Coach James Weldon gives his thoughts on Dragan Bender +++ Sarunas Jasikevičius retires, joins Zalgiris in coaching role +++ Vintage Drazen Petrovic jersey up for auction +++ Ireland announce select squad for Luxembourg friendlies +++ We really need you to nominate beers +++ Mykhailiuk operating almost under cover +++ Nando de Colo has the best location for a basketball camp +++ Ireland end famines with two slices of Danish bacon +++ Former Galatasaray baller Jamont Gordon talks about the road to recovery +++ FIBA Europe Under 20 final highlights and top plays +++

Super Timberwolves: Peks, AK-47, Shved, Rubio as manga-style heroes [Update, translation]

Big shout out this morning to heinnews, who’s provided BallinEurope with a translation of the Minnesota Timberwolves manga-type comic strip that recently appeared in the Japan-based Dunk Shot sports paper. Read along, panel by panel, below the break — hilarious stuff, really … and who knew Nikola Pekovic had such problems with the ladies?

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Podcast: On Tracy McGrady, other names in China; bizarre Japanese ball; awesome Hong Kong film

Episode number (sexy and) 17 of the Taking the Charge podcast series is now online. Admittedly, BallinEurope and heinnews deviate a bit from the Continental hoops with this show’s emphasis on Asia. However, our return interview with Jon Pastuszek of China-based NiuBball is certain to be of interest to any fan worth his/her salt. Get the lowdown on the progress of a number of notables playing in or coming from the big country, including:

Tracy McGrady, he who wanted to increase the potency of his brand with the Qingdao Eagles;

• Now three-year CBA veteran Stephon Marbury;

Gilbert “Agent Zero” Arenas (and yeah, BiE’s still using that moniker under the believe that, when one prolifigates one’s own nickname, one is stuck with it forever);

Quincy Douby, formerly of Rutgers, the Sacramento Kings and UCAM Murcia, who recently set the CBA record with 75 points in a single game;

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Albert Schweitzer youth tourney this weekend

The 25th annual Albert Schweitzer youth tournament tips off this weekend in Mannheim, Germany, with 16 teams from all six continents participating: The countries of Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China, Croatia, France, Israel, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Spain, Turkey, and of course 10-time champion Team USA join two squads from Germany to comprise the field.

The US military publication this week ran an extensive article on the 2010 boys’ All-Europe basketball team, which is made up mostly of high schoolers living in Europe and chosen by the DODDS; many of these players will see action for Team USA at the Schweitzer tournament. Jamal Tuck and Dillon Wadsack are the headliners for the red, white and blue, with back-to-back All-Europe Team nods for each.

Disappointingly, Team Turkey will not be bringing Enes Kanter, who amazed observers at last year’s FIBA U18 championships by generally just being a man among boys and dominating the tournament. (Perhaps he’ll be on the squad for Turkey in the 2010 FIBA Worlds…?) And the Team Spain roster will be without Miki Servera and Malick Fall in the tournament.

On the positive side, Greece is naturally bringing a truckload of talent, with players like Marios Dermitzakis, Vasileos Kavvadas, Ioannis Molfetas and Spiros Motsenigos among others looking to makes names from themselves on the international stage. Team Germany’s U18 team should makes some waves, too, with Philipp Neumann, Patrick Heckmann and Kevin Bright out there.

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