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Sep
1

Podcast: Tony Parker! Ricky Rubio! New BiE editor!

Taking the Charge podcast seriesEpisode #54 (alternatively “Volume II, Episode 2”) of the BallinEurope/heinnews co-produced “Taking the Charge” podcast series is now available online or via iTunes.

But enough with the pleasantries. Let’s get right to the headliners. From the post-games of last week’s Eurobasket 2013 final matches come words from perhaps the biggest names we’ve ever had on the show. First up is 15 minutes’ worth of post-game press conference from the peerless Tony Parker along with Team France coach Vincent Collet in the afterglow of Les Bleus’ triumphant gold-medal win over Lithuania.

Following this is the positively gregarious Ricky “The Human YouTube Highlight Clip” Rubio after Team Spain’s bronze-medal win; in the post-game, hard-working David Hein gets La Pistola to weigh in quickly on his national team’s future as well as the importance of Nikola Pekovic.

But that’s not all: new BallinEurope editor-in-chief Emmet Walsh has introduced himself at length online but gets audio room in which to stretch his wings when he guests on this edition of Taking the Charge. Emmet tells us about his motivations for running BallinEurope.com and his love of the European game before he and Hein face off in a “Fact or Fiction”-like round of Q&A regarding some thematic motifs. What does Emmet think about, say, Olympiacos’ chances for a Euroleague three-peat? Tune in to find out…

Finally, the sports movie review of the week is a documentary set in the world of Emmet’s other sports love, that utterly unique game called Gaelic Football. This Irish national television production is called “Jimmy’s Winnin’ Matches” and is one fantastic look at how important a coach/trainer/manager – in any sport, really – can be.

Check out the entire podcast here or to subscribe from this episode ad infinitum, enter http://heinnews.com/feed/taking-the-charge/ into iTunes or any podcast aggregator.

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Aug
14

Podcast: Interviewing ESPN’s Fran Fraschilla on European prospects, college hoops

Episode #46 of the BallinEurope/heinnews co-produced “Taking the Charge” podcast series is now available online or via iTunes.

We’re very pleased to have guesting on the show this week none other than former University of New Mexico Lobos head coach/current ESPN college basketball analyst and commentator/fantastic tweeter Fran Fraschilla. Since Fraschilla was in attendance at the recent FIBA U19 World Championship tournament, we gladly pick the man’s brains for his takes on Dante Exum of Australia; Sebastian Saiz, incoming freshman at Ole Miss; Nick Duncan of Team Australia and Boise State University; exciting Serbian point guard Vasilije Micic; and most of *that* Team USA side.

Just as naturally, BiE couldn’t resist getting the dish on Elias Harris’ prospects with the Los Angeles Lakers (a deal which Fraschilla recently tweet-praised), UNM’s chances in the 2013-14 season, and why he got out (and stayed out) of the coaching game back in ’02.

Hein and BiE were also able to yuk it up in our sports movie review of the week, because we checked out a true classic in sportsworld-side satire from the minds of those South Parkers, Trey Parker and Matt Stone – that’s right, we’re talking Baseketball!

Dude.

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Jul
2

Podcast: Talking international hoops with GB U20s coach Douglas Leichner, SellOutXBoy

Taking the Charge podcast seriesEpisode #45 of the BallinEurope/heinnews co-produced “Taking the Charge” podcast series is now available online or via iTunes.

This week we’re talking (mostly) international competitions, though Hein does get off a good rant (well, as ranty as the guy gets) on FC Bayern Munich’s apparent moves to sop up all available talent from the BBL, while BallinEurope is in shock and awe over FC Barcelona’s acquisition of Bostjan Nachbar – seriously, just look at this roster.

*Then* we’re on to international competitions. First up in guesting to the show is the tweeter known as SellOutXBoy to explain just what in the name of Naismith is going on with the Russian national program in the wake of the shock firing/quitting/dismissal of national team head coach Fotis Katsikaris as well as the departure of federation president Alexander Krasnenkov. Believe it or not, it’s political. And possibly bleak.

