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USA WIN U-17 GOLD MEDAL GAME VS AUSTRALIA - AUG. 16th - EUROBASKET 2015 QUALIFYING RESULTS - DAY TWO - AUG. 13th PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 13 August 2014 00:44

-  AUG. 17th - EB QUALIF. - T. KLEPEISZ BUZZER GAME WINNER - AUSTRIA

-       AUG. 17th - GIANNIS A. DUNK GREECE -  J. AGUILAR DUNK PHILIPP.

-          AUG. 16th - USA 95 BRAZIL 78 - FULL - UKRAINE 63 FRANCE 56

-           AUG. 16th - LITHUANIA 86 GREECE 67 -  D. MOTIEJUNAS DUNK

-       AUG 15th - FRANCE 76 PHILIPPINES 63 -  AUSTRALIA 74 UKRAINE 65

-                            AUG 14th - SPAIN 70 TURKEY 63 - FULL

-  AUG. 12th - SPAIN 77 TURKEY 55 - AUG. 10th - SPAIN 79 ANGOLA 70 - FULL

-      SPAIN WILL FEEL THE HEAT TO WIN GOLD WITH NO DURANT ON TEAM USA

 

-                          AUG. 11th - LITHUANIA 91 AUSTRALIA 78

-          KEY SUMMER TRANSACTIONS - EUROPEAN LEAGUES 2014-15 SEASON

-       TEAM USA & COACH K SCOUTING IN 2006 LOSS - IT WAS ALL GREEK NUMBERS

-           NBA SUMMER TRANSACTIONS - FORMER EUROPEAN LEAGUE PLAYERS

 

-                    WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP U-17 FINAL -  AUG. 16th


-  USA WIN GOLD BY SEVEN PTS GUARD MALIK NEWMAN NAMED MVP OF TOURNEY

1. USA 99 Australia 92 - USA defeated Serbia by 21 points in the Semis and won by big point margins in every game other than the 83-73 win over Greece, but today in the U-17 Gold medal game versus Australia, they used their depth and rebounding advantage, to grab a seven point win and are the U-17 World champs for 2014.  The game was won on the offensive glass for USA, as they outrebounded Australia 57-31 and 26-8 on the offensive glass.   USA was led on the perimeter by combo-guard Malik Newman with 21 points, on 8-21 FG, 2-8(3PT), 3-6 FT, 11 rebounds, 3 assists and he was named the MVP of the U-17 tourney, he was folllowed by SG-SF Jayson Tatum with 15 points, while SF Josh Jackson and PF Harry Giles added 13 points apiece IN the Gold medal win.   Australia was led in scoring by SG Dejan Vasiljevic with 29 points, on 9-24 FG, 6-14 from long range, 5-7 FT and was followed by SG Tom Wilson with 23 points, 7 assists, while PF Kouat NOI added 13 points.

 

-                     SERBIA WIN BRONZE MEDAL GAME VERSUS SPAIN

2. Serbia 62 Spain 59 - Nikola Rakicevic (17 PT) Ramon Vila (20 PT, 10 R)

 

-                                  U-17 ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM 2014

1. Malik Newman - USA - MVP - PG-SG - 14.9(PT)3.8(R)3.0(A)

2. Dejan Vasilijevic - Australia - SG - 17.4(PT)7.2(R)1.2(A)

3. Nikola Rakicevic - Serbia - SF - 12.4(PT)5.5(R)0.7(A)

4. Diamond Stone - USA - PF-C - 13.4(PT)10.0(R)1.5(A)

5. Isaac Humphries - Australia - C - 18.9(PT)12.3(R)1.8(A)

 

-            WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP U-17 SEMIFINAL RESULTS - AUG. 15th


