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Nets lead assistant Joe Prunty has agreed a new deal to remain as the head coach of Great Britain’s national team for this summer’s EuroBasket qualification round. Team sources confirmed that approval has been granted for him to take the helm for a second campaign after guiding an inexperienced side to the brink of the second round of last September’s finals in Slovenia -- without the services of Luol Deng of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Joel Freeland of the Portland Trail Blazers. British Basketball has called a press conference Wednesday to formally announce the return of Prunty, who was an assistant in Cleveland before coming to Brooklyn last summer. ESPN.com

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The cancellation of the Spurs-Timberwolves game Wednesday in Mexico City because of smoke in the arena caused by a generator malfunction was a small blow to commissioner David Stern’s quest to play additional games in other countries. While games in London have gone off without a glitch, an NBA regular-season game in Mexico City was risky from the start and the Spurs and Timberwolves must now reschedule the game for Minneapolis, much to the chagrin of San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich. Both teams wasted valuable travel time to get to Mexico City, so the league is obviously going to think twice about returning there. Deputy commissioner Adam Silver, who will assume Stern’s duties in February, told the Globe last month the league plans to play more games in other countries but a potential expansion team in Europe may be years away. Boston Globe

November 10, 2013 Updates

Europe would be incredibly attractive to the league. And logistically, it’s becoming more of a possibility in terms of state-of-the-art arenas that are now being built. When I was in China, I said we could use some faster planes to make life a little easier, but the potential is there. “There’s no question the popularity of this game continues to grow with the explosion of interest just with kids participating in this game around the world, and we also recognize the business advantages to having teams in European cities,” Silver said. Boston Globe

September 27, 2013 Updates

Sebastian Telfair has received interest from a number of NBA teams this offseason, but sources close to the situation say that he’s also considering signing a deal with a team in Europe. The 28-year-old continues to weigh his options. If he signs overseas, it’s possible that he could sign with an NBA team later in the season once he has returned to the United States. Telfair spent last season with the Phoenix Suns and Toronto Raptors. HoopsWorld

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While there has been a steady growth of international players in the NBA, Popovich believes the next step could be the integration of international coaches to the NBA. “Absolutely,” said Popovich on the thought of international coaches making the jump to the NBA. “There are coaches overseas that are as good or better than we who are the coaches here.” RealGM

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“The NBA and Europe are like different worlds – nothing is the same – but I like this style better than the style in Europe,” Shved said. “I’m really happy to be here. I’ve been playing more because we’ve had so many injuries, but I’m happy that the coaches believe in me. I want to do my best on both ends. We’ve been playing well over the last few games and we don’t want that to stop.” HoopsWorld

“For sure, he’s made everything easier,” Shved said of having Kirilenko has his teammate. “We’ve played together for a long time – last summer with CSKA Moscow and then all summer on the Russian team. We understand each other. I know what he likes to do, when he likes to cut and where he likes his passes. He knows the same with me. We play well together, but we need to play better with the whole team. We need to do what’s best for the team.” HoopsWorld

November 14, 2012 Updates

Speaking Tuesday at Beyond Sport United, a gathering of global team, league and industry executives at Yankee Stadium that focuses on social responsibility. Stern said NBA expansion to Europe is probably at least a decade away and that it likely would make sense to add several clubs there at once. "I think for us the thing that would make the most sense would be a division in Europe at the time that it comes," he said. "I don't see that for another decade at least. Not one team." MSNBC.com

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