Everything you might have missed last week from the Basketball Universe:
Siggers strikes again.
Jason Siggers missed a free-throw in the waning seconds of a regular season round 32 game in the Israeli Premier League. The free throw would have put his Galil Gilboa squad up 85 to 82 over Maccabi Tel Aviv. Maccabi Tel Aviv responded off the miss by drilling a three with 2.5 seconds left.
After a timeout, Galil Gilboa inbounded the ball to Siggers, several feet behind the three-point line. The 6’4” guard launched a three at the buzzer that banged off the backboard perfectly through the net for the win.
This was Siggers second game winner on the season.
On the game, Siggers went 11-16 for 27 points and seven rebounds. Siggers, who spent the previous season in Israel’s second division has been big for Galil Gilboa averaging just under 17 points per game.
Head in the books.
Ekpe Udoh – famed bibliophile – was named All EuroLeague Center, averaging 12 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two blocks a game for Fenerbahce Ulker.
At 29, Udoh seems like a decent bet to return to the center-depleted NBA next season.
Jordan Brand hits China.
Twenty years ago, Jordan brand apparel and shoes entered the Chinese market. To commemorate the anniversary, the sneaker giant signed Chinese Basketball Association guard Guo Ailun to a sneaker deal. Ailun becomes the third Chinese born basketball player to have an endorsement deal with the brand, following Yao Ming and Yi Jianlian. The distinction is Guo becomes the first CBA player to sign such a deal. The deal is reportedly worth $1.4 million.
South Korea reshuffles deck.
Ahead of the FIBA Asiacup, South Korea has gone into scramble mood with several mainstays backing out from national team duty.
Kim JongKyu, Choi Bukyung, Choi JunYoung, Kim SiRae and most impactful Kim SunHyung, who has a bit of Rajon Rondo in him.
In their places South Korea has added Byeon KiHoon, Lee Daesung, Doo KyungMin, Park InTae, Song Kyochang.
Also out is 7’3” behemoth Ha Seung Jin. With the size of Australia, New Zealand, China and Iran, South Korea is in trouble.
American Ricardo Ratliff is expected to play as a naturalized player.
USA Basketball announced this week that between 2017 and 19 the national team will be made up of D-Leaguers and not NBA players. This cycle will include the FIBA Americup, as well as World Cup qualifiers.
This opens the floor up for other countries at this summer’s Americup. Team USA will still enter as the clear-cut favorite, but they will be beatable.
A player pool hasn’t been announced yet, but familiar names like Vander Blue and Dakari Johnson will almost assuredly be included.