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  News archive May 2015

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May 30, 2015 - Cibona reached the finals
In Croatian Championship, Cibona has relegated Zadar in the semi-finals with a sweep (2:0), after celebrating a triumph in Visnjik too. MZT Skopje Aerodrom began the final series in Macedonia on a successful note by beating Kumanovo in the first clash. Read more here.

May 30, 2015 - Ukraine look for successor to Fratello
Ukraine are in search of the coach that will steer their national team into EuroBasket 2015 after reluctantly parting ways with Mike Fratello. Mike Fratello was at the helm of the Ukrainian national team since 2010, helping the team qualify for their first-ever FIBA Basketball World Cup. Read more here.

May 29, 2015 - Tajfun won the Slovenian league title
Tajfun is the new champion of Slovenian league. In a decisive fourth game of the finals, they have beaten Rogaska in Sentjur 67:65 and edged out the opponent with the score 3:1 in victories. Dragisa Drobnjak became the MVP of the finals. Read more here.

May 29, 2015 - Slovenia youngsters provide alternatives
Confirmation by the Slovenian Basketball Federation that Beno Udrih will not play for the national team at EuroBasket 2015 was not met with surprise and certainly did not set off any alarm bells. Goran Dragic will announce on 16 June whether he will suit up for Slovenia at EuroBasket 2015. Read more here.

May 28, 2015 - Warriors eliminate Rockets, end 40-year NBA Finals drought
After a generation of wishing and waiting, the Golden State Warriors have finally arrived on basketball's biggest stage again. Stephen Curry had 26 points and eight rebounds, Harrison Barnes added 24 points and the Warriors advanced to the NBA Finals for the first time in 40 years. Read more here.

May 28, 2015 - ANGT standout Birutis working hard to improve
Laurynas Birutis has the same long, lengthy build as Sigitas Birutis. As Zalgiris Kaunas coach Tomas Masiulis joked, “The frame is the same as his father, who also needed to put on some weight.” The younger Birutis was one of the top performers at the recent ANGT finals. Read more here.

May 28, 2015 - Familiar Spain U20 roster defined early
Youth national teams are forced by definition to undergo a radical change in their composition every year, but Spain's U20 side this summer is an exception to the rule. Alberto Abalde is one of six players returning to the Spanish U20 team this summer. Read more here.

May 28, 2015 - France U20s embark on ambitious trip
A not-so-secret basketball project involving 23 young players got underway at the world-famous INSEP (Institut National du Sport, de l'Expertise et de la Performance) in Paris on Wednesday, 27 May. Jean Aimé Toupane has been in charge of the French U20 team since 2009. Read more here.

May 27, 2015 - LeBron, Cavaliers earn NBA Finals spot by sweeping Hawks
James scored 23 points, Kyrie Irving provided a boost after missing two games and Cleveland reserved a spot in the NBA Finals with a 118-88 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night to win the Eastern Conference title. Read more here.

May 27, 2015 - Igokea, Cedevita, Tajfun snatch new wins
Igokea victoriously opened their finals campaign in the BiH national championship, while Tajfun made a break in Rogaska Slatina and leads the finals 2:1 in Slovenia. Cedevita had no trouble with Zagreb in the first game of the semis in Croatia. Szolnok became back to back Hungarian champion. Read more here.

May 27, 2015 - Sixth domestic league trophy for Szolnok
Szolnoki Olaj have swept the final series against KTE-Duna Aszfalt from Kecskemet with three victories in a row and have claimed the second domestic championship trophy in a row – sixth in the entire club's history. Read more here.

May 27, 2015 - 11 ABA players on Serbia preliminary squad
Serbia national team coaching staff is already making plans ahead of the EuroBasket 2015 and head coach Aleksandar Djordjevic presented the preliminary squad for this summer's national team. As many of 11 ABA League players found their names on the list. Read more here.

May 27, 2015 - Stellar Kaltsidou shows class
Styliani Kaltsidou showed why her veteran qualities will be so welcome when Greece step out at Final Round next month after a big display helped her team to a friendly success against Sweden. Frida Eldebrink excelled in defeat with 20 points. Read more here.

May 26, 2015 - Serbia rely on World Cup core
Serbia announced on Tuesday a 24-strong EuroBasket 2015 preliminary squad which includes ten players from the silver medal-winning side at FIBA Basketball World Cup 2014. Sasha Djordjevic's goal is to lead Serbia to the 2016 Rio Olympics. Read more here.

