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The European Basketball Championship of 2011, universally referred to as EuroBasket 2011, will be the 37th regional championship held by FIBA Europe. The competition will be hosted by Lithuania.

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August 31, 2011 - Daily News and Updates - IMPORTANT!!!

From today, August 31, you can follow all daily news and updates from EuroBasket 2011 in Lithuania on our "EuroBasket 2011 Daily News" page. Click here or click on banner above.

August 31, 2011 - Ikonic embraces underdog status

Sharp shooter Goran Ikonic is no stranger to causing upsets and attaining success as an underdog. Last season the guard helped propel KRKA Novo Mesto to a glorious Eurochallenge Final Four success with an MVP performance that will live long in the memory. Few people outside of Slovenia and the club itself gave them much of a chance to finish top of the podium and yet with the right chemistry, attitude and players excelling in every position on the floor, they emerged victorious. While nobody is realistically expecting Bosnia and Herzegovina to reach the latter stages of EuroBasket 2011, Ikonic is at least hopeful they can learn from what KRKA Novo Mesto achieved and will embrace their status as one of the Group C underdogs and try to upset the odds. Read more here.

August 30, 2011 - EuroBasket 2011 opens with a record

The Official Opening Ceremony of EuroBasket 2011, which took place on Monday in Vilnius, was marked by a new world record of the kind that can only be produced in Lithuania. As a prelude to the ceremony, more than 55,000 fans bounced a basketball simultaneously, for a period of five minutes, in six different cities accross the country. Approximately 8,300 people in Klaipėda, 6,000 in Alytus, 7,250 in Šiauliai, 7,600 in Panevėžys, 11,000 in Kaunas and 15,000 in the capital Vilnius participated in the effort to break the record. Once sufficient time had elapsed for the new record to be set, it was time for the celebrations to begin in earnest. Read more here.

August 30, 2011 - Pekovic recovered and ready

Montenegro fans can breathe a sigh of relief. The captain and star of the team, Nikola Pekovic, has recovered from the knock he picked up in a friendly victory over Ukraine that forced him to miss two games against Turkey and is ready for the EuroBasket. The 2.09m center will be in the line-up for Montenegro's first Group C game against FYR of Macedonia on Wednesday. "I rested a few days because of minor injuries that I suffered against Ukraine," Pekovic said, "but the situation is now much better. "I had no problems with my last workout and I'm ready for the start of the European Championship." Read more here.

August 29, 2011 - A weekend streak of bad luck

Lithuania, Turkey and Belgium received very bad news from their medical teams this weekend, that force them to cut key players from their roster with less than four days to the start of the EuroBasket. The hosts will have a hard time filling the void that Darjus Lavrinovic leaves in the paint. The experienced center is suffering an Achilles tendon injury and as a result coach Kestutis Kemzura had no choice but to leave him out of the final squad. Lithuania EuroBasket 2011 squad: Šarūnas Jasikevičius, Mantas Kalnietis, Tomas Delininkaitis, Rimantas Kaukėnas, Martynas Pocius, Simas Jasaitis, Paulius Jankūnas, Darius Songaila, Kšištofas Lavrinovičius, Jonas Valančiūnas, Marijonas Petravičius and Robertas Javtokas. Read more here.

August 28, 2011 - Tripkovic, Milosavljevic cut by Ivkovic

Guards Uros Tripkovic and Dragan Milosavljevic were on Saturday told they had not made Serbia's roster for the EuroBasket. Dusan Ivkovic, the Serbia coach, thought long and hard and decided to release the two talented players. "It was tough decision," Ivkovic said, "but it was based on several factors: current form, team chemistry, health of our players but, also, types of our rivals' rosters. "We've had so many problems during our training camp, but after almost three months, I can say we are ready. "I have to congratulate both Tripkovic and Milosavljevic on their effort and attitude, but we have had to adjust for what is going to be the toughest European championship of all." Serbia will play in Group B of the 24-team EuroBasket with France, Israel, Germany, Italy and Latvia. Read more here.

August 26, 2011 - EuroBasket 2011 preview

The road to the basketball glory will run through one of the sport's sacred grounds, Lithuania, when EuroBasket 2011 starts on Wednesday, August 31 with 24 teams full or Euroleague and Eurocup talent battling not only to become continental champs, but also to win two places in the 2012 London Olympics or four berths in next summer's pre-Olympics qualifying tournament. EuroBasket 2011's structure was changed from previous editions to add more drama from the very beginning. Teams have been divided into four groups of six, only the best three teams of which will reach the second phase at Siemens Arena in Vilnius. There, two groups of six teams whose first-round results will also be counted, will yield eight survivors to the medal rounds in Kaunas.Read more here.

August 26, 2011 - Turkey beat Montenegro, Ukraine fall

Turkey beat Montenegro 81-69 on Thursday to win the Adidas Istanbul Cup. Orhun Ene's side followed up their six-point triumph over New Zealand with another victory to boost the confidence of the side with the EuroBasket in Lithuania quickly approaching. Hedo Turkoglu was named the MVP of the Istanbul Cup. He finished with 13 points against the Montenegrins. Montenegro had defeated Ukraine on Wednesday and settled for second place while the New Zealand Tall Blacks bounced back to defeat Ukraine to clinch third. Montenegro coach Dejan Radonjic did not have Nikola Pekovic, who had picked up a minor knock in the win over Ukraine. Read more here.

