HoopsHype Bo McCalebb rumors

June 30, 2012 Updates
May 17, 2012 Updates

Bo McCalebb released a long interview to Tuttosport. The PG of Mens Sana Siena didn't want to talk about his future because he is too focused on the Serie A Playoffs who will start today with Montepaschi facing Cimberio Varese in the quarterfinals. "European basket is very tough. If we reach the final, we will finish the season at the end of June and on July 2 we have the first game of the Pre- Olympic Tournament. NBA? It is obvious that I would love to play there but this is not the right moment to think about that. I am too focused on Siena and the playoffs. My future? As I have just said, it is too early to talk. At the end of the season we will sit with Siena and talk" said McCalebb who has still contract with Montepaschi Siena for the next two years. Sportando

April 1, 2012 Updates

Emiliano Carchia: According to same rumors (Il Corriere dello Sport): Siena will keep David Andersen and Bo McCalebb (both have contracts). Twitter

February 16, 2012 Updates

Bo McCalebb said again, after the interview he had with HoopsHype, that his future is in Europe. Bo McCalebb was recently third in FIBA Europe Awards after Dirk Nowitzki and Juan Carlos Navarro. Sportando

"It is a huge honour for me that I have reached the podium in the awards right behind two great basketball champions. I am playing a very good basketball, I am happy for me and for my team. NBA? I am not thinking about that right now. It is not the right moment to move to the NBA. Siena is my priority. Everyone knows me here and I love talking to the people" said McCalebb, as reported by Il Corriere dello Sport. Sportando

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The success he continues to experience in Europe is sure to draw interest from the NBA next summer. The explosive 6-foot guard could help a lot of teams bringing a scoring spark off the bench. If you ask McCalebb, though, the NBA can keep waiting for him. "I'm going to be in Europe next season," McCalebb told HoopsHype. "I've had success in Europe and I want to build on that. I'm getting comfortable here and maybe it's not the right time to leave right now." HoopsHype

November 20, 2011 Updates

Marc Stein: As Jamal Crawford and JJ Barea keep weighing their overseas options, sources say Xinjiang of China now chasing EuroBasket star Bo McCalebb. Xinjiang trying to buy McCalebb out of contract w/Siena (Italy). Chinese team wants to move fast after losing Quincy Douby to wrist injury Twitter

October 4, 2011 Updates

Each national team in Europe is allowed a naturalized player and Lekic saw McCalebb as a key addition to a team that had been steadily improving for six years. "Usually you need to take a few months to check the personality, to check the qualities and character ... with Bo we were without worries," he said. "A few times we went out for coffee and colas and we were soon laughing at jokes; he was Macedonian after two weeks already," added Lekic. CNN.com

McCalebb spends a month each year training with the Macedonian national squad and admits to only knowing "the bad stuff" when it comes to speaking the language. It was a surprise to get a call from Lekic, he admits, but unconcerned by any culture shock (or loss of U.S. citizenship) he also saw the chance to represent Macedonia as a way to boost his own career. "I talked to a lot of older players and they said you can play longer with a (European) passport; I didn't even think about it, I just said yes." CNN.com

September 16, 2011 Updates

Lekic said some European countries paid non-Europeans large sums to play for their teams, but added that Macedonia could not afford to pay McCalebb. “Our annual budget for our entire federation is only 350,000 euros, which is like pocket change for some of the stars playing in this tournament,” Lekic said. New York Times

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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