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« Reply #36 on: Oct 20, 2014, 11:34:34 PM »

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El Magazine de la Euroliga Baloncesto ~ Temporada Regular, Ronda 1 ~ Temporada 2014/15: Un Nuevo Vídeo de Partidos de Baloncesto de la Euroliga con el Show Semanal de la Euroliga ~ 18/10/14



Show Semanal de la Euroliga ~ Temporada Regular, Ronda 1 ~ 18/10/14


Esta semana en One Devotion ...
Escucha el testimonio de un apasionado del baloncesto en Belgrado ...
Únete a la diversión y los fuegos artificiales de la apertura de la semana ...
Descubre lo que trajo a un decano del entrenamiento de nuevo al banco ...
Y maravíllese con los mejores momentos para iniciar la temporada !

The tallest player in the 2014-15 Turkish Airlines Euroleague was also the best one in the opening week of the competition, as center Boban Marjanovic of Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade claimed bwin MVP honors for regular season Round 1. In this photograph from EuroLeague presented by eBA Stats Basketball Statistics Analysis .

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« Reply #35 on: May 15, 2014, 01:25:02 AM »

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Milan will host from 16 to 18 May, the outcome of the 2014 Euroleague.
Barca, Real Madrid, CSKA Moscow and Maccabi Tel Aviv exciting fight in a Final Four for the crown as the best basketball team in Europe.
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SEMIFINALS

Friday, May 16, 16:00 GMT ( 18:00 CET )
CSKA Moscow vs. Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv

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FC Barcelona vs. Real Madrid

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Sunday, May 18, 15:00 GMT ( 17:00 CET )
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Winner Semifinal A vs. Winner Semifinal B

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Milán acogerá del 16 al 18 de mayo el desenlace de la Euroleague 2014.
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Viernes, Mayo 16, 16:00 UTC ( 18:00 CET )
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Viernes, Mayo 16, 19:00 UTC ( 21:00 CET )
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PARTIDO FINAL DEL CAMPEONATO

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« Reply #34 on: Apr 28, 2014, 01:02:57 AM »

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El Magazine de la Euroliga Baloncesto ~ Playoffs, Juegos 3, 4 & 5 ~ 2013/14:
Un Nuevo Vídeo de Partidos de Baloncesto de la Euroliga con el Show Semanal de la Euroliga ~ 26/04/14




Show Semanal de la Euroliga ~ Playoffs, Juegos 3, 4 & 5 ~ 26/04/14



El Magazine de la Euroliga Baloncesto ~ Playoffs

En el show... es Hora de Finales ...
Los playoffs han terminado ...
Desde el Pireo y Madrid, el enfrentamiento entre los finalistas del año pasado ...
Esta es la segunda oportunidad de Bostjan Nachbar para ganar el título ...
Sasha Kaun habló con nosotros antes de su quinto Final Four ...
Los MVPs de los Juegos 3, 4 y 5 y las 3 mejores jugadas !

Another stellar performance in the paint in a must-win game from Bryant Dunston (L) not only extended Olympiacos Piraeus’s season, but for the second game in a row has earned the big man bwin MVP honors. Sasha Kaun (R) saved his best performance for when his team needed it most. The CSKA Moscow center dominated Friday in leading the Russian champs back the Final Four with a 74-44 victory over Panathinaikos Athens in Game 5 of the Euroleague Playoffs. In this photograph from EuroLeague presented by #eBAStatsGroup #BasketballStatistics Analysis .
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« Reply #33 on: Apr 28, 2014, 12:52:55 AM »

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Euroleague Basketball Games:
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In the show...it is Finals Time...
The playoffs are over...
From Piraeus and Madrid, the showdown between the last year's finalists...
This is Bostjan Nachbar's second chance to win the title...
Sasha Kaun talked to us before his 5th Final Four...
Alex Tyus flies to the top of European basketball...
The Game 3, 4 & 5 MVPs and all the Top 3 plays...

Another stellar performance in the paint in a must-win game from Bryant Dunston (L) not only extended Olympiacos Piraeus’s season, but for the second game in a row has earned the big man bwin MVP honors. Sasha Kaun (R) saved his best performance for when his team needed it most. The CSKA Moscow center dominated Friday in leading the Russian champs back the Final Four with a 74-44 victory over Panathinaikos Athens in Game 5 of the Euroleague Playoffs. In this photograph from EuroLeague presented by #eBAStatsGroup #BasketballStatistics Analysis .
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« Reply #32 on: Jan 25, 2014, 12:41:08 AM »

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Weekend eBA Basketball Magazine:

Jure Zdovc just what Slovenia needed !


