Good morning, b-ball devotees. Ball in Europe’s daily dose of video clips and text blurbs from around the internet is here. In today’s edition, Papaloukas and Kleiza go off, Andrea Bargnani sounds off, an Israeli executive gets pissed off, and some stuff on Allen Iverson — true, not European ball, but come on! It’s A.I.!
• Of course, the headlines from last night are all about the Entente Orleanaise-Olympiacos match. Not only did Orleanaise force the Reds to mount a furious fourth-quarter comeback, but Theo Papaloukas, in getting a few more touches with Josh Childress away, scored himself some immortality by entering the Euroleague record books with 14 assists in the game. See below for the Papaloukas-Kleiza – i mean, Orleanaise-Olympiacos – highlights.
• Is violence in sports now spreading to front-office types? In second-division games? In Israel? Apparently so. Expect Team Israel’s FIBA representative Yirmi Olmert to be graced with some bad publicity in upcoming weeks after beating on a writer in the post-game. All power to the journalists!
• According to Andrea Bargnani, Team Italy is a lot better than it showed in Eurobasket 2009. And if the team gets a wild-card entry into the 2010 FIBA Worlds, Bargnani, Marco Belinelli, and Danilo Gallinari might play this time. Of course, we still don’t know who the coach of this prospective power might be…
• On the top story of yesterday, Ball in Europe is thrilled Allen Iverson has found a new home – it’s still too bad it wasn’t to Greece, though…
• And here’s another excuse to check out an A.I. highlight clip, this one backed by the great Nas.