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NBA overseas roundup: Tyson Chandler turns down China

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As the NBA lockout drags on and on and on, there have been more players talking to overseas teams about taking their talents across the pond. Here is today’s roundup of news.

• Tyson Chandler has decided not to take an offer to play in China, tweets ESPN’s Chris Broussard. “I was considering it but I don’t think I’m going to. It was hard to turn down.” For Chandler and other free agents to be, there is a lot of risk in heading overseas — an injury could cost tens of million to Chandler. What happened to J.R. Smith had to scare guys thinking about these deals.

• Jeremy Lin’s deal to play in Italy is “not set in stone,” according to CSNBayArea.com. I didn’t know they carved contracts in stone still in Europe, but they have those old-world traditions.

• Tony Parker confirmed that if the lockout continues he will play the full season for Villeurbanne, and said he would make an offer to Boris Diaw to join him (via Hoopshype).

• Golden State big man Ekpe Udoh has signed with Bnei Hasharon in Israel, and he has an NBA opt out. In an interesting note, Udoh replaces J.J. Hickson who replaced Trevor Booker on the team this season.

• Juan Carlos Navarro could have returned to the NBA and had a lot of teams interested in him, but he instead has agreed to a contract extension with Barcelona through the 2014-15 season.

Spain wins European championship behind Gasol brothers

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Spanish basketball fans should buy Mr. and Mrs. Gasol a dinner and a nice bottle of wine.

It’s because of their sons — Pau and Marc Gasol — that Spain is the champions of European basketball for the second time in a row. Spain beat France 98-85 in the championship game of EuroBasket Sunday to earn the title. France and Spain both earned automatic berths into the 2012 London Olympics by reaching the finals, which in and of itself is a huge win for France.

Pau Gasol had 17 points and 10 rebounds in the title game and was the steady force throughout the tournament. Mark Gasol had 11 points, six rebounds and two blocks against France.

The tournament MVP however went to former Grizzlies guard Juan Carlos Navarro, and deservedly so. He had 27 points in the final game and outplayed Tony Parker (who had 25 and carried the French offense throughout the tournament). Navarro had 25 or more points in all of Spain’s elimination games.

The French team is loaded with NBA talent — Joakim Noah had 11 points but fouled out, Boris Diaw had 12 and Nicolas Batum had 10.

Russia, Macedonia, Greece and Lithuania all did well enough this tournament to earn berths in the pre-Olympic second chance qualifying tournament next July. That tournament features the countries from around the globe that just missed out on earning a berth this year fighting for one of three last-chance spots in the games.

EuroBasket: Spain, France earn Olympic berths with victories

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Spain, the silver medal team in Beijing who gave the United States all it could handle in the gold medal game, will be back for the London Olympics. They will be joined by a French team led by Tony Parker and Joakim Noah.

Friday Spain and France won their games to advance to the finals of EuroBasket. Both teams want the European championship, but they have gotten the two automatic bids from the continent to the Olympics.

Here are some breakdowns:

Spain 92, Macedonia 80: Macedonia’s team reminded me a little bit of the 2000 Philadelphia 76ers — they played fantastic defense and counted on one small, quick guard to create a lot of their offense. Then eventually they ran into just too talented a team.

Macedonia led by one at the half, 45-44, and it felt like an upset. Bo McCalebb had carried the Macedonian offense to the semifinals and he had 25 in this game.

But he was not the best guard on the floor, that was Juan Carlos Navarro. He took over in the second half scoring 19 third quarter points and finishing with 35. Pau Gasol finished with 22 points and 17 rebounds.

Macedonia still had a fantastic tournament and will be in the pre-Olympic qualifying tournament next summer, a second chance to surprise some teams and sneak into the games.

France 79, Russia 71: Russia’s strategy was to give Tony Parker jump shots, not let him penetrate. It was pretty successful, but Parker still hit 9-of-20 shots on his way to 23 points, and nobody accounted for Nicolas Batum, who had 19 points on 8 shots.

France plays good defense, if they get enough offense they are hard to beat. If Parker’s jumper is falling at a decent rate they are hard to beat. Both those things happened, Russia could not maintain floor balance with their defense and the result is France going on to the Olympics.

Andrei Kirilenko had 21 points and Timofey Mozgov had 12 for a Russian team headed to the pre-qualifying tournament next summer (where they should be a favorite to get one of the last-chance Olympic spots).

The Spain against France final should be interesting. Spain has a long front line — Marc and Pau Gasol as well as Serge Ibaka — but their help rotations have been spotty this year. If Parker can get into the lane he can cause trouble for them. Spain is the favorite, they crushed France in a friendly this summer. (You can throw out Spain beating France at EuroBasket, Parker and other key French players sat that one out.)