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« Reply #27 on: Sep 11, 2013, 12:47:08 AM »

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EuroBasket Slovenia 2013 Crazy First Round !

George Eddy's International Show
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.
Photograph: interbasket.net


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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« Reply #26 on: Sep 05, 2013, 10:03:00 PM »

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« Reply #25 on: Aug 31, 2013, 10:02:49 PM »

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Spain's new look
for the Eurobasket Slovenia 2013

George Eddy's International Show
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.
Photograph: Reuters from IBTimes


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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« Reply #24 on: Aug 24, 2013, 10:02:11 PM »

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

Jeff Taylor's Eurovision
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.
Photograph: RIA Novosti by Anton Denisov


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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« Reply #23 on: Aug 17, 2013, 10:01:56 PM »

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Eurobasket Slovenia 2013 Favorites and Underdogs... !

George Eddy's International Show
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)
Photograph: atlantic twine


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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