HoopsHype Eurobasket rumors

September 9, 2013 Updates

Are you watching Israel at the Eurobasket? Gal Mekel: Yes, of course I'm watching. So how do you feel about the fact you're not there and they are struggling a little bit? Gal Mekel: I cheer for them and I really want them to be successful. It was a tough decision for me to not go to the Eurobasket this year because in Israel we're very proud of the National Team and I love to play with the National Team. But I spoke with a lot of guys, players including [Omri] Casspi, who have been in this situation, and everybody was telling me that the rookie season is something very, very important. And even more important is the preparation for the rookie season. It will be the first time that I have to play an 82-game season, so I want to be 100 percent ready. I definitely know me being here in Dallas and spending time with coach [Rick] Carlisle, the coaching staff, preparing for the season a few months before the training camp will help me a lot. Eventually if I become a good NBA player and play a lot of years here, Israeli basketball and the National Team will benefit from this. HoopsHype

September 7, 2013 Updates

The Rockets might be watching the play of Spain’s Sergio Llull and Greece’s Kostas Papanikolaou, players not of the roster whose rights they hold, even more closely. Papanikolao, whose rights the Rockets acquired in the trade that sent Thomas Robinson to Portland, did not do much in the tournament opener, but had 10 points in 21 minutes against the strong Russian frontcourt. Llull has already established himself as a solid prospect and has played well in Fiba events, but has gotten off to a slow start this week. He made 1 of 4 shots in the blowout of Croatia and went just 1 of 3 in the upset loss to Goran Dragic and Slovenia. A 6-4 guard, Llull’s strong play for Real Madrid has earned the sort of contract that the Rockets were not ready to offer until he is ready for a significant role, but he should make the jump in a year or two making him someone worth watching. Houston Chronicle

September 5, 2013 Updates

He will hope for more happy occasions in Slovenia before he returns to the United States, packs up his belongings, and moves his wife and young son to New York. Back to the NBA. Back to being one voice among several on the Nets' bench. One day, perhaps, he will get to do what he is doing here, and be the first among equals, as a head coach in his own right in the NBA. "If you're asking me would I like to do it, the answer is yes," Prunty says. "But I'll take care of the things that will prepare me to be in that position. Which is this." ESPN.com

His passport now has stamps from Finland, Greece, Spain and Slovenia, places he might never have otherwise passed through. Regretfully, too often he admits, the travel schedule has closely resembled that of the NBA: bus to hotel, hotel to arena, arena to airport, flight to next destination -- with little chance to catch a breath in between. "The other day, someone asked me, 'What's Europe like?' I said, 'There are some incredible hotels and gyms and arenas,'" he says. "You don't get a whole lot of time to spend out there, but when you can, you take those walks. You go down the street, you find a cobblestoned path somewhere. Or you find a little corner that has a new nuance, something you've not seen before. That hour can rejuvenate you. And all the people I've talked to told me not only would I enjoy the experience, but I'd get to help other people too, and that's certainly been true." ESPN.com

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In news that's good for the Knicks, but not so good for Slovenia, point guard Beno Udrih has opted not to play in the EuroBasket tournament next month, the Slovenian team announced on Monday. ESPN.com

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August 25, 2013 Updates

Q. You finished your first year in the NBA and lots of European players have played in the NBA with mixed results. Talk about your experience, what you learned in the NBA this last year and how are you applying it this summer and preparing for the next season. Mirza Teletovic: It's tough for all the European players during the first year in the NBA, especially if you don't get a lot of playing time, you can't get confidence, you can't really get into rythm. I couldn't catch five, six games in a row. I was always one game out... You're missing the confidence, you're missing your game... so I think for me it's important to come back here to Europe and still have lot of minutes to play here, and have other things and lots of practice. YouTube

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