-          USA & AUSTRALIA ADVANCE TO THE U-17 FINAL ON SATURDAY

1. USA 89 Serbia 68 - Team USA has won by huge numbers versus every team they have played in the 2014 U-17 World Championship, with the closest game being an 83-73 win versus Greece and today in the semifinal game versus Serbia, USA was only up 39-36 after the first half of play, but USA used their depth to win by 21 points and move on to the Saturday final versus Australia. USA outrebounded Serbia 52-37 and were led by SG Malik Newman with 15 points, on 6-14 FG, 2-6(3PT), 1-2 FT and was followed by Center Diamond Stone with 12 points, 8 rebounds, 2 blocks, while PF Caleb Swanigan added 11 points, 8 rebounds in the win.  Serbia was led by SG Nikola Rakicevic with 19 points, on 4-8 FG, 1-2 from 3 point land, 10-10 FT and was followed by guards Stefan Peno and Vojislav Stojanovic with 18 points apiece.

-      AUSTRALIA WIN IN OT ISAAC HUMPHRIES & DEJAN VASILJEVIC 36 PTS COMB.

2. Australia 80 Spain 74 OT - Isaac Humphries (22 PT) Jaume Sorolla (15 PT)

 

-          WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP U-17 QUARTERFINAL RESULTS - AUG. 14th


-         USA, SERBIA, AUSTRALIA & SPAIN ADVANCE TO SEMIFINAL ROUND

1. USA 113 China 71 - Henry Ellenson (21 PT, 10 R) Hao Fu (16 PT)

2. Serbia 71 Canada 64 - Vanja Marinkovic (18 PT) Jamal Murray (24 PT)

3. Australia 76 Puerto Rico 52 - Dejan Vasiljevic (21 PT, 13 R) Arnaldo Toro (18 PT)

4. Spain 71 France 67 - Sergi Garcia (20 PT) Stephane Gombauld (21 PT, 11 R)

 

-                     SEMIFINAL MATCHUPS FRIDAY AUGUST 15th

-                  1. USA VS Serbia               2. Australia VS Spain

 

-             EUROBASKET 2015 QUALIFYING RESULTS - DAY TWO - AUG. 13th


-     BOSNIA GO TO 1-0 NETS MIRZA TELETOVIC 25 PTS 8-13 FG 3-5(3PT) 6-6 FT

1. Bosnia 80 Great Britain 67 - Mirza Teletovic (25 PT) Daniel Clark (14 PT)

-   ITALY GO TO 1-0 ROCKETS 2ND ROUND PICK SF ALESSANDRO GENTILE 20 PTS

2. Italy 65 Russia 63 - Alessandro Gentile (20 PT) Timofey Mozgov (17 PT, 11 R)

-    CZECH REPUBLIC 1-1 WIZARDS PICK PG TOMAS SATORANSKY 18 PTS LEADS

3. Czech Republic 89 Portugal 53 - Tomas Satoransky (18 PT) Jose Silva (11 PT)

4. Latvia 86 Slovakia 66 - Kaspars Berzins (18 PT) Peter Sedmak (17 PT)

5. Montenegro 70 Bulgaria 64 - Vladimir Dragicevic (20 PT) Aleksandar Vezenkov (14 PT)

6. Israel 66 Holland 57 - Guy Pnini (16 PT) Roeland Schaftenaar (12 PT)

7. Germany 77 Austria 64 - Maximilian Kleber (20 PT) Enis Murati (27 PT)

8. Belgium 71 Belarus 57 - Pierre-Antoine Gillet (15 PT) Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (15 PT)

9. Hungary 74 Georgia 73 - David Vojvoda (20 PT) Zaza Pachulia (19 PT)

10. Romania 77 Sweden 72 - Catalin Baciu (18 PT) Martin Pahlmblad (17 PT)

11. Poland 113 Luxembourg 61 - Szymon Szewczyk (20 PT) Christopher Jones (16 PT)

12. Macedonia 81 Denmark 75 - D Sokolov, V Stojanovski, M Simonovski (12 PT) M Seilund (17 PT)


-              WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP U-17 RESULTS - DAY FOUR - AUG. 12th