Jeff Taylor's Eurovision
Slovenia are sort of a mystery when it comes to international basketball.

A small country that’s been on the hoops map for just a couple of decades, it has produced excellent players who have competed in the NBA or at the highest level in Europe.
The national team, though, has yet to reach the podium of a major tournament.

Some of the best known Slovenians to make it across the Atlantic are Bostjan Nachbar, Beno Udrih, Rasho Nesterovic, Sasha Vujacic and current Phoenix Suns point guard Goran Dragic.
Matjaz Smodis, Jaka Lakovic and Erazem Lorbek have all done extremely well at the highest level in Europe.

There is a huge basketball tradition in Slovenia.

In the old days, there were marvelous players from the country who suited up for Yugoslavia, including Ivo Daneu, the most valuable player of the 1967 FIBA World Championship in Montevideo.

"Ivo Daneu mastered the hook shot and used this unstoppable weapon to regularly score even from as far as the 6-7 meter range," reads the 1.80m guard's FIBA Hall of Fame bio.

Daneu had a long, distinguished career, one that saw him help Yugoslavia captured gold in Ljubljana at the 1970 FIBA World Championship.

Twenty years later and there was another terrific Slovenian in the Yugoslavian backcourt.

Jure Zdovc was a key man as Yugoslavia won the 1989 European title and the 1990 FIBA World Championship.

He was also in the 1991 Yugoslavian team that was on the road to gold at the EuroBasket in Rome when politics ended his run with the team.

While the tournament was going on, Slovenia declared independence from Yugoslavia.

The Slovenia Minister of Sport sent a fax to Zdovc at his hotel in Rome informing him that if he played in the Semi-Final, he’d be considered a traitor.

Zdovc, who received a lot of support from his Serbian and Croatia teammates at the time, spent the rest of the tournament off the court and in the hotel.

That wasn't the end of Zdovc in international basketball because he later competed for Slovenia’s national team.

Zdovc has a special place in the hearts of Slovenians.

Everyone remembers that as a difficult time for Zdovc and have a lot of respect for him as a person and a player.

It would be difficult to find anyone who doesn't admire what Zdovc was able to accomplish in his short time with the national team as coach, too.

Zdovc replaced Ales Pipan at the helm in 2009 and coached Slovenia at that year’s EuroBasket in Poland to a fourth-place finish.

He had a magic touch.

Despite injuries to key players Smodis and Dragic, Zdovc led Slovenia to important wins.

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They ended up as one of the unluckiest teams in EuroBasket history.


Boštjan 'Boki' Nachbar (born July 3, 1980) is a Slovenian professional basketball player for FC Barcelona of the Liga ACB. Nachbar has been a member of the Slovenian national basketball team. He has played at two FIBA European Championships, the 2003 FIBA European Championship and the 2005 FIBA European Championship. During the 2005 FIBA European Championship, he averaged 11 points and 5 rebounds per game. He was also a member of Slovenia's national team that played at the 2006 FIBA World Championship in Japan. He was a member of Slovenia's national team that played at the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey.. In this photograph photograph from KZS presented by #eBAStatsGroup #BasketballStatistics Analysis .
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Serbia won against them after overtime in the Semi-Finals and Greece then beat them by a single point in the Bronze Medal Game.

Zdovc's decision not to continue at the helm after EuroBasket 2009 and to instead concentrate on his club duties with his team at the time, Union Olimpija, was a huge disappointment for neutrals like me because Zdovc had been the best coach in Poland.

It was sad to see him go.

This week, Slovenia announced the reins were back in the hands of Zdovc.

He has replaced Bozidar Maljkovic, who coached the national team the past three summers.

Slovenia hosted last year's EuroBasket and played in some thrilling games in Celje and Ljubljana, but finished fifth.

There was a lot of pride in the team, one that didn't have the services of Lorbek, but there was also an empty feeling.

Slovenia felt like they’d at long last reach the podium, but fell to eventual champions France in the Quarter-Finals.

At least by winning their Classification Round games, Slovenia were able to finish high enough to qualify for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.

Zdovc is upbeat.

He says there is a lot of talent in the fold, much more than he had anticipated there would be when he stepped down as coach in 2009.

"I said that four years ago I did not believe that we will again get a generation that can play at such a high level,” Zdovc said, "but now I think otherwise.

"I think it (the team) is capable of continuing the good games and results."

There are plenty of reasons to be optimistic.

Dragic is moving from strength to strength in the NBA, averaging 19.5 points and 6.0 assists per game for the Phoenix Suns.

His younger brother, Zoran Dragic, has built on his impressive EuroBasket by averaging more than 13 points per game for Unicaja Malaga, helping them reach the Top 16 of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague.

