I like that he seems to be money at the FT line
I like that he seems to be money at the FT line
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Last edited by Joey; Sun Sep 11th, 2011 at 11:46 PM.
Interesting to see how similar Kanter and Valanciunas' numbers have been in the tournament.
Both are playing around 17 minutes, with Kanter playing barely more. Kanter is hitting an efficient 59% from the field, but that's overshadowed by Valanciunas' 70% (yes, 70). Both grab around 3/4 rebounds, Kanter grabbing slightly more, even on the offensive glass. Valanciunas is averaging nearly double the blocks Kanter does, and scores more points. Overall, statistically Valanciunas is slightly better, but I guess you need to watch them play and I have only seen Valanciunas.
Good to see JV is proving BC right.
ADD One more reason why I dislike DraftExpress.com ... according to them, JV was drafted 4th overall by the Cavaliers. Weak DE. Weak.
Last edited by Joey; Mon Sep 12th, 2011 at 01:39 PM.
Lithuania Vs Macedonia will start in one hour. Quarterfinal. Important game. Macedonia has Bo McCalebb.
Is there anyone still not convinced who is currently the best player outside of NBA? The victory of Macedonia over Lithuania on their home court is nothing less than sensational for anyone who has ever followed European basketball, even as a casual observer, probably the biggest upset in the long history of the competition. Just to clarify, the national teams have right to grant a citizenship to one player only, so McCalebb is the only foreign born player on the Macedonian team. Even Spain, stacked with NBA players, has Ibaka. But regardless, Bo plays with most desire and passion of all of them, just a fearless guy who can play on any team, anywhere in the world. Again, he's not Kobe or Wade, but he can help any team to get a little bit better. He already received a medal from the President of Macedonia, and that was before the victory over Lithuania. The whole country will welcome them after the championship, no doubt about that, watch for the news reports, it will be unbelievable.
And to be an African American, at the same time the most popular athlete in a history of a country that's 100% Caucasian, just shows that "racial discrimination" is invented terminology of the "experts" and cry babies - if you are honest, work hard and give 100% of yourself in what you do, you will be admired regardless of your race. Bo is a national hero in Macedonia, on a level that's difficult to imagine for the people in North America, because the passion for sport is fanatic over there. If the Canadian players had half of the passion for the game that Bo has playing for an adopted country, we wouldn't be struggling and losing from countries we should beat 100 times out of 100 games.
Jonas played only 14 minutes and had 5 turnovers, which shows that he still has a lot to learn. But the kid has a potential, so hopefully there will be someone in the Raptors organization to point him in a right direction. We don't want him to "develop" the way Bargnani did.
Oh Bo ... we meet again. haha
Congrats to Macedonia. This is MASSIVE for that country.
Lithuania is probably smarting pretty bad right about now.
But how does the 'rule' work with Teams being able to grant citizenship to one player only Eurobasket?
Is that for all FIBA teams? Or just certain teams that place the rule on themselves?
I think it should be wiped out completely, personally.
Its no longer the national team if you have a foreigner leading the team to victory, who has zero ties to the country. In my opinion anyway.
I'm sure some Macedonian Basketball Player is pretty upset he didn't make the team because they'd rather have some American take over. Y'know?
Still, huge win for those guys, and Bo certainly deserves any and all credit for the win.
Last edited by Joey; Wed Sep 14th, 2011 at 04:51 PM.
Almost every country has one naturalized player, but Bo is really special, people in Macedonia accepted him as one of their own, and he pays them back every game with incredible effort and desire to win. And the young Macedonian players can only be happy to learn something from him. After the game the whole country came out to the city squares to celebrate the victory, including the President and the Prime Minister
Also pretty impressive that a country that big managed to qualify for the Olympics. Good for them.
Too bad Canada can't even do it ... Ugh.
Any chance Bo wants to play here..? haha
Just to clarify, Macedonia did not make it to the olympics yet. Only the top 2 teams get a direct birth, while the teams occupying the places 3-6 get access to a qualifying tournament. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2012_FI...ing_Tournament
Naturalized players are losing their interest to play in national teams after one tournament mostly. Whatever is the reason of them playing first time, they realize it requires too much hard work to do well, and they better choose don't waste two months of their summer vacation to fight for country they has no real feelings for. There are a lot of examples.
In McCalleb's case next possible tournament is Olympics, that's where people wants to play, so he will play there for the last, i'd say.
As for a road to Olympics, 3-6 form Europe will most likely take all last 4 last places in tournament before OG, unless, one team from America can step in. Can't see NZ, or anyone form Africa/Asia giving a fight, since top teams of those advanced directly.
Last edited by irgigi; Thu Sep 15th, 2011 at 03:08 AM.
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