Where Are They Now? Visiting the 2013 Euroleague Playoffs

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800px-Juan_Carlos_Navarro_by_Augustas_DidzgalvisWelcome everyone to another edition of Sheridan Hoops presents Where Are  They Now?

This week, we will look at the former NBA and NCAA players that are taking part in the 2013 Euroleague Playoffs. With two teams having advanced and four attempting to join them, there’s no shortage of players making waves overseas.

As outlined by Nick Gibson of Sheridan Hoops, Barcelona of Spain will play Panathinaikos of Greece and Olympiacos of Greece will square off with Anadolu Efes of Turkey on Thursday, April 25. Real Madrid of Spain and CSKA Moscow of Russia have already advanced and await the winners of those games.

So which memorable names are taking part in the postseason festivities?

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Euroleague Power Rankings: Maciej Lampe Lights It Up

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In March of 2002, a 16-year-old Maciej Lampe played his first ever Euroleague Top 16 game for Real Madrid.  The Polish prodigy scored seven points in 14 minutes and a little over a year later, the Knicks made him LeBron James’ opposing bookend as the 30th pick of the 2003 NBA Draft.

New York whipped around and dealt him to the Suns in the Stephon Marbury trade, and three years and 64 games later, Lampe was out of the league at the age of 20.

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Tweet of the Day: Pau Gasol

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Gracias, Pau, for linking to these highlights of Juan Carlos Navarro’s 33-point outing in FC Barcelona’s ACB victory over Real Madrid.

Euroleague Power Rankings – Week 5

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It’s a long, hard fall from the top of the heap, and sticking the landing is nearly impossible when your ankle’s being held together by trainers tape.

Bo McCalebb was noticeably slowed by a wobbly ankle against Cantu, who dominated former number one in these very rankings, Fenerbahe Ulker, by a score of 82-58. That was good enough to give Cantu the big bump and yank the rug out from under the Turks.

For now, at least.

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Euroleague Update: Messina and Moscow Fall; Bo or Die In Istanbul

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The man only had one lockout-shortened season on the Lakers bench and we’re merely five games into 2012-13, so why is everyone freaking out?

Not only did he install a new offense during camp; he had to do it with an offseason’s worth of fresh bodies.  So after a loss in their fifth game, a single question divided most of the Basketball God Fearing world: should CSKA Moscow fire Ettore Messina?

Not the former Laker coach you were expecting?  I’m sure this site’s got you covered somewhere.

After spending last year in Mike Brown’s ear as an assistant with the Lakers—Brown called him “one of the great basketball minds in the history of the sport”—the Italian coaching legend returned to CSKA Moscow, the club with whom he had won Euroleague titles in 2006 and 2008.

Messina also won with Kinder Bologna in 1998 and then again in 2001, thanks to 27 points from a 23-year-old Argentine guard named Manu Ginobili in game three of those finals.

If Messina could add a fifth trophy this season, he would become only the second coach in European basketball history to win five continental championships.  Only Bozidar Maljkovic and Aleksandir Gomelskiy—for whom the Euroleague’s Coach of the Year trophy is named—have as many.  Only Zeljko Obradovic has more, with eight.

But Messina’s fifth trophy felt more than just a few months away Thursday against Barcelona.

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