Is Jonas Valanciunas the problem for Team Lithuania?

And here’s a second question: Shall composition of the requiem for Lietuva’s 2012 Olympic bid begin now? Sadly, it doesn’t look good for our heroes with Team USA on the slate tomorrow and a first-round date with presumably Spain or (BiE’s pick) Russia in the knockout stage – and this in the 20th anniversary year of the country’s greatest-ever Olympic performance.

But first things first. Jonas Valančiūnas. Let’s just get right to the stat lines.
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The 20 best (Eurocentric) dunks of 2010

Retrospective time comes again to BallinEurope! But hey, who doesn’t like an excuse to watch a bunch of air-raising slam dunks? Following are 20 of the best dunks pulled off in Europe, by Europeans or on Europeans; whether historically significant or not, all have one thing in common: That awesomeness inherent only in a proper jam. Enjoy a year’s worth of emphatic twos from BiE!

• How great is everything going for Maccabi Tel Aviv this season? They even produced one of the greatest jams of the calendar year with Jeremy Pargo’s bitchin’ double-posterization in which first he breaks ankles before jamming it over (through, really) the hapless Zalgiris Kaunas big man.

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Fantasy tips from the Euroleague Boss: Game one

Dont like Pocius rating? The boss apologizes...

Don't like Pocius' rating? The boss apologizes...

He’s baaa-aaaaaack! Javier Gancedo, our fantasy basketball expert on loan from the Euroleague/Eurocup offices themselves, kicks off his regular fantasy advice column for the 2009-10 season today. Follow the action and get reasonable advice from the guy who runs the game right here at

Hello everybody, and welcome to the SportingBet Euroleague Fantasy Challenge! Ah, the start of a new fantasy season. The excitement, the competition, the prizes… Well, the prizes only for you guys. Did you miss me? Really? Well, I didn’t miss you either, so no worries… :) Ah, just kidding – it’s good to be back at

For those that don’t know me, I am Javier Gancedo, assistant to the editorial director at and Of the million things I gotta do at the Euroleague Headquarters, one of my main tasks is to manage the Fantasy Challenge. Yes, I price players, I set the rules, I open and close trades … I do it all. No, I don’t have access to your teams, so if you find a player you didn’t choose in there, it wasn’t me, I promise. But I do manage the game. If your complaint is about a given player being totally overpriced … Yes, *that* was me. The general idea is to overprice players in the beginning to prevent people from having exactly the same team. By the time you can start making money, all players are more or less at their correct price and it is *talent* that counts.

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