August 26, 2011 - Finland and Portugal book final two slots

Finland and Portugal have qualified for Eurobasket 2011 via the Additional Qualifying Rounds. Hungary are the sole team to miss out. Finland finished top of the AQT with a perfect 4-0 record, and will travel to Alytus where Greece, Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia & Herzegovina and F.Y.R of Macedonia await them in Group C. Portugal finished second with a 2-2 record, and will travel to Panevezys where they will face Spain, Turkey, Lithuania, Great Britain and Poland in Group A. Hungary finished third where they lost all four games. In the game that decided the final standings, Finland defeated Portugal 86-78 in Coimbra to clinch the top spot. Read more here.

August 24, 2011 - Collet calls in Tchicamboud

France coach Vincent Collet has called Steed Tchicamboud in to his EuroBasket squad after the withdrawal of Antoine Diot due to injury. Diot was forced to pull out with a back problem and Collet has selected the veteran Tchicamboud to take his place. "We have taken time to reflect before making the choice of Steed Tchicamboud," Collet said. "It is important to replace Antoine who was a real playmaker in order to maintain the balance of our team identity. "We are certain that Steed is physically ready and his profile is in keeping with what we need." There had been speculation that Fabien Causeur or Abdoulaye M'Baye would get the call, but Collet explained why he looked elsewhere. Read more here.

August 24, 2011 - Velickovic ruled out for Serbia

Serbia will head to the EuroBasket without key forward Novica Velickovic, who has lost his fitness battle with a muscle injury. The Real Madrid star had been training alone as he tried to regain his fitness, and has missed all of Serbia's warm-up games. After the team returned from the London Invitational Tournament this weekend, it was determined that Velickovic, who averaged more than 11 points per game at both  EuroBasket 2009 and the 2010 FIBA World Championship, would not recover in time. "Novica has been able to improve his condition during his time with the national team, but the special program he has followed and the treatment he has received have still not been enough to make him healthy in time for EuroBasket," said team doctor Dragan Radovanovic. Read more here. You can also check this out.

August 24, 2011 - Fans prepare Cido Arena for EuroBasket

There's only one week left until EuroBasket 2011 tip-off and the excitement is as high as ever. Lithuanian fans led by Tomas Balaišis-Sekla decorated Cido Arena in Panevėžys to show their support for the national team. Cido Arena is the only EuroBasket 2011 venue which has cycling track in it. Since the track couldn't have been replaced with additional seats, the fans decided to use it for another purpose. Namely, cover it with a huge flag of Lithuania. It took several hours to cover the whole track which is 250 m in length and 7 m in width. Read more here.

August 22, 2011 - Back woe sees Diot exit French team

Antoine Diot was one of France's brightest young stars at the EuroBasket in Poland two years ago when they lost just once but for the second straight summer since, he'll have to miss a big tournament because of back problems. After being sidelined from last year's FIBA World Championship in Turkey with a herniated disc, Diot struggled to recover full fitness in 2010-11 but coach Vincent Collet included him in the EuroBasket squad in the hope he'd be ready when the tournament tips off on August 31. Collet, who had liked the chemistry Diot enjoyed with starting playmaker Tony Parker in Poland, had to release the 22-year-old from duty on Sunday because of recurring lumbar pain.Read more here.

August 19, 2011 - Germany sky high with Nowitzki aboard

There is not a more significant photo circulating in Germany right now than the national team picture just taken by the Germany Basketball Federation. In it is a squad full of players, most who are grinning ear to ear. Dirk Nowitzki, wearing number 14 on his Deutschland jersey, is among them. The Dallas Mavericks superstar has joined the national side with two weeks remaining in the preparations and will no doubt be in the starting line-up when Germany go up against Israel in their EuroBasket Group B opener on August 31 in Siauliai. While coach Dirk Bauermann isn't smiling, he is no doubt feeling very good about the presence of both Nowitzki and Los Angeles Clippers center Chris Kaman, two players he hasn't had in his squad since the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Read more here.

August 19, 2011 - Portugal, Finns punch EuroBasket ticket

Portugal stunned Hungary 66-57 on Thursday night to punch their ticket to the EuroBasket. In beating the Hungarians for the second time in the Additional Qualifying Round, the Portuguese improved to 2-1. The triumph also sealed a spot in the EuroBasket for Finland (2-0), who had won their opening two games against the Hungarians and Portugal. The Hungarians (0-3) are eliminated because they have just one game left. Joao Santos had 16 points and seven rebounds to lead Portugal on Thursday. A pivotal stretch in the game occurred after Hungary jumped into an 8-5 lead almost four minutes into the contest. Read more here.

August 17, 2011 - Kaman promises he will be ready

Chris Kaman is telling Germany's basketball fans not to worry if it takes a little while for him to find his rhythm and be a big contributor this summer at the EuroBasket. The Los Angeles Clippers center and the country's basketball icon, NBA Finals MVP Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks, have just linked up with the national team and have only two weeks before the start of the Final Round in Lithuania. "I haven't played basketball since April," Kaman said in an interview with DBB-TV. "I've been just on my own, shooting, running and lifting weights - all that stuff." Kaman isn't sure what he'll be able to do in this week's Bamberg Tournament when the Germans take on Greece, Turkey and China. The friendly event starts on Friday. Read more here.