May 26, 2015 - UMMC start rebuilding with Vieru
Having promised an overhaul of their roster in the wake of their failure to capture last season's EuroLeague Women title, UMMC Ekaterinburg have started the process with the acquisition of Natalia Vieru. Vieru averaged 9.7 points and 8.4 rebounds domestically. Read more here.

May 26, 2015 - Fenerbahce re-signs coach Obradovic through 2017
Fenerbahce Ulker reached a new agreement with eight-time Euroleague champion coach Zeljko Obradovic to extend his contract until the end of the 2016-17 season. Obradovic is in his second season with Fenerbahce, which he led to its first Euroleague Final 4 appearance this season. Read more here.

May 26, 2015 - Harden helps Rockets stay alive, beat Warriors 128-115
James Harden was not happy after a poor performance in Houston's embarrassing loss to Golden State in Game 3. Coach Kevin McHale told him the best thing to do was take that frustration out on the other team. Read more here.

May 26, 2015 - Ploiesti reign supreme in Romania
CSU Asesoft Ploiesti landed at the weekend their fourth consecutive Romanian LNB title, extending their league trophy count to an amazing 11 conquests in the last 12 seasons. Ploiesti kicked off the series with a 79-70 win at home. Read more here.

May 26, 2015 - Tartu end five-year wait in Estonia
Tartu University Rock, who competed in this season's EuroChallenge reaching the Last 16, returned to the Estonian Alexela KML throne at the weekend for the first time since 2010. They prevailed 4-1 over arch-rivals BC Kalev/Cramo in the best-of-seven finals series. Read more here.

May 26, 2015 - Spain win tourno, make cuts
EuroBasket Women 2015 favourites Spain came out on top of the Santander Tournament over the weekend and also waved goodbye to Miram Foraste and Belen Arrojo. Astou Ndour has dominated the paint in Spain's first preparation games. Read more here.

May 25, 2015 - Cibona beat Zadar, MZT in finals
MZT Skopje Aerodrom qualified for the finals in Macedonian Championship after sweeping the series against Feni Industri. In the finals they will meet Kumanovo. In the first game of the „ABA League semis“ in Croatia, Cibona was better at home court than Zadar. In Slovenia, the finals are tied. Read more here.

May 25, 2015 - Slovak Republic sweating on Zirkova
Slovak Republic head coach Maros Kovacik has moved to the brink of his final selection for EuroBasket Women 2015 but is still sweating on the fitness of legendary veteran Zuzana Zirkova. It would appear that the fate of Zirkova is in the hands of the medical team. Read more here.

May 25, 2015 - Petrovic to wear Serbia vest again
Serbia could now be slated as a genuine frontrunner for EuroBasket Women 2015 after announcing that reigning EuroLeague Women champion Sonja Petrovic is to join the team for the Final Round. Prague forward Sonja Petrovic last suited up for Serbia at EuroBasket Women 2009. Read more here.

May 24, 2015 - Szolnok's second step
Szolnoki Olaj is seriously approaching their new domestic championship trophy. In the second game of Hungarian national championship finals, they were better than KTE-Duna Aszfalt in Kecskemet and are now 2:0 up in the hunt for the trophy. Read more here.

May 24, 2015 - MZT Skopje started victorious
MZT Skopje Aerodrom made a first step towards reaching the big finals of Macedonian championship, by beating Feni Industries in the first game of the semi-final series at home in Jane Sandanski arena with the final score of 79:62. Read more here.

May 24, 2015 - Buducnost VOLI champion for 9th time
Nothing new in Montenegro – Buducnost VOLI was better than Sutjeska in the final series and remains the only champion of this country in the entire history, by claiming the championship title for the ninth time in a row! Read more here.

May 22, 2015 - Warriors hold off Harden, Rockets 99-98 to take 2-0 lead
Stephen Curry scored 33 points before Harden lost the ball in the closing seconds to end a spectacular duel between the NBA MVP and runner-up, and the Warriors held off the Houston Rockets 99-98 on Thursday night to take a 2-0 lead in the series. Read more here.

May 22, 2015 - Nymburk dynasty rules Czech Republic
There was a familiar sense of inevitability when the Czech Kooperativa NBL league play-off finals series got under way and, once again, CEZ Basketball Nymburk proved it was entirely justified. On Wednesday night, Nymburk enjoyed a 96-59 win over Decin in Game 3 of the finals. Read more here.

