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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…)

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.

Thanks for listening and talk to you next week!

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Dec
0

Tweets Matt Walsh: “Happy to be staying in Murcia!”

From the Gotta Love Twitter Department, news about the Liga Endesa’s UCAM Murcia. Tweeted Matt Walsh just past noon today: “Officially signing for another month with an option for rest of the season!!! Happy to be staying in Murcia!!

The well-traveled Walsh was apparently convinced to stay in Spain – the eighth country in which he’s played pro ball – fairly quickly; his initial contract was signed on November 22. In two games with Murcia, Walsh has scored 15 points and seven assists in 23 total minutes of playing time.

It says here the team will need any lift they can get from the veteran: At 3-7 in Liga Endesa play, Murcia is tied for 13th on the table and just one game up on current relegation-zone teams Lagun Aro GBC and Blancos Rueda Vallolid.

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Nov
1

Weekend roundup: Slovenia to withdraw? Jennings to return? NCAA unfair?

Myers learned about Eurostep, pubs, chicken sandwiches with Sheffield

Good morning! So without further ado, here’s a roundup of some recent stories relating the Europe, basketball, and European basketball.

• What is the Euro Step? It’s The Continent’s contribution to NBA basketball! Here’s a great story on how a European technique – Sarunas Marciulionis is credited with its introduction to American hoops – has been adopted by the likes of Dwyane Wade, Rajon Rondo and John Wall.

• As though the prospect of an NBA lockout in 2011 weren’t bad enough, is the 2013 Eurobasket tournament itself now in danger as well? According to the Associated Press:

“The cash-strapped Slovenian government has delayed a decision on whether to support the country’s bid to host the 2013 European basketball championship.

“The government is expected to pay governing body FIBA €6.5 million for the hosting rights.

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May
3

Euroleague Final Four head-to-head matchups: CSKA Moscow vs. FC Barcelona

With the Euroleague Final Four mere days away, the giddiness increases at the prospect of figuring that, yes, without hyperbole, basketball fans could well be getting a complete slate of four classic games. While FC Barcelona and Olympiacos are the heavy favorites (and, ahem, BallinEurope.com’s teams predicted to make the finals at the beginning of the 2009-10 Euroleague season), the prospective top dogs will have no easy way with it.

Case in point: Barcelona. While the Blaugrana continue to look unstoppable, coming off the decisive best-of-five Euroleague series win over Real Madrid and a historic 73-54 blowout perpetrated at Murcia in ACB play, CSKA Moscow is precisely the team they don’t want to face: The Red Army certainly has the potential to give the Barça frontcourt fits, in particular.

BiE’s informal area-by-area briefing on the first Euroleague Final Four game – together with patented BallinEurope Fearless Prediction, naturally – goes something like this.

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Apr
0

Three games remain; records will fall in Spain

Ahearn: He came, he shot free throws, he left

With three games left to play in what has been another truly great ACB season, some folks are thumbing through the league record books to see which bits of 2009-10 might be immortalized in statistics when it’s over.

Over at the league’s official website, Daniel Barranquero takes a long look – no, a loooooooooooong look – at the facts, figures and numbers of 2009-10 ACB play. Some of the stats to watch for as Spanish baloncesto closes the season are listed below the break.

(Serious number junkies, Hispanophones, ACB fans/historians and all those into the general statistical voodoo should read the entire article packed with 50 figures to put things in numerical perspective — some really outstanding work by Sr. Barranquero.)

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Apr
0

Voting now open for ACB “Jugador Revelación” of 2009-10

¡Now here’s an election BallinEurope can get into! (Hey, i’m living in Hungary; what can i say?)

Over at the league official website, voting is now open for the ACB’s El Jugador Revelación. It’s kinda like the NBA Rookie of the Year award, but it should be noted, that few of the six candidates up for the honor are truly “rookies” in any real sense and most are merely enjoying their first campaign in Spain’s top league.

The envelope, please. The nominees for El Jugador Revelación for the 2009-10 ACB season are…

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Feb
0

Desperate Dijon replaces replacement’s replacement with Milosevic

Well, things can scarcely get worse for JDA Dijon, and so the debut of Stevan Milosevic for tonight’s game against Ligue Nationale de Basket’s current no. 2 Cholet (14-5) must be looked at with much optimism by the club’s fans.

The 24-year-old 2.11-meter tall center comes to France from Partizan Belgrade, where the youngster scarcely played in bits of three Top 16 round games, averaging under seven minutes a game in Euroleague play for the black-and-white.

Milosevic arrives in Dijon as the club currently sits at the bottom of the LNB table at a pitiful 4-15; the club has been a bit of a revolving door in 2009-10 and relegation appears a grave danger if not utterly imminent. Milosevic will serve as replacement for Roger Powell. Powell, formerly of the Utah Jazz, CB Murcia and Hapoel Jerusalem, joined Dijon on February 4 before going down to injury in his second game with the club.

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Jan
3

Zalgiris owner: Yes to Delas and Čapin, no to Massey

Super Mario jumping to Zalgiris?

Will Super Mario jump to Zalgiris?

Could CB Murcia just have received help from a surprising source? Zalgiris Kaunas owner Vladimir Romanov has publicly denied that his team will sign Jeremiah Massey and instead is pursuing a longer-term development plan.

This is good news for Murcia fans, as the team has not yet signed the American big man despite the club’s announced intention to do so ASAP, emphasizing Zalgiris interest as a reason for haste in putting together a deal for Massey.

Explaining that this year’s results show Zalgiris’ young point guards are not quite ready to compete at the Euroleague level, an issue that Ramunas Butautas wants addressed, Romanov stated that he is not willing to make the simple short-term solution Massey might provide.

Meanwhile, Zalgiris officials reportedly met with Aleksander Čapin on Monday and these parties are ready to ink a two-year deal. The real catch for Romanov and the Lithuanians at this point, however, would be their true object of desire, namely young Croatian stud Mario Delas. The team is said to be in negotiation with Delas currently.

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Jan
28

It’s CB Murcia vs. Zalgiris Kaunas for Jeremiah Massey

Spanish-language website Cope.es is today reporting that CB Murcia officials will be pulling out all stops in order to sign US citizen/Team Macedonia big man Jeremiah Massey, who was released from his contracted with Real Madrid after spending much of the season off the Spanish team’s roster altogether.

One of the factors for Murcia not having already signed the Euroleague’s “Most Spectacular Player” for 2007 is apparently an enticing offer from Zalgiris Kaunas. Zalgiris has been rumored to be coveting Massey since at least week and/or the recent injury to Travis Watson. Murcia GM Paco Guillem has promised to officially welcome Massey to his team “within hours” of the reportage today.

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Jun
23

ACB remains leader in attendance

UPDATE (16/6/2008): BallinEurope checked the attendance figures of the different European leagues and has compiled some stats based on the averages. We didn’t see any big surprises, as Spanish ACB still tops the list.

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