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  1. Video: You can’t stop Brian Scalabrine… well, in Italy, anyway

    Oct 25, 2011, 1:39 PM EDT

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    Brian Scalabrine, wearing green and tearing it up. Just like…. yea, we’re not sure either. But this video (via Sportando) is just that — Scalabrine is playing for Benetton Treviso in the Italian league and tearing it up. I would swear I even saw him create his own shot in there somewhere. Say this for…

  2. Report: Kobe working on deal with entire Italian League to play for Virtus Bologna

    Oct 1, 2011, 5:12 PM EDT

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    It’s hard to buy into any talk of Kobe Bryant playing overseas after the debacle with Turkish team Besiktas. And just like with Besiktas, it’s team officials who are blabbing too much for Italian club Virtus Bologna, threatening to undermine their own chances of landing the five-time NBA champion. But according to Yahoo!, Kobe’s invested…

  3. Report: Kobe tells Italian team he wants $15 million

    Sep 27, 2011, 10:14 AM EDT

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    Virtus Bologna — much like Turkish side Besiktas — is making a very public run at signing Kobe Bryant. Sure, they’d like to get him, but if they don’t this is still great public relations (and Manu Ginobili could be the fall back). If they are going to get him they are going to have…

  4. Nuggets Danilo Gallinari to play in Italy during lockout

    Sep 20, 2011, 9:48 AM EDT

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    If you’re looking for a bright side Nuggets fans, at least he didn’t go to China like everyone else. And at least he has an out clause to return. Danilo Gallinari has signed to return to Olimpia Milano during the lockout, a story broken by the Italian publication La Gazzetta dello Sport, via Sportando. He…

  5. 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…

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

    Sep 1, 2011, 4:36 PM EDT

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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.…

  7. Stephenson apparently “Born Ready” for China or Italy

    Jul 22, 2011, 6:59 PM EDT

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    His game makes Lance “Born Ready” Stephenson an interesting prospect. His attitude almost had Danny Granger and Dahntay Jones going after him in the locker room. His arrest for domestic violence had the Pacers keeping him away from the team last summer. He played in just a dozen games for the Pacers last season. He’s…

  8. Malik Hairston's back keeps him off a European team

    Aug 30, 2010, 10:37 AM EDT

    Malik Hairston has gone from the San Antonio Spurs to unemployed because of his back problems. Just 23, Hairston was just let go Montepaschi Siena of the Italian league, according to HoopMarket. The disc problem in his back is slowing his movement, and if you can’t move you can’t play anywhere. He didn’t play well…

  9. Paul Pierce wants to play one year in Europe before he retires

    Aug 19, 2010, 3:01 PM EDT

    If you talk to Mychal Thompson — the former No. 1 overall pick who may be best known for being part of the back-to-back champion Showtime Lakers — he speaks glowingly about his time playing in Greece. A lot of players do, they like the overseas experience. Paul Pierce wants that experience and told Comcast…

  10. Travis Diener signs to play in Italy

    Aug 19, 2010, 10:50 AM EDT

    When it comes to vacation destinations, the Italian island of Sardinia blows Indianapolis out of the water. No offense intended, Indiana, it blows all but a handful of places in the United States out of the water. It is a stunningly beautiful place. So despite the fact that Indianapolis is a better basketball destination, it’s…

  11. Suns pick Dwayne Collins signs in Italy

    Aug 8, 2010, 8:53 PM EDT

    Mr. Irrelevant is going to Italy. Dwyane Collins was the last player selected in the NBA draft. No. 60. The Mr. Irrelevant position, which is exactly what Collins had tattooed onto his hand as a reminder. He’ll be getting that reminder in Italy next year, as he has signed to play Cimberio Varese for next…

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