Sunday, October 05, 2014

Tomas Satoransky: I kept letting the NBA window open, but my heart just pulled me more to Europe

Take a look at the most interesting answers regarding FC Barcelona, the Washington Wizards, Honza Vesely, Czech nat'l team's future, and his long-range shooting Tomas Satoransky gave during this summer's EuroBasket 2015 Qualification:

* On the process of picking to play for Barcelona this summer: "It‘s true that if the Wizards wanted me last summer [2013], I’d come over there, I was really prepared [to play for Washington]. But after this [2013-14] season, in which I played even better, I registered a big response and interest from European teams. So I decided to go about getting to the NBA gradually, in a step by step manner. Looking back, perhaps my Cajasol Seville coach Aito Reneses had quite a big influence on me in this as well; with him I talked about it a lot. I don‘t regret my decision and I hope that my stint in Barcelona is going to be successful. And maybe it will help me to get better leverage in the NBA. I lined up all the offers on the table and then little by little I narrowed the selection. Inasmuch as I got quite a lot of interesting offers from European teams, so I didn’t even get to the point where I‘d seriously think about the NBA. I kept letting the NBA window open [through this process], but my heart just pulled me more to Europe. And I wanted to stay in Spain, too, where I know it well and where they know me. The general conditions which I’d have in the NBA now, those wouldn‘t be wholly ideal. I realized that I don’t want to get there at all costs, and I have chosen for myself better conditions and position in Barcelona."

* On his good pal Jan Vesely being considered a bust in the NBA: "I think every player has a different position and role on the team. I don‘t want to completely dissect it, but maybe what harmed him was the fact that he was drafted so high and the high expectations placed on him. I think that if he was taken lower [in the draft], he’d last longer in the NBA. But every situation is different and generally, players who come over to the NBA from the Euroleague are successful in most cases."

* On the Czech Republic national team's (ranked no. 48 in FIBA World Ranking) future and ambitions: "The way I see it, we have the last [qualification] summer to advance [to the EuroBasket] and thus to keep this team with [veterans] Jiri Welsch and Lubos Barton, because in two or three they won’t probably be playing for the national team anymore. We‘ll see how this qualification turns out and then, if we qualify for it, how’s the EuroBasket going to play out. Of course, getting to the World Cup [of basketball] or the Olympics is very difficult, we’d have to play an excellent tournament in order to achieve it, but I don’t see it as unrealistic as it looks. However, we must have all the [best] players playing and mainly we must really gel together as a team."

* On his long-range shooting [note: shot 37% (29-79) from the three-point line in the Spanish ACB last season]: "Well, it's not one of my biggest weapons. To the contrary,  it is considered as my weakness. But I try to improve my shooting all the time, and last season, also thanks to the role that I had on the [Cajasol] team, it went up quite a bit. So of late, I'm not afraid to shoot and possibly this helps bettering my shooting percentages. When I have a choice [to shoot it or to drive it], I would rather drive it. A player can have good [three-point] shooting percentages, but oftentimes they deem you a shooter when you jack up shots out of pick-and-rolls and the like. Then you have guards who shoot off the dribble [from long-range] and I don’t belong among those guys, either. When I take such shots sometimes, I try to have a good shooting percentage on them."

Thursday, September 25, 2014

U.S. States Hoops Championship 2014

[Eligible players -- those who played in the NBA last season, plus the incoming rookie class.]

10-man Rosters (starting 5s & reserves):