August 17, 2011 - France, Serbia, Croatia and GB In London

The London Invitational Tournament, which serves as the Olympic Test Event for basketball, tips off on Tuesday. Great Britain, who will be at the Olympics as hosts, along with Serbia, Croatia, France, Australia and China will take part in the test event. The Serbs, French, Croatians and Brits are using this week's games as part of their preparations for the EuroBasket in Lithuania. First up for the Brits is France, and that should have meant the home side's Luol Deng would go up against his Chicago Bulls teammate Joakim Noah of Les Bleus. Read more here.

August 16, 2011 - Charalampidis not going to Lithuania

Kostas Charalampidis of Greece will not realize his dream of playing at the EuroBasket in Lithuania. A late call-up to the squad, the 35-year-old guard once played for national team coach Ilias Zouros at club level. But Zouros must trim his squad to 12 players for the EuroBasket and Charalampidis was cut following the team's three games at the Trofeo Tassoni in Rimini, Italy. "I want to thank Kostas for his help in the preparations and his presence in the group," Zouros said. "He really helped a lot and was a positive factor for the national team all this time. Read more here.

August 14, 2011 - Germany surprise, Serbia bounce back

Germany made headlines for the second straight day at the Sportoto World Cup in Izmir with a 79-72 triumph over hosts Turkey. Fresh off their upset of Serbia, Dirk Bauermann's team clinched another confidence-boosting win on Friday with Tibor Pleiss pouring in 20 points. "We have delivered a performance of high quality," the coach said. "You can tell that the young team now has been together for a third summer in a row and has developed." Serbia found themselves in a dogfight against Ukraine in the first half on Friday but after the break blew the game wide open in the third quarter and recorded an 83-57 victory. Dusan Ivkovic, the Serbia coach, had good things to say about Ukraine. Read more here.

August 12, 2011 - Georgia 'Family' travel to Netherlands

Georgia have taken 14 players to the Netherlands for a warm-up tournament ahead of the EuroBasket. In Holland, the Georgians will encounter the Dutch national side, Israel and American college basketball side Villanova. Their most famous player, Zaza Pachulia of the Atlanta Hawks, has accompanied the squad to the Netherlands and will no doubt be the focal point of the team this summer. A newcomer is Marquez Haynes, a naturalized shooting guard from the United States. "To be a member of the team, this is a great honor for me," Haynes said. "I noticed from the first day that this was one big family. Read more here.

August 11, 2011 - Poland without Gortat at EuroBasket

Poland have announced that center Marcin Gortat will not play at the EuroBasket after the federation's failure to acquire an insurance policy the NBA center needed to take part in the competition. The Phoenix Suns big man, who thrilled the home crowds at EuroBasket 2009 in Poland, is a direct casualty of the NBA lockout. One of the consequences of the lockout - a labor dispute between the NBA team owners and players that began at the start of the summer - was a shutdown in league operations. And that meant the burden of acquiring insurance for players fell on the federations. In a statement on the Polish Basketball Federation's website, Gortat expressed his regret over the situation. "I want and I'm always ready to play in the Polish national team," Gortat said. Read more here.

August 9, 2011 - Youngsters impress as Brits down Dutch

The mood could not be any better in the Great Britain camp ahead of the EuroBasket following a 96-70 demolition of the Netherlands in their first warm-up game on Sunday. All 14 of Britain's players in the squad for the contest played at least 10 minutes, and Ryan Richards led the way with 16 points. Big man Eric Boateng also had 13 points, including nine in the first quarter, and six rebounds. "It was an enjoyable game, everyone contributed well and did some really good things," Boateng said. "We need to work on some areas, but the younger guys showed some positive moves and it's looking good." Read more here.

August 9, 2011 - Finnish high after win at Germany

Finland served notice they will be very tough opponents for Hungary and Portugal in the EuroBasket 2011 Additional Qualifying Round by winning 79-74 at Germany in a friendly. The triumph was not only the first for Finland against the Germans since 1995, it also marked the first time since 1973 that Germany hosted the Finns and lost. Defense, Finland's star guard Petteri Koponen said, was the difference. "The defense has to be our weapon," he said. Finland played very well late in the contest. Robin Benzing hit a couple of free-throws to knot the game at 74-74 with 54 seconds to play, but S Salin hit a lay-up and Finland's defensive pressure led to a Benzing pass going out of bounds. Read more here.

August 5, 2011 - Slovenia, Serbia with roster changes

Slovenia coach Bozidar Maljkovic has called U18 captain Luka Rupnik into this squad after the youngster impressed at the U18 European Championship Men in Poland this summer. Rupnik is due to meet with his international team-mates on Friday as they go into the weekend's Adecco Cup friendly games. "Rupnik was always intended to get a call-up, but he had a commitment with the youth team first," Maljkovic said. "Even before the start of the preparations we said we wanted to give special attention to the best young players and Rupnik is certainly one of the most talented. Read more here.

August 3, 2011 - Calathes back but Sofoklis out for Greece

The welcome return of Nick Calathes was overshadowed by another day of turmoil for Greece in their troubled build-up to the EuroBasket. The good news is that star guard Calathes has arrived at training camp, although he has not yet been cleared to play on his injured ankle and his condition will be assessed over the next 10 days before a decision is made as to whether to include him in full practice. But hours after Calathes jetted in from the United States, Greece coach Elias Zouros was handed another headache with the sudden withdrawal of big man Sofoklis Schortsianitis. Read more here.

