Roster is set for 2013 adidas Eurocamp

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The roster is in place for this year’s adidas Eurocamp, the annual event where the top international prospects get the opportunity to practice, compete and interview with NBA teams and other professional leagues leading up to the NBA Draft.

From the official release:

“More than 45 early entries and NBA Draft-eligible participants, including projected 2013 NBA Draft picks Rudy Gobert (France), Lucas Nogueira (Brazil) and Nemanja Nedovic (Serbia) will participate in adidas EUROCAMP 2013.  Former adidas EUROCAMP participants include 62 NBA Draft picks and including Danilo Gallinari, Nicolas Batum, Andrea Bargnani and Omer Asik.  23 former participants currently hold NBA contracts with 57 playing in Euroleague Basketball.  In 2012, seven adidas EUROCAMP players were selected during the NBA Draft including first-round pick Evan Fournier of France – the No. 20 overall selection by the Denver Nuggets.”

The camp will once again be held in Treviso, Italy, and we’ll be there in person to provide complete coverage for the second straight year.

Read up on all of our reports from last year’s event to get familiar, and check out the full roster of this year’s participants below.

2012 adidas Eurocamp preview

2012 adidas Eurocamp: Day 1 recap

2012 adidas Eurocamp: Day 2 recap

2012 adidas Eurocamp: Day 3 recap

Kevin McHale teaches, talks post play at adidas Eurocamp

Players go through BAM testing at adidas Eurocamp

2013 adidas EUROCAMP Early Entry and Draft Eligible Participants 

NAME HEIGHT POSITION HOME COUNTRY TEAM
Danilo Andjusic 6’5” Shooting Guard Serbia Partizan
Ondrej Balvin 7’1” Center Czech Republic Cajasol Seville
Janis Berzins 6’8” Power Forward Latvia Valmiera
V’yacheslav Bobrov 6’7” Small Forward Ukraine BC Kiev
Ryan Broekhoff 6’7” Small Forward Australia Valparaiso – NCAA
Clint Capela 6’9” Power Forward Switzerland Chalon
Aquille Carr 5’8” Point Guard United States Princeton Day Academy
Vitalis Chikoko 6’10” Power Forward Zimbabwe TBB Trier
Linos Chrysikopoulos 6’9” Small Forward Greece Paok
Nemanja Dangubic 6’5” Small Forward Serbia Mega Vizura
Daniel Diez 6’8” Small Forward Spain Lagun Aro GBC
Bojan Dubljevic 6’10” Power Forward Montenegro Valencia
Dante Exum 6’6” Point Guard Australia AIS
Jaime Fernandez 6’2” Shooting Guard Spain Asefa Estudiantes
Viktor Gaddefors 6’8” Small Forward Sweden Virtus Bologna
Alessandro Gentile 6’7” Small Forward Italy EA7 Milano
Rudy Gobert 7’2” Center France Cholet
Guillermo Hernangomez 6’10” Center Spain Real Madrid 2
Nikola Ivanovic 6’3” Point Guard Montenegro Buducnost
Livio Jean Charles 6’9” Small Forward France Asvel
Dmitry Kulagin 6’6” Shooting Guard Russia Triumph
Mindaungas Kupsas 7’1” Center Lithuania Lietkabetis
Louis Labeyrie 6’10” Power Forward France Paris Levallois
Andrew Lawrence 6’1” Point Guard Great Britain Charleston – NCAA
Augusto Lima 6’9” Power Forward Spain Unicaja Malaga
Marko Lukovic 6’9” Small Forward Serbia Mega Vizura
Oleksandr  Lypovyy 6’7” Point Guard Ukraine BC Donetsk
Lucas Mariano 6’9” Center Brazil Franca – Brazil
Nicolo Melli 6’9” Power Forward Italy EA7 Milano
Vasilije Micic 6’5” Point Guard Serbia Mega Vizura
Boubacar Moungoro 6’6” Small Forward Mali IMG Academy
Nemanja Nedovic 6’3” Point Guard Serbia Lietuvos Rytas
Raul Neto 6’1” Point Guard Brazil Lagun Aro GBC
Lucas Nogueira 7’0” Center Brazil Asefa Estudiantes
Jakub Parzenski 7’0” Center Poland Virtus Bologna
Achille Polonara 6’7” Power Forward Italy Varese
Klemen Prepelic 6’3” Shooting Guard Slovenia Union Olimpija Lubljiana
Artem Pustovyi 7’1” Center Ukraine Khimik
Nikola Radicevic 6’5” Point Guard Serbia Cajasol Seville
Joan Sastre 6’7” Small Forward Spain Cajasol Seville
Emir Sulejmanovic 6’9” Power Forward Bosnia and Herzegovina Union Olimpija Ljubljana
Janis Timma 6’7” Power Forward Latvia Ventspils
Vladislav Trushkin 6’7” Power Forward Russia Spartak Vidnoye
Edgaras Ulanovas 6’6” Small Forward Lithuania Pieno Zvaigzdes
Adin Vrabac 6’8” Small Forward Bosnia and Herzegovina OKK Spars
Andrey Zubkov 6’9” Small Forward Russia Lokomotiv Kuban

Report: Mavericks have “Animal House” predatory work environment; team investigating

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The overdue wave of pushback against sexual harassment and predatory practices against women in the workplace, and the #metoo movement, which has toppled many powerful men, has come crashing down on the Dallas Mavericks.

