2022-05-03
FC Barcelona head coach Sarunas Jasikevicius revealed that Dante Exum might be questionable for the EuroLeague Final Four. After the Game 5 victory in the playoff series vs. Bayern Munich 3-2, Saras said that Exum suffered an injury whose timeline might clash with the most anticipated event of the European basketball season. "There is a tear in his muscle. He might miss 2-3 weeks," Jasikevicius ...
2022-05-03
FC Barcelona won a crucial Game 5 against FC Bayern Munich and secured a place in EuroLeague's Final Four in Belgrade. Just after the final buzzer sounded in Palau Blaugrana, Sarunas Jasikevicius and Andrea Trinchieri spent good 20 seconds hugging each other after an impressive quarterfinal series. Many expected Barcelona to breeze past injury-riddled Bayern, but despite all their problems, ...
2022-05-03
In the first EuroCup semifinal, MoraBanc Andorra (4) couldn't keep up with Frutti Extra Bursaspor (7) despite a good start in the first half. The Turkish side pulled another upset and reached the first EuroCup final of their history. The final score was 85-68 (22-20, 16-14, 25-22, 22-12). Andorra's offensive struggles came back into the final quarter when the Spanish team scored only 4 points in ...
2022-05-03
The Miami Heat have officially announced that Kyle Lowry, who's dealing with a hamstring strain, will remain sidelined in Game 2 of the series against the Philadelphia 76ers. Lowry had also missed Game 1 against Philadelphia and this will be his fourth straight game out. The point guard suffered the injury in Game 3 of the first-round series against the Atlanta Hawks. With Lowry remaining out, the ...
2022-05-03
In the do-or-die EuroLeague quarterfinals' final game, FC Barcelona avoided the biggest upset in EuroLeague‘s history and defeated FC Bayern Munich in Spain 81-72 (18-19, 13-18, 29-15, 21-20). Barca won the series 3-2. A trip to the Final Four in Belgrade awaits Barcelona where they will face Real Madrid in the semifinal. Barcelona opened the fourth quarter with a good offensive flow, ...
2022-05-03
The Charlotte Hornets will interview Mike D'Antoni in their search for a new head coach, ESPN reported Tuesday. The two-time NBA Coach of the Year owns a 672-527 record in 16 seasons coaching five teams, including a stint with the Los Angeles Lakers (2012-14) when current Hornets general manager Mitch Kupchak held the same role with the Lakers. D'Antoni, who turns 71 on Sunday, spent the 2021-22 ...
2022-05-03
After announcing the new co-owner of Zalgiris Kaunas a week and a half ago, negotiations lasting more than a year and a half were closed, which led to the first such investment in the club's history. Lithuania's largest IT company, Tesonet, has acquired 25 percent shares of the country's largest sports club, Zalgiris. How much did a quarter of the legendary club cost? What are the aims of one of ...
2022-05-03
Golden State Warriors' Klay Thompson seems to have a problem with his knee and appears as a doubtful for Game 2 against the Grizzlies. The Golden State Warriors made it 1-0 in the semifinals against the Memphis Grizzlies (117-116) with a last minute clutch 3-pointer made by Thompson. However, for Game 2 Thompson has been declared as doubtful. The reason is the pain he feels in the knee and his ...
2022-05-03
Despite rumors that Nick Nurse is the top candidate to fill vacant coaching position for Los Angeles Lakers, no team has called the Toronto Raptors to inquire about the availability of Nurse, Raptors president and vice-chairman Masai Ujiri said. "No team has contacted me. And I see all the stuff that you guys see. I dream like they dream. I want Messi. I want Ronaldo. I want Kobe Bryant. So they ...
2022-05-03
Kevin Durant recently came to a EuroLeague playoffs match between Olympiacos Piraeus and AS Monaco after getting swept in the NBA Playoffs series against the Boston Celtics. He was there to support his former teammate Mike James in his quest to the Final Four. A week before, the Nets, where the two played together last season, lost by a combined 18 points in four games to the Celtics. They had ...
2022-05-03

The WNBA will commemorate Brittney Griner with floor decals on every team’s home court, according to ESPN.