MARYLAND

Lawson
Oladipo
J.Green
Gay
D.Cunningham

Jack
Neal
W.Barton
Bullock
Beasley

Legends: Sam Cassell & Dennis Scott


MISSOURI

Burks
Beal
B.Rush
T.Hansbrough
D.Lee

McLemore
Porter
Tolliver
M.Thomas
Harrellson

Legends: Jo Jo White & Bill Bradley


WASHINGTON
A.Bradley
Ja.Crawford
Webster
Marv.Williams
Hawes

I.Thomas
N.Robinson
Wroten
LaVine
Stuckey

Legends: John Stockton & James Edwards


FLORIDA
Knight
T.Hardaway
Ariza
Parsons
Sanders

Blake
G.Rice
Carter
Stoudemire
Speights

Legends: Artis Gilmore & David Robinson


NEW JERSEY
Foye
J.R.Smith
Henderson
D.West
Faried

A.J.Price
Copeland
E.Clark
A.Harrington
J.Thompson

Legends: Shaq O'Neal & Rick Barry



GEORGIA
Meeks
KCP
J.Smith
Favors
D.Howard

Crowder
Singleton
Aminu
Hickson
J.Hill

Legends: Walt Frazier & Dale Ellis


INDIANA
M.Conley
E.Gordon
Hayward
Z.Randolph
Ma.Plumlee

J.Teague
G.Hill
C.Lee
McRoberts
Mi.Plumlee

Legends: Larry Bird & Shawn Kemp



LOUISIANA
E.Payton
M.Thornton
T.Young
Millsap
Monroe

Augustin
Temple
Granger
Bass
G.Davis

Legends: Karl Malone & Bill Russell


OHIO

Burke
S.Curry
Kev.Martin
L.James
Sullinger

Roberts
Cole
McCollum
Payne
Mullens

Legends: John Havlicek & Nate Thurmond


TEXAS
Smart
Matthews
J.Butler
Aldridge
Bosh

G.Green
Dunleavy
Randle
D.Jordan
Perkins

Legends: Grant Hill & Larry Johnson


PENNSYLVANIA
Lowry
Bryant
MKG
Marc.Morris
Mark.Morris

Nelson
Waiters
T.Evans
Blair
L.Allen

Legends: Earl Monroe & Rasheed Wallace


ILLINOIS
Rose
Wade
Iguodala
J.Parker
A.Davis

Beverley
Livingston
T.Allen
Shumpert
Marion

Legends: Isiah Thomas & Dan Issel


NEW YORK
K.Walker
Stephenson
Anthony
Gibson
Hibbert

Fredette
D.Green
T.Harris
Frye
Drummond

Legends: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar & Julius Erving


CALIFORNIA
Westbrook
George
K.Leonard
Love
T.Chandler

Lillard
Harden
K.Thompson
DeRozan
B.Lopez

Legends: Reggie Miller & Gary Payton


Bonus: CALIFORNIA B Team

Holiday
Afflalo
Korver
Pierce
R.Lopez

Jennings
N.Young
Budinger
A.Gordon
Anderson



Sunday, September 21, 2014

10 GREATEST NON-EURO INTERNATIONAL BASKETBALL PLAYERS EVER

Honorable Mentions (15 players):
*Carlos Arroyo* PG -- Puerto Rican
*Juan Vicens* PG -- Puerto Rican
*Leandro Barbosa* SG -- Brazilian
*Andrew Gaze* SG -- Australian
*Luol Deng* SF -- British/Sudanese
*Rick Fox* SF -- Canadian
*Andres Nocioni* SF -- Argentine/Italian
*Mychal Thompson* PF -- Bahamian
*Tom Meschery* PF -- American/Russian (born in Manchuria, China)
*Jean-Jacques Conceicao* PF -- Angolan (born in Zaire)
*Oscar Furlong* PF -- Argentine
*Rony Seikaly* C --  American/Lebanese
*Teofilo Cruz* C -- Puerto Rican
*Manute Bol* C -- Sudanese
*Olden Polynice* C -- Haitian

 THE PANTHEON OF NON-EURO INTERNATIONAL HOOPS
(players listed by date of birth)

*Ubiratan Pereira*
Born: January 18, 1944 (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Died: July 17, 2002 (aged 58)
Nationality: Brazilian
Center/Power forward
Height: 6-6
Weight: 212 lbs

Career history
1960–1961     Clube Esperia (BRA)
1961–1969     Corinthians (BRA)
1969–1972     Splugen Brau Venezia (ITA)
1972               Trianon Clube (BRA)
1972–1973     Sirio (BRA)
1973–1978     Palmeiras (BRA)
1978–1982     Sao Jose dos Campos (BRA)

Career highlights and awards
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (2010)
FIBA's 50 Greatest Players (1991)
FIBA Hall of Fame (2009)
FIBA Order of Merit (1994)
World Championship All-Tournament Team (1970)
Olympics: Bronze (1964)
World Championship: Gold (1963), Silver (1970), Bronze (1967, 1978)
Pan American Games: Silver (1963), Bronze (1975, 1979)
South American Championship: Gold (1963, 1968, 1971, 1973, 1977)
Champion of the Brazilian League (1965, 1966, 1969, 1977, 1981)


*Oscar Schmidt*
Born: February 16, 1958 (Natal, Brazil)
Nationality: Brazilian
Shooting guard/Small forward
Height: 6-8
Weight: 225 lbs

Career history
1974–1978     Palmeiras (BRA)
1978–1982     Sirio (BRA)
1982–1990     Juve Caserta (ITA)
1990–1993     Pavia (ITA)
1993–1995     Forum Valladolid (ESP)
1995–1997     Corinthians (BRA)
1997–1998     Bandeirantes (BRA)
1998–1999     Barueri (BRA)
1999–2003     Flamengo (BRA)
Drafted: 1984, by the New Jersey Nets