Lorbek is returning to full fitness and has, in his last couple of Euroleague outings with Barcelona, averaged 22 minutes per game.

His brother, swingman Domen Lorbek, and center Mirza Begic are only 28 and big man Gasper Vidmar is 26.

There are outstanding youngsters who are already big contributors to the national team like Jaka Blazic and Edo Muric.

There are plenty of good players, and an excellent coach.


The mood should be very good now in Slovenia.

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« Reply #31 on: Oct 19, 2013, 11:56:08 PM »

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Weekend eBA Basketball Magazine:

Hezonja, Jaiteh, Sipahi, Sabonis
top youngsters in Euroleague

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The Turkish Airlines Euroleague tips off in earnest tonight and if you're a fan of young talent, there are definitely more than a fair share of up-and-coming stars to keep an eye on over the course of the season.

Before we get going, let's define up-and-coming. Let's take out 20-year-olds (or players born in 1993 or later).

That would mean 1992-born guys like Bogdan Bogdanovic, Leo Westerman
and Davis Bertrans from Partizan and Milan captain Alessandro Gentile as well as 1993-born studs such as Alex Abrines from Barcelona (yeah, he’s still only 20), while the pair of Luka Mitrovic and Aleksandar Cvetkovic from Red Star are too 'old'.

Obviously, the most-talked about name on the list is Barcelona's Mario Hezonja. The 18-year-old did not play for Croatia at all this summer - junior ranks or senior level - and worked hard in the pre-season in getting more comfortable in coach Xavi Pascual's system. And the work has paid off as Hezonja has already worked himself into the rotation with the Spanish giants - though of course he won't get big minutes in the stacked Barcelona team.

Mouhammadou Jaiteh, meanwhile, will likely be seeing a lot of playing time for Euroleague debutants JSF Nanterre. The 18-year-old French center made the jump to top flight basketball with the Pro A champions from last season after a strong 2012-13 campaign in the Pro B second division.

Jaiteh played a leading role for France at the 2013 U20 European Championship and turned down a chance to go to college in the United States to play professionally in France. In Nanterre's first three Pro A games this season, Jaiteh has averaged 9.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.7 blocks and 1.0 steals in about 21 minutes of action. Prepare to see plenty of him in the Euroleague.

If the numbers in the Turkish TBL league are any indication, then maybe some decent things could be expected from Fenerbahce's 1995-born duo of Kenan Sipahi and James Birsen. The 18-year-old talents led Turkey to the gold medal at the 2013 U18 European Championship and the U18 MVP Sipahi even got a brief invite to the senior national team training camp before EuroBasket 2013. Both youngsters got some good burn in Fenerbahce's convincing win in their season-opener against Mersin.

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Sipahi collected eight points and six assists in 19 minutes of a 25-point blowout win while Birsen had three points and two rebounds in 16 minutes.


LKF President Arvydas Sabonis with his son Domantas at this year's U16 European Championship.  Domantas Sabonis. Yes, that's the 17-year-old son of Lithuanian legend Arvydas Sabonis. Domantas was actually born in 1996 in the United States during his father's time with the Portland Trail Blazers. The younger Sabonis was the youngest player to debut in the Liga Endesa for Unicaja in September 2012 as a 16-year-old. In this Picture by Robertas Dackus from FIBA EUROPE  presented by eBA Stats Basketball Statistics Analysis
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Looking at Unicaja Malaga's roster, one name definitely stands out - Domantas Sabonis. Yes, that's the 17-year-old son of Lithuanian legend Arvydas Sabonis. Domantas was actually born in 1996 in the United States during his father's time with the Portland Trail Blazers. The younger Sabonis was the youngest player to debut in the Liga Endesa for Unicaja in September 2012 as a 16-year-old.

He averaged 14 points and 11.4 rebounds for Lithuania at the 2013 U18 European Championship as the team's only under-class player and appears to be in the plans of Unicaja coach Joan Plaza.

Sabonis scored six points to go along with three rebounds and one block in 15 minutes against Estudiantes in Malaga's season opener.

Another Lithuanian youngster who might see some playing time is 1994-born Tomas Dimsa with Zalgiris Kaunas. The Kaunas native played at the 2013 Nike Hoop Summit and followed that with a leading role in Lithuania's bronze medal-winning showing at the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship.

Zalgiris pulling out of the VTB League might limit somewhat Dimsa's chances of playing more but look for Kaunas coach Ilias Zouros to give the youngster some minutes as the club is clearly looking to build something for the future with a roster full of young players.

