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  News archive september 2010


September 30, 2010 - Saras made the decision: it's Maccabi
It seems that Sarunas Jasikevicius has finally decided where he wants to continue his career since his first option, Panathinaikos, no longer wants him. The 'golden boy' is set to make a return to Israel as he is expected to sign a contract with Maccabi very soon, Israeli media reports.

September 28, 2010 - Panellinios tabs scorer McIntosh
Panellinios got stronger for its Eurocup return next season by inking point guard Lamont McIntosh to a one-year deal, the club announced Monday. McIntosh (190, 28) arrives from Politekhnika-Halychyna Lviv, where he averaged 16.1 points, 3.1 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 20 Ukrainian League games last season.

September 27, 2010 - Krasnye Krylia signs veteran center Brezec
Eurocup newcomer Krasnye Krylia made a major move to bolster its frontcourt over the weekend by signing center Primoz Brezec, who arrives from Milwaukee of the NBA. Brezec (216, 30) returns to Europe after one year away.

September 27, 2010 - Union Olimpija lands Kevinn Pinkney
Union Olimpija improved its frontcourt for the upcoming Turkish Airlines Euroleague season by inking power forward Kevinn Pinkney to a one-year deal, the club announced Monday. Pinkney (208, 26) arrives from Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem, where he averaged 9.4 points and 3.7 rebounds in 13 Eurocup games last season.

September 27, 2010 - Galatasaray re-signs Buker for 3 seasons
Galatasaray Cafe Crown re-signed swingman Evren Buker over the weekend for the next three seasons. Buker (194, 25) joined the club last season and became a key player both in the Eurocup and the Turkish League.

September 27, 2010 - Virtus Roma looks at teenage star Drenovac
Virtus Roma has extended the stay of trialist Djordje Drenovac for a month, meaning that the teenage talent will begin the season on the club's roster. Drenovac (201, 18) is a small forward who has spent the last two seasons playing professionally in Austria for Arkadia Traiskirchen.

September 27, 2010 - Asseco Prokom signs guard Brown
Asseco Prokom Gdynia fortified its backcourt by signing combo-guard Bobby Brown over the weekend. Brown (188, 26) and Prokom agreed on a one-year contract. He returns to Europe after spending the 2007-08 season with Alba Berlin, where he averaged 16 points and 4.2 assists in the Eurocup.

September 27, 2010 - Spartak inks big man Pishchalnikov
Spartak St. Petersburg put the finishing touches on its roster by signing big man Kirill Pishchalnikov, who returns to his homeland after playing college basketball in the United States. Pishchalnikov (203, 23) played three seasons at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he averaged 2.6 points and 2.3 rebounds per game last season.

September 26, 2010 - Kazakh talent Anton Ponomarev signs in Serbia
Anton Ponomarev has signed a long-term contact with one of the best clubs in Serbia, famous for its youth program for the preparation of top-class players. During the summer, Anton services were offered to many clubs all over Russia, Ukraine and many teams in Europe.

September 25, 2010 - Roanne get Luka Bogdanovic
In a rather surprisingly move Chorale Roanne announced the signing of 25 year old Serbian forward Luka Bogdanovic. Luka Bogdanovic had recently joined Olimpija Ljubljana on a try-outs basis, but seems that the two sides could not agree on terms, so Roanne stepped in and announced the player tonight.

September 24, 2010 - Granada land Coby Karl
Granada managed to find the best possible replacement for Reece Gaines by tabbing former NBA player Coby Karl for the next season.

September 24, 2010 - Besiktas offered a contract to Iverson
According to Turkish newspaper Milliyet, Besiktas have offered a contract to former NBA star Allen Iverson and is now awaiting a reply, which if positive, could be one of the greatest transfers of European basketball.

September 24, 2010 - Partizan insisting on Erceg
Zoran Erceg is a player Partizan are heavily interested in and Partizan board is doing everything in their power to bring him to Belgrade. Partizan had made an offer for Erceg months ago but Olympiacos rejected it as it didn't satisfy them financially.

September 24, 2010 - Petrovic and Divac re-united in "Once brothers" documentary
ESPN Films and NBA Entertainment (NBAE) have teamed up to take an in-depth look at the breakup of the once-powerful Yugoslavian Men’s Senior National Basketball Team as part of the network’s acclaimed 30 for 30 series with Once Brothers.

September 23, 2010 - Spencer from Maroussi to Budivelnyk
Dewarick Spencer after receiving an enormous amount of pressure to stay in Maroussi and after being close to Partizan has signed a contract with the euroleague qualification club Budivelnyk who ironically because of Maroussi's errors in the euroleague has advanced to the second round of the euroleague qualification.

September 23, 2010 - 2010-11 TV Workshop for Euroleague host broadcasters a success
The 2010-11 TV workshop for Euroleague host broadcasters was held in Barcelona, Spain on Wednesday, September 22. A total of 24 representatives of 14 different television companies participated in the seminar, including broadcasters from Spain, Greece, France, Turkey and Italy.

