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The Eurocentric 2011-12 NBA Eastern Conference preview (plus Official Fearless Predictions™)
While basketball lovers are getting something of a Christmas gift this season in the December 25 NBA opening day – BiE says “something of” there because this belated debut is kinda like your parents saying, “Well, we’ll just give you your birthday gift at Christmas.” When your birthday’s in October – BallinEurope would like to […]
The BallinEurope tribute to all-time Euroleague great Marcus Brown
Marcus Brown retired from professional basketball this week as the Euroleague’s modern-era top scorer (with 2,715 total points to his name) and with a CV of success the envy of many. After getting drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers in 1996 and playing sparingly there for a season, Brown jumped the puddle to embark on […]
State of the nations: European basketball organizations today
While not interested in passing definitive judgment, we think it would be useful and fair to take a look at the European basketball panorama. There will be no ratings or rankings here, just a snapshot of what the most important ballin’ countries offer us. Ten years into the third millennium, it’s common to hear repeated […]
A legend goes down (in Germany, too)
After we told you about the sad story of Pau-Orthez in France, we will give you a brief story about another traditional team that must go down to the second division. In Germany, one team has played in the Bundesliga forever, since the 1st German league has existed. But this may now be over.
Serbia-Iran connection continues
The news did not make big headlines throughout Europe: Serbian coach Veselin Matic was hired to take over the Iranian national team. But the announcement actually continues an ongoing, positive relationship between Serbian and Iranian basketball. While the Iranian national basketball federation relies heavily on American players to help improve the level of play in […]
Late Monday cigarettes
The Top 16 starts this week, so let’s first check out the nicest stories of last week and also take a little look forward.
Happy new Year! After a short Christmas break, BallinEurope is now back with the freshest and sexiest stories on basketball in Europe. And what’s better than starting the new year than a yummy bunch of cigarettes?
Yeah, Christmas is coming closer and the Euroleague is in full force, right? Ricky plays again and immediately wins against Brandon. What better moment for some smoky cigarettes on a Monday morning? Even USA Today reported (through Jonathan Givony) on the Ricky versus Brandon game. French magazine Basketnews reported a very nice story about the […]
American newcomers: Who’s hot, who’s not
Early in the season, it’s difficult to judge the US newcomers you have choose; anybody wants to give them a final chance becoming acclimated to other ways of life and play, to never-seen or -known teammates, to different expectations on them. But now that winter has come, it’s time to say something about these players. […]