Partizan have an even younger roster with eight players born in 1991 or later. The aforementioned Westermann is just 21 years old but already is considered a veteran leader on this team. The French point guard is also serving as a great mentor to 19-year-old compatriot Boris Dallo. The Nantes native moved to Partizan this past summer and has already averaged nearly 13 minutes in Belgrade's first three games this season - with averages of 2.0 points, 2.3 assists and 2.3 rebounds. Look for Dallo to really excel as he plays top level competition with similar-aged players while also getting tutelage from a true star in the making in Westermann.


Here are a couple of other names to keep an eye on a bit this season but definitely down the road: Ilimane Diop of Laboral Kuxta Vitoria (1993-born, Spain); Dimitrios Agravanis of Olympiacos (1994-born, Greece) and Cedi Osman of Anadolu Efes Istanbul (1995-born, Turkey).

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« Reply #30 on: Sep 28, 2013, 06:21:11 PM »

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Weekend eBA Basketball Magazine:

Roller Coaster !

George Eddy's International Show
EuroBasket 2013 was one long and wild roller coaster ride full of surprises, turnarounds and comebacks.

In the end, France finally vanquished their old demons and lifted the trophy behind a sparkling MVP performance by their leader, Tony Parker.

After the immense disappointment of Game 6 in the NBA Finals when the San Antonio Spurs let the title slip away, Parker was finally rewarded for his
amazing perseverance and faithfulness to the French national team with a blowout victory over Lithuania (a team that had beaten France by 14 points in the Second Round!) in the Final.

During France's topsy-turvy path to the title, Parker's experienced voice, along with co-captains Boris Diaw and Florent Pietrus, kept the team focused on the essential goal which was to be truly ready for the Knockout Round starting with the Quarter-Finals. Here's where Nicolas Batum - who was the spitting image of France's inconsistency in the first two rounds - convinces his coach Vincent Collet to let him defend Slovenia's star go-to player Goran Dragic which was the deciding factor in France's win which silenced the home crowd.

In the Semi-Final against old nemesis Spain, France conquered one by one a long list of its past shortcomings which were largely on display in the first half as Spain confidently dominated a French team, suddenly struck by stage fright, to lead by 14.

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After a moving speech by Parker in the locker room, France came back out mentally strong, matching Spain's physicality and suffocating defense while raining in 9 of 13 three-pointers after going 0 for 8 in the first half!

After the immense disappointment of Game 6 in the NBA Finals when the San Antonio Spurs let the title slip away, Parker was finally rewarded for his amazing perseverance and faithfulness to the French national team with a blowout victory over Lithuania (a team that had beaten France by 14 points in the Second Round!) in the Final. In this file photo, Eva Longoria, former Parker's spouse, tweaks Tony Parker's nose ... Photograph AP
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They erased so many past Spanish nightmares for good by making their last eight free-throws in a row in overtime to seal the victory. Even dumb luck was on their side for once as Jose Calderon missed an open game-winner from the corner in the waning seconds of regulation time.

The whole French squad was "Parker-perseverant" and Tony had his best game scoring 32 points. Collet, a master tactician, used a zone defense for the first time in literally years to confuse Spain.

In the Final, Batum, who was missing in action on offense against Spain, put France into orbit with a 17-point first half and they never looked back. Parker's heart-to-heart discussion with Nicolas the night before the Final at their hotel had paid off.

France calmly held on to their lead throughout the second half leaving Lithuania powerless. Just being in the Final was already a lot for Lithuania who erased the disappointment of losing at home two years ago in the Quarters.


In the Knockout Round, France's focus and maturity were something to admire and all the players and staff deserve applause starting with Parker who will go home to a hero's welcome after the first major title in the history of French basketball.

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« Reply #29 on: Sep 22, 2013, 12:56:46 AM »

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Serbian Point Guard Vasilje Micic
Getting NBA Treatment at EuroBasket 2013

David Hein's Eye on the Future
Facing Tony Parker, Jose Calderon and Goran Dragic over a five-day stretch would be tough for any seasoned NBA veteran. Just imagine if you're a 19-year-old youngster facing that point guard trio at your first senior national team competition.

Welcome to the EuroBasket 2013 experience for Serbian point guard Vasilje Micic.
On Sunday, Micic and Serbia beat Parker and France 77-65 in the final game of group stage. On Wednesday, Micic's Serbs were beaten badly by Spain and Calderon 90-60 in the Quarter-Finals. On Thursday, Micic and Serbia will face off against Dragic and Slovenia with a berth at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup at stake for the winners.

With the game against Slovenia still to come, Micic has held his own and did not embarrass himself against France and Spain. He scored two points in 15 minutes against France before picking up eight points, three assists and two rebounds against the Spanish.

