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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Mitnick Column: What NBA Players Learned In Europe

From FIBA-Europe

With 43 players currently under NBA contracts having suited up in Europe over the last three months, it has become apparent that the differences between NBA basketball and European basketball may be greater than many had thought beforehand. After almost the entire 2010 gold medal U.S. team at the World Championship went on to have career seasons after spending the summer playing in Europe, it appears that the European game has a number of things

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Gibson Column: Navarro Breaks Euroleague Scoring Title. Who’s Up Next?

BARCELONA — Chuck Eidson stared at a clear path to an empty basket as the crowd rose to their feet in Palau Blaugrana. Eidson knew this ovation wasn’t intended for him, so he glanced to his left and wisely shoveled the ball off to Juan Carlos Navarro, who caught it, took two steps and laid it up off the glass. When the ball fell through the nylon, the Euroleague had a new all-time leading scorer. La Bomba had needed 14 points to

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Mitnick Column: Was Scheyer to Maccabi a mistake?

TEL AVIV, Israel — When All-American Jon Scheyer of Duke signed this year with Maccabi Tel-Aviv, many applauded the move as a great signing for Maccabi and a great opportunity for Scheyer to develop and advance his career. Last year, ESPN reporter Doug Gottlieb predicted, “Scheyer would be one of the more coveted players ever for  a team like Maccabi Tel-Aviv.” While only four foreign players are allowed to dress for each team in Israeli league play, Scheyer would not count

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Euroleague highlights from Week 5

I am unable to post the video, but I will give you a link to highlights from Week 5 in Euroleague, which includes glimpses of Serge Ibaka and Rudy Fernandez. The video is here. Also, I again recommend giving a read to Nick Gibson’s Euroleague 101 column from yesterday. At a certain point, basketball-starved Americans are going to want to keep an eye on what is happening across the pond. CSKA Moscow (with Andrei Kirilenko filling the stat sheet, and Nenad Krstic

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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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