September 23, 2010 - Jasikevicius: We will be moving abroad
Sarunas Jasikevicius set the record straight after false reports from Lithuania claimed that he was training with Panathinaikos and ready to sign a minimum contract with the Greek champions and states that he has no problem whatsoever to move abroad.

September 23, 2010 - Zalgiris signs Delininkaitis to multi-year deal
Zalgiris Kaunas signed swingman Tomas Delininkaitis to a multi-year deal on Wednesday. Delininkaitis (190, 28), who until now was more associated with Zalgiris’s archrival Lietuvos Rytas, signed for two seasons with an option for the 2012-13 campaign. The contract is pending the completion of a physical exam.

September 22, 2010 - Spartak SPB seals squad with foursome
Spartak Saint Petersburg completed its roster for the new season with the signing of four players: Centers Pero Antic and Alexandr Bashminov, forward Nikola Dragovic and point guard Alexander Korchagin. Antic, Bashminov and Korchagin all signed one-year deals and Dragovic signed for two seasons.

September 22, 2010 - Brazauskas ready for his new role as BBL director
The 2010-2011 season of MasterCard Baltic Basketball league was presented today in Vilnius. It will be the seventh season of BBL. Board  members of the league shared their thoughts about the upcoming season and answered questions.

September 22, 2010 - Euroleague qualification, 3pt stats
Experts have had their say on what European basketball will look like after the implementation of the new 6.75arc and the new rectangular zone (the setback to 14-rule might lead to slightly more possessions, but won’t change the nature of the game).

September 22, 2010 - Montepaschi extends Carraretto
Montepaschi Siena reached a new agreement with combo guard Marco Carraretto to stay together until the end of the 2012-13 season, the club announced Wednesday. Carraretto (196, 32), a fan favourite due to his hustle and fighting spirit, was already under contract and set to start his fifth season with Montepaschi.

September 22, 2010 - Olympiacos after Songaila
According to Greek Press the Reds are after a big name that will further reinforce the team, especially in the front line. More specifically according to Olympiacos affiliated sports newspaper "Gavros" Olympiacos is looking into four candidates: Darius Songaila, Luis Scola, Pedja Stojakovic and Dusko Savanovic.

September 22, 2010 - 2010 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds
The first phase of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds opened on Tuesday with four games out of seven won by road teams and as many decided by 7 or fewer points. Those results promise dramatics when the same opponents travel to meet again on Friday and decide their two-game series on aggregate score.

September 21, 2010 - Partizan mt:s releases Popovic
Only 26 days after signing a deal with Bojan Popovic, Partizan mt:s released the point guard. The club announced on Monday that based on preseason games played and practices, both sides realized that role of Popovic (27, 190) does not fit the concept for the upcoming season.

September 21, 2010 - Another blow for France with Gomis knee injury
France will have to take on the United States, Greece and Senegal at the FIBA World Championship for Women without two key players from last year’s EuroBasket-winning side. Emilie Gomis injured her right knee in the recent friendly against Brazil and will not travel to Ostrava in the Czech Republic.

September 21, 2010 - Dominguez axed by Hernandez
Spain coach Jose Ignacio Hernandez has made his former point guard at Halcon Avenida, Silvia Dominguez, the final cut from the national side that will play at the FIBA World Championship. Dominguez played at last year’s EuroBasket in Latvia but was deemed surplus to requirements this time.

September 20, 2010 - Asseco Prokom inks Eldridge
Asseco Prokom Gydnia added another floor general to its roster for the upcoming Turkish Airlines Euroleague season with the signing of Courtney Eldridge to a one-year deal on Monday. Eldridge (176, 30) arrives from Associazione Basket Latina, where he averaged 16 points, 3 assists and 2.1 steals in 30 Italian second division games last season.

September 20, 2010 - Turkish Airlines Euroleague to be broadcasted by NTV Spor
Following the resounding success of the 2010 FIBA World Championships, which finished earlier this month, Euroleague Basketball is proud to announce that NTV Spor, the biggest sports channel in Turkey, will begin to broadcast Euroleague games in the country this season. NTV Spor will hold the rights to broadcast all Euroleague games except those of Efes Pilsen and one other game in the same group as Efes Pilsen per week, which will continue to be available on SkyTurk.

September 20, 2010 - New game rules for the 2010-11 season
Beginning with the 2010-11 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds on Tuesday, Euroleague Basketball joins the international basketball community in observing and instituting several important new rules.

September 20, 2010 - Paok tabs Donnie McGrath
PAOK BC improved its backcourt for the upcoming Eurocup season by inking combo guard Donnie Mc Grath, who inked a one-year deal with his new team this weekend. McGrath (193, 26) is back to Greece, as he previously played for Egaleo and AEK.

September 20, 2010 - Logunova must wait for chance
The most valuable player of the U20 European Championship, Anastasia Logunova, will not play for Russia at the FIBA World Championship. The 1.90m Logunova, who led her country to the gold medal in the youth event that was held in Latvia from July 15-25, had been in the latest squad that was announced by the Russian Basketball Federation on September 6.