Also joining us is Douglas Leichner, head coach of the U20s Team Britain; Leichner’s young charges ended up taking second place on the podium in the Division B side of the U20 European Championship and thus will move up to the top level for next year. Among other topics, Leichner touches upon Britain’s own Golden Generation of players…

Finally, there’s the sports movie review of the week. Check out the clip below, sort of a teaser-trailer for Mystic Ball, a 2006 documentary about Greg Hamilton of Canada and his attempts to learn the national pastime of Myanmar, Chinlone. In short the game can be described as a ball sport with only one team on the playing field at one time – and with no scorekeeping.

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Jul
1

From the free-for-all: Last week’s top five Euroleague acquisitions (plus one from the NBA)

Has it really been almost two months since the Euroleague Final Four? And when did the seasons in Spain, Greece, Italy and the NBA finish up? Time gets exceedingly relative and outright bendy once offseason transactioneering begins as memories of the previous year are quickly disposed for a look to the next and the money starts flying around.

Last week was a particularly noteworthy, headline-making span, particularly over here in Europe and especially if you’re interested in any player not named Dwight Howard. Here are BallinEurope’s five favorite moves of the previous seven days. (Is it wrong to say BiE already can’t wait for October?)

• Adam Hanga to Laboral Kutxa Baskonia. The career arc of the player destined to become Hungary’s all-time greatest continues: After developing in the Hungarian league followed by two seasons with Manresa of Liga Endesa, Hanga is set to make his Euroleague debut at age 24½ with Baskonia – and seems certain to surprise those not in-the-know with his across-the-board contributions; while Hanga will be having some minor surgery this week, he expects to miss no regular-season games. The four-year contract with Baskonia may yet keep Hanga here in Europe and out of San Antonio for a bit longer, which can be construed as good news (certainly for Continental ball followers) or bad (for the NBA supremacists).

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Jun
0

Podcast: Featuring Team India coach Scott Flemming on FIBA rule changes, upcoming Asia tournament and “India’s Yao Ming” Satnam Singh Bhamara

Taking the Charge podcast seriesEpisode #41 of the BallinEurope/heinnews co-produced weekly podcast Taking the Charge is now online and available for download via iTunes.

With little left say for club basketball in the 2012-13 season except offer sympathy for the San Antonio Spurs and possibly Maccabi Tel Aviv, the emphasis this week is on India – just in case you were doubting they even played the game on The Subcontinent and because what the heck.

Guesting on the program this week is Team India head coach Scott Flemming, who’s over there building up a program from the ground up. Flemming talks to us about myriad issues in what he has often described as “develop[ing] basketball at a grassroots level in the country,” including the importance of Twitter and tea breaks, forming a proper domestic national league, competing in the upcoming FIBA Asia Championship tournament, the recent FIBA rule changes and of course the guy billed as the “Yao Ming of India,” 7’0”, 300-pound (2.13m, 136.5kg) wunderkind Satnam Singh Bhamara.

And since it’s India we’re talking, the sports movie review of the week is all about that Bollywood gem Lagaan, a 2001 epic centered on late-19th century colonial India – and a crucial cricket match between villagers and British heavies. As one-half Bollywood musical, one-half historical drama, one-half cricket flick, this is one traditionally-styled Indian movie the sports fan must see.

Check out the entire podcast here or to subscribe from this episode ad infinitum, enter http://heinnews.com/feed/taking-the-charge/ into iTunes or any podcast aggregator.

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Jun
0

Podcast: Interview with Team Poland/Lietuvos Rytas coach Dirk Bauermann

Taking the Charge podcast series Episode #39 of the weekly “Taking the Charge” podcast series is now available online.

Co-host David Hein and BiE have kept this one mercifully (relatively) short. Recorded directly after game three of the San Antonio Spurs-Miami Heat NBA championship – not to mention directly thereafter game two of the Liga Endesa finals, game two of the Greek League finals and game one of Italy’s Serie A championship series – we do touch upon some happenings in these, but at center…

…is an interview with Dirk Bauermann, former head coach of Team Germany and Bayern Munich and currently with Team Poland and Lietuvos Rytas. Bauermann talks to us about his hopes for his new charges in Eurobasket 2013 (unfortunately seemingly without Marcin Gortat), what to expect from L. Rytas next season and, naturally, on earning his keep in the great basketball state of Lithuania.

