There are tweets with exclamation points. There are tweets in ALL CAPS followed by exclamation points. There are tweets comprised only of exclamation points that are re-tweeted with a “!!!!” preface from the re-tweeter. But these aren’t the hormonal babblings of Beliebers, nor are they warnings of an impending attack from the red coats. These are men and

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Talking ’bout Rajon Rondo, the Mavs and Team USA

I don’t think the Celtics should trade Rajon Rondo. I think the NBA champion Dallas Mavericks are going to have to overpay to keep both Tyson Chandler and J.J. Barea. And I also foresee an epic gold medal game between the United States and Spain at the 2012 London Olympics next summer. (From our archives is this piece I wrote in September regarding the Spanish team’s chances in the Olympics after covering EuroBasket 2011 in Lithuania, along with this piece on

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