HoopsHype Bo McCalebb rumors

September 16, 2011 Updates

Lekic said that the team’s triumphs and McCalebb’s popularity had crossed ethnic and religious lines — no small feat in a country that experienced a brief but violent conflict between ethnic Albanian nationalists and the central government in 2001. “When we play, the entire country stops what they are doing,” he said. “Even our Albanian population is rooting for us, which is important for unifying us a country.” New York Times

September 8, 2011 Updates

“I’m here right now. I’m not thinking about the NBA,” said McCalebb, who said his buyout with Siena would cost more than $1 million. “Maybe in a couple of years, but I’ve got my career in Europe and that’s all I’m thinking about right now.” SheridanHoops

McCalebb is averaging 21.7 points, second among players remaining in the tournament behind Tony Parker of France (22.7). Luol Deng of Great Britain (24.6) and Andrea Bargnani of Italy (22.8) have higher averages, but both of their teams were ousted from the tournament in the first round. “He’s got the biggest set of balls of any kid I’ve ever seen, and he’s the most competitive kid I’ve ever seen,” Fleisher said of McCalebb, who will enter the second season of a three-year contract with Montepaschi when the European season begins this fall. SheridanHoops

McCalebb said he has not given up on the thought of playing in the NBA, but there is no mistaking the bitterness in his voice when he talks about how his opportunities didn’t pan out in the United States because he was deemed too small (he is listed at 6 feet) to be a shooting guard and not a good enough of a ballhandler to be a pure point guard. His most vivid memory of his pre-draft workout with the New Orleans Hornets in 2008 was coach Byron Scott telling him he “didn’t talk enough on the court,” and the disgust with which he recalled that conversation was in stark contrast to his tone when speaking of his time in Turkey, Serbia and Italy and how it feels to play in front of such passionate crowds. SheridanHoops

August 30, 2011 Updates

Electronic Arts and Euroleague Basketball are pleased to announce their licensing partnership that makes the leading global interactive entertainment software company an official partner under the video gaming category. Under this agreement EA SPORTS will include Turkish Airlines Euroleague players in the upcoming release of the mythical arcade game NBA Jam: On Fire Edition. This is the first time that European clubs will be officially represented in the NBA JAM franchise, one of the most successful video games in sports history. All fans will be able to choose any of the four participating teams in the last Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four. Dimitris Diamantidis and Mike Batiste of Panathinaikos Athens, Lior Eliyahu and Sofoklis Schortsanitis of Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv, Bo McCalebb and Ksistof Lavrinovic of Montepaschi Siena, Sergio Llull and Carlos Suarez of Real Madrid will be amongst the players representing the four Euroleague teams in the 2–on–2 basketball games. Euroleague.net

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