August 3, 2011 - Llull: Up to eight candidates for gold

Sergio Llull has warned his Spain team-mates there are "seven or eight" teams capable of winning the EuroBasket and they will need to be at their best to get a medal in Lithuania. All the talk around the Spain squad this week has been about defending their title and taking gold once again, but Llull has admitted they cannot just expect to turn up and win. "We must take things step by step," he said. "There are many teams, many with NBA stars in their teams, and this will be one of the most difficult EuroBaskets in recent years. "Not winning gold would not be a failure. If I try to think of a favourite, I can think of seven or eight teams who are capable of winning gold, teams like Lithuania, Serbia, and France." Read more here.

August 2, 2011 - Bjelica gets green light

Nemanja Bjelica has been cleared for full practice with Serbia ahead of the EuroBasket. The forward had been undertaking only individual exercises following surgery on his hand three months ago, but travelled to Barcelona to be examined by the doctor who operated on him and got a thumbs up. "The good news has been reported to us by the team doctor Dragan Radovanovic, who travelled with Nemanja to Barcelona," said team manager Nebojsa Ilic. "The doctor who operated on him has taken a look and given the green light for him to return here and train at full speed." Read more here.

August 2, 2011 - Cakarevic ruled out for Serbia

Marko Cakarevic has been ruled out of Serbia's EuroBasket campaign with a foot injury. The Partizan Belgrade forward, who finished third in the domestic MVP race, has had to leave training camp after failing to overcome the problem. "We did our best to help him recover, but these problems are very tough and there was no sense in continuing to ask him to do things that his body can't do at this moment," said coach Dusan Ivkovic. "I feel really sorry for Marko. I've watched a lot of his games this season, and he is a really special player. "Because of his style and his abilities, I wanted to count on him, I kept a place for him in the national team, and he would have given us something different." Read more here.

August 2, 2011 - Ukic injury rocks Croatia

Croatia's EuroBasket hopes have been dealt a major blow with the loss of starting guard Roko Ukic with a broken foot. The 26-year-old Fenerbahce star suffered a broken metatarsal bone in his foot during practice on Friday and is likely to be out until mid-September. "I am heartsick and terribly disappointed," Ukic said. "I do not know what else to say. I was so looking forward to playing at the EuroBasket where I really wanted to help Croatia." The former Toronto Raptors star averaged 13.6 points and 3.8 assists per game at the EuroBasket 2009 and was expected to play a major leadership role in Lithuania. Read more here.

August 1, 2011 - Kaun knocked out of Eurobasket

As officially announced by the Russian Basketball Federaiton, Sasha Kaun will have to stay out of Eurobasket for injury reasons. The nature of the player's injury requires immediate medical attention and the player will undergo surgery in Cleveland tomorrow. He is expected to resume training in four weeks. Russia NT General Manager Oleg Ushakov stated that the player's health is above everything and wished the player good luck. Read more here.

July 29, 2011 - Noah nearing France return

France are hoping to have Joakim Noah back in their EuroBasket training camp next week but there was more bad news on the injury front following a second straight victory over Canada. Les Bleus topped the Canadians 86-69 in Toulouse a day after enjoying a 106-44 rout in Pau, but once again the news was dominated by the injuries that have hit the squad. That news was good on Noah, who has come through the first phase of his rehab program in Los Angeles and is closer to rejoining the team. "Our goal is for him to be in Pau (on Tuesday)," said team director Patrick Beesley. "But we must wait for the green light from the doctors. Read more here.

July 29, 2011 - Gasol going for gold again

Only one colour interests Pau Gasol when it comes to international basketball: Gold.
The Spain star insists there can be no other target for Spain when they defend their title at the EuroBasket in Lithuania. "We can only go for gold," he told AS. "An ambitious and highly competitive team likes ours cannot look for anything other than that, but always with respect for the opponents. "We have great potential to win, but I do not know about the other teams. Every opponent has two arms, two legs and a strong desire to win, especially us." Gasol was missing from the Spain team that only managed sixth place at the FIBA World Championship in Turkey last year, but says there are no fatigue problems this summer. Read more here.

July 26, 2011 - Nachbar out of Eurobasket

Bostjan Nachbar is set to miss Eurobasket 2011 after having to go through surgery to fix a problem in his ankle. After consulting the medical team of the Slovenia NT it was decided that the player should undergo an urgent operation, so he wouldn't aggravate the problem. The rehabilitation period is estimated around 4-6 weeks. Therefore, the player won't be able to play in Lithuania in the upcoming Eurobasket tournament. This comes as another powerful blow to the Slovenian side which will field a team without many star players such as Brezec, Udrih, Vidmar and others, for various reasons. Read more here.

July 26, 2011 - For Batum It's Gold, Then Olympics

Nicolas Batum is not beating around the bush when it comes to France's goal at the EuroBasket. "I want a gold medal," Batum told French sports daily L'Equipe. "We'll see how the journey goes, but I am playing for a title." Joakim Noah's dominant presence in the paint can prove a catalyst for France's gold medal effort, believes Batum. Indeed, the 22-year-old already has half an eye on the 2012 Olympics - with a ticket to London the prize for the winner in Lithuanuia. "I've always wanted to do the opening ceremony," he said. "My goal is to enter the stadium behind the flag. That's my dream." Read more here.

July 26, 2011 - Dragicevic Believes In Montenegro Potential

Vladimir Dragicevic has hailed Montenegro's preparations for EuroBasket 2011 as they look forward to competing in their first major tournament. The squad have spent the last week in Zlatibor as they begin tuning up for the tournament in Lithuania, and Dragicevic is impressed with the progress they have made. "The atmosphere in the team is excellent, and we are all here with the same goal - to best prepare for the first major tournament in which our country will participate," he said. "We are all giving our maximum in training and look forward to the start of the EuroBasket. Read more here.

