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Dec
1

Podcast: Interviews Chuck Davis, Frank Robinson; also, how the Nazi Party influenced ESPN

Episode lucky number 13 in the “Taking the Charge” podcast series is now available online over at heinnews.

For this week, Mr. Hein and BallinEurope were graced with the presence of a pair of American ballers set to play in the 2012-13 Eurocup Last 16 round after wins for their respective teams last night: Chuck Davis of Banvit and Frank Robinson of Budivelnik Kiev (also this year’s home of those awesome Red Foxes).

Some truly candid and excellent insight into playing hoops through Europe – the two have played in a dozen countries combined – run throughout both talks. Davis may be most well-known among international basketball fans for his two tours with the unheralded, Cinderellaesque Team Azerbaijan. Check what Chuck has to say on the controversial subject of naturalized players in international play…

Robinson began his professional career after finishing with Cal State Fullerton in 2008 with Union Olimpija and has since moved around The Continent a bit with eyes always on the Euroleague prize. Robinson also contributes to the “Taking the Charge” cause with a couple of musical tracks that Jerel Blassingame and he freestyled together during their mutual time at Asseco Prokom.

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Jun
3

Besiktas 80, Anadolu Efes 76: The BallinEurope review of a triple-crown season

Besiktas introduces Deron Williams: It seems like so long ago...

Congratulations go out from BallinEurope to Beşiktaş Milangaz, who capped a fascinating whirlwind run last night with an 80-76 victory over Anadolu Efes in game six of the TBL championship series. The Black Eagles may add the trophy to their Turkish Cup and FIBA Eurochallenge title in 2011-12, certainly the most successful – and among the most bizarre – seasons the club has ever experienced.

Beşiktaş’ season, like any power in club hoops, began in the summer. All they did to top last year’s high-profile signing of the ultimately marginal Allen Iverson was ink Deron Williams, a franchise guard at his peak, to the biggest contract in European basketball with an NBA out-clause when the player lockout was to be settled.

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Oct
0

Eurocup Draw completed, groups announced

The EuroCup draw for groupings went down at 1pm CET today; below the break, BallinEurope runs the results of said draw. Information in parentheses indicates last year’s finish in domestic league play. So how’s your team’s group looking…?

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Apr
4

List of 2010-11 European Basketball Champions

With most leagues drawing to a close and playoffs beginning – not to mention champions already crowned in Albania, Cyprus, Denmark, Iceland, Ireland, Norway and a few regional leagues – BallinEurope returns its “List of European Basketball Champions.”

At present, only the above-listed domestic leagues have shut down for the summer; BiE supplies information on the current situation in the others’ regular seasons and/or playoffs. This list will be updated whenever possible.

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Mar
4

Top 100 teams in Europe: The Return

After a few weeks off, BallinEurope finally returns the Top 100 list for your perusal this week. With Euroleague ball on a break, not much has changed near the top of the table, though Olympiacos’ dominance in EΣAKE ball has again leapfrogged them over Real Madrid for the no. 2 spot on the BiE table as the defending Euroleague champion holds on as top dog.

Since FIBA has awarded Great Britain an automatic qualification for the 2012 Olympic Games, BiE won’t be symbolically awarding the no. 100 spot to the top team in the British Basketball League; so congratulations to BC Oostende in this edition. Without further ado, the following are the current rankings based on play in all leagues to date.

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Feb
1

Omer Önan: TBL second only to ACB

Team Turkey/Fenerbahçe Ülker guard Ömer Onan makes a few declarations in this morning’s Today’s Zaman, summing up well the current state of TBL and Turkish international ball.

“[ACB] aside,” opines Onan, “in Turkish basketball, we have long surpassed important European domestic leagues, including the Italian and Greek leagues. In these countries, only one or two teams are of a high quality and at a high level. We, on the other hand, have at least six or seven clubs that have invested greatly in basketball and have many star players.”

(For the record, the top seven teams in the TBL standings currently are Euroleague’s Fenerbahçe and Efes Pilsen Istanbul; Eurocup teams Banvit BK, Galatasaray Cafe Crown and Beşiktaş Cola Turka; Eurochallenge contenders Pinar Karsiyaka; and Olin Edirne.)

Onan goes on to state that “I believe Turkish basketball has advanced to a higher grade. We are getting more successful results both from our national team and our domestic teams. Efes Pilsen and Fenerbahçe Ülker must push for [Euroleague quarterfinals]. I believe in the coming years, both Efes and we will be making it to the final four on a regular basis.”

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Dec
0

Iverson’s 26 points for naught as Tofas blows out Beşiktaş Cola Turka, 94-72

Allen Iverson’s best performance since signing with Beşiktaş Cola Turka was all futile, as eleventh-placed Tofaş took a 33-13 first quarter lead and never looked back for the 94-72 victory.

Mr. Answer produced 26 points on 9-of-16 overall shooting plus in time-honored Iversonian fashion also took nine free throws, second highest in the game, plus dished out five assists and snagged three steals. (Video of A.I.’s highlights follows the break.) A.J. Ogilvy, who is playing on another level since the Iverson acquisition, contributed 18 points and eight rebounds.

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Dec
21

Beşiktaş Cola Turka 88, Olin Edirne 75; Iverson plays 38 minutes, scores 10

Three days after Allen Iverson sat out the fourth quarter for Beşiktaş Cola Turka against Asvel Basket and produced a few choice angry mutterings thereafter, Mr. Answer played nearly the entire game for Beşiktaş Cola Turka in last night’s 88-75 win at Olin Edirne.

Iverson’s shooting touch was still a off in playing just under 38 minutes, as A.I. went 3-of-10 in overall shooting for 10 points, but made up for it with five assists and a huge four steals. Coming up big for the Eagles was the bench: Serhat Cetin scored 23 points – many dished by Iverson – on crazy 9-of-10 shooting; Michal Ignerski contributed 17 to go with five rebounds; and Team Australia’s A.J. Ogilvy added a 12/6 and was credited for contributing to a defense that (finally) managed to win a fourth quarter. Beşiktaş’ usual starting point guard Mire Chatman took a DNP for the game.

Check out the videos below for a Turkish attempt to rattle Iverson, jeering whenever he touches the ball on offense.

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Oct
1

Eurocup 2010-11 teams announced: Greece, Italy, Turkey, Spain place three each

The list of teams that will make up the 2010-11 Eurocup regular seasons is all but complete – 93.75% complete, to be exact, with 30 of the 32 teams now set. The finish of the Eurocup Qualifying Round promoted eight more clubs into the regular season, leaving two more spots open, which will be determined by the final Euroleague qualifiers. BC Khimki holds a huge lead over Le Mans for the first spot, while Alba Berlin looks to dig its way out of a four-point deficit in hosting Spirou Basket on Sunday.

A total of 32 teams will play in the Eurocup regular season: The field is made up of 10 direct qualifiers, 14 from Euroleague qualifying rounds, and eight who earned their way in through Eurocup qualifiers.

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