Sports Illustrated’s Jon Wertheim and Jessica Luther have released a lengthy expose looking at the business and game operations side of the Dallas Mavericks organization, and the picture of a Mad Man-esque old boys club is damning. While some of the detailed instances date back seven years, part of the point of the article is that the culture continues.

“It was a real life Animal House,” says one former organization employee who left recently after spending roughly five years with the Mavs. “And I only say ‘was’ because I’m not there anymore. I’m sure it’s still going on.”

(Former team president and CEO, Terdema) Ussery, who left the Mavericks in 2015, was hardly alone. Interviews with more than a dozen former and current Mavericks employees in different departments, conducted during a months-long SPORTS ILLUSTRATED investigation, paint a picture of a corporate culture rife with misogyny and predatory sexual behavior: alleged public fondling by the team president; outright domestic assault by a high-profile member of the Mavs.com staff; unsupportive or even intimidating responses from superiors who heard complaints of inappropriate behavior from their employees; even an employee who openly watched pornography at his desk. Most sources did not want their names used for a variety of reasons including fear of retaliation and ostracization and limits imposed by agreements they signed with the team.

While sources referred to the Mavericks office as a “locker room culture,” the team’s actual locker room was a refuge. Says one female former senior staffer: “I dealt with players all the time. I had hundreds of interactions with players and never once had an issue…they always knew how to treat people. Then I’d go to the office and it was this zoo, this complete shitshow. My anxiety would go down dealing with players; it would go up when I got to my desk.”

The Mavericks hired an independent investigator to look into the issues, both specific allegations in the story — such as domestic abuse by former Mavs.com writerEarl K. Sneed which was allegedly ignored (he has been fired in the wake of these revelations) — and the business-side culture. The Mavericks also released a statement that said in part:

The Mavericks organization takes these allegations extremely seriously. Yesterday we notified the league office and immediately hired outside counsel to conduct a thorough and independent investigation. The investigation will focus on the specific allegations related to this former employee, and will look more broadly at our company’s workplace practices and policies. In addition, an employee whose job was to receive and investigate such complaints and report them accurately and fully, has been suspended pending the conclusion of our investigation.

In a separate matter, we have also learned that an employee misled the organization about a prior domestic violence incident. This employee was not candid about the situation and has been terminated….

We are committed — to our employees, our team and our fans — to meet the goals of dignity, security and fairness that define the Dallas Mavericks.

Mark Cuban, the very prominent Mavericks owner, told SI he knew nothing of this. He said while very hands-on and active on the basketball side of the operation, he let his CEO and other executives run the business side. The report said that the head of Human Resources was very aware of the problem but did nothing about it (he has just recently been fired over all of this). Cuban told SI he had no idea.

“…this is brand new to me. Brand new, relative to when you started looking into it. Brand new to somebody’s assertions and questions you’ve asked. Brand new to me. It’s wrong. It’s abhorrent. It’s not a situation we condone. I mean, I literally, I can’t tell you how many times particularly since all [#metoo] stuff has been coming out recently I asked our HR director ‘Do we have a problem? Do we have any issues I have to be aware of?’ And the answer was no. I asked him again today. Have we done exit interviews like you refer to? Has anybody said anything? Are there any indications that maybe there was something out there and we didn’t pay enough attention to it? No, no, no, no, no, every time.”

“I want to deal with this issue,” Cuban told SI. “I mean, this is, obviously there’s a problem in the Mavericks organization and we’ve got to fix it. That’s it. And we’re going to take every step. It’s not something we tolerate. I don’t want it. It’s not something that’s acceptable. I’m embarrassed, to be honest with you, that it happened under my ownership, and it needs to be fixed. Period. End of story.”

Did Cuban not know? He always portrayed himself as very involved, as a guy who was on top of the little things in the organization, but he missed this? Did he not want to know and looked the other way because the revenue numbers were good from the business side?

The NBA released this statement:

“The Dallas Mavericks have informed us of the allegations involving former team president Terdema Ussery and Mavs.com writer Earl Sneed. This alleged conduct runs counter to the steadfast commitment of the NBA and its teams to foster safe, respectful and welcoming workplaces for all employees. Such behavior is completely unacceptable and we will closely monitor the independent investigation into this matter.”