July 25, 2011 - FIBA refuses to insure Khryapa for Eurobasket

Viktor's Khryapa participation in Eurobasket is on thin ice after FIBA refused to insure the player for the tournament. According to CSKA president Andrey Vatutin the insurance carrier of FIBA is refusing to insure the player after the injury problems which the player faced last year. In fact the insurance company has yet to pay CSKA for the player's injury last season, which occurred during the World Championship in Turkey. "I am sure the Russian Basketball Federation will do everything in its power to resolve the player's insurance case." said Vatutin. According to the player himself he will join the team's training camp on August 1. Read more here.

July 24, 2011 - Spanoulis to miss Eurobasket

Greek international combo guard Vasilis Spanoulis will have to skip the upcoming Eurobasket due to injury. Spanoulis had to leave Greece NT training camp yesterday after being in pain during the previous days. After getting examined it was decided he should get a surgery on his adductor muscle, something which will keep him out for a while. His injury will give national coach Elias Zouros a headache regarding the point guard position as after Diamantidis and Papaloukas retirement, Nick Calathes is also doubtful for the tournament.

July 23, 2011 - Fratello begins his adventure with Ukraine

Ukraine coach Mike Fratello has begun preparing his squad for Eurobasket in Lithuania, by taking them to Klaipeda - where they will play their Group D games. The former Atlanta Hawks and Memphis Grizzlies coach, turned TV analyst has taken the national team to Lithuania's third largest city to begin training camp. Not only will Ukraine train in Klaipeda, but they will also play their warm-up games there too, so that they can grow accustomed to the city situated at the mouth of the Nemunas River. "We go to work," Fratello said. "We put the system in, the offensive system, the defensive system. We try to play different combinations of people together so we can try and find out and get a feel for who the best groups are together and working towards our goal for the future." Read more here.

July 22, 2011 - Nowitzki will play at the EuroBasket

Dirk Nowitzki has firmly declared his readiness to play for Germany at the EuroBasket. The German Basketball Federation published an announcement on their website on Friday afternoon with Nowitzki, as well as Chris Kaman, stating their intention to put on the national team shirt in Lithuania. The presence of Nowitzki, who earlier this summer led the Dallas Mavericks to their first NBA title, means the 24-team EuroBasket will include one of the best players in the world. "The break was very short, but I would like to help the German team be successful at the EuroBasket," Nowitzki said. "I will try now to do everything to get top fitness and am looking forward to the time with my teammates." Read more here.

July 10, 2011 - Everyone Is Dribbling For Lithuania

An original, never-before-seen, even in a country as crazy about basketball as Lithuania campaign got off to a flying start in Kaunas on 6th July. The choice of place and date was anything but random. The Sixth of July is the National Day of Lithuania and the city of Kaunas is the cradle of Lithuanian basketball. The name of the promotional campaign is ‘Dribble for Lithuania' and it consists of an eight-week long, nationwide basketball-dribbling relay. As part of the campaign, a thousand Molten balls embarked on a journey in Kaunas on Wednesday night and will be dribbled by thousands of fans non-stop across Lithuania until the opening day of EuroBasket 2011. However, the most important ball is the very first one. Read more here.

July 6, 2011 - Turkey Squad Includes Preldzic, Kanter

The EuroBasket Women may be over but the applause being directed at silver-medal winners Turkey sure isn't. At Tuesday's Turkish Basketball Federation press conference to announce the preliminary squad for the EuroBasket in Lithuania, the attention deservedly fell on coach Ceyhun Yildizoglu and his magnificent squad that made history in Poland. Never before had a Turkish women's team reached the Semi-Finals of a EuroBasket Women, so to make it all the way to the title game remains a cause for huge celebrations from Izmir, to Istanbul, to Ankara and everywhere else in the country that has a growing appetite for the game. The focus is gradually shifting to the men's team, though. Read more here.

July 6, 2011 - Serbia Start Preparations With Doubts

Serbia coach Dusan Ivkovic is facing some serious obstacles ahead of the EuroBasket in Lithuania concerning player availability. The veteran tactician announced a 19-man squad for the national team's first training camp but only 15 of those called showed up for the opening day. Some were absent with permission, like captain Nenad Krstic, who is completing his move from the NBA to CSKA Moscow, but others like Miroslav Raduljica have informed the coach that they will not be with the team. Raduljica, a member of Serbia's silver-medal winning side at EuroBasket 2009 in Poland, has decided to stay away after an injury-riddled campaign. "He called me and said that it's an honor to be called to play for Serbia, but added that he wanted to spend the summer with his family, trying to recover from injuries," said Ivkovic. Read more here.

July 5, 2011 - Gortat Gives Thumbs-Up To Poland

Marcin Gortat has announced his intention to play for Poland at the EuroBasket in Lithuania. The 2.13m Phoenix Suns center has returned to Europe from the United States and revealed he will suit up for the Poles when they play in Group A against Spain, Turkey, Lithuania, Great Britain and a team that comes from the Additional Qualifying Round. "I'll be playing in the Polish squad," Gortat said on Monday. "The condition, however, is that the Polish Basketball Federation pay the insurance which the Phoenix Suns provide me but doesn't apply during the lockout." The NBA owners locked out their players and suspended league operations last week following the expiration of their collective bargaining agreement. Read more here.