Career highlights and awards
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (2013)
FIBA's 50 Greatest Players (1991)
FIBA Hall of Fame (2010)
World Championship All-Tournament Team (1978, 1986, 1990)
Olympics Top Scorer (1988, 1992, 1996)
World Championship Top Scorer (1990)
Spanish League Top Scorer (1994)
Italian League Top Scorer (1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1992)
Brazilian League Top Scorer (1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003)
World Championship: Bronze (1978)
Pan American Games: Gold (1987), Bronze (1979)
South American Championship: Gold (1977, 1983, 1985), Silver (1979, 1981)
Americas Championship; Bronze (1989)
Champion of the Brazilian League (1977, 1979, 1996)



*Rolando Blackman*
Born: February 26, 1959 (Panama City, Panama)
Nationality: American / Panamanian
Shooting guard
Height: 6-6
Weight: 190 lbs

Career history
1977–1981     Kansas State (NCAA)
1981–1992     Dallas Mavericks (NBA)
1992–1994     New York Knicks (NBA)
1994–1995     AEK Athens (GRE)
1995–1996     Stefanel Milano (ITA)
1996–1997     CSP Limoges (FRA)
Drafted: 1981, by the Dallas Mavericks

Career highlights and awards
NBA All-Star (1985, 1986, 1987, 1990)
#22 Retired by Dallas Mavericks (2000)
Champion of the Italian League (1996)

Rolando Blackman Highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0Qx6MQU8Yo


*Patrick Ewing*
Born: August 5, 1962 (Kingston, Jamaica)
Nationality: American / Jamaican
Center
Height: 7-0
Weight: 240 lbs

Career history
1981–1985     Georgetown (NCAA)
1985–2000     New York Knicks (NBA)
2000–2001     Seattle SuperSonics (NBA)
2001–2002     Orlando Magic (NBA)
Drafted: 1985, by the New York Knicks

Career highlights and awards
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (2008)
NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team (1996)
Inducted into HoF as a member of the 1992 Dream Team (2010)
NBA All-Star (1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997)
All-NBA First Team (1990)
All-NBA Second Team (1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1997)
NBA All-Defensive Second Team (1988, 1989, 1992)
NBA Rookie of the Year (1986)
NBA All-Rookie First Team (1986)
#33 Retired by New York Knicks (2003)
NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (1984)
Olympics: Gold (1984, 1992)
NCAA champion (1984)


*Hakeem Olajuwon*
Born: January 21, 1963 (Lagos, Nigeria)
Nationality: Nigerian / American
Center
Height: 7-0
Weight: 255 lbs

Career history
1981–1984     Houston (NCAA)
1984–2001     Houston Rockets (NBA)
2001–2002     Toronto Raptors (NBA)
Drafted: 1984, by the Houston Rockets

Career highlights and awards
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (2008)
NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team (1996)
NBA champion (1994, 1995)
NBA Finals MVP (1994, 1995)
NBA MVP (1994)
NBA All-Star (1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997)
All-NBA First Team (1987, 1988, 1989, 1993, 1994, 1997)
All-NBA Second Team (1986, 1990, 1996)
All-NBA Third Team (1991, 1995, 1999)
NBA Defensive Player of the Year (1993, 1994)
All-Defensive First Team (1987, 1988, 1990, 1993, 1994)
All-Defensive Second Team (1985, 1991, 1996, 1997)
NBA All-Rookie Team (1985)
NBA rebounds leader (1989, 1990)
NBA blocks leader (1990, 1991, 1993)
NBA all-time blocks leader
#34 Retired by Houston Rockets (2002)
NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (1983)
Olympics: Gold (1996)



*Dikembe Mutombo*
Born: June 25, 1966 (Kinshasa, DR Congo)
Nationality: Congolese / American
Center
Height: 7-2
Weight: 260 lbs

Career history
1988–1991     Georgetown (NCAA)
1991–1996     Denver Nuggets (NBA)
1996–2001     Atlanta Hawks (NBA)
2001–2002     Philadelphia 76ers (NBA)
2002–2003     New Jersey Nets (NBA)
2003–2004     New York Knicks (NBA)
2004–2009     Houston Rockets (NBA)
Drafted: 1991, by the Denver Nuggets

Career highlights and awards
NBA All-Star (1992, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002)
All-NBA Second Team (2001)
All-NBA Third Team (1998, 2002)
NBA Defensive Player of the Year (1995, 1997, 1998, 2001)
NBA All-Defensive First Team (1997, 1998, 2001)
NBA All-Defensive Second Team (1995, 1999, 2002)
NBA All-Rookie First Team (1992)
NBA rebounds leader (2000, 2001)
NBA blocks leader (1994, 1995, 1996)