-     QUARTERFINAL MATCHUPS ARE SET - GREECE LOSE TO AUSTRALIA & ARE OUT

-            USA, SERBIA & PUERTO RICO ALL STAY PERFECT AT 4-0 IN TOURNEY

-   USA PT. MARGINS 84, 60, 43 & 10 PT WIN VS GREECE BUT GREEKS NOT IN QFINALS


1. USA 122 Japan 38 - VIDEO NOT UP - Jayson Tatum (19 PT) Rui Hachimura (25 PT)

2. Serbia 116 United Arab E. 31 - Nikola Popovic (26 PT, 14 R) Mohammad Juma (12 PT)

3. Puerto Rico 86 Egypt 79 OT - Ivan Gandia (29 PT) Mohamed Abdelrahman (16 PT)

4. Australia 84 Greece 76 - Isaac Humphries (20 PT, 16 R) Antonios Koniaris (21 PT)

5. Spain 64 Argentina 57 - Santiago Yusta (18 PT) Jorge Mas Delfino (18 PT)

6. Canada 106 Angola 59 - Koby McEwen (23 PT) Silvio De Sousa (14 PT, 14 R)

7. France 86 Philippines 57 - Amine Noua (21 PT, 12 R) M Nieto, J Nieto (12 PT)

8. China 79 Italy 67 - Yanhao Zhao (32 PT) Andrea La Torre (17 PT)

 

-                      QUARTERFINAL MATCHUPS - AUGUST 14th

-                  1. USA VS China            2. Puerto Rico VS Australia

-                  3. Serbia VS Canada     4. Spain VS France

Last Updated on Sunday, 17 August 2014 22:58
 
EUROBASKET 2015 QUALIFYING RESULTS - DAY ONE - AUG. 10th PDF Print E-mail
Written by John   
Monday, 11 August 2014 23:54

-                          AUG. 12th - SPAIN 77 TURKEY 55

-                      AUG. 11th - LITHUANIA 91 AUSTRALIA 78

-  AUG 11th - WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP U-17 - DAY THREE RESULTS WITH FULL VIDEOS