September 20, 2010 - Aussies look good in victories over USA, Spain
Australia served notice about their intentions ahead of this week’s FIBA World Championship for Women by defeating the United States and Spain in Salamanca. Carrie Graf’s Opals, who will only become stronger once superstar center Lauren Jackson arrives from the USA where she collected a third MVP award in the WNBA, beat the Americans on Friday 83-77 and followed that up with an 85-66 trouncing of hosts Spain.

September 18, 2010 - Partizan mt:s locks up teenager Bogdanovic
Partizan mt:s penned promising teenage guard Bogdan Bogdanovic to a multi-year contract. Further terms of the deal were not disclosed. Bogdanovic (198, 18) is a highly regarded shooting guard from FMP and the Serbian junior national team.

September 17, 2010 - Anwil completes roster with Hicks
Anwil Wloclawek finalized its roster for the new season with the signing of big man Eric Hicks. The sides agreed to a one-year contract. Hicks (200, 27) returns to the Eurocup for the first time since averaging 12.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks for Base Oostende in the 2006-07 season.

September 17, 2010 - Aris BSA 2003 signs guard trio
Aris BSA 2003 revamped its backcourt on Friday with the signing of three new guards, including All-Eurocup selection Kostas Charalampidis. Joining Charalampidis at Aris are Dimitris Verginis, who arrives from Panathinaikos, and Fanis Koumpouras, who arrives from Maroussi.

September 17, 2010 - 2010-11 Eurocup team changes
After the revocation of Maroussi BC's licence to play in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds, a resulting open place in the Eurocup Regular Season has been assigned to another Greek team, PAOK BC of Thessaloniki, Euroleague Basketball has announced.

September 17, 2010 - Lukoil Academic lands Kaspars Kambala
Days before its first game in the Eurocup Qualifying Round, Bulgarian powerhouse Lukoil Academic beefed up by inking power forward Kaspars Kambala to a one-year deal, the club announced Friday. Kambala (206, 31) arrives from Enisey Krasnoyarsk, where he averaged 14.5 points and 6.1 rebounds in 11 Russian League games last season.

September 17, 2010 - Caja Laboral tabs Marcus Haislip
Caja Laboral improved its frontcourt for the upcoming Turkish Airlines Euroleague season by inking power forward Marcus Haislip to a one-year deal, the club announced Friday. Haislip (208, 29) arrives from Panathinaikos, where he averaged 6 points and 3.2 rebounds in 6 Euroleague games last season.

September 17, 2010 - CEZ Nymburk puts Nissim at point
Czech League perennial champion CEZ Basketball Nymburk announced a last-minute addition to its roster just four days before the start of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds, none other than point guard Afik Nissim, who inked a one-year deal with his new club on Friday.

September 17, 2010 - Panellinios signs Derrick Byars
Panellinios keeps working hard to complete its roster before the start of the Eurocup season. On Friday, Panellinios announced the arrival of shooting guard Derrick Byars, who inked a one-year deal with his new club on Friday. Byars (202, 27) arrives from Alba Berlin, where he averaged 7.8 points and 2.4 rebounds in 16 Eurocup games last season.

September 17, 2010 - CSKA's Vorontsevich could miss a month
CSKA Moscow faces further injury problems heading toward the Turkish Airlines Euroleague season as power forward Andrey Vorontsevich will miss up to four weeks with a shoulder injury, the club confirmed Thursday. Vorontsevich, who was injured at the FIBA World Championships in Turkey, has a damaged acromioclavicular joint and will undergo therapy to correct the problem.

September 16, 2010 - Maroussi thrown out of Euroleague
Euroleague have officially banned Maroussi from competing in Euroleague qualifying rounds. No team will take their place and Budivelnik will go through the first qualifying round automatically.

September 16, 2010 - Skyliners sign Powell, bring back Moyer
The Deutsche Bank Skyliners completed their roster for the new season by signing power forward Carlos Powell and bringing back shooting guard Grayson Moyer. Both players signed through the end of October with option to extend their respective deals for the entire season.

September 16, 2010 - KK Cedevita releases big man Pruitt
KK Cedevita Zagreb released recent signing Shaun Pruitt due to the results of his medical exam. Pruitt signed a one-year contract with club two weeks ago, however after arriving in Zagreb to join the club, the results of his standard medical exam were not satisfactory.

September 16, 2010 - Panellinios moves to Lamia
Historic Athenian club Panellinios (from which Panathinaikos sprang out) and one of the oldest European basketball clubs, established in 1929 will be moving out of Athens after 81 years, to the town of Lamia.

September 16, 2010 - Taurasi, Valdemoro hold court in basketball-mad Salamanca
There is no place more fitting to host a warm-up tournament ahead of this year’s FIBA World Championship for Women in the Czech Republic than Salamanca. One of the oldest cities in Spain, Salamanca is home to the Casa de las Conchas, a stunning plaza, a university that first opened in 1218 and an incredible basketball club.

