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Dirk Nowitzki on if college was a serious option for him, and his path to the NBA: “Yeah, it was, and I had basically two options: It was either college or stay in Europe with a big club. I visited Barcelona, Real Madrid, some of those teams, two teams in Italy and practice there and get better and better and then maybe try to jump in the NBA, and then what happened was I had that huge Hoop Summit game, kind of out of nowhere I came over, when we played the best high school guys in the U.S., and I kind of had 34 or whatever, and that changed everything, I mean, all of a sudden, I had agents calling Holger, and it was nuts just from that one game, I had scouts calling Holger, and numerous colleges—I think I had like 36 college offers. Yeah, it was kind of all in the open, but that one game, that Hoop Summit kind of changed everything, and then I ended up deciding, ‘Hey, let me try the NBA, and if it doesn’t work, I can always come back to Europe and play at a high level for a long, long time. I was a little worried about in college, since I was a seven-footer, that they might just put me in the weight room and lift weights for years straight, not even see the court, and make me strong, make me a back-to-the-basket player … And then I said, ‘Ok, I’ll try the NBA,’ and I was always really to have Nellie my first couple of years. He was perfect for my skill-set with the stretch-four and mismatches and stuff like that, and even in the NBA, it worked out perfectly, because he was the coach in the beginning in Dallas.” Dallas Morning News

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Nikola Mirotic: I don't rule out staying with Real Madrid. I have a two-year contract and right now I'm comfortable here. This is home for me. Canal Plus

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Does it make sense financially to go to the NBA? Nikola Mirotic: For me the most important thing is hopes and goals. It's not a money thing. I will do what my heart tells me, whatever it's the best for me, go to Chicago or stay in Madrid to improve my game, give something more and build a future. I don't know now, but I'm close to making a decision. As

Has Real Madrid made a good offer? Nikola Mirotic: That question, you would have to ask the club about it. I know they have talked with my agent, but they haven't come to an agreement yet. As

A few days, you said you were waiting for the Spanish Basketball Federation to tell you if they wanted you to play the World Championship. Any update about that? Nikola Mirotic: Nothing. I haven't read anything about it and nobody has contacted me. I spoke my mind, but I don't have any problem with the Federation and I will respect any decision they make. But will you get angry if they say no? Mirotic: There wouldn't be any problem, like there was no problem before. But we will have to wait for their decision and then we'll see how I feel. As

March 30, 2014 Updates

Lopez was eventually the one lying on the ground. It was October 2002, and the Timberwolves took on the Boston Celtics in a preseason game at an obscure arena in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Lopez charged into swingman Paul Pierce and twisted awkwardly. He tore the ACL and MCL in his left knee, and writhed on the floor, fearing the worst. It was over. Lopez, who was entering his fifth season, rehabilitated, but never played another regular-season game in the NBA. Living in Miami, he transitioned to television, working for Telemundo as an analyst, but wanted back on court after a while. He had a daughter named Anuhea Alexa, and left the States to play in Europe, suiting up for a team in Oldenburg, Germany. The new country piqued his interest, and he drove for hours on off days, stopping at the Berlin Wall, touring Munich and drinking in Oktoberfest. He was enchanted by the journey. “They walk 10 miles to the woods and suddenly there’s a castle,” Lopez says. “When you get there they just have beer after beer after beer.” He followed the bouncing ball to Spain, back stateside and through South America. International competition always thrilled him, but sometimes the unexpected clipped Lopez. New York Daily News

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Nikola Mirotic of Real Madrid said that he wants to play for Spanish National Team next summer. Mirotic, who has a passport from Montenegro and Spain, missed Eurobasket 2013, but now he intends to play FIBA World Cup in Spain next summer. "I want to play for Spain. I don’t want that people have doubt about me. I hope that Spanish federation will publicly say if they want Serge Ibaka or me to play” said Mirotic. Sportando

March 15, 2014 Updates

As it was expected the return of Lamar Odom to the States proved to be also the end of his short European career. His club, Laboral Kutxa, announced that his contract is terminated because he will not be ready to return to action at least for a two month period due to his back problems. The idea of a new career in the old continent might seemed like a possibility for Odom when he crossed the pond, however he was used in total just in two games by his team and only for six minutes in the top European competition, Euroleague. EuroHoops.net

As he said via the press release of the Spanish club: “The voyage has not ended, but I have to be responsible towards the club. I am injured and I will need two months in the States for rehab. I am satisfied with the club and the city and everything happens for a reason. I think there is a home for me in Vitoria”. EuroHoops.net

March 14, 2014 Updates

Because Odom only signed a two-month contract with Laboral Kutxa Baskonia, sources said, it is still being determined whether he will return to the club before the end of the Spanish season. After a long layoff, Odom signed the two-month deal with Baskonia on Feb. 18. But he played in only two games for the Vitoria-based club that has sent the likes of Goran Dragic, Luis Scola, Tiago Splitter and Jose Calderon to the NBA, logging just 23 minutes in those appearances. ESPN.com

The two-month contract does include an option for Baskonia to extend the contract through he rest of the Spanish season, which has another two months to run. Such deals typically contain out clauses that allow established veterans such as Odom to return to the NBA if the opportunity arises, but ESPN.com reported last month that Odom's plan was to play out the rest of the 2013-14 campaign in Europe before determining whether to make an NBA comeback. ESPN.com

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