Micic talked to Eye on the Future about facing Parker after the game.

"We had a game against Parker in a friendly in France, but this game was something more than that," he said.

"So I just tried to follow him (smiling) and don't make some trouble because he's maybe the best point guard in the world. I had a one-on-one against him. It's a big thing for me."

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All told in Slovenia, Micic has averaged 3.7 points, 1.2 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 12.7 minutes per game while shooting 45 percent from long range.


Vasilije Micic during an interview with David Hein and Jonathan Givony at the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship in Prague following Serbia’s loss in the Final to USA. Micic gives a special shoutout at the end to his countryman Novak Djokovic, who is from the same hometown as him, for reaching the Finals at Wimbledon that day.
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The 1.95m guard who turned 19 in January, has experienced a heck of a summer. He helped Serbia to the silver medal at the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship, making the All-Tournament Team.

He had two of his best games against a United States team stacked with future NBA stars such as Marcus Smart, Jahlil Okafor and Aaron Gordon.

Micic had 24 points, three assists and two rebounds in Serbia's 71-62 loss to Team USA in the Eight-Final Round before collecting 13 points and 10 assists in the Final - an 82-68 win for the Americans.

"I had a good tournament at the U19 World Championship and I knew that if I continue at that level that I can some big things for myself. I tried to continue that," said Micic looking back at the Prague tournament.

In the EuroBasket 2013 Quarter-Final loss, Spain hassled the Serbians early on but Micic did a good job handling the pressure when he was in the game.

Altogether, Serbia's legendary coach Dusan Ivkovic has been impressed with his young playmaker’s performance in Slovenia.

"He's a very, very talented guy. He was in the top five from the U19 World Championship and he has a great future ahead of him. My feeling is right that this guy understands the game beyond the juniors and this basketball is a very big difference," said Ivkovic.


Micic is already proving at EuroBasket 2013 that he's well beyond the junior level and ready to help Serbia's senior side in the future - optimally next summer at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.

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« Reply #27 on: Sep 11, 2013, 01:47:08 AM »

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EuroBasket Slovenia 2013 Crazy First Round !

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The first round at EuroBasket 2013 has been completely crazy.
We knew that the numerous absences of some major players would level the playing field but nobody realized to what point this would shake up the pecking order!

In Group A, for instance, France started out by losing to Germany who went on to lose three in a row while France won their next four to finish first.
France is accompanied into the second round by Mike Fratello's surprising Ukraine, who were 24th out of 24 teams in the last FIBA power ranking before the tournament, and Belgium, which made their way to the second round for the first time since 1977!

In the last game, Belgium were leading an overconfident French team by 12 at halftime before losing the second half by...29 points. When France were playing poorly, they would start games soft and slow, letting opponents rain in three-point shots and then, when France would wake up, their defense would become ferocious with Tony Parker unstoppable in the money time.

In the first round, Nicolas Batum shot 13 for 15 from two-point range and 4 for 20 from three-point range!

This kind of amazing inconsistency was also on display in a wide-open Group B where four teams finished with three wins and two defeats and The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (MKD) - Semi-Finalists two years ago - finished last.

Latvia were a big surprise finishing second while Lithuania came within one Mirza Teletovic three-pointer of being eliminated by Bosnia and Herzegovina on their last play of the last day.


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First-place Serbia's two losses came against two teams that were eliminated. Is all this stuff crazy enough for you? It gets better.

He is three years younger (24, 21), but three centimeters taller (193, 196) than his much more famous brother, Goran.
Although he is very proud of his sibling and hopes to play alongside him in the NBA, he wants to be even better than Goran.
His name is Zoran Dragic, and he has been called up by the Slovenian national team as one of the country’s biggest basketball prospects.
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In Group C, Croatia, who didn't look too brilliant during the preparation games, finished second with four wins but still had to beat Slovenia and then the Czech Republic on Monday to qualify for Round 2.

The Czechs' best player, Jan Vesely, who plays little for the Washington Wizards, was the best rebounder in the opening round of the tournament with 11.2 boards, while also averaging 17 points per game. It would be ironic if he steals some playing time from France's Kevin Seraphin in Washington next season, as a rebounding specialist, after Kevin decided to sit out the Eurobasket.

Now on to the most surprising group of them all, Group D.

Italy, which lost most of their preparation games even to inferior opponents, are the ONLY team to finish the first round undefeated, followed by an incredible Finnish team at 4-1 who capped off the week by beating the odds-on favorite in everyone's mind, Greece, who head into the second round with two defeats in its bags and the possibility of being eliminated if they lose again!

