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Jun
1

Euroleague American Tour 2013: CSKA Moscow scheduled for Minnesota, San Antonio visits

euroleague-basketball-nba logosThe Red Army is coming to the US as part of the always fun and interesting Euroleague American Tour 2013: Euroleague and NBA officials today announced that in October, CSKA Moscow’ll be taking on a couple of teams with nice Continental/ international ties in the Minnesota Timberwolves and San Antonio Spurs. No word yet on whether a second Euroleague side might also be making the trip, as is customary on the ‘Tour, but the schedule for NBA team appearances in Europe is set.

Official press release on CSKA Moscow in the Euroleague American Tour 2013 and the schedule for the NBA Global Games follows.

(Euroleague) – Euroleague Basketball and the NBA today announced that CSKA Moscow will make its third trip to North America in the past five seasons this October when the team headlines the Euroleague American Tour 2013. The Russian champion and 2013 Turkish Airlines Euroleague semifinalist will play games in the U.S. against the 2013 Western Conference Champion San Antonio Spurs and Minnesota Timberwolves.

On October 7, CSKA will travel to Minneapolis to play against the Minnesota Timberwolves, whose 2012-13 roster included former CSKA star and Euroleague MVP Andrei Kirilenko, former CSKA player Alexey Shved, as along with former Euroleague champions Nikola Pekovic and Ricky Rubio. On October 9, CSKA will visit San Antonio to face the Spurs, whose 2012-13 squad included another former Euroleague champion, Manu Ginobili, and three-time All-Euroleague selection Tiago Splitter among six Euroleague alumni.

This will be the third trip for CSKA Moscow to the United States and Canada to play preseason games. In 2008, the team Russian powerhouse played against the Orlando Magic and the Toronto Raptors.

In 2010, CSKA crossed the pond again to played games against the Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder and the Cleveland Cavaliers. CSKA’s victory in Cleveland made it the first European team to have ever beaten an NBA team on United States soil.

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May
0

Euroleague Final Four: 30 hours to tipoff

Is there poetry in an empty basketball court? BallinEurope doesn’t know about that, but here in London, the O2 Arena at least has Le Freak. (C’est chic!) Thirty hours and counting ‘til tipoff…

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Jan
14

Oldboy in London: New York Knicks superfan Spike Lee checks out O2, tweets with fans, disses Brooklyn Nets

Spike LeeUnfortunately criminally underrated in the greater popular consciousness as a film director (to wit: why are films like Clockers, The 25th Hour, Summer of Sam more well-remembered and -respected?), Spike Lee nevertheless enjoys tremendous notoriety as the world’s biggest, most visible New York Knicks fan – and as a fantastic Tweeter as well.

Spike will naturally be sitting courtside for the Knicks’ game against the Detroit Pistons in London’s O2 Arena tonight to support “Africa’s team” (He just said that). And this morning UK time, the director paid heed to the Knickerbocker nation and his own fans by taking to Twitter; BallinEurope today rounds up Spike’s mass media and social media foray…

The verdict on London in general after the first 24 hours or so? Tweeteth the Spike: “London is HIP.” A few more immediate impressions may be seen below, as Spike got plenty of facetime before international media.

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Aug
1

Hoop Doctors’ house call: The top 10 game-winners of 2011-12 (plus bonus multilingual clip)

This one goes out by request; BallinEurope buddies the Hoop Doctors have put together their clip of the Top 10 Game-Winning Shots for the 2011-12 season.

European basketball fans will note Team England’s Luol Deng at no. 10 and incoming Anadolu Efes guard Jordan Farmar figuring in at no. 9, but clearly this one should be labeled “game-winners of the 2011-12 *NBA* season”; BiE rectifies the oversight by placing The Continent’s top example – in six languages, no less – below the Doctors’. And for more from last season on this side of the Atlantic, BiE’s playlist can be found here.

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Mar
0

British Basketball League wrap: Mike Tuck’s huge 33/14 for Sharks; Eagles win two, Rocks lose two

It’s time for another look back at the weekend’s action in the British Basketball League and our guy to do so at BallinEurope is Sam Chadwick … so take it away, Sam!