The decal will feature Griner’s initials “BG” as well as her No. 42. All 12 teams will have the decal on their home courts starting with Friday night's season opener. The Mercury open their season at home that night against the Las Vegas Aces.

The Phoenix Mercury center has been detained in Russia since February after customs officials said they found hashish oil in her luggage at an airport.

The U.S. government now considers WNBA star Brittney Griner to be wrongfully detained by the Russian government, signaling a significant shift in how officials will try to get her home, sources familiar with her case told ESPN.

The officials and other sources close to Griner's case declined to say what led to the shift or whether there have been any discussions about what it would take to secure her release.

It is known that the U.S. government will no longer wait for Griner's case to play out through the Russian legal system and will seek to negotiate her return.

A State Department official sent ESPN a statement, saying, "The Department of State has determined that the Russian Federation has wrongfully detained U.S. citizen Brittney Griner. With this determination, the Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs Roger Carstens will lead the interagency team for securing Brittney Griner's release."

“As we begin the 2022 season, we are keeping Brittney at the forefront of what we do through the game of basketball and in the community,” said WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert. “We continue to work on bringing Brittney home and are appreciative of the support the community has shown BG and her family during this extraordinarily challenging time.”

Griner was the MVP runner-up in 2021, helping the Mercury reach the WNBA Finals before falling to the Chicago Sky. She finished the season averaging 20.5 points (second in the WNBA), 9.5 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks (first in the WNBA) per game. She also scored 30 points for Team USA in the gold medal game against Japan at the Tokyo Olympics last summer.