Ussery denied the allegations, saying there were no charges were filed against him.

This is a massive black eye for the league — the NBA has cultivated an image as the most progressive and inclusive of the professional sports leagues in America. This blows it up. Dallas is also not the only team rumored to be facing potential serious sexual harassment issues on the business side.

Expect Adam Silver to come down hard on the Mavericks as an example — he has to both send a message to other teams and to the world that this is not okay. What he might do really depends on what the future investigation finds, but this isn’t going to be some little tampering slap on the wrist fine. This is about the image for the league and Silver fiercely protects that.

Watch all the best dunks from the 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend

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Utah Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell edged out Larry Nance Jr. in the 2018 NBA Slam Dunk competition, but the back-and-forth between the two young players was not the only source of thunderous jams over the 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend.

There was of course renewed interest in the All-Star Game itself as it was more competitive than it had been in years past. Was this because of the new roster format, or simply because players wanted to get some extra coin in their pocket? In either case, the game still gave us a few dunks to add to the highlight reel.

And of course, who could forget about Mitchell’s off-the-backboard dunk in the Rising Stars Challenge?

While many of us look to the All-Star break to be a bit of a respite in the middle of the season, this year’s festivities game us quite a bit to talk about and that’s outside of who got snubbed from each roster. Yes, this All-Star season gave us a grip of dunks to pore over, and added some needed levity mid-February.

You can watch the full video released by the NBA of the best slam dunks from the entire weekend above.

Giannis Antetokounmpo says doctors told him his knee needs more rest

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Giannis Antetokounmpo is the franchise cornerstone for the Milwaukee Bucks, but even as the Greek Freak has continued to grow his game on an NBA floor, that doesn’t mean he’s been immune to the injury bug.

Antetokounmpo has dealt with a few small knee issues in recent memory, causing him to miss EuroBasket in 2017. He’s also sat a few games this season to rest his knee.

It now appears that Antetokounmpo has a simple reason for his knee ailments: too much basketball.

Speaking to a reporter with Eurohoops TV, Antetokounmpo said that doctors told him he needed to rest his knee a little bit more and play less basketball. That includes not practicing so much in the offseason and taking a load off when he can during the season to get his rest and recuperation in.

Via YouTube, starting at the 1:30 mark in the video above:

Eurohoops TV: What do the doctors say?

Antetokounmpo: The problem is that I play too much.

Eurohoops TV: It’s not another issue, right?

Antetokounmpo: No, it’s just that I have to rest more. This summer I had no time to rest. After the playoffs I went straight to the gym. I went to see Kostas and practiced for about a week and a half with him. I didn’t have any rest, and that’s how, um … the situation deteriorated. After this season I will have time to rest.

Antetokounmpo is playing a career-high 37 minutes per game for the Bucks this season. Even with the benefit of youth and offseason PRP injections, guys like Antetokounmpo do need to be careful they don’t overuse joints which can never fully be prepaired to their previous state.

Good to hear he’s planning on getting some rest this offseason. What with the 2017-18 NBA season having been blasted by injuries, many of us just want to see the stars healthy.

Bucking trend, NBA television ratings up both nationally, locally

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Traditional television ratings are down across the board — in sports, but also in dramas and comedies and just about every other category across the board. More and more people are cutting the cord, and even for people who still pay for cable/satellite, there are countless more options and streaming choices like Netflix that divide the marketplace. That’s why the people trying to pin the NFL’s rating declines on political issues miss the point — America’s most powerful sports league is not immune to market trends.

The NBA, however, is bucking the trend.

From The Business Sports Journal.

Nationally, NBA games on ABC, ESPN, NBA TV and TNT are showing double-digit viewership increases. The combined 15 percent jump puts the league’s TV viewership at its best mark heading into All-Star weekend since the 2012-13 season.

Locally, regional sports networks are seeing a 7 percent increase in ratings so far this season. SportsBusiness Journal analyzed ratings data for 27 U.S.-based teams across the NBA. Seventeen RSNs showed increases; 10 posted decreases. Information for Memphis, Utah and Toronto was not available…

Overall, local NBA games on NBC Sports’ RSNs have seen a 16 percent jump this season. NBA games on Fox’s RSNs are up 5 percent.

The NBC regional sports networks are seeing a massive boost in part because of Boston, which has seen an 82 percent jump in ratings this season.

This is good news for the NBA, which recently signed a massive new television deal with its primary partners, ESPN/ABC and Turner Broadcasting.

Why the increase? Likely a number of factors. One, the NBA has a strong crop of young stars — and those stars are engaging fans on social media. The NBA also embraced technology and other media in a way other sports did not — you can see any NBA highlight you want on YouTube, try that with the NFL. The NBA was more willing to change with the times, but that still doesn’t fully explain why a sport with a younger demographic — more cord cutters — is seeing its ratings rise.