HoopsHype Europe rumors

October 10, 2012 Updates

Although playing basketball in Europe seems like an exotic and most likely enjoyable endeavor, Morrison made it clear as to why he left. It wasn’t homesickness or the different culture, it was more about the day-to-day life of a professional basketball player that made him want to return stateside and give the NBA another shot. “A lot of people don’t know that in Europe you might not get paid, you practice twice a day, they treat you like you’re an eighteen year-old kid,” Morrison said. “After a while you’re just like ‘alright, this is not for me, I’m too old for this,’” said Morrison, channeling Danny Glover’s character from the “Lethal Weapon” series. NBA.com

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Dirk Nowitzki heard the news that the Dallas Mavericks will play two preseason games in Europe next October, one in Berlin in his native Germany and another in Barcelona, but sounded as if he might not actually believe it until owner Mark Cuban personally tells him so. The Mavericks and the league have not yet made it official and dates are not set, but a source has confirmed the trip. Nowitzki, who has long hoped for the team to be included in the NBA's international preseason schedule, has been left disappointed because Cuban has always declined the league's overtures to play overseas. "If that's really the case, I think it's awesome. I think it's been long overdue," Nowitzki said. "A couple years ago there was a game in Kolnarena [in Cologne, Germany] where Phoenix played Philly and everyone was like, 'Where are the Mavs at?' So it's been disappointing to see all these teams go over there and play and we were never a part of it. I think it's going to be great." ESPN.com

"I asked him, why are we never a part of it?," said Nowitzki, now in his 14th NBA season. "He said he doesn't like the travel and he loses a preseason game, basically. Those were his reasons and I understood." But now Cuban doesn't have the option to decline. The league changed the rules and so Nowitzki will finally play a game, albeit a preseason one, in a Mavs uniform in front of family and friends on his home soil. "Obviously, the travel always sucks, especially if you're only over there for a week and it usually takes a couple of days to adjust and the next thing you know you're leaving again," Nowitzki said. "But I think it's going to be an experience for all the guys to see something new and get out of the hotel some and see a different country. Berlin is a fun city. Barcelona, to me, is one of the best cities in Europe, so if that's going to happen then I think it's going to be a great trip." Said Cuban: "I could pass on the trip. I just wanted to do it for Dirk." ESPN.com

February 9, 2012 Updates

Expansion into Europe: That's a different kind of expansion. That's a — we decided that's something I should start talking about again. Because I said at first, 10 years ago, I said in 10 years. Now I've got to start it again in 10 years. [Laughs] Because, and the reality is, you cannot do this stuff free of discussions about the economic situation in the world. So, Athens wouldn't come to mind as a city for an NBA franchise right now. It might in some future time. It's a great place. They have an arena that's left over from the Olympics. They probably can't afford to carry it, OK? But I guess what I would say is, you could step back and see where we played our last exhibition games in Europe. And they were in London in the O2 Arena; they were in Paris at the Bercy, which is the subject of some discussion about a total renovation; they were in Barcelona with FC Barcelona, which is one of the world's most wealthy and well-run basketball clubs; and they were in Milan, where the mayor of Milan suggested that they would be in connection with the 24-team World's Fair. Salt Lake Tribune

February 1, 2012 Updates

Check that: He'll be able to sign with the team of his choice anywhere in the world. Ilyasova, you see, will have plenty of options besides the NBA when the season is over. A native of Turkey, Ilyasova said several European teams are already pursuing him. "I have offers from five teams in Europe," Ilyasova said. "They want to buy out my contract now. The Bucks won't do it." Racine Journal-Times

It's a lock Ilyasova will be making more than his current salary of $2.54 million for whatever team he plays for next season. But Ilyasova said he's trying not to look too far down the road. "I'm trying to whatever I can to help the team," Ilyasova said. "Hopefully, we can finish the season good, make the playoffs and go as far as we can go in the playoffs. That's the main goal for right now. "It's hard to say where I'll be next season. It's going to be about the money difference (whether he remains in the NBA or goes overseas). It's always business. "I don't want to think about it because I don't want it to affect my game. We'll see what happens." Racine Journal-Times

December 23, 2011 Updates

What are your plans for the next season, considering that now that you are adapted to European basketball? You might look for a spot in a top european team as CSKA, Barcelona, Panathinaikos. Sonny Weems: "After this season, I will be going back to the NBA unless I get an offer in Europe that I can't refuse". Is it better to be a go-to-guy player in an Euroleague club or a role player in the NBA with limited minutes? SW: "Go to player in Europe is cool, and a role player in NBA is too. When I go back to NBA I hope that my experience in Europe will help prepare me to be a full time starter and closer. I wanna be on the floor at the end of games. When I came overseas I wanted to work on my 3pt shot, half court game, and my decision making. I have gotten better in all those areas. Europe is great for being able to work on your game". Sportando

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Marco Belinelli said at SkySport that he is considering to play in Europe during the NBA lockout. The Italian guard spent last season with New Orleans Hornets averaging 10.4ppg in the regular season and 9.7 during the playoff series against Los Angeles Lakers. "The situation in NBA is so negative that I am considering all my options even if it is too early to talk about. I got proposals from Italy" said the guard born in San Giovanni in Persiceto. Sportando

November 22, 2011 Updates

But when the ejection video started making the rounds back in his hometown of Spokane, Wash., it was as if a missing person's case had finally been solved. In the eyes of those who know him best, the comeback that mattered most was already complete. "We were just tickled pink that he found his passion again," his father said of the thoughts that crossed his mind while watching on his computer from home. "It made my heart feel good to see him out there on the court like that again." Said Don MacLean, the all-time leading scorer at UCLA who has trained Morrison since the summer leading into the draft: "It looked like the guy I met two weeks after his college season ended -- kicking ass and taking names and talking s--- and all that stuff that made him so good." Added his agent, Mark Bartelstein: "It was almost like an exorcism, like something had been taken out of his soul. To watch him play with that chip on his shoulder, with that fervor, and angry like he played at Gonzaga, it's just great to see it. It's like the guy is back." SI.com

The locals are loving this, loving him. But no one is loving this as much as Morrison. "It was such an adrenaline rush and an emotional high to be out there on the court again," Morrison said. "Everybody who has done something in their life that they've had a passion for or done for a long time, and then all of a sudden it's not there anymore, and then it comes back to you in such a rush [can relate]. "I would've run through a brick wall that night for anything. Goose bumps. Sweating. That whole day, I've never been so focused. It was a friendly game, and I was thinking, 'All right, I'm going nuts tonight. I don't care what happens. I was ready to fight, to do anything, just to play." SI.com

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