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Damjan Rudez is eager to return to the Croatia squad and help the national team build on the positive momentum that started last summer during its successful FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament (OQT) campaign in Turin.
New York Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis "absolutely" wants to help Latvia in their FIBA EuroBasket 2017 campaign. In an interview with FIBA.com, Porzingis, who last played for his country at the FIBA U18 European Championship 2013, has yet to confirm that he will be with the national side when it competes in Istanbul.
When asked if it was possible for him to play this summer for the national team and if he'd like to compete at the FIBA EuroBasket, Porzingis answered: "Yes, absolutely. I would like to help the team get to the second round and have a great campaign."
Danilo Gallinari told La Gazzetta dello Sport that he will play at Eurobasket for the Italian National Team. “I will play. There is no reason for me to miss the media day scheduled for July 20 in Milan. Only injuries stopped me from playing with the Italian National Team which is above everything” Gallinari said.
Sacramento Kings center Kostas Koufos is undecided on whether he will represent Greece at this summer’s Eurobasket. Speaking to Greek outlet Cosmote, Koufos admitted that he had not thought about his summer plans with the national side.
Willy Hernangomez has a rich summer ahead — a chance to work with his “idol,” Grizzlies star center Marc Gasol, every day for more than a month. Gasol has committed to playing for the Spanish National team in the European Championships. Hernangomez, the Knicks’ stud rookie center, wants to play but hasn’t yet gotten permission from team brass.
Mario Hezonja said Friday he intends to spend almost his entire offseason in Orlando in order to prepare for the 2017-18 NBA season. “I need extra work,” Hezonja said. “I need [to do] everything possible to make my game better.”
Croatia will play in the European championships this summer. But Hezonja will forego playing for his national team.
Mario Hezonja said Friday he intends to spend almost his entire offseason in Orlando in order to prepare for the 2017-18 NBA season. “I need extra work,” Hezonja said. “I need [to do] everything possible to make my game better.”
Croatia will play in the European championships this summer. But Hezonja will forego playing for his national team.
Nicolas Batum: “I have not missed a competition with France since 2004, counting the junior National Teams. The decision is taken. I will officially announce it at the end of the NBA Season. I am going to be treated like a mercenary or a coward. But I’ve 127 selections with National Team. I played twice against Blazers’ opinion and I played a Eurobasket with a shoulder injury” Batum said.
While Euro rookies Willy Hernangomez (Spain) and Mindaugas Kuzminskas (Lithuania) say they expect to play in the European Championships in late August/September, Kristaps Porzingis has made no decisions for Latvia. Porzingis told The Post he still is debating and wants to talk to the Knicks about it. Last summer, Porzingis decided against playing for Latvia in its Olympic qualifier. Hernangomez and Kuzminskas played for their respective countries in the Olympics in Rio last summer.
"Pau has also told me he's coming," Scariolo said. "All of them want to see how they finish the season. For them to say that they’re looking forward to coming and asking what we're going to do is a first good step, but then we have to wait and see how they end the season - the physical status of those that have to take part in the play-offs. We have to wait until then to have a definite idea but the pre-disposition of all of the players is very good."
Marc Gasol, Pau's younger brother, is set to play after a two-year absence. Marc Gasol chose to sit out FIBA EuroBasket 2015 while an injury prevented him from playing last summer in Brazil. "We’ll begin training on 28 July and we’ll have to change our way of playing with respect to the last two years when Marc hasn’t been here," Scariolo said. "We’ll have to incorporate him. It’s an important readjustment and there are many things that we’re working on."
"(Nikola) Mirotic and (Serge) Ibaka have confirmed their availability," Scariolo said to Onda Cero radio. "Obviously there is a different status and situation, but all of the players have confirmed to me their availability, although with certain provisos. Each has his own circumstances and own situation, but the availability of all is very good."
Scariolo will only be allowed to call up Mirotic or Ibaka, but not both, since each can only compete for the country as a naturalized Spaniard. Ibaka played at FIBA EuroBasket 2011, the 2012 Olympics and the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup while Mirotic represented the country at FIBA EuroBasket 2015 and at last year's Olympics.
Do you intend to play at FIBA EuroBasket 2017 this summer? Joffrey Lauvergne: Yes, that is a goal for me. I want to play for the national team. Things have been going well for me with the national team and I enjoy spending my summer with the guys from the team and staff.
