FIBA News: Evan Fournier disagrees with French Federation player ban

French basketball star has a difference of opinion with the French Federation’s decision to bar all players and coaches who play for, or work for Russian and Belarusian teams as the war in Ukraine rages on. Apparently the Federation compelled players and coaches sign a document saying they would not work with such teams. Fournier, intamated that he begrudgingly signed the document , saying this too BeBasket: “I’m not a fan of this type of thing, to be honest. I signed it for the good of the team. There are…

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France will not include players or coaches signed to Russian or Belarusian teams on its national teams

France’s basketball federation has announced that any players or coaches who are have ties to clubs in Russia or Belarus will not be considered for participation for upcoming international competitions during the Russian invasion of Ukraine. This mandate will also extend to the next summer Olympics, which are set to take place in Paris. This decision has impacted the selections to the EuroBasket team, a Livio Jean-Charles and Louis Labeyerie, who recently signed to CSKA and UNICS respectively, were not called up to the senior national team. Players currently on…

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Fenerbahce adds former Celtic Carsen Edwards

Fenerbahce announced the signing of Carsen Edwards. The Purdue product was taken 33rd overall by the Philadelphia 76ers was soon traded to the Boston Celtics, where he spent time with the main club and the Maine Red Claws. With the departure of Tyler Dorsey, the hope for Fenerbahce is that Edwards can be an adequate replacement for the shooting that Dorsey provided. From the club’s official release:  Born on March 12, 1998, in Houston, Texas, Carsen Edwards played for Purdue throughout his college career from 2016-2019. In his first year…

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Boris Diaw says Joel Embiid wanted to play for French national team

Could Joel Embiid have been part helping the French national team pursue the EuroBasket crown? According to national team GM Boris Diaw , the Philadelphia 76ers big man was considering joining the team for the 2022 EuroBasket. Diaw indicated that Embiid is in the process of being registered as a French national team player , were not for a surgery to his injured finger, he could have been part of the French team. “His [Joel Embiid’s] request for naturalization has been accepted,” said. “We know that he’s still waiting for…

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ASVEL signs French center Joffrey Lauvergne

Via Johnny Askounis at eurohoops.net Completing the 2022-23 squad, LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne penned Joffrey Lauvergne to a three-year contract, as announced on Friday. The team coached by retired player Tony Parker had already signed seven new players this offseason. Also returning to France is experienced guard Nando de Colo returning to France. Coming in were Parker Jackson-Cartwright, Jonah Mathews, Amine Noua, Retin Obasohan, Antony Polite, and Yves Pons as well. In addition, towering center Youssoupha Fall will be running it back and head coach T.J. Parker penned a three-year contract…

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Kristaps Porzingis will return to Latvian national team

For the first time in five years, Kristaps Porzingis will represent Latvia in international competition. The Latvian Basketball Association made the announcement, confirming months of speculation. The 26-year-old said this per LBS and translated via Google: Five years have passed since I last wore the jersey of the national team. I can’t wait to wear the jersey again and enjoy basketball with my teammates and sing the national anthem with our sixth players.” The Washington Wizards big man is eligible to begin practicing with the national team August 4, per…

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Eurohoops News: Croatian Basketball announces prelim EuroBasket roster

Wednesday the Croatian Basketball Federation released the preliminary list of 24 players rostered for the upcoming 2022 EuroBasket. Here is the list of the 24 players called up by senior national team head coach Damir Mulaomerovic: Dragan BenderBojan Bogdanovic (Utah Jazz)Dario Dreznjak (Zadar)Mateo Dreznjak (SC Derby)Goran Filipovic (Cedevita Olimpija)Lovro Gnjidic (Cedevita Olimpija)Mario Hezonja (Real Madrid)Pavle Marcinkovic (Zadar)Karlo Matkovic (Cedevita Olimpija)Dominik Mavra (Zadar)Toni Nakic (Rio Breogan)Toni Perkovic (Split)Roko Prkacin (Girona)Kresimir Radovcic (Cibona)Ivan Ramljak (Slask Wroclaw)Roko Rogic (Acqua S.Bernardo Cantu)Matej Rudan (Mega MIS)Zeljko Sakic (Lietkabelis)Dario Saric (Phoenix Suns)Krunoslav SimonSven Smailagic (Nevezis-OPTIBET)Jaleen Smith (Alba…

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Eurohoops News: The Brothers Antetokounmpo are part of Greek National team

The Greek Basketball Federation announced their 23-man roster for the 2022 EuroBasket and the 2023 World Cup Qualifiers and it is nearly 20 percent Antetokounmpo. Two-time NBA MVP, 2021 NBA Finals MVP and NBA champion Giannis Antetokounmpo is confirmed to be making his return to the national team, as well as brothers Thanasis, Kostas, and Alex also named to the squad. American basketball fans may recognise the names of Nick Calathes and new Dallas Mavericks guard Tyler Dorsey, with other notable international names Kostas Sloukas, Kostas Papanikolaou, George Papagiannis and…

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Eurohoops: Spain wins third U20 European Championship

Yesterday in Podgorica, Montenegro, Spain got by a plucky and gritty Lithuanian team, 69-61 to capture the U20 European crown, completing their undeated , 7-0, run through the competition. Movistar Estudiantes’ Ruben Dominguez scored a game-high 17 points, while FC Barcelona’s Michael Caicedo added 13. Tournament MVP ,Real Madrid’s Juan Nunez contributed 11 points. The young Spanish squad built an early14-point lead but Lithuania battled back. The Spaniards made timely plays down the stretch, including an acrobatic basket from Miguel Allen, who ended the day with 6 points, 4 boards,…

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