-        SPAIN WILL FEEL THE HEAT TO WIN GOLD WITH NO DURANT ON TEAM USA

-      TEAM USA & COACH K SCOUTING IN 2006 LOSS - IT WAS ALL GREEK NUMBERS

-         KEY SUMMER TRANSACTIONS - EUROPEAN LEAGUES 2014-15 SEASON

-       NBA SUMMER TRANSACTIONS - FORMER EUROPEAN LEAGUE PLAYERS


-           EUROBASKET 2015 QUALIFYING RESULTS - DAY ONE - AUGUST 10th


1. Montenegro 100 Israel 97 OT - Taylor Rochestie (17 PT) Omri Casspi (28 PT, 10 R)

2. Switzerland 79 Russia 77 - Dusan Mladjan (24 PT) Nikita Kurbanov (13 PT)

3. Holland 62 Bulgaria 53 - Arvin Slgter (18 PT) Bozhidar Avramov (17 PT)

4. Poland 68 Germany 67 - Adam Waczynski (19 PT) Dennis Schroeder, H Schaffartzik (16 PT)

5. Iceland 83 Great Britain 70 - Haukur Palsson ((24 PT) Daniel Clark (20 PT)

6. Austria 84 Luxembourg 76 - Thomas Schreiner (16 PT) Tom Schumacher (19 PT)

7. Macedonia 76 Belgium 73 OT - B Trajkovski, V Stojanovski (16 PT) Axel Hervelle (17 PT)

8. Georgia 73 Czech Republic 62 - Zaza Pachulia (19 PT) Patrik Auda (18 PT)

9. Belarus 97 Denmark 72 - Aliaksandr Pustahvar (24 PT, 11 R) Esben Reinholt (14 PT)

10. Latvia 62 Sweden 50 - Kaspars Berzins (14 PT) Tobias Borg (11 PT)

11. Romania 81 Slovakia 69 - Titus Nicoara (20 PT) Nenad Milosevic (20 PT)

12. Hungary 58 Portugal 38 - David Vojvoda (20 PT) Fabio Lima (12 PT)

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 August 2014 00:26
 
SPAIN WILL FEEL THE HEAT EVEN MORE NOW TO WIN GOLD ON THEIR HOME COURT AS 2014 NBA MVP KEVIN DURANT WILL NOT COMPETE AT THE FIBA WORLD CUP PDF Print E-mail
Written by John   
Friday, 08 August 2014 01:17

-      AUG. 8th - KOSTAS PAPANIKOLAOU WILL PLAY WITH HOUSTON NEXT YEAR

-      ROCKETS RAISE LOW-BALL OFFER WITH 4.8 MILLION NEXT YEAR TO THE GREEK


-            AUG. 8th - GREECE 66 SERBIA 64 -  GIANNIS A. BUCKS SF - 3 PT FLOATER

-         TEAM USA & COACH K SCOUTING IN 2006 LOSS - IT WAS ALL GREEK NUMBERS


-    AUG. 8th - NAISMITH AGAIN FORGETS NICK GALIS & HIS 33 PPG CAREER - WAKE UP

 

-      GOLD OR BUST - DAVID BLATT & RUSSIA 2007 UPSET OF SPAIN ON HOME COURT


-      LOADED SQUAD FROM SPAIN WILL BE FAVORITE FOR GOLD WITH NO KEVIN DURANT

The home squad of the 2014 World Cup of basketball is Spain and the veteran team with many NBA players on the roster, that have played together for years in hot summer events, were going to feel the pressure to win the Gold medal on their home court, even before the breaking news of today that 2014 NBA MVP Kevin Durant decided he needed a break from basketball, as he will not play in Spain in September for team USA, but without Kevin Durant on a USA roster that already do not have LeBron James, Chris Paul, Kobe Bryant and Carmelo Anthony, from the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Gold Medal winning teams, that beat Spain in VERY CLOSE down the wire games, THE PRESSURE WILL BE ON SPAIN to win Gold versus a new team USA that will have less than a month of practice time versus the years that Spain has played together.

Spain has a tougher time than team USA in reaching the Gold Medal game, with France, Serbia, Brazil, Croatia, Argentina, Puerto Rico and Greece (The last nation to defeat team USA led NBA stars) on their side of the World Cup bracket, compared to USA that has only Turkey, Lithuania and Slovenia on their side, that could pull off an upset of the NBA USA stars, no disrespect to Gustavo Ayon and Mexico, but unless he plays like SHAQ on the inside, those other three squads are the only teams that USA must scout well to advance to the SEMIS.  USA scouting took a hit at the 2006 FIBA WC when coach K did not know who NUMBER FOUR & NUMBER SEVEN were on the Greek roster when he spoke about Theo Papaloukas and Vassilis Spanoulis in the post-game press conference loss to a TEAM WITH NO NBA PLAYERS.  Since the Greek loss, team USA has done a better job of scouting, but without the main guys from the 2008 and 2012 Gold medal squads and now no Kevin Durant, who carried team USA in the 2010 Gold medal WC in Turkey, EUROJOHNBBALL thinks Spain is now an seven to eight point favorite over team USA in the Gold medal game, if Spain can get out of the GROUP of DEATH on their side of the World Cup bracket.