Dikembe Mutombo Highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcTfsJy6ocg


*Steve Nash*
Born: February 7, 1974 (Johannesburg, South Africa)
Nationality: Canadian / British
Point guard
Height: 6-3
Weight: 178 lbs

Career history
1992–1996     Santa Clara (NCAA)
1996–1998     Phoenix Suns (NBA)
1998–2004     Dallas Mavericks (NBA)
2004–2012     Phoenix Suns (NBA)
2012–present  Los Angeles Lakers (NBA)
Drafted: 1996, by the Phoenix Suns

Career highlights and awards
NBA MVP (2005, 2006)
NBA All-Star (2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012)
All-NBA First Team (2005, 2006, 2007)
All-NBA Second Team (2008, 2010)
All-NBA Third Team (2002, 2003)
NBA assists leader (2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011)
Americas Championship MVP (2003)
Americas Championship: Silver (1999), Bronze (2001)


*Manu Ginobili*
Born: July 28, 1977 (Bahia Blanca, Argentina)
Nationality: Argentine / Italian
Power forward
Height: 6-6
Weight: 205 lbs

Career history
1995–1996     Andino Sport Club (ARG)
1996–1998     Estudiantes de Bahia Blanca (ARG)
1998–2000     Viola Reggio Calabria (ITA)
2000–2002     Kinder Bologna (ITA)
2002–present  San Antonio Spurs (NBA)
Drafted: 1999, by the San Antonio Spurs

Career highlights and awards
NBA champion (2003, 2005, 2007, 2014)
NBA All-Star (2005, 2011)
All-NBA Third Team (2008, 2011)
NBA Sixth Man of the Year (2008)
NBA All-Rookie Second Team (2003)
World Championship All-Tournament Team (2002, 2006)
Americas Championship MVP (2001)
Americas Championship All-Tournament Team (2011)
50 Greatest Euroleague Contributors (2008)
Euroleague Finals MVP (2001)
All-Euroleague First Team (2002)
Americas Championship MVP (2001)
Italian League MVP (2001, 2002)
Olympics: Gold (2004), Bronze (2008)
World Championship: Silver (2002)
Americas Championship: Gold (2001, 2011), Silver (2003)
South American Championship: Silver (1999)
Champion of the Euroleague (2001)
Champion of the Italian League (2001)


*Luis Scola*
Born: April 30, 1980 (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Nationality: Argentine
Power forward
Height: 6-9
Weight: 245 lbs

Career history
1995–1998     Ferro Carril Oeste (ARG)
1998–2000     Gijon Baloncesto (ESP)
2000–2007     Tau Ceramica (ESP)
2007–2012     Houston Rockets (NBA)
2012–2013     Phoenix Suns (NBA)
2013–present  Indiana Pacers (NBA)
Drafted: 2002, by the San Antonio Spurs

Career highlights and awards
NBA All-Rookie First Team (2008)
World Championship Top Scorer (2010)
World Championship All-Tournament Team (2010)
Americas Championship MVP (2007, 2009, 2011)
Americas Championship Top Scorer (2009, 2011)
Americas Championship All-Tournament Team (2009, 2011, 2013)
All-Euroleague First Team (2006, 2007)
All-Euroleague Second Team (2005)
Spanish League MVP (2005, 2007)
Olympics: Gold (2004), Bronze (2008)
World Championship: Silver (2002)
Americas Championship: Gold (2001, 2011), Silver (2003, 2007), Bronze (1999, 2009, 2013)
South American Championship: Silver (1999)
Champion of the Spanish League (2002)


*Yao Ming*
Born: September 12, 1980 (Shanghai, China)
Nationality: Chinese
Center
Height: 7-6
Weight: 310 lbs

Career history
1997–2002     Shanghai Sharks (CHN)
2002–2011     Houston Rockets (NBA)
Drafted: 2002, by the Houston Rockets

Career highlights and awards
NBA All-Star (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011)
All-NBA Second Team (2007, 2009)
All-NBA Third Team (2004, 2006, 2008)
NBA All-Rookie First Team (2003)
World Championship All-Tournament Team (2002)
World Championship Top Scorer (2006)
Asian Championship MVP (2001, 2003, 2005)
Asian Championship All-Tournament Team (2001)
Chinese League Finals MVP (2002)
Asian Championship: Gold (2001, 2003, 2005)
Champion of the Chinese League (2002)