Former powerhouses Russia and Turkey finished with one win each and are ingloriously shown the door without ever getting going, along with Sweden who can boast about having the leading scorer of the first round in Jefferey Taylor, a somewhat unknown Charlotte Bobcats draft pick.

In these generally unsettling conditions, Spain played some suffocating defense to finish first in Group C which confirms the standing of the reigning two-time champs but they did lose a barnburner to Slovenia carried by a basketball-loving country full of rabid fans.

Behind the leadership of the Dragic brothers, Slovenia are the team that NOONE wants to meet in the cutthroat Quarter-Finals. The country can be proud of its EuroBasket organization.


The festive scene in beautiful downtown Ljubjlana, with crowds gathering in front of numerous giant screens and large screen TVs to applaud the home team, was one-of-a-kind, just like the unbelievable first round of competition we just experienced.

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Spain's new look
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Just got back from sweltering Madrid where Spain played France in a warm-up game to prepare for EuroBasket 2013 in Slovenia.

We know that these games are more important for the manner in which they are played than for the win or the loss.
France rested Tony Parker who is taking his time getting into game shape with the unstated goal of being in top form for the second round and elimination round of the EuroBasket where France will need his experience
and killer instinct in the money time the most.

His lieutenant and France's second leading scorer in the last two major competitions, Nicolas Batum, played by far his best preparation game up to now, shaking off a small ankle twist he had against Serbia last week.

The sight of Spain and his former teammate in Portland, Rudy Fernandez, got his blood boiling as Spain has eliminated France in several recent major competitions and has beaten them seven times in a row!


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Despite Parker's absence, France led during long parts of the game and Spain only created a decent lead in the last minutes thanks to a one-man show by Real Madrid's Sergio Rodriguez.

Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana Hoosiers guard Jordan Hulls (1) remains in control of the bad pass during the Indiana Purdue men's basketball game at Assembly Hall in Bloomigton, Ind., Saturday, Feb. 15, 2013.
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This time around, Spain are showing a completely different look with a heavily guard-oriented, small ball, uptempo offense because of the absences of Pau Gasol (the former ultimate low-post weapon in FIBA basketball), Serge Ibaka and Felipe Reyes. Opponents (like Greece) will try to slow them down into a half-court mode because after Marc Gasol, the starting center and new boss on the block, the other inside players are mostly role players in the Spanish league.

When Marc takes a rest, the Spanish low post game lacks his scoring and passing skills out of the double team. This is when Spain becomes heavily-reliant on transition baskets and three-point shooting, counting on a three-guard attack to carry the offensive load. These were enough to beat France in Madrid in front of 16,000 adoring fans because those guards and wings (Fernandez, Sergio Lull, Ricky Rubio and Rodriguez) are darn good but they might not be enough (watch out for match-up problems on defense) in Slovenia in cut-throat games against teams like Greece, Turkey, France and Lithuania.

Spain does seem to have a mental edge over France thanks to its recent successes versus the French team and the fact that France accepted to play the uptempo pace in Madrid was an advantage. Coach Vincent Collet says that France has to learn how to knock Spain off its pedestal if it wants to finally break through and win the EuroBasket for the first time ever!

The keys will be their defense and the offensive production of Parker, Batum, Mike Gelabale and center Alexis Ajinca.


After what I've seen so far, the Greek team seems to be more balanced and tactically clever than either Spain or France and they sure know how to defend and control the tempo of a big game, so they are my favorites for the time being.

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Waiting for the Eurobasket Slovenia 2013...
Remembering Unforgettable EuroBaskets !

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There are a lot of similarities between this time of year and Christmas for the international basketball fan.

We have great expectations about what Santa Claus is going to leave under the three, just as we get excited about the coming battles at Olympic Games, FIBA Basketball World Cups and as is the case this year, EuroBaskets.

In the last decade, there have been unforgettable games and moments in Europe's top competition for national teams.
The following stand out for me:

At EuroBasket 2001, hosts Turkey squared off against Germany in the Semi-Finals, with Hedo Turkoglu and Dirk Nowitzki both early in the early stages of their hugely famous careers.

Nowitzki had 22 points and 10 rebounds but the Germans fell in overtime, 79-78.

Turkoglu amazed with 23 points, including a game-winning shot in the closing seconds when he dribbled the ball up the floor and got into the lane before scoring in traffic with a lay-up.

The packed Abdi Ipekci erupted and hailed Turkoglu as their hero, the player who had given them their most famous sporting achievement.

In 2003, Italy, losers of their first two games at the EuroBasket in Sweden, went on a remarkable run to the bronze medal.

Once in that third-place game against France, who had beaten Italy 85-52 in group play, the Azzurri won a thriller.