Spain will have a HUGE advantage in the the frontline with NBA players Pau Gasol, Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka sitting in the paint and it will make things tough for team USA to get inside layups at the rim, so unless James Harden, Kyle Korver, Klay Thompson or Stephen Curry go crazy from 3 point land, Spain will grab another WC title, just as they did in 2006 over Greece in the Gold medal game.  Spain have many guards on the team that can run a team from the PG spot, but most NBA fans know Ricky Rubio of the Twolves, the other lead guards that can stick the DEEP 3 POINT shot better and will be in at the end of close knock-out games more than Ricky Rubio are New York Knicks PG Jose Calderon, 2014 Euroleague regular season MVP Sergio Rodriguez, Euroleague All-time leading scorer Juan Carlos Navarro and GLUE GUY combo-guard and the best perimeter defender on the Spanish squad Sergio Llull and all four of those guards along with SG-SF Rudy Fernandez will get many open looks with the Gasol brothers ability to post-up in the paint.   If coach K wins this Gold medal with no Durant on the home soil of the veteran Spanish squad, then it will be his best coaching job he has ever done.

Spain will feel the pressure on their home court, just like they did in the 2007 Eurobasket Gold medal game versus Russia, when Andrei Kirilenko, new Cavs coach David Blatt and a game winning jumper by American PG ???  J.R Holden shocked the basketball world with a HUGE upset on the Spanish home court .    Team USA has better individual talent on the 2014 roster than Russia had, but can they get it together in less than one month to put that 2007 Eurobasket PRESSURE back in the minds of the Spanish squad, that now MUST WIN GOLD IN SPAIN or it will be a lost summer for the proud Spanish players that love to compete for their home nation in any FIBA competion, Olympics, Euroibasket or FIBA World championship.     Fans in the USA will probably not watch much of this World Cup unless USA is in the Gold medal game, as NFL football and college football starts and football is KING in the USA, no matter who plays on the USA roster, USA fans will not get hyped for an event that is on the same time schedule as football.

Last Updated on Saturday, 09 August 2014 00:31
 
HOUSTON RAISE ORIGINAL LOW-BALL OFFER & SIGN GREEK SF KOSTAS PAPANIKOLAOU - FIBA U-17 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS DAY THREE - DUBAI - AUG. 11th PDF Print E-mail
Written by John   
Saturday, 09 August 2014 00:34

-                          AUG. 11th - LITHUANIA 91 AUSTRALIA 78

-    AUG. 10th - SERBIA 79 FRANCE 69 - JONAS VALANCIUNAS 20 PT VS FINLAND

-    AUG. 10th - CROATIA 68 GREECE 66 - RUDY FERNANDEZ ASSIST VS ANGOLA

-                      AUG. 9th - KOSTAS PAPANIKOLAOU 18 PTS VS FRANCE

-                        AUG. 9th - GIANNIS A. BUCKS SF - 11 PTS VS FRANCE

-            AUG. 9th - SERBIA 84 CROATIA 83 - BOGDAN BOGANOVIC 3 PT WINNER

 

-         AUG. 8th - KOSTAS PAPANIKOLAOU WILL PLAY WITH HOUSTON THIS YEAR

-     ROCKETS RAISE LOW-BALL OFFER WITH 4.8 MILLION NEXT YEAR TO THE GREEK

-    JAMES HARDEN JUST ROLE PLAYERS -  HE JUST GOT A WINNER AS A TEAMMATE

-        AUG. 8th - FRANCE 81 CROATIA 71 -  TIAGO SPLITTER DUNK VS ARGENTINA

-       THE TOP 25 GREEK PLAYERS PAST DECADE THAT COULD HAVE PLAYED IN NBA


-     TEAM USA & COACH K SCOUTING IN 2006 LOSS - IT WAS ALL GREEK NUMBERS

-         AUG. 8th - GREECE 66 SERBIA 64 -  GIANNIS A. BUCKS SF - 3 PT. FLOATER

-    SPAIN WILL FEEL THE HEAT TO WIN GOLD WITH NO KEVIN DURANT ON TEAM USA

-  AUG. 8th - NAISMITH AGAIN FORGETS NICK GALIS & HIS 33 PPG CAREER - WAKE UP

 

-        FIBA U-17 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS - DAY THREE - AUG. 11th