This past weekend, March 9-11, saw a total of nine BBL Championship games take place starting with two title favourites, the Newcastle Eagles and the Leicester Riders going head to head at Sports Central. Strangely both of Friday night’s games finished with the exact same score!

In the Sharks’ game against the Mersey Tigers, Mike Tuck came up big, contributing a massive line-of-the-night double-double in their 99-82 win of 33 points, 14 rebounds, four assists, one block and a steal. Jimmy Langhurst also had a big game finishing with 32 points, four rebounds and two assists as Ryan Patton chipped in eight points and dished out eight assists while thieving a pair of steals. For the Tigers, Sam Cricelli had a solid 29-point, 11-rebound outing on 14-of-21 shooting, including 1-of-1 from three; he also grabbed two steals and a block. Myles Hesson finished with 16 points, five rebounds and a steal while Antonio Bustamante had another solid game, contributing 23 points, five assists and two steals. This week, the Sharks shot an impressive 66.7% (10-of-15) from behind the arc while the Tigers shot just 25%.

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Mar
3

British Basketball League wrap: Ayron Hardy notches monster triple-double; Plymouth Raiders roll on; three-point problems throughout the BBL?

Back from the disabled list is BallinEurope’s man in the UK, Sam Chadwick. To celebrate his recovery, Sam contributes his again-soon-to-be regular wrap of recent events in British basketball…

First off, I would like to explain my absence for all you die-hard BBL wrap-up readers. I have been unable to submit articles this past few weeks but have now regained use of my hand and am happy to write to my heart’s content; I am back and weekly reports will likely return to normal. This past weekend of March 2-4 saw a total of eight BBL Championship games take place over the weekend starting with the league-leading Newcastle Eagles taking on title-contending Plymouth Raiders.

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Jan
0

Charles Smith goes for 39 as Newcastle takes BBL Cup; Nathan Schall wins dunk contest

BallinEurope’s man in the UK, Sam Chadwick, reports on last week’s British Basketball League Cup along with the concomitant traditional festivities. Read on like Newcastle rolled on…

This past weekend saw one of the many highlights on the BBL Calendar, when the BBL Cup Final took place at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham. That game featured two of the league’s top teams when the first-place Newcastle Eagles (11-1) and the no. 5 Plymouth Raiders (6-2) went head to head.

The game started with Charles Smith dominating the game, going off for 21 points in the first quarter alone and on track to set a new BBL Cup points record (more on this later). Smith had 13 points within the first seven minutes and showed no signs of letting up. Charles and his 21 points outscored the Raiders 21-20 and the Eagles took a 15-point lead.

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Jan
1

British Basketball League: BBL Cup preview, weekly roundup

One of Europe’s first national tournament champions of 2012 will be crowned on Sunday in England as Birmingham hosts the British Basketball League Cup Final featuring the table-topping Newcastle Eagles (11-1) against the Plymouth Raiders (6-2). Included in the festivities will be the 2012 BBL dunk contest and the “BBL Babes Cheerleaders,” of whose identity BiE’s not exactly sure, but who’s second-guessing?

Below runs everything you’ll want to know about the BBL Cup, including the match preview courtesy BBLFans.co.uk, weekly roundup by BallinEurope man in the UK Sam Chadwick, and naturally YouTubes. Jolly good!

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Dec
0

British Basketball League wrap: Wolves beat Eagles with 43-point fourth Q, now top table

There’s a new leader in the BBL after last weekend’s action, as the Worcester Wolves got to celebrate Christmas early in defeating the Newcastle Eagles. BallinEurope’s Sam Chadwick runs down his list to separate the naughty from the nice over this past weekend below…

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Nov
0

British Basketball League wrap: Riders go 2-0; Capers debuts well; Green goes for 35 in loss

Time again for the weekly dispatch from England from BallinEurope’s man in the Things in the UK, Sam Chadwick. (Apologies for day-lateness; purely BiE’s problem with time management.) Seven BBL Championship games went down and Chadwick wraps ’em up for us. For all things BBL, read more below the break!

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