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  1. Highlights from France’s European championship win over Lithuania

    Sep 22, 2013, 9:31 PM EST

    Tony Parker France

    With this game opposite a slate of NFL football on a Sunday afternoon, not a lot of you were likely doing what I did — stream the game at home and watch it. So for you, here are the highlights from France’s 80-66 win over Lithuania, which gave France its first ever European championship. Parker…

  2. Turiaf’s hand has healed, he’s ready whenever season starts

    Sep 20, 2011, 4:57 PM EST

    Ronny Turiaf, Mike D'Antoni

    It’s one of the risks of playing for your country — injuries. Ronny Turiaf was supposed to play for France in EuroBasket, but he broke his hand in a tune-up game against Great Britain. The good news for Knicks fans is that the Energizer Bunny off the bench told NBA.com his hand is nearly healed…

  3. NBA draftees at EuroBasket: Kanter looks good, Rubio not so much

    Sep 20, 2011, 2:13 PM EST

    Spain's basketball player Ricky Rubio talks to the media after the presentation of the Spanish basketball team for the upcoming Eurobasket 2011 championships at Madrid's Arena

    We tried to watch as much of EuroBasket as we could, and when the games were on our eyes were were drawn to recent NBA draftees who have not been in the league. Frankly, I know Pau Gasol is amazingly skilled. I know Joakim Noah can defend. I know Tony Parker is dangerous when he…

  4. Spain wins European championship behind Gasol brothers

    Sep 19, 2011, 8:41 AM EST

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    Spanish basketball fans should buy Mr. and Mrs. Gasol a dinner and a nice bottle of wine. It’s because of their sons — Pau and Marc Gasol — that Spain is the champions of European basketball for the second time in a row. Spain beat France 98-85 in the championship game of EuroBasket Sunday to…

  5. EuroBasket: Spain, France earn Olympic berths with victories

    Sep 16, 2011, 4:30 PM EST

    Juan Carlos Navarro

    Spain, the silver medal team in Beijing who gave the United States all it could handle in the gold medal game, will be back for the London Olympics. They will be joined by a French team led by Tony Parker and Joakim Noah. Friday Spain and France won their games to advance to the finals…

  6. How New Orleans’ Bo McCalebb became a Macedonian hero

    Sep 16, 2011, 10:43 AM EST

    Bo McCalebb

    Macedonia has been the surprise of EuroBasket (the European championship and Olympic qualifying tournament), with a country more known for violent internal strife than hoops finding itself in the semi-finals on Friday. If Macedonia can beat powerhouse Spain they are into the Olympics next summer. Even if they lose they will be in the Olympic…

  7. EuroBasket roundup: France, Russia advance to semifinals

    Sep 15, 2011, 9:51 PM EST

    Tony Parker of France vies with Michail

    We have our EuroBasket Final Four. And while it wasn’t easy for either side in the Thursday games, the favorites prevailed to set up a fascinating showdown for a 2012 London Olympics berth Friday. Here are Thursday’s results (including Lithuania earning its way to next summer’s pre-Olympics qualifying tournament). Friday we will have the both semifinals and…

  8. Spain advances, Lithuania upset in EuroBasket quarterfinals

    Sep 14, 2011, 6:11 PM EST

    Bo McCalebb

    All tournament long, teams have seemed to underestimate Macedonia. Now you can add Lithuania to the list after an upset Wednesday — and that means Lithuania has given itself a long road to even get into the London Olympics next summer. Here are the results from the first two knockout round quarterfinal games at EuroBasket…

  9. Quarterfinal knockout round set at EuroBasket

    Sep 12, 2011, 7:44 PM EST

    Pau Gasol and Marc Gasol (R) watch as th

    There has been drama — like the Russian win Monday that eliminated Macedonia. There have been surprises — none bigger that Germany being eliminated in group play and thereby eliminated from the Olympics. Dirk Nowitzki admitted later he was tired and maybe not able to help his team as much as he wanted to. And…

  10. EuroBasket roundup: Spain, France cruising along

    Sep 9, 2011, 7:39 PM EST

    Marc Gasol (R) and Pau Gasol of Spain vi

    Friday at EuroBasket — the Olympic qualifying tournament for Europe — meant another round of play in the Group of Death. Spain, France, Germany, Lithuania, Serbia and Turkey are all in the same group and only four of them advance on to the knockout round. Spain and France are into the quarter finals/knockout round of…

  11. Jazz’s Kyrylo Fesenko out two months with knee injury

    Sep 9, 2011, 8:32 AM EST

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    This is always the fear with a player suiting up for international ball. Jazz center Kyrylo Fesenko — playing for Mike Fratello’s Ukrainian team at EuroBasket — was trying to body up D.J. Mbenga on the low block when his knee buckled and he fell to the ground in pain. (Follow this link to the…

  12. EuroBasket: Good day for Russia, Macedonia. Yes, Macedonia.

    Sep 8, 2011, 8:22 PM EST

    Andrei Kirilenko (L) of Russia vies for

    Going into EuroBasket — the combination European championships and Olympic qualifying tournament — Macedonia had never won a single game in the event. Now, they are 3-0 in the second round of group play and locked in for the knockout stages. That means they have a chance to make the Olympics (top two finishers at…