-               USA, SERBIA & PUERTO RICO ALL GO TO 3-0 IN DAY THREE

1. USA 124 Philippines 64 - M Newman, J Jackson (16 PT) Jose L Mendoza (19 PT)

2. Serbia 60 Argentina 57 - Stefan Kenic (18 PT) Maximo Fjellerup (15 PT)

3. Puerto Rico 110 United Arad E. 53 - Edwin Ebube (20 PT) Rashed Mohammad (21 PT)

4. Greece 62 Angola 51 - Vasileios Charalampopoulos (15 PT) Bruno Fernandes (16 PT, 14 R)

5. Italy 64 Spain 50 - Andrea La Torre (18 PT) Santiago Yusta (15 PT)

6. France 96 Japan 51 - Gauthier Denis (24 PT) Rui Hachimura (27 PT)

7. Canada 85 Australia 74 - Jamal Murray (25 PT) Isaac Humphries (41 PT, 19 R)

8. China 84 Egypt 58 - Hao Fu, Jinqiu Hu (18 PT) Omar Farag, Raouf Elsafany (11 PT)

 

-             FIBA U-17 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS - DAY TWO - AUG. 9th


-         USA, SERBIA, ARGENTINA, AUSTRALIA & PUERTO RICO ALL GO TO 2-0

1. USA 99 Angola 56 - Harry Giles (14 PT) Silvio De Sousa (17 PT)

2. Puerto Rico 58 Italy 51 - Arnaldo Toro (20 PT) Leonardo Tote (16 PT)

3. Australia 84 France 81 - Dejan Vasiljevic (18 PT) Stephane Gombauld (23 PT)

4. Argentina 75 China 70 - Maximo Fjellerup (22 PT) Yanhao Zhao (31 PT)

5. Serbia 81 Egypt 63 - Nikola Rakicevic (14 PT) Ahmed Metwali (16 PT)

6. Greece 85 Philippines 65 - Antonis Pefanis (26 PT) Jose L Mendoza (19 PT)

7. Canada 96 Japan 52 - Jerome Desrosiers (20 PT) R Hachimura, G Hiraiwa (13 PT)

8. Spain 138 United Arab E. 27 - Oscar Amo (23 PT, 12 R) M Juma (11 PT)


-              FIBA U-17 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS - DAY ONE - AUG. 8th


- DEFENDING U-17 WORLD CHAMPS USA BEAT GREECE BY TEN POINTS IN GAME ONE

1. USA 83 Greece 73 - D. Stone (22 PT, 10 R) V Charalampopoulos (17 PT)

2. Italy 121 United Arab E. 32 - L Tote (22 PT) M Juma (17 PT)

3. Puerto Rico 67 Spain 65 - L Allende (16 PT) X Lopez-Arosteguj (15 PT)

4. France 76 Canada 66 - S Gombauld (28 PT) D Cummings, E Ekiyor (14 PT)

5. Argentina 74 Egypt 39 - M Fjellerup (22 PT) O Farag, R Elsafwany (7 PT)

6. Serbia 80 China 68 - N Rakicevic (17 PT) H Fu (19 PT)

7. Australia 97 Japan 84 - D Vasiljevic (23 PT) YY Nomi (20 PT)

8. Angola 82 Philippines 72 - J Jungo (26 PT, 11 R) J Mendoza (16 PT)

Last Updated on Monday, 11 August 2014 23:50
 
THE 2006 WC SEMIS VS GREECE IN JAPAN HAD COACH MIKE KRZYZEWSKI THINKING NUMBER FOUR & NUMBER SEVEN IT SEEMED ALL GREEK TO TEAM USA WITH LITTLE SCOUTING ON THE 12 PLAYERS FROM A NATION THAT HAS NOT COME TO THE NBA PDF Print E-mail
Written by John   
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 00:05