September 16, 2010 - EB coaches, refs, observers meet in Italy
For the second time in European basketball history, the head coaches and referees from Euroleague Basketball competitions came together in one place on Wednesday to work at better understanding each other's rules interpretations prior to the start of a new season.

September 16, 2010 - CSKA Moscow: Khryapa, out several weeks
CSKA Moscow is facing severe injury problems right before the start of the 2010-11 Turkish Airlines Euroleague season as All-Euroleague forward and Best Defender Trophy winner Viktor Khryapa is set to be sidelined for more than a month due to an ankle injury. Khryapa was injured while playing for the Russian national team in a friendly game against Croatia in August.

September 15, 2010 - Catchings: Memory of 2006 isn’t forgotten
No one should make the mistake and think the USA have recovered from their huge disappointment of 2006 when Russia beat them in the Semi-Finals of the FIBA World Championship for Women. The USA made partial amends by beating Australia in the gold-medal game of the 2008 Olympics, but the 75-68 defeat to the Russians four years ago still burns.

September 15, 2010 - The waiting game
The FIBA World Championship for Women is just around the corner and several teams are still playing a waiting game. WNBA commitments have meant that some stars have missed most, if not all of their national team's preparations.

September 15, 2010 - Ailing Gruda pulls out of French team
France star Sandrine Gruda has pulled out of the FIBA World Championship for Women because of knee problems, the country’s basketball federation has announced. Gruda, who made the all-tournament team after helping France capture the gold medal at last year’s EuroBasket in Latvia, has been experiencing pain since the team’s training at Villeneuve d’Ascq earlier this month.

September 15, 2010 - Estudiantes adds veteran swingman Welsch
Asefa Estudiantes introduced veteran swingman Jiri Welsch as its newest signing on Wednesday after the two sides agreed on a one-year contract with an option for a second season. Welsch (202, 30) has played for fellow Spanish club Unicaja for the past four seasons.

September 15, 2010 - Panellinios keeps Ostojic at center
Busy Panellinios agreed to terms with Djuro Ostojic to keep the veteran center at the club for an additional season. The transaction was Panellinios's fourth of the week. This will be Ostojic's third year with the club and his fourth in Greece.

September 15, 2010 - Asseco Prokom rounds out roster with fivesome
Asseco Prokom Gdynia rounded out its roster for the Turkish Airlines Euroleague season with the additions of five new players: Robert Witka, Iwo Kitzinger, Dawid Przybyszewski, Pawel Kowalczuk and Sebastian Balcerzak. The quintet gives head coach Tomas Pacesas an extra reserve at each position.

September 15, 2010 - Real Madrid lands Carlos Suarez
Real Madrid completed its roster for the upcoming 2010-11 season by inking small forward Carlos Suarez to a four-year deal, the club announced Wednesday. Suarez (202, 24) arrives from archrivals Asefa Estudiantes, where he was raised as a player, joining its first team in 2004. Last season, Suarez averaged 11 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 35 games last season and was chosen to the All-Spanish League first team.

September 15, 2010 - Memorial Basketball tournament "Mirza Delibasic" in Sarajevo
In Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, in "Skenderija" sport hall, september 15 and 16 will be held sixth memorial tournament Mirza Delibašić organized by BC Bosna ASA BHT, under the auspices of the Canton Sarajevo and the Ministry of Culture and Sport Canton Sarajevo. This year participants: BC Efes Pilsen, BC Cibona Zagreb, BC Buducnost Podgorica and host BC Bosna ASA BHT.

September 15, 2010 - Panellinios extends Manolis Papamakarios
One of the signature players that led Panellinios to its best season in decades is staying put, as the club announced a new agreement with combo guard Manolis Papamakarios to stay together one more year. Papamakarios (190, 30) averaged 7.8 points on 41% three-pointers and 2.3 rebounds in 14 Eurocup games last season.

September 14, 2010 - Hapoel Migdal tabs Dunigan
Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem invested in the future with the signing of Michael Dunigan for the next three seasons. Dunigan (208, 21) arrives to Hapoel from the University of Oregon where he spent only two years before turning pro. In his sophomore season, he posted 9.0 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game.

September 14, 2010 - EWE Baskets completes squad with Lukauskis
EWE Baskets Oldenburg rounded out its roster for the 2010-11 season with the signing of two-time Eurocup winner Mindaugas Lukauskis, who arrives from French club Asvel Basket. Lukauskis (198, 31) averaged 8.1 points, 3.1 assists and was second in the Euroleague regular season with 2.3 steals in 10 games as a starter for Asvel last season.

September 14, 2010 - 2010 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds
Basketball fans, the 2010-11 season is right around the corner! The very first dates on the pro schedule this season belong to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds, which begin on Tuesday, September 21 with eight games spread across the continent from Israel to Holland.

September 14, 2010 - Hemofarm brings back Boris Savovic
A familiar face is back in Vrsac, as Hemofarm Stada announced the arrival of power forward Boris Savovic, who inked a one-year deal with the club on Tuesday. Hemofarm keeps an option to extend his contract until the end of the 2011-12 season. Savovic (206, 23) joined Hemofarm's basketball school at age 15.

