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  1. Chinese League may put in rules to limit NBA player influx

    Jul 31, 2011, 4:29 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony Panda

    Stephon Marbury may not think Carmelo Anthony can handle playing in China, but ‘Melo said he was thinking about it. A lot of NBA players have thrown out China as a possible destination if they decide to play overseas during the lockout. Except, China may not want them. According to the fantastic Chinese league blog…

  2. Report: Nicolas Batum signs in France

    Jul 30, 2011, 7:44 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Denver Nuggets

    You had to expect that the first guys to go hauling across the pond would be those who traversed the body of water in the first place. In short, Europeans are flocking back to their respective homelands in the face of the lockout and a seemingly unavoidable loss of games. Take Nicolas Batum, for example. From…

  3. FIBA clears way for NBA players to play overseas

    Jul 29, 2011, 11:56 AM EDT

    Deron-Williams

    It was the one question left surrounding NBA players inking overseas deals — would FIBA, basketball’s international governing body, allow players under an NBA contract to play for another team? Yes they will. FIBA made the official announcement Friday, saying it will give players under contract to an NBA team a “letter of clearance” to…

  4. David Stern to meet with FIBA leaders in New York

    Jul 19, 2011, 1:09 PM EDT

    To match Interview NBA/STERN

    Officially, none of this is about the lockout and NBA players going overseas… unless that somehow comes up. NBA Commissioner David Stern has a meeting set up with FIBA secretary general Patrick Baumann this week in New York. With all the talk of players going overseas would say “what a coincidence” but everyone involved said…

  5. Players union trying to keep the “play in Europe” dream alive for lockout

    Feb 14, 2011, 9:48 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Los Angeles Lakers

    It’s another negotiating tactic. Kobe Bryant followed in the footsteps of Dirk Nowitzki and Brandon Jennings in saying he might play in Europe — Italy, in this case — if there is a lockout. Except there is a massive hurdle — they are all under contract to an NBA team. Any player under an NBA…

  6. Dirk Nowitzki wants to leave the NBA’s goaltending rule alone

    Oct 1, 2010, 10:10 AM EDT

    We told you the D-League will adopt the FIBA goaltending rule — once the ball touches the rim you can go up and knock it off — this season. And that it could be a precursor to an NBA rule change. And that Spurs rookie and Eurostud Tiago Splitter thinks it’s a bad idea. Now…

  7. Tiago Splitter prefers NBA goaltending rule

    Sep 30, 2010, 12:10 PM EDT

    Tiago Splitter has spent his entire career playing under the FIBA goaltending rule — once the ball hits the rim it’s live and you can knock it off. David Stern has expressed his admiration of that rule and the D-League will have it next season. Splitter doesn’t love the idea he told the San Antonio…

  8. D-League to adopts FIBA goaltending, overtime rules; may be NBA testing ground

    Sep 29, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    After the World Championships, FIBA — meaning the world — adopted some NBA rules. For example, gone is the trapezoid key in international tournaments, replaced by the NBA rectangular key. But now the NBA may be looking at some FIBA rules in return. The D-League — often a testing ground for NBA rule changes —…

  9. Durant, Team USA level Lithuanian challenge, advance to FIBA Finals

    Sep 11, 2010, 2:02 PM EDT

    Hey, the good news is that Lithuania was right. Team USA probably isn’t invincible. Kevin Durant in this tournament, though? Yeah, he’s pretty close to it. Durant scored 38 points in an 88-74 win over LIthuania, as Team USA advanced to the FIBA World Championship Finals. Durant wound up 14-25 from the floor, despite every…

  10. Three players who seem to be getting the most out of Team USA

    Aug 29, 2010, 2:42 PM EDT

    Participating in the FIBA World Championships for Team USA is largely about sacrifice. Players surrendering their games for the good of the team, and putting aside egos. But that doesn’t mean players aren’t getting anything out of it. For one, they’re being kept in better shape than they would be lounging all summer and occasionally…

  11. Team USA struggles a bit before leaving Slovenia in the dust

    Aug 29, 2010, 11:07 AM EDT

    Well, they’re not blowing teams out by 40. But for a team that many had significant doubts about heading into the FIBA World Championships, Team USA is doing pretty well for itself. Team USA ran out to a 14-4 lead and never looked back in a 99-77 win over Slovenia Sunday in Istanbul (not Constantinople). …