Motiejunas also revealed that he aims to join the Lithuanian national team in the upcoming Eurobasket. “I have much desire to play for the national team. Last year due to certain circumstances I was out but I hope that things will work out this year and I’ll be able to play with the national team.”
FIBA EuroBasket 2017 action will tip-off when Slovenia take on Poland at 13:45 local time (12:45 CET) on August 31 in Group A action in Helsinki Arena, Finland. Group B in Tel Aviv Arena, Israel, will also begin on August 31, whilst Group C, in Polyvalent Hall, Cluj-Napoca, Romania and Group D in Fenerbahce Arena, Istanbul, Turkey, will begin one day later.
Pau Gasol confirmed once again that he wants to play with the Spanish national team in the upcoming Eurobasket 2017. “My desire of playing for the national team is very big and I’ve been proving it for many years, but now I’m trying to be more cerebral at the moment I’m in my career, no more and no less, “said Gasol speaking to ‘El Larguero’ show of Cadena SER.
However, there’s no final decision on the matter “so far” and everything still depends on his NBA season. “The load of games can take a toll on you and taking breaks are more important for me. I hope that with San Antonio we get as far as possible and if that is the case we will finish our season in the middle or at the end of June, so the decision will not be easy”, he added.
The 27-year-old, who is in London with the Pacers as they face the Denver Nuggets at the O2 Arena on Thursday night is understandably focussing on his club duties but has said that he will make contact with the federation during the season. “I haven’t spoken to the French federation yet but it’s something I am going to do at some point,” Seraphin said. “Being honest, it’s a step-by-step thing but I am hopeful to play for France this summer. However, my focus is with the Pacers and I am waiting to see where I stand in regards to the rotation and where I stand here and see where I might be with the national side moving forward.”
Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio says it's far "too early" to know if he'll be in a Spain team that will be taking aim at a fourth European title in five years next summer. The desire to be on that roster is already there, though. "Of course, if I'm healthy," he said to FIBA.com. "But sometimes I speak too early and then I get hurt, so I just want to focus right now on this situation with the (Minnesota) team."
Spain's opponents in the Group Phase at FIBA EuroBasket 2017 will be Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Montenegro and Romania in Group C. "The European Championship is always hard," Rubio said. "There are a lot of good teams and it's not an easy tournament. Sometimes it's harder than a World Cup. "You just have to play tough. We know the last European Championship, we weren't favorites but we won. We're trying to bring the best team so we can win again."
Eurobasket champions Spain have a favourable draw as they travel to Romania to open their 2017 campaign in Cluj-Napoca. The 2015 winners will face Croatia, Czech Republic, Montenegro, Hungary and hosts Romania in Group C. Eurobasket runners-up Lithuania will be housed in Tel Aviv, where they are drawn with the hosts Israel, Ukraine, Georgia, Italy and Germany. Group D, which takes place at the Ulker Sports Arena on the Asian side of Istanbul looks to be the toughest pool of the four as Turkey hosts Great Britain, Russia, Serbia, Latvia and Belgium.
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The Russian national team showed again how fully prepared it is ahead of the Eurobasket 2017 qualification games. After Belarus, it easily defeated Georgia 94 – 62. Alexey Shved (15 points, 7 rebounds) along with Vitaly Fridzon (13 points) and Timofey Mozgov (12 points) shined the most from Russia.
Spain beat Lithuania 80-63 to win Eurobasket 2015. Spain dominated the game since the first quarter and Lithuania was never able to compete at Spain’s level. Lithuania wins the second straight silver medal at Eurobasket.
Pau Gasol led Spain with 25 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 blocks and 10 fouls drawn. Rudy added 11 points before the injury while Llull had 12 points. Kalnietis and Seibutis scored 13 points each for Lithuania while Valanciunas had 10 points and 9 rebounds.
Their fates and their accomplishments, in their native land at least, will forever be intertwined. "There is definitely something special," Gasol told ESPN.com. "But I don't know if it's coincidence, or if it's timing. Our generation, of the 1980s, it is a mix of special players and that's why we were so successful early on and that's why there are still a few of us left playing at a high level."
Nicolas Batum explained what was in his own words a “nightmare”. As he said: “For 15 hours the only thing I have in my head is missing those free throws in overtime. We are living in a nightmare but we have to wake up and finish the job by winning a medal. We have to help Tony Parker, return to him some of the things he gave us. I have the greatest respect of him and I will continue showing him this, even if he averages 2 points per game”. For Pau Gasol he added: “Even if some times his fouls are not called, he have won this because of his career and status”.