The contest ended when a young Tony Parker, who had a game-high 24 points and was blossoming into a superstar, dribbled past Massimo Bulleri and put up a runner from the right baseline that fell short of the rim.

The Italians qualified for the Olympics and went on to capture a silver medal in Athens.

In 2005, Serbia and Montenegro hosted an extraordinary EuroBasket.

I remember the coffee bars in Belgrade, and also the the Greek comeback against France in the Semi-Finals that was remarkable.

Despite training 58-51 after a Parker three-ball, Greece came back with Theo Papaloukas pulling the strings and Dimitris Diamantidis burying a game-winning shot from the arc just three seconds from the end.

Greece then beat Germany in the Gold Medal Game, 78-62.

The tournament's most beautiful moment came when Nowitzki asked to leave the game with 3:22 remaining and his side trailing, 69-52.

He looked up at the crowd that was heavily Greek and heard an incredible roar of appreciation.

Nowitzki proceeded to hug everyone - including the trainers - on the Germany bench before sitting down.


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He was the MVP of the tournament.

In 2007, JR Holden came up with the play of the tournament in Madrid to give Russia a surprise 60-59 victory over hosts Spain, who were just one year removed from their gold-medal triumph at the 2006 FIBA World Championship.
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In 2007, JR Holden came up with the play of the tournament in Madrid to give Russia a surprise 60-59 victory over hosts Spain, who were just one year removed from their gold-medal triumph at the 2006 FIBA World Championship.

Holden dribbled to his right and came to a jump stop before giving a pump fake to get his defender, Jose Calderon, off his feet.

He then put up a soft jump from 10 feet.

The ball hit the front and then the back of the rim before bouncing up and falling through the hoop for a famous Russia triumph.

In 2009, Slovenia finished without a medal yet had thousands of fans travel to Poland to support them and help the side on a roller coaster journey to fourth place.

The team lost players to injuries yet dug deep with coach Jure Zdovc doing a masterful job.

In the Semi-Finals, Slovenia lost a 76-72 overtime heartbreaker to Serbia and then against Greece in the Bronze Medal Game, they narrowly came up short.

Vassilis Spanoulis missed two free-throws with four seconds remaining and Greece on top, 57-56.

Slovenia's Bostjan Nachbar rebounded, hurried the ball up the floor and put up a runner after crossing mid court that missed everything.

In 2011, the game that everyone remembers was a Quarter-Final involving the host nation, Lithuania, and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (MKD) stunned hosts Lithuania after a frantic last 30 seconds.

Bo McCalebb was off target with a drive down the left side of the lane for MKD and Darius Songaila rebounded for Lithuania, only to make an errant pass intended for Sarunas Jasikevicius that ended up back in the hands of McCalebb.

Jasikevicius defend McCalebb well but Rimantas Kaukenas left Vlado Ilievski to double-team the naturalized guard McCalebb.

That left Ilievski wide open behind the arc, and McCalebb passed to his teammate who then drilled a go-ahead three-pointer.

Lithuania failed to score at the other end and MKD had their most famous-ever win in sports.

In 2013?

Twenty-four teams are going to be at the EuroBasket in Slovenia and there is at least one guarantee.

There is going to be plenty of drama.


I just wonder what the signature moment of this year's tournament will be.

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Eurobasket Slovenia 2013 Favorites and Underdogs... !

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Everyone seems to agree that Greece, Spain and France are the pre-tournament favorites concerning the upcoming 2013 Eurobasket in Slovenia.

After watching Greece dominate France in the second half of their preparation match in beautiful Strasbourg yesterday, I agree with French coach Vincent Collet that Greece is farther along in their preparation than France, thanks to a deep roster, aggressive defense and wonderful passing and shooting.
All this, despite adapting to a new Italian coach, Andrea Trincheri, who worked wonders in Cantu with his positive approach and ability to convince players to do things together.

The Greek players reacted well to this optimistic method and seem under less pressure compared to the recent past, despite the absence of Euroleague MVP, Vassilis Spanoulis, who was out with back spasms.

NBA stars Tony Parker and Nicolas Batum only scored two points each as the Greek defense tactically put pressure on the guards and wings and invited the French big men to try and score. Which they did, but wasn't enough to beat Greece who makes an art out of the "extra-extra" pass to set up magnificently their top notch three-point shooters all over the court.

France will need to take a page out of the Greek playbook and defend with more intensity to counter their excellent ball movement but also search for some fluidity in their own passing game.

I was particularly impressed by X-generation star Kostas Papanikolao who will leave Olympiakos for a mega-contract in Barcelona next season. His mobility at 2.06m is incredible because he has the fundamentals and dribble drive of a scoring guard, with the height of a power forward similar to a Kevin Durant at the NBA level.

