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Former Galatasaray baller Jamont Gordon talks about the road to recovery


Jamont Gordon’s season with Galatasaray came to an early end when he tore his ACL. Now the former CSKA Moscow, Cibona, and Bologna player is looking to prove he’s ready to come back and be a force in Europe. BallinEurope caught up with 2013 TBL Finals MVP to find out how his efforts to get back on the hardwood are going.

BallinEurope: What was the toughest part of being out injured with a torn ACL?
Jamont Gordon: Not being able to be on the court and play the game I love was tough. Also not being able to help my teammates in the games.

BiE How has your recovery been going? Do you feel like you’ve got your strength back?
JG: The recovery has been tough but I’ve made great strides. I’m getting strong and stronger every day. When the season starts I will be 100 per cent.

BiE: Have you or your agent heard from any clubs yet?
JG: Yes I have heard from a bunch of different teams. Right now it’s about finding the right situation and the right fit.

BiE: Do you miss playing for Galatasaray?
JG: I will miss my brothers. We accomplished a lot. Good luck to all of my former teammates.

BiE: What do you think you have to prove to convince teams to give you a shot?
JG: I’m sure most teams want to see if I can regain my explosiveness and my strength. When I do come back I will show that I am better player than I was before I got injured.

Gordon has released a video charting his progress which shows the work he is putting in to be ready to contribute again.


Free Marcus! Cyprus-bound American player denied exit from Qatar

So you thought Romain Sato having to spend 24 hours cooling his heels in a Ljubljana airport was serious stuff? Just imagine the same situation, except with the additional headache of not being paid for your services as a basketball player. For nearly two months. In Qatar.

That’s the incredible situation facing former Mississippi State University Bulldog and international journeyman Marcus Campbell this morning.

(Well, okay, maybe not quite as incredible as the headline “Marcus Campbell held hostage in Qatar!” might lead you to believe, but a twisted ballooning of all the worst practices in contract management we’ve seen in Europe through the years nonetheless.)

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Armenia’s Sarah Halejian, Kate Kevorken making their way in NCAA

In hopes of capitalizing on recent success in FIBA tournament play, the burgeoning women’s basketball program in Armenia may be able to add a pair of college ballers from the diaspora currently enjoying some success in the U.S. in the college ranks.

Kate Kevorken is playing her senior year with the University of Nevada, producing nicely for the Wolfpack after cracking the starting lineup in her second season with the program. The two guard bagged her first Western Athletic Conference player of the week award on December 19 thanks to a 25-point (including the game-winner), 11-rebound show against Oregon. Ten days later, “The Encyclopedia” broke her personal scoring mark with 27 points in a losing effort to Mississippi State.

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Sunday bullets: Real Madrid analyzed; Szczerbiak, Boumtje-Boumtje remembered; retro Nike ads return

The "beautiful, enigmatic bastard"

Lazy Sunday? Great: BallinEurope has just the thing to occupy your time! Below run some quality articles and gawk-worthy YouTubes from the week that was in European basketball and NBA lockout land for your perusal. The bullet-point format is in effect and the show stars Danny Green, Ruben Boumtje-Boumtje, Walter Szczerbiak, Spike Lee and Samuel L. Jackson. Enjoy!

• For an excellent and thorough piece on the Real Madrid offense (and concomitant weak interior defense) in light of Thursday night’s Euroleague loss to Maccabi Tel Aviv, check out this work at In The Game. Figures writer Rod Higgins in part: “…it is doubtful that [Real’s] current style will serve them particularly well once the regular season is over. Madrid get most of their wins by simply outscoring their opponents. This means that they have to improve defensively; Bilbao, Milano and Maccabi have repeatedly exposed the weak interior defense of the Merengues earlier in the season…”

• Hey, some positivity for the Lithuanian fans! Roll the top 10 plays by Lietuvos Rytas in October!

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Tuesday transactions: Blanco to Unicaja, Gordon to Cibona

A pair of Euroleague signings were made official on Tuesday, with homegrown product Saul Blanco staying in Spain to sign with Unicaja Malaga and second-year pro Jamont Gordon arrives in Cibona Zagreb after the sinking of Fortitudo Bologna.

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