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Sans D-Will, Beşiktaş wins at Armia anyway, clinches Eurochallenge Group B first place

Deron who?

Okay, so BallinEurope wouldn’t go that far; after all, we’re talking about a player of retired-jersey status here. Regardless, Beşiktaş Milangaz began the post-Deron Williams Era with a 77-75 win at Armia in FIBA Eurochallenge play, thanks to a David Hawkins jumper in the waning seconds…

Official FIBA writeup follows.

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Highlights: Deron Williams in “all-star mode,” goes for 31 points in Eurochallenge win; Besiktas now 7-0

France-based Basket Europe has a brief writeup (and video highlights — but so does BallinEurope; see below the break) on locked out New Jersey Net Deron Williams’ latest success here on the Continent, describing D-Will as “en mode All Star.”

Beşiktaş Milangaz cruised past Armia in game two of FIBA Eurochallenge play as Williams was good for 31 points, including 5-of-9 shooting on threes, and six assists in the 103-82 win. Nets fans might also note that their theoretical player Sundiata Gaines turned in a nice eight-assist, three-steal performance for Armia.

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Live blogging EuroBasket 2011: Finland vs. Georgia

So this writer isn’t live in Vilnius for today’s surprisingly (somewhat) crucial game in the 2011 FIBA EuroBasket second round between Finland and Georgia, but hey, why should that stop more BallinEurope live blogging? Tuned into the IPTV, BiE is ready to report on the contest … the key point of this matchup? The loser is eliminated and pretty much guaranteed to land dead last in the Group F standings.

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Zaza Pachulia, Beşiktaş Cola Turka “couldn’t agree on terms”

Hmmm, it appears that Beşiktaş Cola Turka’s 2011-12 squad won’t quite be so dream-teamy after all; Deron Williams’ new side will apparently not open the season with Zaza Pachulia on the floor.

Pachulia wrote thusly on Twitter last night: “There was lot of talking me going to play for Beşiktaş during lockout. We couldn’t agree on the terms and I’m not going to play for them.”

BiE now wonders about the veracity and feasibility of the ever-increasing rumors regarding Beşiktaş’ offer to Kobe Bryant; some news sources are currently reporting that an August date has been set for Bryant to meet with team officials. We’ll see.

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Jeremy Pargo to play for Team Georgia? Nah.

Reports of Jeremy Pargo’s impending Georgian citizenship have been greatly exaggerated, it seems.

Earlier this week, English-language reported that the Georgian Basketball Federation is willing to offer All-Euroleague nominee Jeremy Pargo a passport.

To wit: “Reports says that the Georgian federation are considering naturalizing Pargo so [that] he will play for Georgia in Eurobasket 2011 in Lithuania.” The thinking, at least on Eurobasket writer Nikloz Arveladze’s part, was that the national team would drop Gran Canaria’s Taurean Green – already a Georgian citizen – from the proscribed naturalized player spot and substitute Pargo.

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Zaza Pachulia teaches you the meaning of “swag”

Innovative English-language student tutorial website English, baby! has added another European baller to its stable of celebrity guest teachers as Zaza Pachulia of the Atlanta Hawks educates on a couple of key contemporary terms vis-à-vis fashion sense. Reads press material, “The 7-foot Georgian recently invited English, baby! to his hotel room in Portland to go over his outfit for that night’s game and teach some fashion slang.”

In any case, Pachulia answers a couple minutes’ worth of questions about his natty attire for English, baby!, most importantly defining the verb “to sport.” Viewers may also enjoy some of Zaza’s philosophy on sartorial matters, such as the importance of wearing jeans (but only classy jeans) that are a bit higher up than normal. You know, so everyone can see the socks. Get schooled by Pachulia here.

For a bonus lesson at the same virtual ESL school, see Pachulia below explaining the all-important slang term “swag.”

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Musli, Shermadini say no to 2010 NBA Draft

This just in (Okay, about five hours ago): According to the always excellent Draft Express, at least two high-profile young European players will *not* be entering their names into the NBA’s 2010 draft pool. Tweeted one of the Expressers:

Serbian Dejan Musli & Georgian Giorgi Shermadini will not be entering their names in the 2010 NBA draft, their respective agents inform us.

Musli most recently appeared in the Nike Hoop Summit in Portland, but has been playing for various Teams Serbia on the international scene for a while.

After playing in the 2008 and 2009 Nike International Junior Tournaments (the latter culminating in his 31-point performance for LMP Belgrade in their championship game win over Lietuvos Rytas; see below video), Musli impressed at last summer’s FIBA U18 European Championship Men: His play there earned his a first-team All-Tournament team and in turn was parlayed into a nomination for FIBA’s first “Champion U18 All-Star Game” later in 2009. Continue Reading…