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September 23, 2013 Updates

Parker said in the press conference following that game that France were playing like “tapettes” during a first half in which they trailed by double-digits. The world translates into loosely into fairy or fag, according to various online dictionaries. He apologized for the comment at a later press conference: “I’d like to apologize to the gay community. I did not want to offend them. If I have offended the gay community, I apologize. It was not my intention at all. It is not right to say what I said I’m sorry. And apologize.” San Antonio Express-News

Three months earlier, Parker had lunch with Pau Gasol in a Barcelona restaurant while in town to shoot a commercial. They shared personal tales, but also reminisced about how often their paths had crossed, in the NBA and on the international stage. In particular, he confessed his frustration to the Los Angeles Lakers forward over how he, and Spain, had been the chief barrier to French ambitions of a first-ever major championship during the past decade. "I told Pau, he's the reason why I keep coming every year and keep pushing my team," Parker said. "It's like the Detroit Pistons and the Chicago Bulls. You keep losing, you get closer. ESPN.com

"Man, 13 years and I'm still chasing. It's because of you." That's how long Parker and Boris Diaw had been pursuing this goal, a gold to match the one they won together in the Under-18 European Championships. "Step by step, that's the normal way," Diaw said. "It's tough overnight to get the gold. That's what we've been doing for 10 years. We got better and better. First we got the bronze. Then the silver." And now this. ESPN.com

September 22, 2013 Updates
September 21, 2013 Updates

Two possessions later, Parker drove right into traffic, into the hands of Rodriguez. Off went Calderon, into the corner, a shot curling through the air, as the buzzer prepared to sound. Collet, like everyone, just watched and gasped. "You just hope," he thought. "For sure, we could lose it." But this time, they did not. When overtime ended, the weight of past failure was lifted off French shoulders. Mickael Gelabale offered Diaw a high five. Not enough, he thought. The pair embraced. And then, as a team, they went into a huddle, as Spanish heads bowed around them. Diaw spoke up. "Yes," he said, "be happy we're going to the final. But now we've got one more important game." For a few minutes, before thoughts turned to Lithuania, they soaked up the moment and savored the slaying of their nemesis. And why not? "We finally beat this team," Batum smiled. "This team have given us so many nightmare, breaking our dream every time. We wanted this win, we wanted this game. We finally did it." ESPN.com

September 18, 2013 Updates

During Spain’s 90-60 blowout win over Serbia, Gasol hit teammate Sergio Llull with this incredible full-court pass, which Llull caught for an easy layup. He wows in the NBA with his passing, which is rare for a player his size, but his dominance over other players is even more pronounced in EuroBasket. Just look at the degree of difficulty of this pass: For The Win

September 15, 2013 Updates
September 14, 2013 Updates

Does it feel a little weird to be wearing this jersey? Pooh Jeter: No, because I never really got the chance to represent the U.S. When I received these colors I treated it the same way I treat playing for any other team: go out there, play hard and make sure I do my job. I'm thankful, it's an honor. But I guess it's a little different for you... For your Ukrainian-born teammates, it's national pride at stake. PJ: They are probably used to seeing this. It's been going on for a while: JR Holden representing Russia, Bo McCalebb (Macedonia), Dontaye Draper (Croatia), Zack Wright (Bosnia-Herzegovina)... It's so many American point guards taking these spots... If I was a rookie coming out of school, it would probably be weird but I'm such a veteran in Europe and in this basketball world so we just treat it as just 'Me coming to their team'. HoopsHype

How was that phone call when you were told Ukraine wanted you? PJ: My agent Andre Buck told me 'Yo, this is getting serious, man'. I really thought about it and all my friends told me I should do it. You are going out there, you're going to play basketball, even though you are away from home... Get that experience, playing for coach Fratello. Go for it. Everybody was pushing me to do it: Baron Davis, Bobby Brown, Brandon Heath, Trevor Ariza... HoopsHype

September 10, 2013 Updates
September 9, 2013 Updates

Emiliano Carchia: Marco Belinelli will NOT play today against Sweden. Travis Diener is out as well missing the second consecutive game Twitter @SportandoBasket

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