2022-05-03
With their series against AS Monaco tied at 2-2, on Wednesday, Olympiacos Piraeus will look for another win that will hand them a Final Four ticket for the first time since 2017. Kostas Papanikolaou, being one of the most experienced players on the Reds' roster, knows very well the ins and outs of decisive games like the one his team is playing tomorrow. According to the Greek forward, one of the ...
2022-05-03
Olympiacos Piraeus face AS Monaco in a 'make it or break it' Game 5 at the Peace and Friendship Stadium on Wednesday night. The Reds' coach, Giorgos Bartzokas, welcomed the pressure that his side will inevitably have to deal with, calling it "a privilege." The Greek tactician, who's been to the EuroLeague Final Four with both Olympiacos (winning the trophy in 2013) and Lokomotiv Kuban (in 2016), ...
2022-05-03
After the German referee Benjamin Barth revealed that he hadn't been assigned to any EuroLeague games because of his refusal to shave his beard, EuroLeague issued an official statement on the topic. EuroLeague admitted its fault, stating that such a stance was a "mistake", and the league made an apology, which Barth accepted. "Informal requirements around facial hair and other visible body ...
2022-05-03
"Underdogs? I don’t care. We are not just some dogs. We are Pitbulls, hrr," would have said John Holland, the late signing of Frutti Extra Bursaspor guard, if he gets to see this headline. Well, he is not without a point. In their only second-ever campaign in EuroCup, Frutti Extra Bursaspor defied all the odds to reach the semi-final stage after coming over Partizan and Cedevita Olympia in ...
2022-05-03
After sweeping Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv in the EuroLeague playoffs and getting to the Final Four, Real Madrid are already making plans for the upcoming season. According to the Spanish website Encestando, later confirmed by Marca, the Spanish powerhouse is showing serious interest in AX Armani Exchange Milan's point guard Sergio Rodriguez. El Chaco has already played for the royal club, spending ...
2022-05-03
German basketball referee Benjamin Barth's refusal to shave off his beard apparently cost him his place in the EuroLeague. Barth documented the whole incident with chat logs as he hasn't been assigned to any EuroLeague from a certain point because he did not shave off his beard. The 43-year-old told the "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung" and documented the incident with chat logs from the fall of ...
2022-05-03
Juan Carlos Navarro took shots before Barcelona practice in Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper training center. He was getting ready for the EuroLeague playoffs game against the fearless challenger Bayern Munich. The first few long threes didn't connect. Navarro mumbled, jogging for the ball that bounced back far from the rim. It was not the usual scene for the all-time EuroLeague leader in 3-pointers ...
2022-05-03
Luka Doncic put on a historic performance last night against the Phoenix Suns but it was not enough for the Dallas Mavericks to take down their balanced attack. "I think our defense lost us the game today," Doncic explained in the press conference after the game. "I think our start on the defensive end was terrible, and we have to change that. I know we can play way better defense." Although he ...
2022-05-03
Luka Doncic put on a tremendous display last night against the Phoenix Suns. Although the game ended in a defeat, the Slovenian superstar managed to achieve a feat only topped by the legendary Kobe Bryant. Doncic became the youngest player to get at least 45 points and 10 rebounds in a playoff game since the Black Mamba. Luka is now 23 years old. Bryant first scored 45 points and grabbed 10 boards ...
2022-05-03
Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder will undergo hip replacement surgery on Tuesday, the team announced Monday. The procedure was moved up from its original date in June. Snyder, 55, and the Jazz concluded their season on Thursday when the Dallas Mavericks eliminated them in six games in a first-round Western Conference playoff series. Snyder guided the Jazz to a 49-33 in 2021-22, his eighth season in ...
2022-05-03
Deandre Ayton scored a team-high 25 points and the Phoenix Suns dominated the visiting Dallas Mavericks on the boards en route to a 121-114 (35-25, 34-31, 27-23, 25-35) victory in Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinal series Monday night. Devin Booker contributed 23 points to a balanced attack, with nine rebounds and eight assists. Chris Paul had 19 points, Cam Johnson 17, Mikal Bridges 13, ...
2022-05-03
Deandre Ayton scored a team-high 25 points and the Phoenix Suns dominated the visiting Dallas Mavericks on the boards en route to a 121-114 victory in Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinal series Monday night.Devin Booker contributed 23 points to a balanced attack, with nine rebounds and eight assists. Chris Paul had 19 points, Cam Johnson 17, Mikal Bridges 13 and Jae Crowder 11 as the ...
2022-05-03
Tyler Herro scored 25 points, Bam Adebayo added 24 points and 12 rebounds, and the host Miami Heat defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 106-92 (30-22, 20-29, 30-21, 26-20) in Game 1 of an Eastern Conference semifinal series on Monday. Miami's Jimmy Butler contributed 15 points and nine rebounds, while P.J. Tucker and Gabe Vincent had 10 points apiece. Kyle Lowry sat out due to a strained left ...
