The PopGates Monday Bulletin: 2/6

Everything you might have missed last week from the Basketball Universe:

The millennial moment.

Luka Doncic is 17. He’s Slovenian, and plays for Real Madrid – where he debuted at 16 – in the EuroLeague. He’s 6’7” and can play both guard positions. He’s magnificent. That’s all you need to know to set up this clip:

 He is the future of the Boston Celtics – presumably, if they keep the Nets draft pick.  Enjoy Jeremy Lin Brooklyn.

WABA 2017 concluded.

The West Asian Basketball Championships came and went. The tournament, which functions as a qualifier for August’s FIBA Asia Cup saw four teams qualify – Iraq, Iran, Syria, Jordan.

Additionally, as of now Lebanon (host), New Zealand, Australia and Qatar also have secured berths.

We can say with a certain, but not definitive degree of certainty, the other allocated berths will go to China, South Korea, Japan, Chinese Taipei, The Philippines, India and Kazakhstan.

 Shaqtin a fool.

Luigi Datome is not known as a dunker. He is known as a man-bun and beard aficionado but certainly not a dunker. So, in a recent EuroLeague game, when he tried to put a defender in his poster, bad, very bad things were destined to happen.

Eurobasket Bro!

The schedule for the 40th annual EuroBasket, which tips off Aug. 31 with a matchup between Slovenia and Poland, was released this week.

The 24 nations competing are:

Poland

Greece

France

Finland

Iceland

Slovenia

Ukraine

Israel

Lithuania

Georgia

Italy

Germany

Croatia

Czech Republic

Spain

Montenegro

Romania

Hungary

Great Britain

Russia

Serbia

Latvia

Turkey

Belgium

It’s way to early to look very deeply into the tournament, but the idea of the Dragic brothers coupling with Doncic is….scrumptious.

AWOL.

Maccabi Tel Aviv wing Sonny Weems is no longer with the team after a strange series of events. Weems was called for drug testing by FIBA – refused to give a sample, skipped practice and reportedly left Israel.

Weems, who has been a disappointment and is on a $1.3 million contract guaranteed through 2018, gave the team an easy out for voiding the deal. In the EuroLeague Weems averaged 11.6 points per game and 4.3 assists per game. Maccabi Tel Aviv is currently in 14th place.

According to Weems (Per the Jerusalem Post) what happened was: “they kept me in an isolated room for six straight hours even though I told them my three-year-old son, who had arrived from Lithuania and doesn’t speak English, was waiting for me at the airport.”

“I had to leave.”

Quote of the Week:

I don’t smoke drugs – Sonny Weems