Les Bleus, without a single free throw in the opening 20 minutes, felt the calls were not going their way. "It was tough," Gobert said. "The first half I tried not to foul. Because I knew they were calling everything. Pau had a couple of baskets on me. In the second half, I tried to turn it up but I got called every time. It was tough. The rules are different in Europe. It's hard to guard on the post. You can only use one arm. I can't really touch him. It's hard to guard. When you can't use your hands, he's almost unguardable."
Without him, La Roja would have never made it past the first round in Berlin. Thanks to him, they will play for the gold medal Sunday against Serbia or Lithuania, against all expectations. "I just prepared myself to play at my best level," said Gasol, now averaging a tournament-high 23.6 points per game. "I was trying to take advantage of the moment I'm going through and the good shape I'm in. Knowing that we have significant players that are not here this year, I knew I would have to carry a little more responsibility. But I try to bring inspiration and motivation to my teammates. That's what I try to do every single game."
However after Thursday’s semifinal, the captain of the French national team and San Antonio Spurs star became also the all time top passer of the Eurobaskets with 224 assists, surpassing Lithuanian legend Sarunas Jasikevicius (224). Parker has at this point the advantage, however Milos Teodosic who has 174 assists and he is still 28 years old can reach the top in the future.
For the second time in the course of seven days, the attendance record for an indoor basketball game in Europe has been broken! 26,922 people were in attendance at Pierre Mauroy Stadium in Lille on Thursday night to watch the first #EuroBasket2015 semi-final between France and Spain!
And, that World Cup experience, coupled with the following NBA season has only made him better going into Eurobasket 2015, where he has wowed the hometown folk in Montpellier and Lille with his defensive work ethic and vast improvement on the offensive end. “It’s been great,” claimed Gobert. “I feel confident, I feel stronger and I’ve got great coaches that are helping me along the way. I’m getting great advice from my French team-mates as well and it helps that we know each other so well. Certainly playing internationals helps me when I go to the NBA season as I’m already in game shape and ready for camp. “
Porzingis didn’t play with the Latvian national team in this year's EuroBasket tournament but he plans on playing for the team in the future. “Before the draft I was going to play for the national team, especially because the group round was in Latvia. It was a huge event. But once I got drafted by the Knicks, I just felt the pressure,” Porzingis said. “I understood how good the guys were on the team and everything, so I said, ‘If I really want to gain weight and get better in the summer, playing with the national team, I’ll be playing, not gaining weight.’ So that was the best option for me this summer. But in the future, I obviously want to play for the national team. But first I have to establish my career here, in the NBA.”
Nicolas Batum speaking on Greek channel OTE TV he had only good things to say about Giannis Antetokounmpo and about his impressive improvement. According to the French, star the “Greek freak” has already taken the next step: “Antetokounmpo is amazing. His game against Spain was impressive. He is huge and very long. He is almost a 7 footer and he can play like a guard. You see him dribbling on the court and he runs with the ball like great perimeter players do. When he has the ball in his hands, he dribbles like Tony Parker”.
Emiliano Carchia: Andrea Bargnani is game time decision for the game against Lithuania. Simone Pianigiani said it is up to him, how he feels tomorrow
Andrea Bargnani will likely play Eurobasket quarterfinals on Wednesday against Lithuania. Il Mago suffered a minor calf injury against Israel on Sunday. The new Nets power forward is game time decision against Lithuania but there are high chances he will be able to play.
Nets Daily: Italian medical team to evaluate @Andrea Bargnani Monday. Italy plays Lithuania in Wednesday night's FIBA quarter finals in Lille, France.
As Spanish coach Sergio Scariolo revealed in the press conference: “The doctors told me that Pau couldn’t play more than five minutes straight. But after the first five minutes, when I asked him to come to bench he told me now. “I will take the risk”, he answered me and he had an amazing game”.
Pau Gasol was in pain just before the start of the game against Poland and he had to run to the locker rooms in order to get medical treatment. However, this was the start of an amazing story. As Spanish coach Sergio Scariolo revealed in the press conference: “The doctors told me that Pau couldn’t play more than five minutes straight. But after the first five minutes, when I asked him to come to bench he told me now. “I will take the risk”, he answered me and he had an amazing game”. Spain’s leader led his team to the quarter-finals with an extraordinary performance, having 30 points on 6/7 from the three-point range. And while Rudy Fernandez is day to day and may miss the next big game versus Greece in the quarterfinals, Gasol is ready to play: “I never jumped off the boat and I will not do that now. We play against Greece, I will play for sure”.
