HoopsHype Finland rumors

April 22, 2014 Updates

The Finns, meanwhile, have announced a 26-strong preliminary squad for this summer. Finland preliminary squad for FIBA Baskeball World Cup: Roope Ahonen, Joonas Caven, Samuel Haanpaa, Shawn Huff, Antti Kanervo, Ville Kaunisto, Mikko Koivisto, Petteri Koponen, Tuukka Kotti, Gerald Lee Jr, Antero Lehto, Carl Lindbom, Oskar Michelsen, Alex Murphy, Erik Murphy, Kiummo Muurinen, Vesa Makalainen, Hanno Mottola, Antto Nikkarinen, Antti Nikkila, Matti Nuutinen, Anton Odabasi, Julius Rajala, Teemu Rannikko, Sasu Salin and Samuli Vanttaja. FIBA.com

March 21, 2014 Updates

Erik Murphy wants to play 2014 FIBA World Championship. Murphy, whose mother is Finnish, has decided to play for Finland national basketball team. "I want to go to Spain and try to fit in with the teamand do whatever I can to help the team win games. I don't know what my role will be or what they expect to me, but playing for your country is always something special". Sportando

February 3, 2014 Updates
February 2, 2014 Updates

Traditional powers Brazil, Turkey and Greece were selected, as was Finland, a bid that came with some measure of controversy because the Finnish bid was backed by Rovio — the company behind the hugely popular “Angry Birds” video game franchise — pledging to advertise for the tournament if its home country received one of the four wild-card spots. “I don’t think so,” Teletovic said when asked if reasons outside of basketball should affect which teams qualify. “I think it should be deserved. I think they should look at the past five or six years, who is making good results, who is playing and who has always been fair, not which players do they have and media and market coverage.” New York Post

February 1, 2014 Updates
October 7, 2013 Updates

Finland is applying to get a wild card to take part in 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain. The Finnish National Team (Susijengi) passed the first round at Eurobasket in Slovenia beating also Greece. Sportando

June 28, 2011 Updates

Amid various Internet reports indicting Lakers forward Ron Artest plans to play for a Finland professional basketball team, agent David Bauman said they aren't true and are nothing more than a "publicity stunt." "I'm his agent and nothing has come across my desk," Bauman said. "Although Ron has asked me to explore all options over in Europe in the event of a prolonged lockout, there are several legal and business considerations that have to be addressed. The biggest one involves insurance. None of those have been addressed and I don't even know who this guy claiming to have an agreement is. Final thing is what if the league has a lockout for say two weeks and then end up getting a deal. It becomes a moot point." Los Angeles Times

“Finland’s top league Korisliiga will witness some serious NBA talent in September 2011, when Los Angeles Lakers forward/multipersonality Ron Artest will join league newcomer LoKoKo Loimaa. “The 31-year old Artest has three years left in his Lakers contract, but that doesn’t seem to bother LoKoKo sports director Aleksi Valavuori, who backs up the rumor in Tuesday’s Ilta-Sanomat newspaper. Ball In Europe

July 24, 2010 Updates

Petteri Koponen's bid to be fit for Finland's EuroBasket qualifying campaign has ended after he was forced to have another operation. Koponen was attempting to battle back from a stress fracture in his foot suffered in April, and spoke optimistically about his chances of returning earlier this week. However, that schedule has now been abandoned. "The bone in Peter's leg is improving with the rehabilitation, and it has been in line with expectations," said team doctor Aleksi Kallioniemi. "But Peter has had a small routine operation aimed at preventing a recurrence of the same injury. FIBA Europe

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