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Hoops Overseas

In 2011, Celtics center Nenad Kristic disappeared from the NBA. Three years later he reappeared on the international stage at the 2014 FIBA World Cup, representing his native Serbia. Of course, pundits pointed to the aggressive recession in his thinning hair and wondered if it had been 36 months or 36...
From 1975 through 2005, China won the FIBA Asia Championship 14 out of a possible 16 times.  Over that 30 year stretch, the Chinese national team compiled a tournament record of 120 victories against four defeats. Dominance equatable to the Mantle Yankees, Russell Celtics, Jordan Bulls and Brady-Belicheck...
Italy, boasting a roster anchored by NBAers Marco Belinelli, Andrea Bargnani and Danilo Gallinari looked poised to qualify for the Olympics via Eurobasket for the first time since 2004. Earlier today, however, the Azzuri  were dispatched 95–85 in overtime by Lithuania. Even with the big names, the loss hardly comes as a surprise to European...
Over the 13 months leading up to the 2004 summer games, the U.S. had dispatched Puerto Rico five separate times. Julio Toro, then the head coach of the affectionately nicknamed ‘magnificent twelve’ christened the American squad ‘the colossal from the north.’ It had been 12 years since the Dream Team...
Yesterday, Nigeria solidified its place at the 2016 Olympics in Brazil, beating Angola to win Afrobasket. The D'Tigers join the United States, Australia and Brazil as the first nations who have secured a spot in Rio. Today, the FIBA Americas Championship begins in  Mexico City. 10 countries vie for two entries into the Olympics,...
Last September, the ‘Silverbacks’ of Uganda etched out regionally dominant Rwanda, as well as Kenya and Somalia, to finish second to Egypt in the Zone 5 FIBA regional qualifier for this year’s Afrobasket. On Wednesday, the East African nation will make their first ever appearance at Afrobasket. Anchored by players like Henry Malinga and John...

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