Vlade Divac to headline class for FIBA Hall of Fame

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divac.jpgThe basketball Hall of Fame thing gets confusing. Because just one week ago we had inductions into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, which is the one we Americans tend to think of first. But there is also the FIBA Hall of Fame. And there is no NBA Hall of Fame, it just kind of tags along with the Naismith.

FIBA has just announced the class for its Hall of Fame, headlined by everyone’s favorite chain smoking center Vlade Divac. We think of him as the crafty (read: flopping) center from the Lakers and Kings, but he was also someone who transformed the Serbian national team as a player.

Other names on the list you may recognize include Arvydas Sabonis, a truly great center who we only got to see in the United States at the end of his career (and he was still pretty good), and Cheryl Miller, one of the best women basketball players ever to walk the planet. Brazilian star Oscar Schmidt also is on the list.

All well deserved, whatever the criteria for your hall is.

They will be inducted at a ceremony Sept. 12 in Turkey, while the FIBA World Championships are taking place.

Khris Middleton dunks, Jimmy Butler can’t stop him (VIDEO)

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Khris Middleton has more expectations and more pressure on him after a breakout season in Milwaukee, followed by him getting him PAID this summer.

Well, he looked pretty good on this play against the Bulls, making the steal then throwing down despite Jimmy Butler‘s efforts to stop him.

Middleton finished with 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting for the Bucks. However, Butler had the last laugh as he went off for 23 points on 12 shots and led the Bulls to the (meaningless) preseason win.

Somebody looks comfortable: Paul George drops 20 in first quarter

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Paul George‘s first experience starting as a power forward was going up against Anthony Davis — not just one of the best power forwards in the game, one of the handful of best players in the game period. That didn’t go well for George, and he wasn’t happy about it.

His second experience was in another preseason game Tuesday, going up against the Pistons and their four, Ersan İlyasova. He’s not quite as intimidating.

George scored 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting, 4-of-5 on threes — and that was just the first quarter (you can see it all in the video above).

As we have said before, George at the four is not a bad call by the Pacers, but some of that depends on the matchup. On the nights the Pacers face Davis or Blake Griffin or LaMarcus Aldridge or Zach Randolph (or a handful of others) the Pacers’ coaching staff is going to have to adjust. But there are a lot of nights where George at the four is going to force the other team to adjust, and that will play into the Pacers’ hands.