Nov
2

New Steph Curry, Marc Jackson ESPN promo has — hey, are they ragging on Turkey?

Seriously, is the Golden State Warriors pair disrespecting the TBL in this ESPN promo ad…? Deron Williams played there, you know…

Shout out to heinnews for the tip.

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Jul
3

The Amazing Spiderman: He got game

This one’s semi-viral, so you may have seen it already. If not, do check out the Amazing Spiderman (Who is this mysterious webslinger, anyway?) playing some serious one-on-one streetball. Let’s see Bruce Wayne do this…

Shout out to heinnews for the tip!

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Jun
0

Indoctrinating the youth into basketball fandom: Boston Celtics backer shows how it’s done

This one is billed over at the fantastic Live Leak as a “parenting funny fail”, but this father of three sees absolutely no problem here. Well, excepting that the daddy in question appears to be a Boston Celtics fan…

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Jun
0

Adidas Eurocamp: Edgaras Ulanovas demonstrates effortless 70-foot shot

As one of the world’s most prestigious protracted workouts for youth ballers, the Adidas Eurocamp will certainly produce innumerable highlight clips at which to gawk in the leadup to the NBA Draft (not to mention Europe’s 2013-14 seasons) … but BallinEurope may already have a favorite.

Courtesy Hoops Fix, here’s Edgaras Ulanovas of Lithuania showing how to flick in a three-pointer … from about three-quarters the length of the court – if a half-second too late to count.

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May
0

Fans of Italian club Brescia create ultimate in free-throw distraction tactics

Attempting to distract the free-throw shooter into missing the gimme has been proven ineffective perhaps millions of times since Dr. Naismith set down the rules – though this showing put forth by Legadue’s Basket Brescia Leonessa fans could well be the finest effort with the stratagem to date … ah, Italy!

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May
1

Vassilis Spanoulis’ Euroleague interview, photo: What’s the message?

Is Vassilis Spanoulis throwing down a gauntlet? As the Euroleague official website leads its interview with The Captain by describing him as having “taken his place among the all-time greats of basketball by leading Olympiacos Piraeus to just the second Euroleague repeat title in the last two decades,” the below picture appears on the site’s front page.

Given that Olympiacos’ trophy was taken in Britain, does anyone else sense a subliminal message here, perhaps to the rest of the ‘League…?

(Vassilis Spanoulis image courtesy Euroleague)

The entire interview with Spanoulis may be found here.

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May
0

Quote of Euroleague Final Four tournament: “I think I did a great job of being Sonny Weems this season”

The eminently quotable Sonny Weems was in fine form before his club’s matchup with Olympiacos in Euroleague Final Four play. See below for his talk with media members in which he downplays the revenge factor going into tonight’s game (of course, Sonny was not one of the half-dozen players who ended up on the wrong side of the big league’s biggest championship upset ever) and speaks of the difference between playing for CSKA Moscow and Žalgiris Kaunas.

And finally, for those who assume that any player worth his salt would automatically eschew European basketball for the NBA, watch to the end for a hint on Weems’ future with the Red Army. (Hint: CSKA fans should be stoked indeed…)

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Apr
4

*Can* white men jump? Ratiopharm Ulm takes respite from Bundesliga race to test age-old axiom

Gunther: Can he or can't he?

Gunther: Can he or can’t he?

BallinEurope’s not exactly sure whose inspiration the below-embedded clip starring three Ratiopharm Ulm studs was or why Per Günther agreed to serve as guinea pig to test the classic punchline/sound bite of basketball subculture, namely “white men can’t jump.” (Or if you prefer, “Weiße Jungs bringens nicht” for appropriate local flavor. Completely irrelevant side note: In Hungarian, the Harrelson/Snipes/Rosie Perez epic is entitled “Zsákolj, ha tudsz!” or literally “Dunk if you can!”)

“Du willst Per Günther dunken sehen?” (or “Will you/we see Per Günther dunk?”) is a 68-second clip featuring Allan Ray and Pooh Jeter bringing the trash talk and the 185cm (6’1”) point guard’s strong willingness to jam.

Poor Per. And yet there’s a method to the seeming madness of this method. The club has announced that, should the Ratiopharm Ulm Facebook page receive 20,000 fans (could they mean “likes”?), Herr Günther promises to successfully dunk it through. Though perhaps he should recall what happened directly after ol’ Billy Hoyle pulled off the slam in a guaranteed victory…

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Apr
2

The one Euroleague bracket guaranteed to be 100% correct

Yesterday, Sannti (a.k.a. Savas Birdal) basically won Twitter and the entire internet yesterday by posting the one Euroleague bracket guaranteed to be 100% correct – not to mention encapsulating in a single image at least one team’s entire 2012-13 season. Click here to experience the genius.

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Apr
2

Tweet of the Week: What Goran Dragic learned from Shaquille “The Big Philosopher” O’Neal

Goran Dragic only appeared in 55 games with Shaquille O’Neal in the 2008-09 season, but it appears he learned a lesson pointed enough to be well summarized in 141-character Twitter length. And here it is:

Nicely put, Mr. Dragic…

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