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

    Sep 22, 2013, 9:31 PM EDT

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    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. Banged up Bulls Deng, Noah both still playing in Olympics

    May 11, 2012, 3:51 PM EDT

    Bulls' Noah shouts from the bench while they play against the 76ers during their NBA Eastern Conference quarter-final playoff basketball game in Philadelphia

    Luol Deng and his wrist, Joakim Noah and his ankle were two names near the top of the lengthy scroll of Chicago Bulls injuries that undid them in the first round of the playoffs. But those injuries are not keeping Noah or Deng out of the Olympics this summer. Both confirmed since the Bulls were…

  3. Tony Parker signs to play for team he co-owns in France

    Oct 5, 2011, 9:58 AM EDT

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    Tony Parker was able to work out a deal with Tony Parker that Tony Parker found acceptable and now Tony Parker will be playing in France if the lockout drags out. Parker, the Spurs point guard, has signed a deal to play for ASVEL Villeurbanne, the team he co-owns in France, during the lockout, according…

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

    Sep 20, 2011, 4:57 PM EDT

    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…

  5. Spain wins European championship behind Gasol brothers

    Sep 19, 2011, 8:41 AM EDT

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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…

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

    Sep 16, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    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…

  7. EuroBasket roundup: France, Russia advance to semifinals

    Sep 15, 2011, 9:51 PM EDT

    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. Ginobili thinking about Italy, Diaw thinking about France

    Sep 15, 2011, 4:27 PM EDT

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    With the current stalemate in NBA labor discussions, guys who were casually considering going to Europe to play during the lockout are suddenly not so casual. They aren’t ready to commit to a relationship yet (what man is?) but things are getting serious. That includes Manu Ginobili, the Spurs star who just led his native…

  9. EuroBasket roundup: Spain, France cruising along

    Sep 9, 2011, 7:39 PM EDT

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    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…

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

    Sep 6, 2011, 8:05 AM EDT

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    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…

  11. Report: Parker denies he’ll play for French team he co-owns

    Sep 1, 2011, 8:58 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Atlanta Hawks

    UPDATE 8:58 am: Well, that didn’t take long. Not long after the report (seen below) that Tony Parker would play for the French team he co-owns was leaked Parker  himself shot that report down, via BasketEurope and Hoopshype: “This is not true, I did not sign anything. Nothing is done. I did not commit to…

  12. Report: Casspi now eyeing Tony Parker’s team in France

    Aug 23, 2011, 9:33 AM EDT

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    Omri Casspi is not going to Israel if he plays overseas during he lockout. Which is kind of surprising but talks with Maccabi Tel Aviv (where he would team up with Jordan Farmar) fell through over money and now the Cavalier’s forward looking around at other options. Like teaming up with Tony Parker in France,…

  13. Report: Turiaf breaks hand, likely out for Eurobasket

    Aug 18, 2011, 12:25 AM EDT

    Ronny Turiaf

    Just 24 hours ago, Ronny Turiaf was dancing on the court after Nicolas Batum was throwin’ it down. Now, it looks like he will not be able to play for France at EuroBasket. Turiaf broke his hand at the London Invitational — one of the tune-up tournaments for EuroBasket — and will be out for…

  14. Video: Nicolas Batum throws it down, Turiaf likes it

    Aug 17, 2011, 4:01 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Denver Nuggets

    All over Europe right now there are a bunch of tune-up games taking place as teams get ready for EuroBasket at the end of the month — the tournament that determines who from the continent is headed to the 2012 Olympics in London and who is watching on television. From that, we bring you this…

  15. Joakim Noah set to return to French national team

    Aug 2, 2011, 12:45 PM EDT

    Joakim Noah

    It’s not a real EuroBasket without Joakim Noah. Okay, it’s going on with or without him. Two spots in the London 2012 Olympics will be decided whether or not he plays. But the chances of the French landing one of those two spots (or one of the play-in spots in next summer’s pre-Olympic tournament) goes…

  16. Report: Noah will return to France, play in EuroBasket

    Jul 25, 2011, 8:48 AM EDT

    Joakim Noah

    Last week we told you how the doctors for the French national team took a look at Joakim Noah’s ankle and said, “why don’t you go home and get some treatment on that.” He is, but he’ll be back. The French are training for EuroBasket – the international tournament where Olympic bids for 2012 will…

  17. French team sends Noah back home for ankle rehab

    Jul 20, 2011, 9:02 PM EDT

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    With a couple weeks to go in the regular season, Joakim Noah sprained his ankle and missed a few games. He came back to play the final six and all the Bulls playoff games. But is ankle was never right, and the French team doctors didn’t like what they saw. So the French — who…

  18. France gets insurance so Parker, others to play in EuroBasket

    Jul 19, 2011, 10:09 PM EDT

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    France is going to have one very good team at FIBA’s EuroBasket, where the 2012 London Olympic qualifying takes place. And it’s all due to their ability to purchase insurance. Due to the NBA lockout guys with NBA contracts no longer have insurance when they play international competitions. If countries don’t get the insurance, key…

  19. Report: Pietrus to have knee surgery, will miss Eurobasket

    Jul 14, 2011, 3:49 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Phoenix Suns

    Mickael Pietrus, the Phoenix Suns swingman, will not be playing for the French national team this summer as they try to qualify for the London 2012 Olympics. Instead, he’s going to have surgery. First the French national team announced that Pietrus essentially did not pass his physical with the team. Then his agent contacts BasketUSA,…

  20. How the NBA lockout will impact Olympic qualifying

    Jul 1, 2011, 3:22 PM EDT

    Olympics Day 14 - Basketball

    London Olympics bid are on the line all over the globe this summer — at Eurobasket in Lithuania, at the Americas tournament in Argentina, plus events in Africa and other spots around the globe. And the NBA lockout could impact all of it. Among the things that went away with the NBA lockout was the…

  21. Hilton Armstrong to sign with French team for next season

    Jun 30, 2011, 4:37 PM EDT

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    This isn’t exactly the exodus of big name players to Europe because of the lockout we were all talking about, but we pass it along anyway. Hilton Armstrong has agreed to terms to play for ASVEL of the French league next season, according to Sportando. Armstrong played a limited role for the Wizards and Hawks…

  22. Tony Parker says he will play in native France if lockout lasts

    Apr 18, 2011, 9:45 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Atlanta Hawks

    There have been plenty of players saying they would consider playing in Europe if the NBA lockout that is coming this summer drags out into 2012. A lot of those you may not want to take seriously. The Spurs Tony Parker going back to play in his native France? That you should take seriously. Parker…

  23. Record 84 international players on NBA rosters this season

    Oct 26, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

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    Globalization has come to an NBA roster near you. The season opens this week with 84 players born outside the United States on NBA rosters, or about 20 percent. That is the highest number of international players ever in the NBA. There are 38 countries or territories represented on the list, and players are on…

  24. Rudy Gay dunking in slow motion

    Sep 6, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    I may be a few days late to this party, but this slow-mo video of a USA fast break against France with the powerful Rudy Gay flush is just fun to watch.

  25. FIBA World Championships Day 1: While the USA cruises, Spain loses

    Aug 28, 2010, 6:35 PM EDT

    You know the USA was hardly tested in a 106-78 win over Croatia, but the other FIBA World Championship favorite Spain lost its opener. What that means may not be all bad — if Lithuania wins that group (no sure thing yet, by any stretch) the USA and Spain could meet in the finals, not…

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