The alternative 2019 FIBA World Cup guide
Everybody’s telling you who they think will win, you don’t need BallinEurope for that. Instead, Emmet Ryan looks at the side stories and oddities to watch out for in China before eventually making some picks The 2019 FIBA World Cup is finally here after the extra bump in break because of the switch from using […]
Euroleague locks up partnership deal in China
Euroleague Basketball has secured a new deal with HBN to control all of the rights to Euroleague in China A new company has been formed by Euroleague Basketball and Chinese firm HBN to control all the rights to Euroleague to further promote the league in the market. The new business will carry on from the […]
One small step back to the big time
The last couple of weeks on BallinEurope have been a touch Ireland-centric. The elephant in the room when discussing basketball on the island is the lack of a national team. Ireland took a small step back there today, writes Emmet Ryan. Last year BallinEurope exclusively reported plans for the Irish senior national teams to return […]
Fearless FIBA World Cup Wildcard predictions
Tomorrow is the day we find out who the four wild card participants will be in the 2014 FIBA World Cup. BiE’s editor, Emmet Ryan, makes his call on who he thinks will get the tickets to Spain. First off, I hate the wild card system. Merit should win out but the system is what […]
FIBA Facing World Cup Wild Card Dilemma
Greece’s double-overtime loss to Croatia compounded a problem that has been growing for FIBA since the continental tournament season began. Who gets the four wildcards? Who says you can’t get too much of a good thing? FIBA has four World Cup wildcard slots to award and plenty of willing suitors. Whatever happens, somebody is going […]
Podcast: On Tracy McGrady, other names in China; bizarre Japanese ball; awesome Hong Kong film
Episode number (sexy and) 17 of the Taking the Charge podcast series is now online. Admittedly, BallinEurope and heinnews deviate a bit from the Continental hoops with this show’s emphasis on Asia. However, our return interview with Jon Pastuszek of China-based NiuBball is certain to be of interest to any fan worth his/her salt. Get […]
Podcast: From Euroleague to China to the cinema; plus interview with Garret Siler
It’s Wednesday once again and thus time for another episode in the “Taking the Charge” podcast series presented by heinnews and BallinEurope.com. Yes, it’s another gabfest loaded with topical news and views plus interviews, music and Os Davis’ movie recommendation of the week. The episode program goes something like this. • Hein and BiE weigh […]
Dejun Han: Panathinaikos’ new Chinese hope?
Greece- and China-based outlets aplenty have been speculating about Panathinaikos club president Dimitris Giannakopoulos’ planned trip to China next week in conjunction with that team’s national team Olympic Games warmups. Names like Jianlian Yi and Sun Yue have been bandied about as possible additions to the PAO roster for 2012-13, but today Greece-based Sentragoal claims […]
Basketball diplomacy: Obama plagiarizes self in praise of Danilo Gallinari, Marco Belinelli
Hosting dignitaries and politicos from Italy this week, U.S. president/basketball devotee Barack Obama recently gave an interview to the visiting media as well, naturally taking time to praise Italia’s representatives in the NBA. As self-proclaimed scholar of basketball diplomacy – perhaps the only one on the planet – Enrico Cellini has noticed that Obama’s effusive […]
NBA stars playing in Europe: What are the odds…?
First, BallinEurope would like to a couple more American players to The Continent, as Milwaukee Bucks second-round draft pick Jon Leuer has signed with the Bundesliga’s Frankfurt Skyliners to play during the NBA lockout and undrafted Colorado State University forward Andy Ogide has joined the ranks of LEB club Breogán. But as the BiE schadenfreudometer […]
Practice? Not for Steve Francis, who’s out in China
For all those debating the wisdom and/or point of Allen Iverson’s playing in Turkey, BallinEurope asks you to consider the career of Steve Francis in China, which, according to an early-morning report today, is over after just 13 days and four games. The Beijing Shougang Ducks will cut Francis today, a day after his second […]
Kobe Bryant: "European player development superior to that of U.S."
In lieu of preparing for the 2010 FIBA World Championship with Team USA (sigh), Kobe Bryant has been visiting China this week as part of a promotional tour the locals are calling “Kobe 24 Live.” (Read: Kobe’s in Asia hocking basketball shoes.) Putting in an appearance yesterday afternoon at 4.20pm in Changchun, Kobe signed a […]