The Euroleague, European basketball’s top level of competition, just finished the first half of the 4th round of the Top 16 round. With some of Europe’s top teams taking the floor, we take a look at some of the top performers around the league through Thursday night in this week’s Eurohoops update.
Welcome to my inaugural EuroHoops update column. You will be getting these once per week, and I will be keeping you abreast of all the guys who may one day be headed to the NBA, or those who already have been there and won’t be going back … like the first guy we are checking in on.
Olympiacos has filed an official petition with the Euroleague to nullify Montepaschi Siena’s 74-72 win on Friday. Bobby Brown’s game-winning lay-up with 1.7 seconds left wouldn’t have counted, says the Greek club, if the clock hadn’t been stuck at 10 seconds for several ticks with the game tied at 72.
With the 2013 Eurobasket qualifiers coming to an end, the table is set for the highest level international competition in European basketball next summer. European stars Marcin Gortat, Mirza Teletovic and Marcin Gortat led their teams to successful campaigns, where they now will have the opportunity to challenge the likes of Spain, France, Russia, Greece and Lithuania in next summer’s tournament. The teams that successfully qualified included Montenegro, Israel, Serbia, Germany, Sweden, Croatia, Ukraine, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Latvia, Poland, Finland, Belgium
From fibaeurope.com Every player in the NBA is on vacation now, right? Wrong. Danilo Gallinari, Marcin Gortat, Omri Casspi and Jonas Jerebko are among the NBA players still playing international ball for their home countries in the qualification tournament for Eurobasket ’13. There are over 25 guys in qualification who are current NBA players, former NBA draft picks, or future NBA prospects. Next summer’s tournament will be held in Slovenia and will serve as the qualifier for the newly rechristened 2014