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My momentum was stolen. I was behind and my confidence and pride took a major hit. It turned out LeBron's name-tag was placed on the final chair. I exited the herd defeated, though I played it off like I had an important phone call. I did end up getting a nice spot at LeBron's setting, but it was nothing like the lovely location that I had worked so hard for. At the end of the day, I learned two valuable things: Gasol is bigger than LeBron in certain parts of the world and the other thing I learned is that the old saying about "if you assume" is true. Cleveland Plain Dealer

February 15, 2015 Updates

A better rule is to count all players not born in the U.S. and who did not attend a U.S. high school. That puts Spain, with 220 WAR, at the top. And the Gasols make up nearly three-quarters of their home country’s NBA success. The other top players from Spain include Jose Calderon, Ricky Rubio and Rudy Fernandez, among others. Germany slides to fourth, behind the U.S. Virgin Islands and Nigeria, using this method. Why? Because Detlef Schrempf (and his 90 career WAR) is excluded from this analysis. Schrempf, German-born and raised, moved to the U.S. to finish high school. The Virgin Islands, being a territory, arguably doesn’t count as international, but it competes under its own flag so it’s broken out here. Tim Duncan is responsible for the bulk of the Virgin Islands’ WAR; Hakeem Olajuwon similarly for Nigeria. FiveThirtyEight

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Jawai has since signed in the Spanish league, which is known as the top rated competition outside the NBA. “I’m on the path to become the force I once was with Barcelona; I’m not far from getting there,” Jawai said. “I appreciate Morabanc Andorra for giving me the opportunity to play. Being here is humbling and it motivates me to work hard and get back to the elite European clubs.” Basketball Insiders

February 4, 2015 Updates

Todorovic will be one of the most exciting prospects at the next Copa del Rey ACB (19-22 February), an event that draws plenty of NBA attention. Marko was drafted by the Blazers in 2013 (45th overall pick), his rights sent later to the Houston Rockets in the Thomas Robinson trade. Although his contract with Barcelona expires next summer, NBA doesn’t seem as a priority right now. Watching his pal excel is. “I don’t have much time to follow the NBA but I know Nikola [Mirotic] is exceeding the expectations. He’s been the last Rookie of the Month in the Eastern Conference. I’m happy for him. Nikola deserves it. The hard work he did last summer playing one-and-one against me is paying results”, he said, laughing. Spanish Hoops

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“If I was in college I’d probably be the No. 1 pick,” Hezonja said to Basketball Insiders. “I had an offer from Kentucky. I’m European and I need to work harder to break into the U.S market.” Hezonja averages eight points, shooting 44.8 percent from the perimeter, to go along with two rebounds and 1.3 assists in 16.7 minutes over 10 appearances in the Euroleague for Spanish power-club Barcelona. Basketball Insiders

Like his fellow countrymen Saric, Hezonja is focused primarily on his development. He would have been selected in the first round of last year’s deep draft, and even though he’s ranked much higher in this year’s class, he’s still not even certain he will declare. “I don’t know if I’ll enter the draft,” Hezonja said. “I might, but who knows what pick I’ll be? Before I go to the NBA I want to become a leader and win with Barcelona.” Basketball Insiders

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