Serbia and Croatia make statements at FIBA U18s +++ 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 +++

Mario Hezonja slams home Dunk of The Weekend, compiles one-game highlight reel

The NBA All-Star What Contest? Over in the ‘States, basketball superstars created highlight-reel clips while facing little opposition … so forget canned exhibitions (especially Flight White’s sad showing) and check out a show most missed: Croatian wunderkind Mario Hezonja submitted the dunk of the weekend with an incredible one-handed finish to an alley-oop pass from fellow youth-ball player Joan Creus in FC Barcelona’s 67-66 squeaker of a LEB Gold league victory over Leyma Basquet.

The 17-year-old Hezonja went on to put in a game-high 17 points, most of which were highlight-worthy. See the man-among-boys for yourself below — and remember the name.

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Coach Scariolo philosophizes and speculates on new Euroleague rules

R.I.P. our beloved trapezoid

As the Euroleague Qualifying Rounds tip off tonight, enthusiasts will definitely want to check out Team Spain/BC Khimki Moscow Region coach Sergio Scariolo breaking down what the new court means on a practical, strategic level.

Yes, it’s true. NBA-rules supremacists finally get their way as Euroleague basketball has adopted the longer three-point shot arc and has dispatched with the trapezoid key. (Sigh. BallinEurope loved the trapezoid.) The new dimensions were actually tested in the Spanish second-division league LEB Gold during the 2009-10 season, so Scariolo and other followers have a decent idea of how the European club game might be changed.

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ACB confirms its status as most attractive league

In our second annual review of ticket sales and average attendance throughout the various European leagues, the Spanish ACB confirms its status as absolute leader in Europe.

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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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