May 22, 2015 - Trabzonspor on brink of breakthrough
EuroChallenge runners-up Trabzonspor Medical Park are, as of Wednesday night, only one win away from securing their most successful campaign in a decade. Kaloyan Ivanov saved Trabzonspor Medical Park at the end of the first of two overtimes. Read more here.

May 22, 2015 - European-based Germans get early call
Germany head coach Chris Fleming announced on Thursday a list of 21 players who will undergo preliminary medical tests in late June, approximately a month before the start of EuroBasket 2015 training camp. Read more here.

May 21, 2015 - Smith, James lead Cavs past Hawks 97-89 in Game 1
J.R. Smith knocked down a tough 3-pointer, then another. Turning toward the fans, their heckling transformed to groans, he blew off his right index finger and motioned toward his side, like he was holstering his pistol. Yep, Smith was that hot. Read more here.

May 21, 2015 - Step one for Szolnoki Olaj
Szolnoki Olaj took the lead in the finals od domestic championship by overcoming KTE-Duna Aszfalt convincingly in Tiszaliget sports hall in the first game. David Vojvoda was again the key man. David Vojvoda was the top scorer with 11 points. Read more here.

May 21, 2015 - ABA league changes of ownership and management structure
At the meeting of the representatives of ABA League clubs with the representatives of ABA League/ABA Sidro d.o.o. Management, held on 20.5.2015 in Ljubljana, the draft of the new company agreement of the ABA Sidro d.o.o. Company was unanimously agreed on. Read more here.

May 21, 2015 - Maiden Finnish league title for Kataja
Kataja Basket, a club which has competed in the EuroChallenge three seasons in a row, claimed on Tuesday night the Finnish Korisliiga crown for the first time in their history. Teemu Rannikko led Kataja Basket to the Finnish championship. Read more here.

May 21, 2015 - De Colo, France's stealth weapon
When Vincent Collet announced his 24-strong preliminary squad for EuroBasket 2015, it was received by media across Europe with a seldom-seen consensus. Nando De Colo missed the FIBA World Cup 2014 but hopes to return to the French national team for EuroBasket 2015. Read more here.

May 20, 2015 - Barcelona locks up Abrines through 2019
FC Barcelona ensured one of its top perimeter players will remain with the club for years to come by signing Alex Abrines to a contract extension through the 2018-19 season. Abrines averaged 7.6 points on 34.1% three-point shooting over 23 Euroleague games for Barcelona this season. Read more here.

May 20, 2015 - Buducnost in front again
Buducnost VOLI is only a step away from winning its ninth Montenegrin Championship trophy after beating Sutjeska in Moraca and taking a 2:1 lead in the series. In Slovenia, Tajfun will battle Rogacka in the finals for the first ever championship trophy of any of those two teams. Read more here.

May 20, 2015 - Igokea advanced to the finals in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Igokea is the first finalist of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national championship, after overcoming an obstacle called Sloboda in the second game of the semi-final series too. In Tuzla, Brady Heslip scored 27 points and Igokea won 97:75. Read more here.

May 20, 2015 - Turkey release four candidates
The candidate list of Turkey has been reduced ahead of their first preparation games of the summer after Ekrem Memnun opted to release a quartet of players, Ozge Yavas, Burcu Cigil, Tugce Murat and Simay Karaman. Read more here.

May 19, 2015 - Nacickaite still has hot hand
There was an action packed weekend of EuroBasket Women 2015 preparation games across the continent as teams continue their fine tuning for Final Round, with Kamile Nacickaite showing she could be a major figure for Lithuania. Read more here.

May 19, 2015 - Frankfurt exit but keep head high
This season came to an end for Fraport Skyliners on Sunday night, earlier than they would have liked ideally, but still the EuroChallenge Final Four participants have plenty of reasons to feel extremely satisfied. Read more here.

May 19, 2015 - EuroBasket trophy set to tour Europe
In anticipation of EuroBasket 2015 being hosted by four countries for the first time in history, the Nikolai Semashko Trophy, which will be held aloft by the newly crowned European champions in Lille, France on 20 September, is about to embark on a journey across Europe. Read more here.