2022-05-03
Tyler Herro scored 25 points, Bam Adebayo added 24 points and 12 rebounds and the host Miami Heat defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 106-92 in Game 1 of an Eastern Conference semifinal series on Monday.Miami's Jimmy Butler contributed 15 points and nine rebounds, while P.J. Tucker and Gabe Vincent had 10 points apiece. Kyle Lowry sat out due to a strained left hamstring.The 76ers played without ...
2022-05-03
Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder will undergo hip replacement surgery on Tuesday, the team announced Monday.The procedure was moved up from its original date in June.Snyder, 55, and the Jazz concluded their season on Thursday when the Dallas Mavericks eliminated them in six games in a first-round Western Conference playoff series.Snyder guided the Jazz to a 49-33 in 2021-22, his eighth season in Salt ...
2022-05-02
Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart will be listed as questionable for Tuesday night's Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Milwaukee Bucks with a quad contusion. Celtics coach Ime Udoka said Monday that Smart is sore. "He's a tough guy that's going to try to play through things. We'll get him some treatment today and see how he feels tomorrow, but he'll be listed as ...
2022-05-02
The NBA on Monday said that Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green's Flagrant 2 foul will stand. Green was ejected with 1:18 left in the first half of Sunday's Game 1 win against the Memphis Grizzlies. With the league declining to downgrade the foul, Green now has two flagrant points. He will be suspended for one game if he reaches four. Replays showed that Green made contact with Brandon ...
2022-05-02
The Cameroonian native Joel Embiid has initiated administrative procedures to obtain French nationality and be able to play with the French national team, according to RMC Sport. Four years ago, Embiid publicly expressed his desire to play for the Blues. The 28-year-old will have a visit to France by the end of June to finalize the paperwork, per the report. FIBA ​​rules allow only one ...
2022-05-02
Two teams hoping their top scorers can stay healthy will tip off their best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal series when the Dallas Mavericks visit the Phoenix Suns for Game 1 on Monday night.Both teams overcame the absence of their young superstars in tough first-round matchups. The Mavericks ousted the Utah Jazz, and the Suns survived the eighth-seeded New Orleans Pelicans, both winning in ...
2022-05-02
While the Miami Heat's star player is expected to play, the same can't be said for the Philadelphia 76ers' franchise cornerstone.Jimmy Butler (knee), who missed Game 5 of the Heat's first-round series win against the Atlanta Hawks, will likely return at home to face the Sixers on Monday in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.Tyler Herro (non-COVID illness) is also expected ...
2022-05-02
The Boston Celtics received rave reviews for keeping Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant in check during their Eastern Conference first-round series.Boston was not as fortunate against Giannis Antetokounmpo, who posted his second career playoff triple-double, in Milwaukee's series-opening victory. The Celtics will look for a better performance against him Tuesday as they try to even their ...
2022-05-02
The head coach of FC Barcelona, Sarunas Jasikevicius, spoke to Spanish media ahead of the vital Game 5 in the EuroLeague best-of-five playoffs series against FC Bayern Munich. The Lithuanian mastermind believes that his team's success could rely on shooting from beyond the arc. "I think they will try to defend in their own way and cover the paint. It will be very important to score from outside," ...
2022-05-02
Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart will be listed as questionable for Tuesday night's Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Milwaukee Bucks with a quad contusion. Celtics coach Ime Udoka said Monday that Smart is sore. "He's a tough guy that's going to try to play through things. We'll get him some treatment today and see how he feels tomorrow, but he'll ...
2022-05-02
The NBA on Monday said that Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green's Flagrant 2 foul will stand.Green was ejected with 1:18 left in the first half of Sunday's Game 1 win against the Memphis Grizzlies. With the league declining to downgrade the foul, Green now has two flagrant points. He will be suspended for one game if he reaches four.Replays showed that Green made contact with ...
2022-05-02
Two former high school teammates are squarely in the spotlight as the Golden State Warriors and host Memphis Grizzlies prepare for Game 2 of their Western Conference semifinal series on Tuesday night.Jordan Poole scored 31 points for the Warriors in their 117-116 victory in the best-of-seven series opener Sunday, while his former Indiana prep teammate at La Lumiere School, Jaren Jackson Jr., ...
2022-05-02
Basketball Hall of Fame member Joe Dumars has been named the NBA's executive vice president in charge of basketball operations. He begins his job next Monday and will report to Byron Spruell, the president of basketball operations. Dumars will oversee areas that include the development of playing rules and interpretations, conduct and discipline, and policies and procedures relating to the ...