September 14, 2010 - Panellinios inks Vangelis Sklavos
Panellinios started to get ready for the 2009-10 Eurocup season by inking experienced big man Vangelis Sklavos to a one-year deal, the club announced Tuesday. Sklavos (202, 32) arrives from Vanoli Cremona, where he averaged 6.4 points and 2.3 rebounds in 26 Italian League games last season.

September 14, 2010 - Hapoel Gilboa/Galil adds size with Wilkerson
Israeli League champion Hapoel Gilboa/Galil improved its frontcourt for the upcoming Euroleague Qualifying Rounds series against Hemofarm by inking athletic big man Tyler Wilkerson to a one-year deal, the club announced Tuesday. Wilkerson (203, 22) just finished his college career at Marshall University (NCAA).

September 14, 2010 - Cibona tabs Marcus Johnson
Cibona improved its backcourt for the upcoming Euroleague season by inking shooting guard Marcus Johnson to a one-year deal, the club announced Tuesday. Johnson (198, 23) arrives from the University of Southern California, where he just completed his college career.

September 13, 2010 - Panellinios hires coach Skourtopoulos
Panellinios BC hired Thanassis Skourtopoulos as its new head coach on Monday, replacing Elias Zouros, who resigned from the bench. Skourtopoulos, 45, returns to the club after four years. He served as an assistant coach to Argyris Pedoulakis during the 2005-06 season.

September 13, 2010 - Burani named in final Argentina squad
Argentina have finalized their FIBA World Championship for Women roster with coach Eduardo Pinto including Agostina Burani and cutting Nadia Flores and Andrea Boquete. Boquete is the only player from the silver-medal winning side at last month's South American Championship in Santiago, Chile, to be dropped. Burani missed last month's tournament with a sprained ankle but has been named.

September 13, 2010 - Buducnost puts Nesovic at point
Montenegrin powerhouse Buducnost improved its roster by inking playmaker Aleksej Nesovic to a one-year deal. Nesovic (189, 25) arrives from Borac Cacak, where he averaged 9.3 points and 2.2 assists in 14 Serbian League games last season.

September 13, 2010 - USA are world champions as Durant & co see off Turkey
The United States of America answered their critics in style, winning the 2010 FIBA World Championship by hammering Turkey, 81-64 in front of a hostile crowd at the Sinan Erdem Arena in Istanbul. This is their first World Championship victory since 1994 - and by winning this event, they are the first team to qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

September 12, 2010 - USA cruise past Turkey to end 16-year wait for World Championship crown
The United States of America beat Turkey 81-64 to win the 2010 FIBA World Championship. The result ended a 16-year wait for the USA, who had not won this tournament since 1994. In the first official game ever between the two teams, Mike Kryzewski’s team gradually pulled away as Turkey looked to be suffering the after effects of their hard-fought win over Lithuania in Saturday’s semi-final.

September 12, 2010 - FIBA World Championship All Star Five announced
Stars from Argentina, Lithuania, Serbia, Turkey and the USA have been recognised for their outstanding tournaments with the All Star Five for the 2010 FIBA World Championship announced following Sunday's final between Turkey and the USA. The All Star Five is made up of Luis Scola at centre, Linas Kleiza and Kevin Durant as forwards, and Hedo Turkoglu and Milos Teodosic in the guard positions.

September 12, 2010 - Durant named tournament MVP
Team USA's Kevin Durant claimed the Most Valuable Player award at the 2010 FIBA World Championship. Durant had a game-high 28 points in his team's 81-64 triumph over Turkey in the final on Sunday. The 21-year-old power forward won the honour - voted by international media representatives at Istanbul's Sinan Erdem Dome - having averaged 22.1 points and 6.2 rebounds as his team went undefeated in Turkey.

September 12, 2010 - Jerusalem shakes up frontline with Clancy
Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem shook up its frontline over the weekend by signing big man Sam Clancy and releasing Sean Williams, who signed with the club two weeks ago. Williams arrived in Jerusalem with a minor injury that will keep him out of action for three weeks.

September 12, 2010 - Lithuania speed past Serbia to collect bronze
The speed and shooting of Lithuania has powered it to the bronze medal at the 2010 FIBA World Championship, defeating Serbia 99-88 with an unstoppable performance. While Lithuania were far from favourites at the start of the tournament, they finished with an 8-1 record including victories over Spain, France, New Zealand, Argentina and Serbia.

September 12, 2010 - Argentina finishes in fifth place
Argentina finished in fifth place of the 2010 FIBA World Championship after winning over Spain 86-81 to open the last day of competition at the Sinan Erdem Dome. In the first quarter the Argentinean attack was more fluid, led from the perimeter by Carlos Delfino and Pablo Prigioni while Luis Scola and Fabricio Oberto controlled the paint area.

September 12, 2010 - Aris tabs promising wingman Mavrogiannis
Aris BSA 2003 made a move with an eye to the future by signing teenage swingman Giorgos Mavrogiannis to a five-year deal. Mavrogiannis (194, 18) arrives from Niki Volou, where he averaged 8.2 points per game in the Greek third division last season.

