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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Weijia Column: J.R. Smith adjusting slowly to China

BEIJING — Two years ago, when J.R. Smith and the Denver Nuggets came to Beijing to participate in the NBA China Games, he did not know he would spend part of his career in this ancient and mysterious country. But now, in October 2011, he has come to China and become a member of the Zhejiang Chouzhou team. “The lockout upsets me, basketball is my job, my love and my life. The lockout robbed it all. But because of the lockout, I can come

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Euroleague special report: Zalgaris Kaunas-Unicaja Malaga

By Dubi Pick If I were to challenge myself to guess who’s more frustrated about his current situation, recently fired Zalgiris Kaunas head coach Ilias Zouros, or the team’s point guard, Ty Lawson, I’d go with the latter. The Denver Nuggets’ exile blew off a lot of steam lately with a series of aggressive tweets, seemingly indicating he might be on his way home while bashing European basketball. A simple look at Lawson’s last four games clearly shows he hasn’t adjusted to

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Basketbrawl Video from China

  Hat tip to loyal reader Lan Qiufan for sending me this video of a fight between the Guangdong Foshan Dralions of the Chinese Basketball Association and team from Melbourne, Australian. It is not the greatest fight video of all time, but it is part of a growing trend. With fights having been all but eliminated from the NBA, the best stuff is coming in from China, like the big brawl two months ago between Georgetown and the Bayi Rockets.

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