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November 22, 2011 Updates

He embraced life as a stay-at-home dad, enjoying his kids, ages 3½ and five months. He thought about finishing his college degree or perhaps beginning a coaching career, but never moved forward with those plans. The man who used to only operate in fifth gear was officially in neutral. "It was a mental break," Morrison said of that time, "just inhaling and exhaling and being with the family." What he didn't do was play basketball. "I didn't touch a ball, didn't want to watch basketball, didn't really want to be associated with it," he said. "I wanted to be forgotten as far as the public spotlight. "To be honest with you, I just said, 'I don't know if I really want to play anymore.' That was the bottom line. It wasn't the fact that I didn't like basketball. I was just fed up with people taking shots at me for the way my career went." SI.com

His biggest supporters, meanwhile, have been convinced all over again that he could eventually be an impactful player in the NBA. MacLean, who trains Bartelstein's clients in L.A., sees him as a potent sixth man if that time ever comes. "He's the guy who comes in [off the bench] and is the second-leading scorer on your team," MacLean said. "He's the kind of guy where the minute he comes in, the game is geared toward him. ...You get him shots, and he makes them. And he makes tough shots. With his will and confidence -- if he brings it back to the league -- I have no doubt he can be that guy." SI.com

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After two months of traveling, playing tennis, soaking in every pitch of the Texas Rangers' playoff run and generally recharging, Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki has a basketball in his hands again. The reigning NBA Finals MVP recently returned to Germany to resume his customary workout routine with longtime shot doctor Holger Geschwindner and told ESPN.com on Saturday that he's going to find a team in Europe "soon" with the NBA lockout well into its fifth month without a settlement. "It's going to take me a few weeks to get in basketball shape," Nowitzki said, "but then I'm ready. I can't stand not playing." ESPN.com

November 17, 2011 Updates

Dallas Mavericks' German power forward Dirk Nowitzki, MVP in the Mavericks' NBA finals triumph in June, is not ruling out the possibility of a move to Europe if the current NBA lock-out continues. "This week we are going back to work, Dirk has not touched the ball since the European Championship at the end of September," declared Nowitzki's personal coach Holger Geschwindner, who also said the player was "ruling nothing out, even if he has no concrete ideas" about a switch to Europe. "At the moment, Dirk is out of shape. We are going to work hard over the nex two weeks," added Geschwindner. "If he goes anywhere, he will be going there for the whole season." google.com

Ricky Rubio will decide in 15 days if he returns to Europe. Rubio keeps practicing in Los Angeles and has set a deadline in order to make a decision about his possible return to FIBA basketball. Right now, he has no offer to go back. Ricky practices five hours a day, including two shooting sessions, a game and physical drills with other NBA players like Kevin Garnett or Paul Pierce. ACB.com

November 16, 2011 Updates

France-based Basket Europe has a brief writeup (and video highlights; but so does BallinEurope; see below the break) on locked out New Jersey Net Deron Williams’ latest success here on the Continent, describing D-Will as “en mode All Star.” Beşiktaş Milangaz cruised past Armia in game two of FIBA Eurochallenge play as Williams was good for 31 points, including 5-of-9 shooting on threes, and six assists in the 103- 82 win. Nets fans might also note that their theoretical player Sundiata Gaines turned in a nice eight-assist, three-steal performance for Armia. Ball In Europe

November 14, 2011 Updates
October 28, 2011 Updates

With the NBA lockout still persisting, do you have any plans to play for a team competitively overseas? Pau Gasol: No. I have not even considered the option yet. I still think there will be a season. The possibility would only be considered if the NBA season is cancelled. I am hopeful that we will have a season and I wouldn't consider playing with any other team than the Lakers unless we don't get to play this season. I do not consider that option as soon as there's the possibility of an NBA season. I am a Lakers player and I will only play for my team, the Lakers. Los Angeles Times

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Point guard Acie Law, who played for five NBA teams, joined Serbian champions Partizan Belgrade in July and was stunned by the passion of the fans on opening night on Thursday. "I've never seen anything like it, you don't see fans like that in the United States," Law told Reuters after Partizan's 84-73 home loss to Anadolu Efes istanbul. "Never in my career have fans treated us to a standing ovation for half an hour after we lost the game, the atmosphere was unbelievable. "A lot of good players from the NBA are here and they will have to adjust because the European game is different, but having so many of them will make the competition stronger when they adapt," he said. Reuters

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Evans turned down several offers to play in Europe this summer because “I’ve been committed to this process and I look forward to being a free agent as well. I came off a productive year in Washington and I’m looking forward to capitalizing off of that, with whatever playing situation that’s available to me that makes sense. I’ve been very, very close to Derek Fisher and Mr. Hunter through out this process and that education is something that you can’t pay for.” Washington Post

Because in the midst of attending numerous bargaining sessions in New York, running regional players meetings in Chicago and Las Vegas, and going over strategies with union president Derek Fisher and executive director Billy Hunter, Evans managed to finally get his degree in education from the University of Texas. “I was very proud of that,” Evans said this week. “Unfortunately, that doesn’t make as much news as the bargaining sessions, but I’ve had a great and productive summer.” Washington Post

Evans, 32, left Texas after his junior season in 2001, hoping to be drafted in the first round but wound up going undrafted. He scrapped his way into a NBA and has outlasted 12 first-rounders from that draft, but he always felt the void of not having his degree. “I know I’m a leader on and off the court and before you can commence in anything, you have to finish stages and that was the stage left open due to me continuing my NBA career,” Evans said. “Once I had a break do to this lockout, I was able to find the time.” Washington Post

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