-                WORLD CUP 2014 PRELIMINARY FRIENDLY GAME HIGHLIGHTS

-         AUG. 5th - ITALY 80 SERBIA 71 - FULL - GENTILE & DATOME 36 PT COMB

-      AUG. 6th - SERGE IBAKA, PAU & MARC GASOL 50 PTS VS CANADA - 82-70 VID

-    JULY 30th - LITHUANIA 81 GEORGIA 57 - FULL VID -  JULY 28th - 82-51 FULL VID

-      JULY 31st - BRAZIL 98 ANGOLA 60 - JULY 29th - NEW ZEALAND 64 KOREA 58

-           JULY 28th - FRANCE 79 BELGIUM 57 - FULL -  RUSSIA 73 SLOVENIA 72

 

-        AUG. 3rd  -  TURKEY WIN EURO U-18 FINAL OVER SERBIA - ALL TOURNEY TEAM

-       NBA AUGUST 1st -  TEAM USA - PAUL GEORGE INJURY IN PRACTICE GAME VIDEO

-        - EUROPEAN LEAGUES 2014-15 -  KEY TRANSACTIONS FOR THE NEW SEASON

-        BEST GREEK PLAYER EVER NICK GALIS 33 PPG NOT IN NAISMITH IS A DISGRACE

 

-          LAST LOSS COACH K & NBA TEAM USA - 2006 SEMIS VS GREECE FULL VIDEO

 

-     COACH K STARTS USA PRACTICE WITH MORE FOCUS ON OTHER TEAMS THAN 2006

After a terrible 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece, where the NBA stars of team USA, a nation of 314 million people lost to the tiny island of Puerto Rico 3.5 million people, Lithuania a nation of 3 million people and then Argentina in the knock-out round 41 million people, you would think not winning the Gold medal in 2004 and the hype of the coach K taking over in 2006, from Duke University, might make Jerry Colangelo eager to tell the new coach about the other squads that coach K might face in Japan.    Team USA scouting in 2006 was much the same, as what EUROJOHNBBALL found in the NBA when SIX NBA GM's had NO CLUE who  Greek PG Dimitris Diamantidis was as a 28 year old free agent.  The Spurs know Dimitris Diamantidis, Theo Papaloukas and Vassilis Spanoulis, because the Spurs DO THEIR HOMEWORK on the top players in Europe, better than any team in the NBA, but Team USA thought, that 12 players on a Greek squad that has 11 million people and at the time of the 2006 Semis game versus USA, had ZERO NBA players on the team, had little shot to defeat LeBron James, Chris Paul, Chris Bosh, Carmelo Anthony, Dywane Wade and Dwight Howard, along with other NBA players on the 2006 squad. Most media members from the USA that cover the NBA and almost every fan of the NBA in the USA have the same thinking of Basketball, IF YOU ARE NOT IN THE NBA, THEN YOU MUST NOT BE THAT GOOD.

Greece is the only nation from Europe that the NBA has not been able to grab the top players from and bring them to the USA, the entire Greek squad from the 2006 team could have made an NBA roster, either as a bench player, or in the cases of PG's Dimitris Diamantidis, Theo Papaloukas and Vassilis Spanoulis, the THREE guards that had 18 assists to only 3 Turnovers  and scored 42 points VS USA, they could have been BIG MINUTE PLAYERS in the NBA, but the 3 Greek PG's that won the 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013 Euroleague titles decided that staying in Europe was better than coming to an NBA coach like Jeff Van Gundy, in the case of Vassilis Spanoulis and got stuck in the corner, waiting to shoot a 3 pointer, while Rafer Alston, Luther Head and Tracy McGrady pounded the ball at the top of the key.