May 18, 2015 - Rockets back in conference finals first 1st time since '97
The Houston Rockets are heading to the Western Conference finals for the first time in 18 years after overcoming a 3-1 series deficit to eliminate the Los Angeles Clippers. Harden scored 31 points, Dwight Howard had 16 points and 15 rebounds. Read more here.

May 18, 2015 - Nocioni named bwin MVP of Euroleague Final Four
Andres Nocioni came to Real Madrid over the summer to help lead the club to glory and he made good on that at the 2015 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four. Nocioni was voted bwin MVP of the Final Four by accredited Media at the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Championship Game. Read more here.

May 18, 2015 - Real Madrid is Euroleague champion for record ninth time
After a two-decade break, Real Madrid is once again the king of Europe! Madrid defeated Olympiacos Piraeus 78-59 the 2015 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four Championship Game at Barclaycard Center in the Spanish capital to become continental champion for a record ninth time. Read more here.

May 18, 2015 - CSKA Moscow beats Fenerbahce in third-place game
CSKA Moscow held off a second-half rally by Fenerbahce Ulker to record an 80-86 victory in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Third-Place Game at Barclaycard Center in Madrid. Both teams put in spirited efforts less than 48 hours after losing their semifinal games at the Final Four. Read more here.

May 18, 2015 - ANGT Championship Game: Real Madrid is the new champ!
Real Madrid secured its first title in the history of the ADIDAS NEXT GENERATION TOURNAMENT by unseating the reigning champion Crvena Zevzda Telekom Belgrade with a 73-70 victory in the 2015 final. Jonathan Barreiro led the way with 19 points for Madrid. Read more here.

May 17, 2015 - Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four, Final
The 2014-15 Euroleague season reaches its climax with the championship game between Olympiacos Piraeus and Real Madrid at Barclaycard Center. Madrid has the chance to win its first continental crown in 20 years; Los Blancos downed Olympiacos 73-61 in Zaragoza, Spain. Read more here.

May 17, 2015 - Igokea took the lead in the semi-finals
The knockout phase of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national championship has begun and Igokea put on a truly dominant performance to take the lead in the semi-final series against Sloboda Tuzla. In Slovenia, Tajfun secured the finals, after beating for the second time and edging out Krka. Read more here.

May 17, 2015 - Club competitions remodelling a priority
The Board of FIBA Europe met in Malta on Friday and, among others, debated the future of the European club competitions. FIBA Europe raffirmed its support for the reorganisation of all club competitions, including regional leagues, across the continent. Read more here.

May 16, 2015 - Real Madrid heads to third straight final after beating Fenerbahce
Real Madrid dominated the second quarter and then held on the rest of the way for a 96-87 victory over Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul in the second semifinal at the 2015 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four at Barclaycard Center in Madrid. Read more here.

May 16, 2015 - Aaron Jackson sets Final Four record with 7 steals
CSKA Moscow guard Aaron Jackson set a Euroleague Final Four single-game record with 7 steals in the first semifinal of the 2015 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four against Olympiacos Piraeus on Friday night at Barclaycard Center in Madrid. Read more here.

May 16, 2015 - Spanoulis comes through again as Olympiacos stuns CSKA
Vassilis Spanoulis continued his run of Final Four heroics by scoring 11 fourth-quarter points to lead Olympiacos Piraeus back from a 9-point deficit with four minutes remaining for a 68-70 victory over CSKA Moscow in the first semifinal at the 2015 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four. Read more here.

May 15, 2015 - Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four, Semifinals: the battle for #F4Glory begins!
After six long months of battles on the basketball floors across the continent, four teams arrive to Madrid, each knowing they are only two wins away from winning the Euroleague crown. The ultimate excitement of Friday semifinals action starts with CSKA Moscow clashing against Olympiacos. Read more here.

May 15, 2015 - Sutjeska tied the finals to 1:1
The finals of Montenegrin championship are tied to 1:1 in victories, after Sutjeska managed to beat the favourites of Buducnost VOLI in the second game in Niksic, after losing the first one in Podgorica convincingly. The home side started strongly and was ahead for the most of the game. Read more here.

May 14, 2015 - 2014-15 bwin MVP: Nemanja Bjelica, Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
Euroleague Basketball announced the bwin MVP for the 2014-15 Turkish Airlines Euroleague is Nemanja Bjelica of Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul. Bjelica was presented the trophy for the top performer of the season by Ronny Nessim, Regional Manager at bwin.party digital entertainment. Read more here.