2022-05-02
Zalgiris Kaunas opened up the Lithuanian Basketball League playoffs victoriously, despite wasting a huge lead. The Greens prevailed over the visiting Neptunas Klaipeda 92-88 (22-17, 26-23, 28-14, 16-34). The reigning Lithuanian champions took a lead against their opponents in the best-of-five series. Karolis Lukosiunas made 5 three-pointers for 17 points and Zalgiris were leading 48-40 over ...
2022-05-02
Basketball Hall of Fame member Joe Dumars has been named the NBA's executive vice president in charge of basketball operations.He begins his job next Monday and will report to Byron Spruell, the president of basketball operations.Dumars will oversee areas that include the development of playing rules and interpretations, conduct and discipline, and policies and procedures relating to the ...
2022-05-02
The first-ever Israeli NBA player Omri Casspi launched an early-stage venture capital (VC) fund, according to Forbes. Venture capital is a form of private equity and a type of financing that investors provide to startup companies and small businesses that are believed to have long-term growth potential. Venture capital generally comes from well-off investors, investment banks, and any other ...
2022-05-02
BasketNews and Andreas Blomdahl continues the Betting Corner edition, providing the best choices before the upcoming EuroLeague Game 5s for sports betting enthusiasts. Though, we want to remind you to gamble responsibly. FC Barcelona vs FC Bayern Munich What a series this has been! Barcelona were about to close out the series, but Bayern had other thoughts, keeping Barcelona to 34 points after ...
2022-05-02
Real Madrid have Mario Hezonja as one of the main targets to bolster the roster, according to Marca. BasketNews sources confirm Real's showing interest in Hezonja. Mario Hezonja was linked with the Royal club a year ago but then their paths did not cross, via the report. This season, the 27-year-old Croatian averaged 14.2 points, 6.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 14.2 PIR over 25 Turkish Airlines ...
2022-05-02
Orlando Magic point guard Jalen Suggs underwent surgery to repair a slight stress fracture in his right ankle. Suggs, 20, had the surgery last week, the team said Monday. "In assessing Jalen's right ankle at the conclusion of the season, and consulting with multiple doctors, we came to the determination to undergo this preventative measure," Magic general manager Jeff Weltman said in a statement. ...
2022-05-02
Orlando Magic point guard Jalen Suggs underwent surgery to repair a slight stress fracture in his right ankle. Suggs, 20, had the surgery last week, the team said Monday."In assessing Jalen's right ankle at the conclusion of the season, and consulting with multiple doctors, we came to the determination to undergo this preventative measure," Magic general manager Jeff Weltman said in ...
2022-05-02
AS Monaco are targeting Amath M'Baye for the next season, according to BeBasket.Fr. The 32-year-old French power forward has been representing Pinar Karsiyaka since 2019. This season, M'Baye averaged 15.7 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.9 assists, and 12.9 PIR over 9 Basketball Champions League games. Prior to his stint in Turkey, the 2.06-meter athlete represented such Italian powerhouses as Olimpia ...
2022-05-02
BasketNews’ Donatas Urbonas & Rytis Vysniauskas discuss Kevin Durant’s chances of appearing in Piraeus, Game 5 predictions, key Maccabi future decisions & if Ergin Ataman will win the fans’back-to-back titles. This episode is sponsored by Nord VPN. Use code “URBONUS” and get a special discount for a 2-year subscription: https://nordvpn.com/URBONUS Topics: ...
2022-05-02
Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler is questionable to play in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series against the visiting Philadelphia 76ers because of right knee inflammation, the team announced on Sunday. Butler wasn't alone in being listed as questionable for the series opener. The top-seeded Heat also listed guards Max Strus (hamstring) and Tyler Herro (respiratory illness) and ...
2022-05-02
New Orleans Pelicans finished their 2021-22 NBA season in the first playoffs round when losing a series against the Phoenix Suns (2-4). Though, the team is already thinking about the off-season period and summer plans. While talking to the US media, the Spanish center Willy Hernangomez revealed that the Pelicans should have a training camp in Phoenix and that some of his teammates are planning to ...
2022-05-02
It's money time in European basketball. This is where the competition escalates and reaches its climax, with the cups and titles being won or lost. You will see it almost everywhere, and the 7DAYS EuroCup is no exception. It is the semi-finals already. And like every season, EuroCup delivers some big surprises. The memories from last season are fresh: Virtus Bologna, the utmost favourites of the ...
2022-05-02
The German duo of Tim Schneider and Jonas Mattisseck are staying with ALBA Berlin, according to BasketNews sources. Their contracts are expiring this summer, but the club wants to keep the whole current roster for next season. Recently, BasketNews reported about the head coach Israel Gonzalez, who is set to extend the deal as well. The 24-year-old Schneider appeared in 23 Turkish Airlines ...
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