  13. EuroBasket roundup: Spain looks good, Germany in trouble

    Sep 7, 2011, 7:01 PM EST

    Marc Gasol of Spain looks on while being guarded by Nowitzki of Germany during their FIBA EuroBasket 2011 basketball game in Vilnius

    Here is where we are at with EuroBasket — two groups of six teams each, with the top four from those groups advancing to the eight-team knockout round. What we saw Wednesday was three teams taking control — France, Spain and Lithuania — while Germany may have sealed its doom. What follows is your Wednesday…

  14. How basketball players are groomed in Spain vs. USA

    Sep 6, 2011, 10:21 PM EST

    Pau Gasol Spain

    Right now, Spain is the second best basketball nation in the world. They are the defending silver medalists from the Beijing Olympics, they have the second best professional league in the world. They remain the favorites at EuroBasket heading into the second round. And they are producing some of the best players in the world…

  15. Zaza Pachulia out for month with leg injury

    Sep 6, 2011, 4:37 PM EST

    Lithuania Basketball EuroBasket

    Behind Zaza Pachulia, the team from Georgia has made it into the second round of EuroBasket. The Hawks big man was giving his native country 13.6 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. Notice we said was, that is because he is injured and will miss the rest of the tournament. He will miss a month,…

  16. Pau Gasol optimistic about Mike Brown, there being a season

    Sep 6, 2011, 11:40 AM EST

    Pau Gasol

    Pau Gasol is the key to Spain’s chance of winning the European championship and one of the two 2012 Olympics bids they are handing out at the event — with him they are undefeated, without him (out with an ankle injury) they fell to Turkey. Normally, EuroBasket would end and Gasol would fly straight to…

  17. Injuries racking up in international ball, including Pau Gasol

    Sep 6, 2011, 8:40 AM EST

    Spain's Pau Gasol looks at the timeboard

    This isn’t a fun, safe little bit of run in the gym. EuroBasket, FIBA Americas and other tournaments going on right now with NBA players are real competition. But there are risks with competition, especially serious competition where there is a something at stake. Like national pride and Olympic berths. People get hurt. We have…

  18. EuroBasket recap: On to the second round with the group of death

    Sep 6, 2011, 8:05 AM EST

    Tony Parker of France reacts during a 20

    After a dozen games on Monday, half of the teams that came to Lithuania for EuroBasket — an Olympics qualifying tournament — have been sent home. Now things get serious, as virtually all of the top teams are in one supergroup — a true group of death that will mean some very good teams will…

  19. EuroBasket Day 4 Roundup: Greece was not the word

    Sep 4, 2011, 2:09 AM EST

    Greece Macedonia

    We have our first real upset of EuroBasket, just as things are starting to get interesting (Lithuania vs. Spain and Germany vs. Serbia Sunday, for example). Macedonia 72, Greece 58: This is a pretty big upset — Macedonia had never won a EuroBasket game before this tournament, while in recent years Greece has been one…

  20. EuroBasket Day 3 recap: This is why you leave Nowitzki in

    Sep 3, 2011, 1:10 AM EST

    Tony Parker

    On Day three of EuroBasket we saw a contest of teams thinking Olympic bids with Germany and France, and we saw why Spain runs its offense through the Gasol brothers. There were only six games played on Friday. France 76, Germany 65: Let’s give France their due — they are 3-0 and the questions about…

  21. Ricky Rubio is struggling at EuroBasket. Time to worry?

    Sep 2, 2011, 3:46 PM EST

    Ricky Rubio of Spain eyes the ball durin

    This was the guy the Minnesota Timberwolves have been banking on since they drafted him three years ago. Ricky Rubio, the Spanish sensation who has been playing at the highest level of European ball since he was 16. The guy with the rare gift of natural court vision. He has been a mess through three…

  22. Video: This is what EuroBasket looks like

    Sep 2, 2011, 12:20 PM EST

    Dirk Nowitzki EuroBasket

    We’ve been updating you on the first two days of the EuroBasket (and we will continue), telling you what things look like. But you should see for yourself. So here are the highlights from day one of EuroBasket, check it out for yourself. From VisoSports (via Crossover Chronicles).

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

    Sep 2, 2011, 9:40 AM EST

    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…

  24. EuroBasket Day Two Roundup: Fear Germany, fear Kaman

    Sep 2, 2011, 1:08 AM EST

    Nowitzki of Germany sits on the bench with Kaman during their men's basketball BEKO Supercup game against Turkey in Bamberg

    Day two and not a lot of surprises, we’re starting to see the cream separate itself. But there are some big tests out there to come yet. German 76, Italy 62: This should sound pretty familiar to Mavericks fans — Dirk Nowitzki is always going to be good, the question is how much help will…

  25. Bargnani and Gallinari central figures in mini arms race between Italian clubs

    Sep 1, 2011, 4:36 PM EST

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    If the Pau Gasol trade proved anything it’s that the owners and operators of basketball teams are, occasionally to a fault, reactionary thinkers. Once the dominoes begin falling, some GMs just can’t help themselves, and before they know it they’ve traded a successful offensive system and a versatile two-way player for an aging Shaquille O’Neal.…

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