September 12, 2010 - Turkey and USA to the final
In a night to be remembered USA and Turkey got the two tickets to the final which will take place in some hours. USA rolled over Lithuania rather easily taking advantage of their athleticism and, of course, Durant while Turkey snatched a win over Serbia with just a half a second to go!

September 12, 2010 - Caja Laboral cancels Mensah-Bonsu deal
Caja Laboral is in the market for a big man to complete its roster after canceling the contract of power forward Pops Mensah-Bonsu, the club announced Sunday. Mensah-Bonsu was not able to "complete the recruitment process," Caja Laboral announced in a press release without giving further details.

September 12, 2010 - Last day preview
When Turkey was awarded the 2010 FIBA World Championship several years ago, every fan from Istanbul to Ankara to Kayseri to Istanbul and everywhere else in this beautiful country hoped for one thing and one thing only. They wanted a Final between Turkey and the United States. Well, they’ve got that wanted.

September 12, 2010 - Tunceri’s lay-up sends Turkey through to final
Kerem Tunceri scored a game-winning lay-up as Turkey edged out Serbia 83-82 to set up a showdown with the USA in Sunday’s final of the 2010 FIBA World Championship. Hosts Turkey make it through to the tournament’s decider for the first time and are assured of taking their first ever medal in the event.

September 12, 2010 - Durant powers USA past Lithuania and into final
The United States of America beat Lithuania 89-74 to book their place in the final of the 2010 FIBA World Championship. The Americans return to the Gold Medal game in the biggest international basketball competition for the first time in 16 years. They last made it to that stage of the competition in 1994 and went on to win on that occasion.

September 11, 2010 - FIBA and Spain National Tourism Board team up for 2014 FIBA World Championship
FIBA and Spain’s National Tourism Board on Saturday announced a major new sponsorship deal to ensure that the Iberian nation becomes the focus of the world in the lead-up to its hosting of the 2014 FIBA World Championship.

September 11, 2010 - FIBA World 2010, Semi-Finals Saturday
It's been four, long years since United States coach Mike Krzyzewski and his star-studded squad lost to Greece in the Semi-Finals of the FIBA World Championship in Japan, a result that sparked celebrations in the streets of Athens. It was also the day that Argentina almost beat Spain but an Andres Nocioni three-pointer from the corner hit the rim and stayed out.

September 11, 2010 - Paok extends Todor Gecevski
A former All-Eurocup center has the chance to return to the competition next season, as PAOK announced a new agreement with Todor Gecevski to stay together for one more year. Gecevski (210, 33) grew up with KK Kavadarci in his native country FYROM and then played for Nikol Fert Gostivar, MZT Skopje, Air Avellino in Italy, Brant Hagen in Germany, KK Rabotnicki, KK Zadar in Croatia and PAOK.

September 11, 2010 - Budivelnik puts Lukashov at point
Budivelnik improved its roster for the upcoming Euroleague Qualifying Rounds by inking point guard Denis Lukashov. The length and terms of his contract are undisclosed. Lukashov (190, 21) arrives from BC Kyiv, where he averaged 13.2 points on 89.6% free throws (69-of-77), 5.5 rebounds and 4.9 assists in 30 Ukrainian League games.

September 11, 2010 - Meneghin, Sabonis head 2010 FIBA HOF class
Euroleague legends Dino Meneghin, Arvydas Sabonis and Vlade Divac headline the list of basketball stars to be inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame on Sunday. A total of 17 people selected for induction with the class of 2010 will be honored at the Swissotel in Istanbul and during an on-court presentation at the FIBA World Championships at the Sinan Erdem Dome.

September 10, 2010 - Asseco Prokom keeps Ratko Varda
Polish powerhouse Asseco Prokom Gydnia reached a new agreement with center Ratko Varda to extend his contract until the end of the 2010-11 season. Varda (213, 31) arrived to Gydnia with a one-month contract last December but Prokom picked up its option to keep him until the end of the season.

September 10, 2010 - Anwil Wloclawek inks Sasa Mucic
WTK Anwil Wloclawek improved its roster for its upcoming Eurocup return next season by inking versatile forward Sasa Mucic to a one-year deal, the club confirmed Tuesday. Mucic (202, 26) arrives from Zasavje Pro-Tek Rudar, where he averaged 16.1 points and 5.2 rebounds in 36 Slovenian League games last season.

September 10, 2010 - Panellinios, coach Zouros part ways
Panellinios announced that former head coach Ilias Zouros will not coach the team next season. Zouros joined Panellinios in December 2007 and led the team to its biggest success in decades. Last season, Zouros led Panellinios to the Greek League semifinals and the Eurocup finals in Vitoria, Spain.

September 10, 2010 - Israel (rightfully) asking money back from FIBA Europe
Well, it was expected really. After FIBA Europe's decision to include 24 teams in Eurobasket 2011, Israel (who qualified through the groups) is now asking their money (team expenses) back from FIBA Europe.

