And now the ladies are getting into the act: Below runs the squad of Italy’s Liomatic Umbertide doing the dance craze that’s ubiquitous today, gone tomorrow. Or maybe not. Notable beyond the okay performance by the lionesses: Just check out the “description” field below this YouTube. “Recorded with Harlem Shake Creator HD for iPhone and iPad,” it reads. Good gods, there’s an app now?
Europe represents at FIBA 3×3 World Championship: Serbia, France take medals; Czech, Estonian wins skills contests (with lotsa highlight clips)
The FIBA 3×3 World Championship wrapped yesterday with championship games in the men’s, women’s and mixed categories – and European basketball fans will be pleased to note The Continent’s success in the young event. With 15 of the tournament’s 24 men’s and women’s sides and 11 of the 16 mixed teams from Europe, The Continent did well in establishing itself in the world-level event.
In the second running of the 3×3 men’s competition, Serbia first took out the USA in the quarterfinals before ultimately outlasting France for a 16-13 win in the championship game for the gold medal.
Congratulations go out from BallinEurope this evening to Team Australia, which took its fifth consecutive Olympic medal by topping Eurobasket Women 2011 winners Russia in the 3rd-place game tonight, 83-74. Already going in without six-time EuroBasket/Olympic medalist Maria Stepanova, Team Russia soon found itself shorthanded when starting center Natalia Vieru racked up three fouls in the game’s first three minutes.
Eurosport Turkey basketball commentator Uygar Karaca was naturally on hand in Istanbul for the FIBA Euroleague Women Final Four tournament. Today, BallinEurope posts his impressions on the competition and what the future may hold for the contenders.
After long, exhausting league play in Euroleague Women, the intense traffic of the Final Eight round has now ended. Who won it in İstanbul? The Spanish. But we already know that from the de facto semifinals: Ros Casares Valencia made it 3-for-3 with the win against Spartak Moscow Vidnoje while Rivas Ecopolis clinched first place in its group by beating both the Turkish powerhouses, first Galatasaray and second Fenerbahçe. Below runs a summary of some important highlights from the tournament.
In hopes of capitalizing on recent success in FIBA tournament play, the burgeoning women’s basketball program in Armenia may be able to add a pair of college ballers from the diaspora currently enjoying some success in the U.S. in the college ranks.
Kate Kevorken is playing her senior year with the University of Nevada, producing nicely for the Wolfpack after cracking the starting lineup in her second season with the program. The two guard bagged her first Western Athletic Conference player of the week award on December 19 thanks to a 25-point (including the game-winner), 11-rebound show against Oregon. Ten days later, “The Encyclopedia” broke her personal scoring mark with 27 points in a losing effort to Mississippi State.
Mark another player down as, shall we say, somewhat disillusioned with the European basketball experience … and this one’s coming from the ladies’ side.
Joanna Barnes, currently playing with the PAOK Women’s team, blew off some steam in that favorite 21st-century virtual venting arena, Twitter. Tweeted Barnes this morning:
Sunday bullets: NBA-flavored European action, USK Prague beats USA, Deron Williams generally trashed, more
Your lazy Sunday just got a little lazier. BallinEurope gives you another few good minutes of clock killing in rounding up some stories for your perusal. As the NBA lockout continues – and many reckon no blinking will be done by either side on Monday, therefore necessitating cancellation of the 2011-12 schedule’s first two weeks’ worth of games – there’s something of a NBA bent to some headline stories. Get some stuff on Deron Williams, Nicolas Batum, Jose Calderon and Kevin Seraphin below. And video clips!
• In his regular-season debut for SLUC Nancy, Nicolas Batum played all 40 minutes, scored 20 points and grabbed six rebounds in his team’s 76-70 victory over JDA Dijon. The Portland Trail Blazer’s first suiting-up for France’s Euroleague side went down last week for an exhibition match against Chalon/Saône.
A heads-up for those interested in good basketball writing (as well as a shameless plug for BallinEurope): Spain-based website Basketblog has just released the third issue of its bi-monthly online magazine of the same name.
Graced with a sweet cover (see the excellence at right), Revista Basketblog no. 3 features a recap of and commentary on all matters NBA, ACB, Euroleague, Euroleague Women, FIBA World Championship, FIBA Eurobasket Women and beyond on a fat 110 mostly text-filled pages. While most of the publication is Spanish-language only, interviews with basketball writers Emiliano Carchia of Sportando, Jeff Fox of HoopsManifesto, Steve Kyler of HoopsWorld, Ben Osborne of Slam and yours truly are presented in both English and Spanish – all in all, this is a bilingual basketball bonanza.
The entire issue of Revista Basketblog in PDF format may be downloaded here.
In advance of last weekend’s all-star game, the WNBA released its list of the 15 greatest players to ever play in the league. The official list runs as follows:
The most interesting basketball tournament happening in Europe before Eurobasket? Check out an event called EuroJam 2011 going down August 12-14 in Almere, Holland.
As what is slated to be the first in a series of Europe-based international tournaments, EuroJam will feature six men’s teams and two women’s teams to play over the three days of the event, which also promises an entire “Sport Experience” for fans and professionals.
Competing on the men’s side of the bracket will be national teams from Georgia, Israel and the Netherlands; this quartet will be joined by the Villanova University squad. The women’s “tournament” actually consists of two games pitting the Netherlands’ team against the Boston College Eagles.