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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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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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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Gibson Column: Ranking NBAers in Euroleague Week 1

By Nick Gibson of EuroleagueAdventures.com BARCELONA — So you’ve played in the NBA before. That’s terrific. The thing is, nobody in Europe really cares. The fans might enjoy the novelty, but your teammates aren’t impressed, your coaches won’t tie you to a longer leash, and management has a loophole at the ready whenever they feel like voiding your deal, which is most likely the heftiest on the books. Being an NBA talent means just that: you’re talented. However, talent alone is not nearly enough to compete

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Yes, we have actual basketball highlights

By Chris Sheridan NEW YORK — Another lockout stakeout has begun, and I will be keeping you up to speed on whatever developments take place as the afternoon rolls along, perhaps into the evening. In the meantime, I can offer you some video of Andrei Kirilenko and Ty Lawson from last night’s Euroleague opener, won 87-74 by CSKA Moscow. There is a game recap below the video, plus some insight from a loyal reader in Tel Aviv, Israel: David “Dubi” Pick.   CSKA won the opening tip and

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Lawson, Weems, Krstic, Kirilenko viewable today

By Chris Sheridan Are you starved for some basketball? You can get fed this afternoon at 2:45 p.m. EDT when Zalgaris Kaunas (featuring Ty Lawson, Sonny Weems and DeJuan Cllins) plays CSKA Moscow (Andrei Kirilenko, Nenad Krstic, Ramunas Siskauskas, Milos Teodosic) in this season’s Euroleague opener. The game will be streamed on the Web site formerly known as ESPN3. Here is a game preview from Euroleague.net. Two interesting stats: Krstic scored 25 points in his last Euroleague game, in 2004. Marko Popovic (of Zaunas) has made at

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Gibson Column: On Kobe, Kirilenko and Parker in Europe

By Nick Gibson of EuroleagueAdventures.com Tony Parker hired himself for minimum wage, Andrei Kirilenko pointed a gun at Viktor Khryapa and Kobe Bryant got a step closer to Virtus Bologna, even though it may be only temporarily. Three players—three All-Stars—that have played their entire (American) pro careers in one uniform are ready to wear new colors in exchange for money while the lockout sorts itself out. It’s been a busy week. But busy means great for European basketball, right? Not absolutely. While the continent would never pass up

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