As for the sports movie of the week film review, we check out probably the greatest baseball movie you’ve never heard of, namely The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings.

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Jun
1

NetScouts to host Elite Skills and Exposure Camp; early registration rates through June

NetScouts logoAttention, European youth players: BallinEurope’s compadres over at NetScouts Basketball have announced their hosting for their Elite Skills and Exposure Camp in Prague for boys and girls aged 12-19 years old. The event runs August 7-10; participation includes a skills evaluation with top players joining the NetScouts Basketball International Recruiting Service for promotion to prep schools and college in the US.

NetScouts and the partnering Get Better Academy bring an impressive list of coaches and scouts for the camp; as of this writing, the list features former Union Olimpija youth head coach Luka Bassin; former CSU/Santa Clara women’s head coach Chris Denker; Get Better Academy skill development trainer Julian Betko (whose past clientele has included Danny Granger, Mario Chalmers, Jarret Jack and Carl Landry among others); and NetScouts’ own Carl Berman.

Through June 30, registration for the event is €160 for Czech Republic players and €260 for those from outside the country. From July 1, prices go to €200 and €300 for Czech and non-Czech players respectively. Prices include all lodging and meal expenses, and participation is limited to 80.

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May
1

Podcast: Interview with Team Spain U19s head coach Luis Guil; review of The Last Boy Scout; gobs of basketball talk

Taking the Charge podcast seriesEpisode #36 of the weekly “Taking the Charge” podcast series is now available online and, if you think the end of the Euroleague season means a paucity of subjects to discuss, well, you don’t know BallinEurope and heinnews once we get started…

At center is an interview with current Team Spain U19s/former Murcia head coach Luis Guil. Guil, who’s tutored the likes of Ricky Rubio, Sergio Rodriguez, Victor Claver, Sergio Llull, Carlos Saurez, Xavier Rabaseda and Alex Abrines among others, tells us about his highs and lows coaching youth hoops plus what he sees as a big Spanish export market for coaches worldwide.

Beyond this, any number of basketball-centric topics are on the radar, including the NBA Draft lottery; those awesome San Antonio Spurs; an incipient player strike in Spain; VTB United League, German Bundesliga and TBL playoffs; and, inevitably, upcoming FIBA tournaments.

And from the We Watch These Things So You Don’t Have To Department is our sports movie review of the week. This time, it’s the distinctly non-epic Bruce Willis flick of 1991, a.k.a. the year American professional football died, The Last Boy Scout. (See below for the wonderfully over-the-top loopy opening scene and ignore the rest. It’s for the best, really…)

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May
2

Poll: Who should be the 2013 Euroleague Coach of the Year?

BallinEurope weighed in on the question of Euroleague Coach of the Year for 2012-13 earlier, so now it’s your turn: Who do you like for the honor? (This poll will remain open for a day after the championship game, should your decision hinge on the outcome…)

Who is the 2012-13 Euroleague Coach of the Year?

  • Georgios Bartzokas, Olympiacos (69%, 36 Votes)
  • Argiris Pedoulakis, Panathinaikos (13%, 7 Votes)
  • other (10%, 5 Votes)
  • Zan Tabak, Baskonia (8%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 52

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Did/will the outcome of the Olympiacos-Real Madrid game affect your vote?

  • No (45%, 18 Votes)
  • Yes, somewhat (35%, 14 Votes)
  • Yes, definitely (20%, 8 Votes)

Total Voters: 40

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May
2

Considering BallinEurope’s (imaginary) ballot for Euroleague Coach of the Year

BallinEurope doesn’t actually get to vote for Euroleague Coach of the Year, but we can still pretend. And in BiE’s opinion, the question of who should get the honor comes down to three, interestingly enough each in his first season with his current club.

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