David 'Dubi' Pick: Lithuania, Espana, Poland, Turks & more NTs ramping up complaints to FIBA about poor hotel conditions in Lille. Poland & Lithuania stressed that delivered cuisine isn't fit for Marcin Gortat, Jonas Valanciunas - NBA stars. Espana, Finland, Turks, others called for field trips for dinner. Opted against hotel menus.
By virtue of their early exit here, the Germans cannot qualify directly for Rio 2016. However a recent, belated change to the process to obtain berths in Brazil next summer means that any country taking part in the current round of continental championships can bid to host -– and participate in -- one of the three Olympic Qualification Tournaments, to take place early next summer. And with the German Federation understood to be considering a bid, the presumption that this was Nowitzki’s farewell may be mis-placed.
Pau Gasol: I'm very proud of our team's spirit! Tonight we have taken an important step in the tournament. Always an honor to play against Dirk, one of the best players to ever play the game. #Eurobasket2015
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Earl K. Sneed: Dirk Nowitzki has passed Nikos Galis to become the No. 2 scorer in EuroBasket history, in addition to being the No. 7 scorer in NBA history.
Nikola Mirotic: I am deeply sorry about my reaction after the game. I did not realise that it was a flag let alone the serbian one. I was looking at the floor due to the tension of the game and I felt something on my face. I would never offend any symbols.
Russia failed miserably in the Eurobasket and the new federation president Andrei Kirilenko has to take action in order to turn things around. However, coach Pashutin is ready to take the blame for the bad results. As he said: “I am ready to speak with the president of the federation, Andrei Kirilenko, and face the face the consequences. I am the coach and I understand that I am the only one responsible for the bad results of the team”.
We’ve talked before about how Tony Parker is playing for legacy at this point in his career. The future Hall of Famer already is a four-time NBA champion, Finals MVP (2007), six-time All-Star, four time All-NBA second team, and European champion. Monday you can add to that EuroBasket all time leading scorer to the list. Parker put up 11 points Sunday in just 20 minutes as France blew out Bosnia and Herzegovina on the second day of the tournament. That gives Parker 1,030 points in his EuroBasket career — tied for the most all time with 1980s Euro star Nikos Galis of Greece.
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Carmelo Anthony on playing for Lakers: I'm really going to enjoy it

Before we get you out of here, have to pepper you with a few Lakers questions. How are you going to look in purple and gold? Carmelo Anthony: [Laughs] That’s a good question. I think it’ll be fun. I’m really going to enjoy it. I sat and talked about the loyalty and learning the business of basketball so now being in this part of my life and my career it’s like I understand it. So I’m going into it with a different mindset and type of understanding with what’s at stake. What do we have to do, what do I have to do in order to make this work? I’m looking forward to it, to be honest with you.
For the naysayers, like me, who question how this Lakers roster will work over a long regular-season and into the playoffs, especially because you guys are historically old, why are we fools for doubting? Carmelo Anthony: To be honest, I think it’ll be too easy for you guys to be like, “Yeah, they’re going to be like this.” It’s too easy. You guys are baiting people to start a debate. It’s all about debate. We get it. We understand it. This is what you guys have to do. We understand that and we laugh at it and take it with a grain of salt and move on because everybody on the outside have their opinions about it and we’re the ones who know who we are. We know what we have to do. We know how we going to do it. Those are the things we have to deal with. So it’s easy for the outsiders or naysayers to give their overall perspective and it’s very opinionated. And ya’ll should do that. [Laughs] You should do that because it bring more viewers and bring more eyeballs and bring more conversation and more anticipation. If and when it does happen, winning a championship, that’s the fun part.
“We have to promote our sport culture, stop being afraid of being ambitious,” Fournier explained. “I want this to change and our team can do it. We are not afraid of anyone. My vision is to become as dominant as Spain has been in the last fifteen years. Tokyo is just our first final … I want to win Eurobasket 2022. This is not the time to stop. We have the opportunity to build a dynasty. “This team must grow every summer, relive the same emotions, reactivate what has made possible our success in Tokyo: putting aside the ego, fighting for each other, having this winning mentality. And starting over every year. It is an opportunity for our sport, but also something that can go beyond basketball, help sport in France. We can set an example for an entire generation.”