A Spanish court is investigating the alleged use of false passports by two American basketball players. Both players allegedly used false passports issued by Equatorial Guinea in order to give their respective teams the ability to add another non-European player to its respective rosters. Due to a competition rule which allows players from African, Caribbean and Pacific countries to count as Europeans, both sides then freed up one additional spot. The players in question are Marcus Slaughter and Andy Panko, who respectively played for Real Madrid and Fuenlabrada last season.
The Oklahoma City Thunder will visit the capital of Spain next October to play against Real Madrid at the Barclaycard Center. The game, which is one of the NBA Global Games 2016 tour games that the Thunder will play this fall, will be played during the first week of October.
In an interview with ESPN, which you can see below, Bryant said one time when Barcelona went to Los Angeles, he met up with Ronaldinho, quoting the star as saying the follow. “Kobe, look, I’m going to introduce you to the guy who is going to be the greatest player of all time,” Bryant recalled. And who was it? None other than the world’s current top player, Lionel Messi.
Hezonja went as far to say that he wasn’t even a fan of playing in Europe, especially the Liga Endesa, considered the second best basketball league in the world. “I didn’t hate the ACB,” he says. “I just didn’t like the organisation of the teams, how everything goes, the style of everything, I just had a problem with it but I feel more comfortable in the NBA than the ACB.”