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  1. Gasol brothers lead today’s list of players looking overseas

    Nov 15, 2011, 1:37 PM EDT

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    Barcelona — already one of the powerhouse clubs of European basketball — could become dominant thanks to the NBA season winding its way toward oblivion. Both Gasol brothers — the Lakers Pau and the Grizzlies’ Marc — could sign to play for the club as the NBA cancels the season. That is the big news…

  2. Pau, Marc Gasol working out with Barcelona during lockout

    Oct 4, 2011, 11:53 AM EDT

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    Marc and Pau Gasol are staying home in Spain during the NBA lockout. They’re not going to be playing Call of Duty and eating Doritos then showing up to camp out of shape, however. They found a pretty good place to workout, Sportando tweets. @FCBarcelona_cat officially announce that Marc and Pau Gasol will practice with…

  3. Zach Randolph wants to play with Marc Gasol in Europe, too

    Sep 27, 2011, 2:31 PM EDT

    Marc Gasol Zach Randolph

    Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol are a great fit together. Penut butter and chocolate. Gasol’s defense and willingness to do the dirty work are the ying to Randolph’s offensive yang. They are Bert and Ernie, Chip and Dale, Starsky and Hutch, Turner and Hooch — a nearly perfect pairing. So if Randolph is going to…

  4. Pau Gasol says he’ll play in Spain if lockout drags on

    Sep 2, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Pau Gasol of Spain receives a ball durin

    We’re just a couple days into EuroBasket, but if favorite Spain goes on to win the gold medal, Pau Gasol is headed to being named MVP of the tournament. He has looked like the old Gasol — not the one from the Dallas series in the playoffs — with a plethora of moves around the…

  5. Europe’s best teams still hesitant to sign NBA stars

    Aug 9, 2011, 3:07 PM EDT

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    We keep hearing rumors that there is going to be a flood of NBA players signing overseas soon — including some All-Star level players. If it happens — and that’s a big if — they still will not be signing with the best teams in Europe. They will be signing with the also-rans of the…

  6. Rubio says he’ll only play in Europe if full NBA season lost

    Aug 3, 2011, 12:24 PM EDT

    Ricky Rubio Barcelona

    Ricky Rubio is not running back to Barcelona. The powerhouse European team reportedly want him back during the NBA lockout, but Rubio doesn’t plan on going back unless the full NBA season is lost, he told mundodeportivo.com (via Hoopshype, translation from friend of the site Xavier Sanchez, a basketball coach in Spain you can follow…

  7. Barcelona thinking of bringing Ricky Rubio back

    Jul 31, 2011, 11:32 AM EDT

    Ricky Rubio Barcelona

    Ricky Rubio back in Spain and Minnesota unable to stop him or talk to him? Sounds familiar, and it could happen. Again. Barcelona officials are considering making an offer to bring back Rubio to round out the squad’s roster, according to mundodeportivo.com (via HoopsHype). Minnesota has no say in the matter and cannot even comment…

  8. Rubio’s coming, just a little “bump” with his buyout

    Jun 16, 2011, 8:13 AM EDT

    Ricky Rubio Barcelona

    Next season, whenever that starts, Ricky Rubio will be with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Whether he brings a jump shot with him is another question, but he will be here. So what was with his little comment a day ago that he is still talking with Barcelona (the Spanish team where he has played the last…

  9. Rubio says he is still talking to Barcelona. Thinking lockout?

    Jun 15, 2011, 10:31 AM EDT

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    Last night, Barcelona won to become the Spanish League champions once again. And in the post game celebration, Rubio was asked about his future. A future that is supposed to include the Minnesota Timberwolves next season. But he sounded more vague, according to the Associated press. Rubio said “we are taking with Barcelona and we…

  10. Ricky Rubio not eager for NBA move, Spanish agent says

    May 7, 2011, 5:25 PM EDT

    Ricky Rubio Barcelona

    Welcome to the world of people competing for the ear of Ricky Rubio. Minnesota Timberwolves officials will be over in Spain next week trying the time share style hard sell on the 20-year-old point guard, telling him now is the time to come to America. Rubio’s American agent echoes those thoughts. His Spanish agent feels…

  11. So you want to play in Europe during the lockout…

    May 6, 2011, 9:34 PM EDT

    Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv v Real Madrid - Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four Semi Final

    There’s a lot of players throwing out the, “If there’s a lockout I’ll go play in Europe” card. Like it’s some kind of trump card. And if you’re Kevin Durant or Deron Williams or Pau Gasol and you go play for a team like Barcelona, life will be pretty darn good. But that is not…

  12. Timberwolves executives on Ricky Rubio quest again

    May 5, 2011, 11:50 AM EDT

    Spain v USA

    General Manager David Kahn and the Minnesota Timberwolves are nothing if not persistent. Next week they will be in Spain again on their quest to get Ricky Rubio — the 2009 No. 5 overall pick — to sign up, leave Barcelona and come to the states. And according to Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune,…

  13. Ricky Rubio rumors: Lockout remains key issue

    Mar 29, 2011, 11:40 AM EDT

    Ricky Rubio Barcelona

    You have to admire the unrelenting optimism in Minnesota that Ricky Rubio is going to play with the team next season. But even that Midwestern, can-do optimism knows limits — the lockout is strangling that hope right out of Wolves fans. Check out this note from the Pioneer Press where — like only in the…

  14. Ricky Rubio sounds like a guy going to put off NBA debut

    Mar 15, 2011, 11:26 AM EDT

    Ricky Rubio Barcelona

    Despite what Timberwolves brass has insisted, it has never made sense for Ricky Rubio to leave Barcelona and come to the NBA next season. Because it doesn’t make sense to walk into a likely lockout that could cost games. Why leave one of the top teams in Europe, Barcelona, where you are a rock star,…

  15. Ricky Rubio is struggling to shoot the rock in Europe

    Feb 10, 2011, 11:49 AM EDT

    Spain v USA

    We know, Ricky Rubio is a highlight factory. A point guard with a seemingly instinctive feel for the game. He’s been playing professionally since he was 14, he has a silver medal from the 2008 Olympics and held his own with the best the USA had to offer in the Gold Medal game. The knock…

  16. Could Barcelona hang in the NBA?

    Oct 8, 2010, 10:17 AM EDT

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    Barcelona, the defending champions of EuroLeague, just knocked off the two-time defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers Thursday. Europe’s best beat the NBA’s best 92-88. They did it on a night the Lakers starters got some real run — Lamar Odom played 41 minutes, Pau Gasol 36 and Kobe Bryant 25. Barcelona did it by…

  17. Phil Jackson is not happy about his European vacation

    Sep 29, 2010, 1:23 PM EDT

    Personally, a trip to London and Barcelona sounds pretty good. I could go for one of those. Phil Jackson? Not so much. Actually he might really enjoy such a trip if it was just him and Jeannie Buss, but in the middle of training camp? This is what he told ESPNLosAngeles.com’s Dave McMenamin. “This training…

  18. Ricky Rubio leads Barcelona to Euroleague title, says blowing off Minnesota was right call

    May 10, 2010, 8:31 AM EDT

    Ricky Rubio is a basketball rock star. At 19 he just led Barcelona to the Euroleague championship Sunday, making some shots but mostly creating for others with natural gifts that have NBA Scouts drooling. He is the best point guard in Europe. Last summer — at 18 — he held his own against America’s best…

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