July 5, 2011 - Turkey NT preliminary squad announced

Turkish National selector Orhun Ene has announced the 18-men list of the preliminary squad of the team. Obviously the big news comes from the calling of Emir Preldzic, who seems to have been given the green light by FIBA. Read more here.

July 1, 2011 - Montenegro Name Preliminary Squad

Montenegro coach Dejan Radonjic has announced his 16-man preliminary squad for the EuroBasket. Minnesota center Nikola Pekovic and Lottomatica Roma's Vladimir Dasic are included as well as Nikola Vucevic, the 20-year-old who was just taken in the first round of the NBA Draft by Philadelphia. Vucevic spent the last three years playing American college basketball at the University of South Carolina. Omar Cook, coming off an outstanding season at Power Electronics Valencia, remains the naturalized player in the group. The native New Yorker helped the club reach the Quarter-Finals of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague for the first time this season and also ran the point as they clinched a third-place finish during the ACB regular season. Read more here.

June 28, 2011 - Italy Announce Preliminary Squad

Eighteen players know for certain they have a chance to feature for Italy at this summer's EuroBasket in Lithuania after being named in an preliminary squad on Tuesday. Among them are the NBA trio of Danilo Gallinari, Andrea Bargnani and Marco Belinelli, players who are certainties if they avoid injuries in the preparation period. Gallinari, the 22-year-old Denver Nuggets forward, had been set to make his Italy senior team bow at EuroBasket 2007 in Spain but injury prevented him from taking part and he has still to feature because of other health problems in the years that have followed. Another player to keep an eye on will be Antonio Maestranzi, a 1.78m point guard who played big minutes in last summer's Division A campaign. Read more here.

June 26, 2011 - Bokolo Pulls Out Of France Squad

Yannick Bokolo has withdrawn from France's 16-man preliminary squad for the EuroBasket, citing family and personal reasons. The Gravelines-Dunkerque star had played the last two years with France and the decision has caught coach Vincent Collet off guard. Strasbourg's Abdoulaye Mbaye replaces Bokolo in the squad. "As you can imagine, I regret Yannick's decision," Collet said. "It was during recent campaigns that he brought many positive things both on and off the court. His commitment and attitude will be missed. "We therefore call on Abdoulaye M'Baye, whose profile is not quite the same but is a young player who should have a chance. " Read more here.

June 22, 2011 - Ibaka In Spain Squad

A new era has begun for Spain with center Serge Ibaka named in the 15-man preliminary squad for this summer's EuroBasket. The Congolese-born Oklahoma City power forward, one of the top defensive players in the NBA, learned his basketball in Spain before crossing the Atlantic to play in America. Spain's Basketball Federation (FEB) are hoping that Ibaka will be naturalized in time to play when the EuroBasket is staged in Lithuania. The tournament tips off at the end of August. "We still don't know if Ibaka will be able to be with us," Spain coach Sergio Scariolo said. "The FEB has followed all of the necessary procedures and we are moderately optimistic. But we will have to wait and see." Read more here.

June 17, 2011 - Official EuroBasket music video presented

EuroBasket 2011 will have not only official theme song but also its own music video. The official song in Lithuanian was presented a few months ago. Recently an English version fo the song was created and music video was recorded. The original Lithuanian title of the song is "Krepšinio himnas" which means "Anthem of basketball". The English version is named "Celebrate Basketball". Read more here.

June 17, 2011 - Slovenia name preliminary squad

Slovenia coach Bozidan Majlkovic has named a preliminary 17-man squad for the upcoming Eurobasket that starts on August 31st. The big news is that Barcelona's Erazem Lorbek, who took a year out last summer is included on the list, along with team-mate Jaka Lakovic. Both just recently won the Spanish ACB title with a series sweep over Bilbao. Houston Rockets guard Goran Dragic is also added, along with his younger brother Zoran, who won the Slovenian crown with Krka. Majlkovic will need to make cuts before flying out to Lithuania, where they begin life in Klaipedia against Russia, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Belgium and Georgia. Read more here.

June 16, 2011 - Spain preliminary squad: Vazquez out, Sada in

Sergio Scariolo picked 15 players for Spain national team. Even though reigning European champions were expected to bring their strongest roster, Fran Vazquez will not play in EuroBasket 2011. Marca reports that Vazquez decided not join the national team this year due to his status as a free agent and knee problems. It is also reported that following Jorge Garbajosa's retirement from the national team Spanish Basketball Federation (FEB) will try convince Alex Mumbru to reconsider his decision to end international career. The 32-year-old forward is currently a member of Bilbao Basket and has just recently finished the season after 0-3 loss in ACB finals against Barcelona. Read more here.

June 16, 2011 - Britain preliminary squad without Pops

Great Britain star Pops Mensah-Bonsu is not going to recover in time from a shoulder operation to play at the EuroBasket in Lithuania. The ASVEL Villeurbanne/Lyon man, who got hurt at the start of the LNB play-offs, underwent surgery and was not in the 17-man preliminary squad announced by British Basketball on Wednesday. Britain have lost a player that averaged 19.3 points and a Division A best 13.5 rebounds per game during their Division A campaign. Read more here.

June 14, 2011 - Garbajosa retires from the national team

Jorge Garbajosa will no longer be representing Spain in international tournaments. 33-year-old forward decided it was the right time end his career in the national team. During eleven years of international career Garbajosa was a key player for Spain. With him on the roster Spain won six medals, the most notable ones were gold in FIBA World Championship 2006 and gold in EuroBasket 2009. Read more here.