September 9, 2010 - Red hot Lithuania too much for Argentina
In spite of being underdog, in spite of not having more than half of the main team, Lithuania reached semi-finals of FIBA World Championship by thrashing Argentina 104-85. This was the 8th straight win for The Green Tank, a name which was given to the Baltic side by the Spanish media.

September 9, 2010 - USA beat Russia to advance to semis
A strong third quarter from the United States of America saw them march on to the semi-finals, after beating Russia, 89-79 in Istanbul. Kevin Durant led all scorers with 33 points for the victors, while Sergey Bykov hit 17 in defeat. The game was also the final curtain for Russian coach, David Blatt, an American - as he called time on his successful reign as national coach.

September 9, 2010 - Euroleague teams help Special Olympics
A pair of Euroleague Basketball clubs have taken time from their preseason schedules to help promote the 2010 Special Olympics European Summer Games. Players from both Fenerbahce Ulker in Istanbul and Union Olimpija Ljubljana in Slovenia last week helped carry the torch that will light the Special Olympics flame when the Summer Games begin on September 18 in Warsaw

September 9, 2010 - Power Electronics Valencia adds forward Richardson
Power Electronics Valencia, one of the new teams in this season's Turkish Airlines Euroleague, keeps adding depth as it announced Thursday the signing of small forward Jeremy Richardson to a one-year contract.

September 8, 2010 - Turkey crush Slovenia, marches to the semis
The hosts of World Championship continue showing impressive as they beat Slovenia convincingly 95-68 in quarter-final. Turkey left no chances to their opponents and dominated the whole game.

September 8, 2010 - Serbia is back!!!
Serbian basketball is back and kicking ladies and gentlemen!!! And how hard do they kick!!! One of the youngest squads of the World Championship defeated the World Champions of Spain and have now two shots at winning a medal.

September 8, 2010 - Benetton takes forward Peric on loan from Unicaja
Benetton Basket Bwin will have forward Hrvoje Peric on loan this season after agreeing to terms with his club, Unicaja. Peric (203, 24), who played for KK Zadar in recent seasons, signed a three-year deal with Unicaja this summer, but was not in the team’s plans for the first season.

September 8, 2010 - EWE Baskets releases recent signing Muonelo
EWE Baskets Oldenburg announced Wednesday that rookie forward Obi Muonelo was released. Muonelo signed a one-year contract with the club in August, however EWE Baskets had the option to terminate the deal after two weeks. Following the team's training camp in Slovenia, it was decided to activate that clause. Accordingly, Oldenburg will continue to look for a wing player to take up that roster spot.

September 8, 2010 - Spencer Out From Maroussi
Dewarick Spencer who has shown to be one of the best scorers and shooters thus far in his career in Europe is preparing to leave the club Maroussi after Coach Giorgos Bartzokas departure.

September 8, 2010 - Enes Kanter's NCAA career in danger
University of Kentucky Wildcats player Enes Kanter could see his NCAA in jeopardy after claims by his former team (Fenerbahce) General Manager that they player had received around 80.000 euros in various forms from the club during the three seasons he spent with them.

September 7, 2010 - Lottomatica Roma gets Djedovic on loan
Lottomatica Roma reached an agreement with Euroleague reigning champion Regal FC Barcelona to get shooting guard Nihad Dedovic on loan until the end of the 2011-12 season, both club announced Tuesday. Dedovic (196, 20) arrives from Xacobeo BluSens Obradoiro, where he averaged 6.3 points in 27 Spanish League games last season.

September 7, 2010 - Shock for Maroussi as Bartzokas quits the team
Great shock for Maroussi as the coach who built and guided the team to one of their best seasons last year informed the club that he will not be coaching them anymore. This move came as a surprise as Bartzokas hadn't quit the team when nothing was certain and he had only a couple of players left from last season's squad and no new owner or management to run the club.

September 7, 2010 - Italy and Slovenia are the last two standing
As Lithuania finalises their preparation for next Summer's EuroBasket, the decision of who gets to host the 2013 event isn't far away either. The deadline for applications as a host country has now closed, FIBA Europe has announced that there are two countries that have declared interest in hosting Europe's biggest basketball event.Slovenia and Italy are the two nations that are interested in becoming the future hosts for EuroBasket 2013.

September 6, 2010 - System Of Competition Changed For Eurobasket Women 2013
FIBA Europe announced on Monday that, at a meeting in Istanbul the FIBA Europe Executive Committee, together with a majority of the FIBA Europe board members, decided to amend the system of competition for EuroBasket Women. The EuroBasket Women Final Round will still be played with 16 teams in the future but the system of Qualification with Division A and B has been abolished.

September 6, 2010 - Seven More Teams Get Direct EuroBasket Berth
Following the announcement that the EuroBasket 2011 will be played with 24 teams, FIBA Europe has determined the directly qualified teams as well as the system of additional qualification for next year's tournament. In addition to the five teams that had already qualified to a 16-team EuroBasket, seven more teams already assured their ticket for Lithuania.

