European basketball leagues and the NBA may be coming to a close for 2010-11, but there’s still plenty of hoops to keep up with – and even more online video clips for the watching! BallinEurope starts your Sunday with a dozen clips shot in the U.S., Greece, Spain, Israel and other locales. Enjoy today’s action (Olympiacos-Panathinaikos! ACB semifinals!) … after checking out BiE’s playlist, of course.
With his Dallas Mavericks again in the NBA Finals, this surely won’t be the last Dirk Nowitzki mix you’ll see anytime soon. But this one, dubbed “The Giant Killer,” well, it’s really operatic.
And the Dastardly One has been playing so dreamily in the big league’s playoffs that he managed to sneak his way into the subconscious-centered epic Inception. Well, sort of…
In case you needed a little more hype – or once again want to marvel at the oddity of a tournament in which both Dirk and Lebron James have suddenly and stunningly become known for clutch play – here’s a bombastic clip previewing the 2010-11 NBA Finals. (Hey, this may be the last American rah-rahing we get until autumn 2012, right?
In Spain, despite Bizkaia Bilboa Basket’s shaking up of the bracket early on, another FC Barcelona-Real Madrid final looks to be on tap. On Friday night, youngsters Ante Tomic (15 points, seven rebounds) and Sergio Llull (20 points) led the charge for the Whites in topping Bilboa, 78-67.
Before celebrating the city club’s victory over Manchester United in that other sport last night, Friday night saw the Blaugrana basketball side easily handle Caja Laboral Baskonia, 86-71.
Further south, Maccabi Tel Aviv surprised no one in smoking Galil/Gilboa, 91-64, to retake the Ligat HaAl title in Israel on Friday night.
Guys, next time you take your lady to a game, get her to do this. Women, decorating yourself like this is sure to win the guy’s heart…
The LKL playoffs may be over in Lithuania, but you know folks in “The Heart of Basketball” are looking forward to the biggest hoops event ever to hit the country, i.e. Eurobasket 2011.
Incidentally, here’s Žalgiris fandom basking in the afterglow of retaking the Lithuanian title from rivals Lietuvos Rytas:
Of course, last week saw Panathinaikos end Olympiacos’ notable run in EΣAKE play with a 75-70 win in the Reds’ house in game one of the Greek League finals. In preparation for tonight’s game two, here’s a highlight clip from the first game, with emphasis on the dunking…
Finally, rest in peace, Malgorzata Dydek.