June 9, 2011 - EuroBasket 2011 promo videos presented

EuroBasket 2011 will be the biggest sporting event hosted by Lithuania and it gets a massive amount of interest in basketball-crazy nation. The first few tournament promo videos appeared recently. The four videos are already being played on Lithuanian TV channels and are dedicated to the local audience even though the amount of tickets sold is alredy above 90%. Read more here.



June 6, 2011 - Kemzura picks 20 candidates for Lithuania

Kestutis Kemzura who faces a tough task of leading Lithuania to EuroBasket 2011 announced a 20-man list of candidates for the national team. The list includes eight players who were on the team that won bronze in World Championship in Turkey and six veterans. Kemzura will try to fuse a team of both young players as well as experienced stars. "The date of birth in player's passport doesn't to matter", Kemzura said. He also made it clear several times that he wants the best players available regardless of their age. Read more here.

June 4, 2011 - Pau Gasol confirms participation in EuroBasket 2011

Spain should be able to field its strongest roster as the team will try to retain European title later this year in Lithuania. Los Angeles Lakers star Pau Gasol confirmed his decision to represent his country again after one year of absence. Pau Gasol played for Spain last time in EuroBasket 2009 and helped his team win gold for the first time in history. Lakers' early exit out of NBA playoffs this season gave more time for Pau Gasol to rest and will surely give him additional motivation competing for Spain. Read more here.

May 30, 2011 - Bourousis quits Greece NT

Olympiacos' international Greek center, Ioannis Bourousis, has announced his withdrawal from Greece NT after his team's defeat against Panathinaikos earlier in the night. Bourousis' move comes as another display of Olympiacos' growing unease with the mistreatment they are getting from the referees in their domestic competitions, as the club claims. Bourousis stated: "I am no longer available to play for Greece NT. I have done everything for this team, even played with a broken hand. In exchange all I get by the basketball organisation here is disrespect, both as a human being and as a player. Under these circumstances I quit Greece NT. It's not a warning, it's a decision". Read more here.

May 23, 2011 - Siskauskas: I'm not changing my mind

Ramunas Siskauskas is not going to play for Lithuanian national team ever again. CSKA Moscow forward rejected Vladas Garastas' persuasion to return from international retirement, stating that these type of talks need to stop. 32-year-old player was officially asked to help the national team but was less than impressed with the invitation. 'I said "good bye" once to the national team after Beijing Olympics and I thought that the talks about the national team will be finished with that. Though I am constantly asked whether I'll make a comeback twice a year', Siskauskas said in an interview to lrytas.lt. Read more here.

May 20, 2011 - Garastas asks Siskauskas to help NT

After losing two important players, the hosts of EuroBasket 2011 are looking for ways to cover the losses by bringing back veterans. The head of Lithuanian basketball, Vladas Garastas, has officially asked Ramunas Siskauskas to reconsider his decision to retire from the national team. Siskauskas, who will turn 33 during EuroBasket, announced his international retirement in 2008 after Beijing Olympic Games and has since several times declared that he will not be changing his mind. Lithuania will be without Linas Kleiza and Jonas Maciulis during the tournament as both players suffered injuries that will keep them out of action for several months. Read more here.

May 17, 2011 - Italy: Gallinari, Bargnani Ready To Go

The big guns are lining up for Italy ahead of EuroBasket 2011 in Lithuania. Both Andrea Bargnani and Danilo Gallinari have stated their intention to wear the Azzurri shirt when they compete in the 24-team event which tips off at the end of August and Marco Belinelli is also expected to be with the squad. The three players are in the NBA. Gallinari now plays for Denver and Belinelli with New Orleans while Bargnani is still on the books of Toronto. "For now, I'm getting some rest," the 22-year-old Gallinari said in a radio interview in Milan, with the remarks carried by basketnews.net. "Then, I will leave for China to take part in a program for the NBA. Read more here.

May 13, 2011 - Maciulis will miss EuroBasket 2011

Lithuania will be keeping their fingers crossed that forward Jonas Maciulis did not suffer a serious knee injury while playing for Armani Jeans Milano in Thursday night's game against Vanoli Braga Cremona. Maciulis left the court on a stretcher and was due to have tests on his right knee this weekend. The 2.00m forward averaged nine points per game last summer at the FIBA World Championship in Turkey as Kestutis Kemzura's team rode a wild card entry all the way to the bronze medal. Read more here.

April 28, 2011 - Parker: I will be at EuroBasket 2011

Tony Parker is determined to return to French national team this summer after one-year break. 29-year-old NBA star confirmed his intention in a recent interview he gave to a French TV sports show 'Stade 2'. San Antonio Spurs point guard is excited to make a comeback especially since Joakim Noah recently expressed desire to make his debut for France this summer. Read more here.

April 25, 2011 - EuroBasket 2011 game times confirmed

The game times for EuroBasket 2011 were confirmed. Since the tournament was expanded from 16 to 24 teams, there will be three games played in each group every day. The first game of the day will start at 15:15 local time (1:15 PM GMT) in Group A & B and 15:30 (1:30 GMT) for Group C & D.

The tip-off of the second games will be at 17:45 and 18:00 local time for Group A & B and Group C & D accordingly. There will be no time differences for the final game of the night as it will start at 21:00 local time in all groups.