May 14, 2015 - Warriors whip Grizzlies 98-78, take 3-2 series lead
Down and out just days earlier, the Golden State Warriors suddenly look alive and well again. Stephen Curry turned in an MVP-worthy performance, Klay Thompson snapped out of his shooting funk and the Warriors rolled past the Memphis Grizzlies 98-78 on Wednesday night. Read more here.

May 14, 2015 - Horford's late follow gives Hawks 82-81 win over Wizards
With their magical season on the brink, the Atlanta Hawks needed someone to come up big. Al Horford wasn't supposed to be the guy. He would not be denied. The Hawks center swooped in to snatch an offensive rebound and dropped in a shot from right under the basket. Read more here.

May 14, 2015 - Tajfun upset Krka
Krka did not manage to do another step towards the Finals on the opening night of the semi-final series in Slovenian Championship, since it lost at home in Novo mesto to Tajfun from Sentjur. The guests were more skilful in the exciting finish of the game. Read more here.

May 14, 2015 - Russia benefit from Sparta&K young guns
Former four-time EuroLeague Women champions Sparta&K M.R. Vidnoje are reaping the rewards of their long-term investment in the best young talent and so too are the various Russian national teams. Maria Vadeeva made the step from youth to senior team player. Read more here.

May 13, 2015 - Szolnok in finals, Buducnost in front
The national championships in Hungary and Montenegro have reached the final phase. While Szolnoki Olaj has swept the semi-final series against Sopron, Buducnost VOLI took the lead in the finals by winning the first game over Sutjeska. Read more here.

May 13, 2015 - Tough challenge ahead for Czeczuro
Vadim Czeczuro defied the odds last summer when despite a number of political and logistical difficulties, he guided Ukraine back to another EuroBasket Women Final Round. Olesia Malashenko can not represent Ukraine at EuroBasket Women 2015 due to injury. Read more here.

May 13, 2015 - Osman foresees an amazing Turkey
For somebody whom fans started calling Jedi Knight simply through paraphrasing his first name, Cedi Osman has possibly ended up with the most suited nickname in European basketball. He does not sway a lightsaber and is definitely not in the process of mastering telekinesis. Read more here.

May 13, 2015 - Great Britain trim roster to sixteen
The pool of Great Britain players competing for a spot at EuroBasket Women Final Round next month has been reduced to sixteen. A trio of players in the shape of Janice Monakana, Helen Naylor and Mrashi Karumba will not be involved in the ongoing preparation camp. Read more here.

May 12, 2015 - Euroleague Final Four returns to Berlin in 2016
Euroleague Basketball is thrilled to announce that its signature event is returning to the German capital, where Mercedes-Benz Arena will be the site of the 2016 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four. The most exciting weekend in world basketball will be held from May 12 to 15, 2016. Read more here.

May 12, 2015 - Trabzonspor rejoice, Frankfurt suffer
While Trabzonspor were securing a berth in the Turkish TBL play-offs, Fraport Skyliners were being dealt a double blow at the start of the German Beko Bundesliga post-season. Sean Marshall and Dwight Hardy finished the season on a 6-game winning streak with TS Medical Park. Read more here.

May 12, 2015 - Bogdanovic prefers cautious optimism
In the run-up to last September's FIBA Basketball World Cup Bojan Bogdanovic had stated that Croatia, fresh off the EuroBasket 2013 semi-finals, had the potential to fight for a podium finish. Bojan Bogdanovic wants to continue the successful play with EuroBasket 2015 co-hosts Croatia. Read more here.

May 12, 2015 - Palau ready for Title defence
Spain national team captain Laia Palau is ready to defend her country's coveted EuroBasket Women title after the playmaker was revealed as one of the centrepieces of her nation's initial candidate list for Final Round. Read more here.

May 11, 2015 - Final Four teams keep winning on way to Madrid
In their last domestic-league action before the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four, the quartet of would-be continental champions stayed on the winning track in big games. CSKA Moscow swept its playoffs quarterfinal series. Read more here.

May 11, 2015 - Buducnost in Montenegrin Finals
Buducnost VOLI have swept the semi-final series of Montenegrin national championship against Mornar with 2:0 and have already qualified for the finals, where they will face the better of the second semi-final pair – Sutjeska Niksic. Read more here.