The pounding the ball at the top of the key system is still in play in Houston, with James Harden jacking up deep shots, with little thought of spreading the ball around to so called ROLE PLAYERS like the Spurs do in winning a title or the Greek players are used to playing like in the European inside-out style of having all the players on the floor touch the ball.   Vassilis Spanoulis spent that one horrible year in Houston and Antonis Fotsis played one season with Memphis in the NBA as a young player, but the other 10 players on the 2006 Greek roster were a mystery to those that do not watch the top league in Europe, the Euroleague and team USA led by coach K were just lost in how to stop the Papaloukas, Spanoulis and Diamantidis PICK & ROLL.

Greece won the game 101-95 and in the post-game press conference, Coach K did not even know who NUMBER 4 & NUMBER 7 were, when asked about Papaloukas and Spanoulis, WHAT WAS TEAM USA DOING IN JAPAN ?? JUST SIGHTSEEING ??   How do you not know the guys you are up against in a SEMIFINAL matchup.    Team USA got revenge in the 2008 Olympics with a 92-69 win, as Coach K did HOMEWORK on the NON-NBA GREEK STARS and took the ball out of the hands of Papaloukas, Spanoulis and Diamantidis trapping the Pick & Roll HARD, but why would it take a 101-95 loss in 2006 to get the USA coaching staff to be ready like they SHOULD BE FOR EVERY TEAM and not judge players because they are not in the NBA.   EUROJOHNBBALL was trying to tell media members in Philadelphia about 12 Greeks that COULD PLAY, but most just thought EUROJOHNBBALL was just CRAZY.   What was crazy is not knowing who Theo Papaloukas or Vassilis Spanoulis was in a SEMIFINAL matchup and calling them NUMBER 4 and NUMBER 7.     Having Smaller players guard BIG SOFO, Sofokils Schortsantis in the paint, as he scored 14 points in 17 minutes was also due to watching ZERO VIDEO on that 2006 Greek squad, but the SIGHTSEEING of Japan had to be great.

In a Yahoo interview with Marc Spears Coach K said the Greek loss made the SCOUTING INCREASE, (Knowing the Best Players on the other Squad is JUST BASIC STUFF)  that 101-95 loss just goes to show, if you are not ready it will show and USA just showed up and thought it was a summer AAU game, taking Greece for granted because of the NON-NBA factor.

 

-    SPANOULIS NOT WITH 2014 GREEK SQUAD - DIAMANTIDIS 2010 HIS LAST SUMMER

 

-   GREECE THE ONE NATION IN EUROPE NBA TEAMS DID NOT GRAB TOP TALENT FROM

-    GREEK NBA CALIBER PLAYERS PAST DECADE NBA FANS & SOME GM's NEVER SAW

1. Vassilis Spanoulis - PG

2. Dimitris Diamantidis - PG

3. Theo Papaloukas - PG

4. Antonis Fotsis - PF

5. Lazaros Papadopoulos - C

6. Ioannis Bourousis - C

7. Sofoklis Schortsanitis - C

8. Kostas Tsartsaris - PF

9. Kostas Papanikolaou - SF

10. Georgios Printezis - PF

11. Nikos Zisis - SG-PG

12. Michalis Kakiouzis - SF-PF

13. Dimos Dikoudis - PF

14. Stratos Perperoglou - SF

15. Kostas Kaimakoglou - SF

16. Loukas Mavrokefalides - C

17. Kostas Vasiliadis - SG - SF

18. Nikos Chatzivrettas - SG

19. Panagiotis Vasilopoulos - SF

20. Kostas Sloukas - PG

21. Ian Vougioukas - C

22. Nikos Pappas - SG- PG

23. Vangelis Mantzaris - SG

24. Andrea Glyniadakis - C

25. Dimitris Mavroeidis - C

-                  GREEK PLAYERS UNDER CONTRACT IN THE NBA 2014-15 SEASON

1. Nick Calathes - PG - Greek American

2. Kostas Koufos - C - Greek American

3. Giannis Antetokounmpo - SF - Greek Nigerian

4. Thanasis Antetokounmpo - SF - Greek Nigerian

Last Updated on Friday, 08 August 2014 01:16
 
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