April 23, 2011 - Ivkovic To Coach Serbia As Volunteer

Dusan Ivkovic is back as the head coach of Serbia, and he'll do the job as a volunteer. The new Serbian Basketball Federation (KSS) president Dragan Djilas, who is the mayor of Belgrade, announced this week that Ivkovic was going to lead the team. But he also said the financially-strapped KSS wouldn't be able to make good on outstanding payments to the coach. "I've told Mr. Djilas, when he informed me that he'll be a candidate for KSS's presidency, that if he really did that - he could count on me," Ivkovic said. "It's an honor and pleasure for me to lead our national team. Read more here.

April 20, 2011 - LKF sets goal for the national team

Lithuanian Basketball Federation (LKF) has set the goals for the men's national team in the upcoming EuroBasket 2011. The team is expected to reach the final and get a direct qualification for London Olympics. Although local fans are dreaming about gold since Lithuania was awarded the right to host the tournament in 2004, LKF will settle for silver as it will ensure that Lithuania will participate in Olympic Games for the 5th time in a row since regaining independence in 1990. Read more here.

March 24, 2011 - Scariolo Thinks About Potential Newcomers

Spain national team coach Sergio Scariolo is keeping a close watch on a group of newcomers that have a chance of making this summer's EuroBasket squad. Oklahoma City power forward Serge Ibaka, who was born in Zaire 21 years ago but learned his basketball in Spain and played at Manresa, is among those Scariolo is monitoring. "Ibaka is currently doing the paperwork to get his Spanish nationality and it seems as though there is a possibility that he will have it before the EuroBasket," Scariolo said. "This is why he is among the group of 18 to 20 players that we are following throughout the season to form the definite group. "Every year, there are new players that come in and when there is compromise, enthusiasm and work, the adaptation is good." Caja Laboral's Alaska native Brad Oleson and Real Madrid's Montenegro-born Nikola Mirotic are others. Read more here.

March 12, 2011 - Gallinari Boost For Italy

Europe will finally see the full might of Italy this summer when the Azzurri play at the EuroBasket in Lithuania. Italy coach Simone Pianigiani, without reservation, has said Danilo Gallinari of the Denver Nuggets will be in the line-up when his team takes on Israel, France, Latvia, Germany and Serbia in Group B, arguably the toughest of the pools in the First Round. Gallinari hasn't been able to play for the Italy senior team because of injuries, including a back problem that was thought to be career-threatening. Recently dealt from the New York Knicks to Denver in the big Carmelo Anthony trade, Gallinari, currently out of action with a toe problem, has enjoyed his best season in the NBA, averaging 15.9 points and 4.8 boards. Read more here.

March 7, 2011 - The Date Of The Eurobasket 2011 Tickets Sales Postponed

Tickets in Eurobasket 2011 in Lithuania, for technical reasons, will start later than planned. It was released before the Eurobasket 2011 tickets go on sale March 1, but later it was announced that tickets go on sale March 17 at 10:00 local time Lithuanian. This change was made due to the fact that more than half the countries participating in the “Eurobasket 2011″ basketball federation has failed to provide the required number of tickets for their association. Under international agreements, organizer of the tournament – Lithuanian Basketball Federation and “Eurobasket 2011″ Organizing Committee – must provide a certain number of tickets for the tournament basketball federations participating countries. Read more here.

February 25, 2011 - Ukraine Hand Reins To Fratello

Ukraine will be led by former NBA coach Mike 'The Czar' Fratello at the EuroBasket this summer in Lithuania. Fratello, the former boss of the Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers and Memphis Grizzlies who turned 64 on Thursday, has reached an agreement on a deal with Ukraine's basketball federation and will sign a contract in the coming days. Ukraine Basketball Federation president Olexandr Volkov, who once played for the Hawks, said: "We have a verbal agreement and will sign an official contract any day now. Read more here.

February 11, 2011 - EuroBasket 2011 anthem voted by Lithuanian fans

A week later after EuroBasket 2011 draw ceremony was finished Lithuanian basketball fans voted for the song which was supposed to become an anthem of this year's EuroBasket. A whole bunch of some of the most famous local artists submitted their songs for the judgement of the fans. Eventually top 10 songs were chosen for a live TV show during which the winner was decided. Read more here.

February 2, 2011 - Turkey Go Forward With New Coach Ene

Turkey officially began a new era on Wednesday by unveiling Orhun Ene as the head coach of the national team. A former national team point guard, Ene has replaced Bogdan Tanjevic at the helm. Tanjevic steered the national side to the silver medal at last year's FIBA World Championship in Istanbul and Ene was among his assistants. "I'm excited about working for Turkish basketball to have bigger achievements than ever before," said Ene at a press conference in Istanbul. Read more here.

February 1, 2011 - Legendary Ambassador Sabonis

In Lithuania, basketball has an almost religion-like status and a big part of the population considers hosting a EuroBasket an once-in-a-lifetime experience. In this context, it's easy to understand why the EuroBasket 2011 official ambassador needed to be a "larger than life" figure. Luckily, figures -Lithuanian or otherwise- don't come any bigger than that of Arvydas Sabonis. Read more here.

January 30, 2011 - The EuroBasket 2011 Draw

The EuroBasket 2011 Draw took place on Sunday night at the National Drama Theatre of Vilnius, in the most spectacular ceremony with a European basketball theme ever. Reigning EuroBasket champions Spain and hosts Lithuania were drawn together in what promises to be the most hotly contested group, along with  World Championship silver medallists Turkey, Great Britain, Poland and the second team to qualify from the Additional Qualifying Round which features Finland, Hungary and Portugal. Read more here.

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