May 11, 2015 - Szolnok a step away from the Finals
Szolnoki Olaj has outplayed Sopron for the second time in the Hungarian championship semi-finals, this time on the road and made the second step towards reaching the finals, out of necessary three. The guests were a better team from the very beginning until the end. Read more here.

May 11, 2015 - Calderon unavailable for EuroBasket
Newly-appointed Spain head coach Sergio Scariolo is a few weeks away from announcing his EuroBasket 2015 preliminary squad but we already know that Jose Calderon will not be on it. Calderon missed the beginning of the NBA season, his first at the New York Knicks. Read more here.

May 11, 2015 - Memnun celebrates Galatasaray success
New Turkey head coach Ekrem Memnun will head into the EuroBasket Women Final Round on a high after he guided Galatasaray odeabank to a successful defence of their precious TKBL title. Memnun has overcome the odds this year to lead Galatasaray to another domestic title. Read more here.

May 9, 2015 - All-Euroleague First and Second Teams announced
One week before the decisive games of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague season tip off at the Final Four in Madrid, Euroleague Basketball congratulates the 10 stars who have earned selection to the 2014-15 All-Euroleague First and Second Teams. Read more here.

May 9, 2015 - ECA Shareholders' clubs reaffirm current management model in letter to FIBA
The clubs of the ECA Shareholders, who met last Wednesday, May 6 in Istanbul, have unanimously requested to send an official letter to FIBA that endorses the communication previously sent by ECA and the principal domestic leagues to the FIBA Secretary General, Mr. Patrick Baumann. Read more here.

May 9, 2015 - Euroleague's recognition of ABA League referees quality
Once again, the Euroleague has recognized the quality of ABA League referees, which became evident as the elite European competition announced the names of those, that are selected to officiate at their flagship event – the Final Four tournament in Madrid. Read more here.

May 9, 2015 - Pullen to bolster Georgia backcourt
Enel Basket Brindisi point guard Jacob Pullen will be included in Georgia's preliminary squad for EuroBasket 2015, the Georgian Basketball Federation has confirmed. He has previously pulled on the jersey of his adopted country in eight games, during the EuroBasket 2013 QR. Read more here.

May 8, 2015 - Euroleague Rising Star Trophy: Bogdan Bogdanovic, Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
His unique combination of basketball skills and scoring ability together with maturity and poise have led Turkish Airlines Euroleague head coaches to vote Bogdan Bogdanovic of Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul as the Euroleague Rising Star Trophy winner for the second season in a row. Read more here.

May 8, 2015 - End of the road for Olimpija
Union Olimpija was relegated by Helios Suns from the Slovenian national championship in the quarter finals. Krka already in the semi-finals. In Montenegro, Buducnost VOLI beat Mornar Bar and made a first step towards the finals. Read more here.

May 8, 2015 - Hejkova holds onto Prague reins
Legendary five-time Euroleague Women winning coach Natalia Hejkova will continue at the helm of Final Four champions ZVVZ USK Prague for the forthcoming 2015-16 season. The veteran play-caller guided the club to a historic first ever EuroLeague Women title last month. Read more here.

May 8, 2015 - Scariolo, Spain fix gaze on future
There was no nostalgia and no mentions of glorious past achievements at the official presentation of Sergio Scariolo as the new head coach of the Spanish national team. The immediate challenge for Spain is to negotiate their way through EuroBasket 2015 Group B in Berlin. Read more here.

May 8, 2015 - Myshkin takes 18 into Russia camp
Russia head coach Anatoliy Myshkin is working with 18 players at his team's camp in Novogorsk on the outskirts of Moscow as preparations start in earnest ahead of EuroBasket Women 2015. The play-caller will be looking to veterans such as Irina Osipova and Marina Karpunina. Read more here.

May 7, 2015 - LeBron's 33 lead Cavaliers past Bulls 106-91 in Game 2
The headband returned. The aggressiveness, dunks and dazzling plays all came back, too. LeBron James wasn't going to have a second sub-par game. James attacked from the start and scored 33 points, Irving added 21 and Cavaliers evened their semifinal series with Chicago. Read more here.

May 7, 2015 - 2014-15 Best Defender Trophy winner: Bryant Dunston, Olympiacos Piraeus
For the second season in a row, Bryant Dunston of Olympiacos has been chosen by Euroleague head coaches to win the Best Defender Trophy. As a shot-blocker, stealer and all-around immovable force, Dunston anchored an Olympiacos defense that proved the best of the 2014-15 season. Read more here.