  12. Team USA destroys Croatia 106-78

    Aug 28, 2010, 1:43 PM EDT

    Well, that was… not a basketball game. It was for a good quarter. Croatia’s national team actually held a 19-18 lead on Team USA early in their opener of FIBA play. And then, well, Team USA showed that stars or no stars, they have talent, they are prepared, and they can absolutely dominate over lesser…

  13. Coaches of the Greek and Serbian teams are, shockingly, shocked at FIBA's suspension rulings

    Aug 27, 2010, 10:39 AM EDT

    Hey, remember that time a Greece-Serbia friendly broke out into a rootin’, tootin’, chair-throwin’ brawl? When Antonis Fotsis and Sofoklis Schortsanitis went absolutely nuts? Even if you don’t (which you really should — it’s been the most notable moment in the lead-up to the FIBA World Championships), I’m pretty sure the Serbian and Greek players,…

  14. FIBA games provide reminder of what the NBA missed out with Juan Carlos Navarro

    Aug 22, 2010, 8:47 PM EDT

    Rubio this, Rubio that. Ricky Rubio is the future of NBA point guards. Rubio is the greatest star for Spain. But in reality, this all overlooks the real driving force of Spain in Juan Carlos Navarro. Navarro, who has played with FC Barcelona since 1997, played a lone season with the Memphis Grizzlies. He was…

  15. Team USA takes care of Lithuania… eventually

    Aug 21, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    That was almost very very bad. Team USA played disastrously bad against Lithuania for a half, trailing by multiple scores before turning the jets on in the second half and riding their athleticism to a 77-61 win Sunday afternoon. The big problem for Team USA? You can take your pick, but shooting is likely the…

  16. Matt Bonner will not be joining Canada for the World Championships

    Aug 21, 2010, 10:29 AM EDT

    Canada’s just not ready for Matt Bonner. Bonner, who married a Canadian woman in 2008, had applied for expedited Canadian citizenship in order to be ready to compete in the World Championships for the Canadian team this summer. But via FanHouse, we learn from the Globe and Mail that Bonner has been denied accelerated Candian…

  17. Team USA vs. Lithuania: 5 Things to Watch

    Aug 21, 2010, 9:19 AM EDT

    Team USA continues its exhibition schedule against international competition in advance of the FIBA World Championship today with a game against Lithuania. It’s an opportunity for USA to test their progress against a better team than the China squad they faced last weekend. Lithuania’s team may be made up primarily of second-tier players (like Team…

  18. Here's a shocker: FIBA officials are reviewing yesterday's brawl

    Aug 20, 2010, 10:29 AM EDT

    Chairs were thrown. Screams were screamed. Sofoklis Schortsanitis probably wrecked a man. Nenad Krstic did some back-pedaling and threw a chair. If you somehow missed the brawl that took place during yesterday’s Greece-Serbia friendly, you’re probably having trouble with this whole internet thing. Just click here, and all of your wildest basketbrawling dreams will be…

  19. Team USA: The B-Team that actually wants to be there

    Jul 11, 2010, 10:14 PM EDT

    Yahoo! Sports reports that Jerry Colangelo has confirmed that not a single player from the 2008 Olympic team will join Team USA for the World Championships in Turkey this summer.  In the midst of a public outpouring of rage and disgust over the behavior of how and where various free agents decided to exercise their…

  20. Winderman: Dwyane Wade planning to skip World Championships

    Jun 12, 2010, 1:54 PM EDT

    This summer is throwing a serious wrench at Jerry Colangelo and his plans for the World Championships. After LeBron James indicated that he will not be participating in the FIBA games in Turkey, Dwyane Wade confirmed to our own Ira Winderman in the Miami Sun-Sentinel that he will not participate in the World Championships. Wade…

  21. Dwight Howard may not play, pick up fouls in World Championships

    Apr 27, 2010, 1:31 PM EDT

    One would think Dwight Howard would be itching to play some international ball right about now — they let the game get physical there, far more pushing and grabbing. None of those silly fouls he keeps picking up in the playoffs. No more cardboard walls around Superman. But apparently not. Howard may be the latest…

  22. Tony Parker has no concept of his body's own limitations

    Feb 18, 2010, 5:19 PM EDT

    Tony Parker has battled plantar fasciitis this year, a condition which is, to be honest, painful as all get-out. It hasn’t affected his speed, nor his patented dribble-hesitation as much as it has his focus and his jump shot. Then again, you also have to factor in how much of his game has been impacted…

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