September 6, 2010 - Mainini unanimously elected 11th FIBA President; World Congress ratifies 2010-2014 Central Board
Yvan Mainini, the President of the French Basketball Federation (FFBB) since 1992, has been unanimously elected as the 11th FIBA President at the FIBA World Congress in Istanbul, Turkey.

September 6, 2010 - Benetton, Nicevic agree to extension
Benetton Basket and center Sandro Nicevic agreed to terms on a contract extension that will keep him with the club through 2012. Nicevic (210, 34), who joined Benetton in 2008, was already signed for the current season.

September 6, 2010 - Spartak St. Petersburg, Lasme part ways
Spartak St. Petersburg and forward Stephane Lasme parted ways on Sunday, the club announced. Lasme was unable to join the club in Russia due to technical issues regarding his green card application in the United States.

September 5, 2010 - EuroBasket 2011 to be played with 24 teams
FIBA Europe announces that the FIBA Europe Executive Committee approved the proposal made by the Lithuanian Basketball Federation to play the EuroBasket 2011 Final Round with 24, instead of 16 teams.

September 5, 2010 - KK Cedevita picks up big man Pruitt
KK Cedevita added an athletic big man to its frontline over the weekend by signing Shaun Pruitt to a one-year contract. Pruitt (208, 24) arrives from Puerto Rican side Gallitos de Isabela for whom he averaged 8.8 points and 13.4 rebounds in 24 games last season.

September 5, 2010 - Spartak St. Petersburg pegs Parker at point guard
Spartak St. Petersburg signed Smush Parker for the coming season, bringing the veteran guard back to Europe for the first time since the 2003-04 season. Parker (192, 29) arrives from Chinese club Guangdong Southern Tigers, whom he helped win the championship last season.

September 5, 2010 - Gilboa/Galil adds Lyons to frontcourt
Hapoel Gilboa/Galil Elyon reinforced its frontcourt with the signing of forward Leo Lyons for the coming season. Lyons (23, 206) joins the Israeli champion after spending his rookie year last season with another Israeli club, Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem, where he recorded 5.9 points and 3.8 rebounds per game in the Eurocup.

September 4, 2010 - End of an era for Greece as Diamantidis retires
End of an era for the Greek National Team after captain Dimitris Diamantidis announced his retirement from international basketball following Greece's loss against Spain earlier in the night. Talking to the Greek state channel Diamantidis announced his sudden (not for his teammates) retirement with the following words.

September 3, 2010 - BG Goettingen strengthens frontcourt with Scott
BG Goettingen reinforced its frontcourt Friday by signing forward Mike Scott for the coming season. Goettingen also reached an agreement with Sean Barnette, who joined the club in July, on the player’s release.

September 3, 2010 - Le Mans completes roster with swingman Acker
Le Mans Sarthe Basket finalized its roster for the upcoming season with the signing of veteran Euroleague swingman Alex Acker, who arrives from Armani Jeans Milano. Acker (195, 27) has played for three Euroleague teams over the past four seasons.

September 3, 2010 - Galil brings sharpshooter Yavzuri back
Hapoel Gilboa/Galil Elyon re-signed Dagan Yavzuri to a two-year deal after the sharpshooter left the club earlier this summer. After helping Galil win the Israeli League championship last season, Yavzuri (193, 25) signed for Hapoel Holon, but financial trouble there set the stage for him to make a switch back to Galil.

September 3, 2010 - Olympiacos banned for 9 games
Time has come for Olympiacos and their fans to pay for everything that happened during the last final of Greek A1 2009/10 season. In an extremely harsh decision Olympiacos was sentences to play its first home games behind closed doors.

September 2, 2010 - Red Foxes banned from dancing during Turkey NT games!
FIBA's dance team has been benched during Turkey's games. The Red Foxes have been told to stop performing in games involving the host country because their risque costumes and routines are offensive to the nation that is nearly entirely Muslim.

September 1, 2010 - 2010-11 Preseason: Games and Results
Even as some of their biggest stars continue to pursue medals at the 2010 World Championships in Turkey, most of the teams in the 2010-11 Turkish Airlines Euroleague have begun training for the regular season in camps all across the continent. The fitness work of running up mountains, lifting weights and sprinting across fields started for some of those teams as far back as early August.

September 1, 2010 - Euroleague Basketball mourns Molten president

Euroleague Basketball joins the world sports community in expressing condolences at the passing of Mr. Fumiya Tamiaki, President of Molten Corporation. Mr. Tamiaki died recently at age 72 in Hiroshima, Japan. He was the pillar of his company's support for our sport, which included supplying the official basketball during several years for the Euroleague, as well as for many other international competitions.

September 1, 2010 - Union Olimpija tabs Damir Markota
Union Olimpija keeps building its roster for the upcoming Turkish Airlines Euroleague Basketball season by inking power forward Damir Markota to a one-year deal, the club announced Wednesday. Markota (210, 24) arrives from Bizkaia Bilbao Basket, where he averaged 4.6 points and 3.3 rebounds in 16 Eurocup games last season.

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