May 7, 2015 - Euroleague Basketball celebrates 15th anniversary
On the occasion of ECA Board and ECA Shareholders meetings this week in Istanbul, Euroleague Basketball is marking the 15th anniversary of its founding under a private organizational model that was a breakthrough European professional team sports. Read more here.

May 7, 2015 - Szolnok convincing at the start of semis
Szolnoki Olaj has successfully opened their semi-final journey in Hungarian national championship. In the first game of the semis, the ABA League side led by Dragan Aleksic has outplayed Sopron at home court with the final score of 87:54. Read more here.

May 7, 2015 - Harden has big 4th quarter; Rockets beat Clippers 115-109
Stuck on the bench with four fouls for most of the third quarter, James Harden knew he would have to make up for lost time when he got back on the floor. Harden scored 16 of his 32 points in the fourth quarter to lift the Houston Rockets to a 115-109 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers. Read more here.

May 6, 2015 - Appeals panel agrees to ALBA sanction reduction
The Euroleague Basketball Independent Appeals Panel partially upheld a petition from ALBA Berlin to mitigate sanctions by the Independent Disciplinary Judge concerning incidents surrounding the club's home game with Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul. Read more here.

May 6, 2015 - 2014-15 Alphonso Ford Top Scorer Trophy: Taylor Rochestie, Nizhny Novgorod
The first of the 2014-15 EFES Euroleague Awards, the Alphonso Ford Top Scorer Trophy, has been won by Nizhny Novgorod playmaker Taylor Rochestie, whose scoring exploits this season helped bring a rookie team all the way to the Top 16. Read more here.

May 6, 2015 - Cedevita extended with Bilan
The 2014-15 ABA League finalist Cedevita has not satisfied itself with claiming the second place this season, but has already started to build on future successes. The first move from the club from Dom sportova was to extend its starting center Miro Bilan – for two more seasons. Read more here.

May 6, 2015 - Ukraine to do without Kurasova
Ukraine have been dealt a blow ahead of the Final Round after revealing a 25-strong candidate list without the experience and quality of one of their major operators in the shape of Oleksandra Kurasova. Alina Iagupova is the headline act on the Ukrainian roster. Read more here.

May 5, 2015 - Warriors' Stephen Curry voted NBA's MVP over Harden, James
His voice cracked first. Then, his eyes got red. Finally, Stephen Curry cried. The Golden State Warriors point guard won the NBA's Most Valuable Player award Monday, the biggest moment yet of a young career already full of overcoming obstacles. Read more here.

May 5, 2015 - Panathinaikos parts ways with head coach Ivanovic
Panathinaikos Athens split ways with head coach Dusko Ivanovic, and now the former head of bench will be replaced on interim basis by his assistant Sotiris Manolopoulos. The coaching change came the day after the Greens lost at home 66-77 their Greek League derby against Olympiacos. Read more here.

May 5, 2015 - 6 time European Champions Maccabi Tel Aviv and 3 time European Champions EA7 Emporio Armani Milan To Play First "Euro Classic" Games in U.S.
The Euroleague Basketball World Tour will take a major step next autumn when, for the first time ever, two Turkish Airlines Euroleague powerhouses will face off against each other in two preseason games on North American soil. Read more here.

May 4, 2015 - Warriors roll past Grizzlies 101-86 in Game 1 of West semis
Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr joked before Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals that reporters should have two stories ready: One if his team looked well-rested and won, another if it looked rusty and lost. Read more here.

May 4, 2015 - Beal leads well-rested Wizards past Hawks 104-98 in Game 1
After resting up for the past week, the Washington Wizards merely had to withstand Atlanta's early pace. Once the Hawks ran out of gas, Bradley Beal and the Wizards took control. Just call them the road warriors. Beal shook off a sprained ankle to score 28 points. Read more here.

May 4, 2015 - France name strong preliminary squad
Defending EuroBasket champions France announced on Saturday an impressive preliminary list of 24 players from which the final squad for September's show-piece event will emerge. Tony Parker will be back leading France following a one-year hiatus. Read more here.

May 1, 2015 - The MVP is... Boban Marjanovic!
Boban Marjanovic of Crvena zvezda Telekom is the MVP of the ABA League Playoffs for the 2014-15 season! MVP, MVP, MVP... The fans of Crvena zvezda Telekom have chanted these three letters to him so many times in this season. Read more here.

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