After this defeat, France knows what it needs to work on before playing Spain twice in the next two weeks. France also knows the importance of finishing first or second after the second round in Slovenia in order to avoid Greece or Spain in the decisive quarter-finals! Greece and Spain are probably telling themselves the same thing concerning France because Parker and Batum won't score only two points very often!

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I also saw Croatia and Germany play this past weekend in Strasbourg and both teams seem to have limited rotations coming from the bench, which will put added pressure and fatigue on their starters.

Bojan Bogdanovic, future Brooklyn Net, who scored 25 points against the tough Greek defense, is Croatia's offensive leader (AP Photo)
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Bojan Bogdanovic, future Brooklyn Net, who scored 25 points against the tough Greek defense, is Croatia's offensive leader, along with Roko Ukic. Barcelona's top center Ante Tomic will have to pick up speed in the upcoming weeks in order for Croatia to avoid disappointing their numerous fans who will come and support them in Slovenia. They will be an underdog in Group C behind Spain and Slovenia but will have their chances against the other contenders for the third qualifying spot.

Same thing for a very young German team in Group A, the weakest first round group, where France should win all their games but it will be a toss-up between the other five teams for the two remaining spots to qualify for the second round.

France will start running into some difficulty when Group A crosses paths with the mega-strong Group B in the second round. I see France and three Group B teams moving into the quarter-finals. Watch out for Lithuania with its young and talented NBA big men, Jonas Valanciunas (Toronto) and Donatas Motiejunas(Houston). They should be a handful especially now that Nikola Pekovic has pulled himself out of the Montenegro team because of his NBA contract situation.

In Group D look for Greece and Turkey to qualify with the third spot a toss-up between Italy and Russia.


Of course, surprises can and will happen, as The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (MKD) proved two years ago in Lithuania, but in the end I see the usual suspects (or favourites) on the podium. The question will be, in which order ?

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« Reply #22 on: Aug 04, 2013, 01:13:31 AM »

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Eurobasket MVP candidates

In my last article I went over a non-exhaustive list of players who will not participate in the Eurobasket in Slovenia.

Players like Pau Gasol, Juanca Navarro, Luol Deng or Andrei Kirilenko who all would have made fine candidates for the MVP trophy or a perennial spot in the Top 5 players of the tournament.

So now, who will carry the torch in Slovenia, leading his team to important victories while racking up some big statistics?

I would start my list with Tony Parker, who just came off his best season as a Spurs and was brilliant in the NBA Finals which he rightly feels the Spurs should have won! Tony, very faithful to the French national team and as motivated as ever, will pull out all the stops to make up for the absence of several centers.

Portland's Nicolas Batum should have a breakout performance as the second major scoring option behind Tony.

Vassilis Spanoulis should have the same type of role and impact with Greece that Parker will have with France because both players are scorers first and playmakers second.

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Be assured that opposing defences will try to force them to PASS! If Greece wins the Eurobasket I see Spanoulis, at the summit of his art, as the MVP.

Vassilis Spanoulis should have the same type of role and impact with Greece that Parker will have with France because both players are scorers first and playmakers second.
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You might be surprised that I see Goran Dragic having a breakout tournament too. He'll be playing at home and if legendary coach Boja Maljkovic gives him the keys to the locomotive and freedom to play his uptempo game, he should speed around defences like a race car and possibly lead Slovenia into the semi-finals which would confim his excellent season-individually speaking- with Phoenix.

Rudy Fernandez and Marc Gasol are MVP candidates if Spain goes far in the competition even though they are such a strong team collectively, the stats will be spread around between alot of talented players.

Another surprise, in the vein of what F.Y.R. of Macedonia accomplished at the last Eurobasket, could come from Montenegro which boasts the best tandem of inside players in the tournament with the two Nikolas, Vucevic and Pekovic who represent building blocks for the future in Orlando and Minnesota.

Vucevic has superior rebounding skils and Pekovic is a fabulous back to the basket scorer. Both players are much better than expected at the NBA level. Those are the main stars to watch for MVP but let's not forget Russia's new leader,also from Minnesota, Alexey Sved or Bo Mccalebb who surprised everyone two years ago in Lithuania.

I would add Marco Belinelli, the new Spur and Andrea Bargnani the neo-Knick, who are both prolific scorers on an Italian team that looks to recapture past glory similar to Milos Teodosic with Serbia.


As Tony Parker said recently, the key at the Eurobasket will be to not waste time worrying about who is absent while putting in the time and work to get the most out of those who are present!

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