EuroBasket 2015: Round-up and Highlights from Wednesday’s qualifiers +++ FIBA dropped a sweet promo for the World Cup +++ Basketball World Cup of Beer – Bronze Medal Match +++ Rudy gets iced, the internet rejoices +++ FIBA World Cup Preview – Group C +++ CSKA Moscow’s Kyle Hines and Sonny Weems take the ice bucket challenge +++ Tony Parker does ice bucket challenge but his friend can’t use a camera phone +++ Basketball World Cup of Beer: Semi Finals +++ EuroBasket 2015: Wins for Macedonia, Belgium, and Georgia +++ Q&A with Alex Krstanovic on the Belgrade Trophy +++

Dunk of the Week: Willie Warren introduces “Dunk de la Mort II”

Shades of Vince Carter were shown by Maccabi Rishon’s Willie Warren, who pulled off one of this season’s most incredible dunks anywhere in his team’s 88-82 defeat of Bnei HaSharon on Sunday. Check out the closest approximation to Carter’s infamous “Dunk of Death” we’ve seen since originally pulled off at the 2000 Olympics. Fulfilling the Fred Weis role is Jumaine Jones.

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“What has happened here?” The best Euro-centric buzzer-beaters of 2011-12

In clearing out the virtual desk of 2011-12 basketball season stuff, BallinEurope today presents this compilation of the year’s top Euro-centric buzzer-beaters. The requirements to make the list were two: the primary player in the buzzer-beater most be of European nationality or the shot must take place in a game featuring European teams; and the buzzer-beater must take place at the end of a quarter, i.e. no shot-clock buzzer-beaters considered.

Greater weight was given in consideration to the relative importance of the win earned with the highlight shot. Keeping one’s team alive is more important than YouTube glory, after all.

And on with the list. Firstly, honorable mentions go to:

Travis Diener for Banco di Sardegna Sassari against Fabi Shoes Montegranaro on April 15. Sassari would go on to win in overtime, 79-77, and continue in a successful season which had them ultimately placing fourth in the Serie A. Unfortunately for the purposes of this post, not quite a buzzer-beater.

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List of 2009-10 European basketball champions

League play is now accelerating to a close all over The Continent, and BallinEurope’s “List of European Champions” page gets more updates.

Most men’s domestic leagues have completely closed up shoppe for 2009-10, but BiE has also listed a few details on where other leagues stand at present; links are provided where possible.

If no information follows a country’s name, that simply means BiE has yet to find anything on the basketball league there. However, this page will be updated throughout the next couple of weeks as associations close the books on the 2009-10 season; watch this space for updates, as they say.

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Monday’s cigarettes

Yeah, Christmas is coming closer and the Euroleague is in full force, right? Ricky plays again and immediately wins against Brandon. What better moment for some smoky cigarettes on a Monday morning?

  • Even USA Today reported (through Jonathan Givony) on the Ricky versus Brandon game.
  • French magazine Basketnews reported a very nice story about the San Antonio Spur Bruce Bowen. When playing in 1995 in France, Bruce Bowen was a member of Evreux in the French second division. In a Cup game against powerhouse Pau-Orthez, Evreux was up by 20 but finally lost in the end due to foul trouble and short rotation. After the game, Bowen and head coach Michel Veyronnet had a altercation in the locker room, as Bowen slammed the coach for bringing in a youth player in the final minutes. In response, coach Veyronnet threw his clipboard at Bowen in frustration and it was only the team president’s intervention that prevented a real fight. Seven years later, Veyronnet and Bowen met at a camp organized by Tony Parker. And despite not having seen or talked to each other during the time, Bowen talked to his former coach and told him that he wanted to apologize for all he had done to him. Christmas is approaching, you know…
  • I still remember an edition of the former French Basketball magazine MaxiBasket having an introductory picture of the University of Massachussetts Christmas trip to Strasbourg in 1994. Lou Roe was featured in that picture and presented as a future NBA star. Today, 14 years later, Lou Roe is still playing basketball in Spain and ACB TV prepared a nice clip on the former Minuteman.
  • Watch here the Top 10 plays from France in November.
  • I knew that there are some crazy fans in Greece, but thanks to YouTube, I now know that Sigal Prishtine of Kosovo seems to be pretty hot, too.
  • Rasheed Wright wins his second game on the buzzer for Poitiers in the French Pro B. And gets naked again…
  • Yarone told me a nice story about a nice game from Israel that happened this weekend. Maccabi Rishon played against Hapoel Jerusalem, with hosts Rishon going an incredible 0-for-0 at the FT line. It was the first time ever that a team was not credited at least one free throw in a professional game in Israel. Additionally, another nice story from the game was the fact that Hapoel made a 19-2 run in the 2nd quarter to go up 41-14. At that moment, Rishon’s coach brought in some youngsters that even managed to get the momentum back with a 7-0 run. At the end, it was Hapoel that won, but only by seven points.
  • Why Goran Dragic is the worst point guard in the NBA.
  • Finally, we have no player fights this week but Turow Zgorzelec head coach Saso Filipkovski who hit a fan after the loss against AZS this weekend. No video evidence is available but, judging by the blood stains on the floor, it seems to have been a pretty tough fight. Filipovski was suspended despite his claim of self-defense.