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El-Amin, Huertas Named Co-MVPs From Week 2 Of Euroleague's Top 16

Khalid El-Amin of Lietuvos Rytas and Marcelinho Huertas of Caja Laboral were named the co-MVPs from Week 2 of the Top 16 phase of Euroleague.

El-Amin had 22 points on a near-perfect day shooting.

Marcelinho had 17 points, 11 assists and five rebounds.

Rounding out the list of the best Top 16, Week 2 individual performers are Juan Carlos Navarro of Regal FC Barcelona, Jeremy Pargo of Maccabi, Nikola Mirotic of Real Madrid and Fernando San Emeterio of Caja Laboral.

Kahn Insists Rubio Will Play For Minnesota

Minnesota GM David Kahn called a New York Times report this week on Ricky Rubio "much ado about nothing" and "not worthy of a response."

An unnamed source close to Rubio indicated that the point guard wants to play for Boston, New York or Miami when he comes to the NBA.

Kahn said he remains "absolutely" certain Rubio will join the Wolves next season after a buyout with his Regal Barcelona team becomes affordable.

Via Star Tribune

Mac TA Wary Of Roma's Short Roster

Following their loss to Barcelona in Week 1 of the Top 16 phase of Euroleague, Maccabi Tel Aviv hopes to rebound against Roma.

“We need to be especially cautious of Roma’s short roster," said head coach David Blatt. "This can often be an advantage rather than a disadvantage,” Blatt said. “In every season you have high and lows, but in good teams the lows aren’t that significant.

"I think we experienced such a low in recent weeks. It wasn’t so noticeable because we won all our games other than the one in Barcelona. Nevertheless, we weren’t playing like the Maccabi we saw in the beginning of the season.

“However, we have trained superbly recently and this is the only way to get the team back on track. We want to regain our top form, especially at this crucial stage of the season.”

Via Jerusalem Post

Matt Bouldin Released By Greek Team

Former Gonzaga star Matt Bouldin has been released by his Greek team.

Iraklis Thessaloniki reportedly released Bouldin after he tested positive for a banned substance, 4-Methyl-2-Hexanamine.

The substance is a stimulant, nasal decongestant and nutritional supplement.

Via The Olympian

Maccabi Rebounds From Barcelona Loss With Win Over Barak Netanya

Following a difficult loss to Barcelona in Euroleague, Maccabi Tel Aviv rebounded with an 85-71 win over Barak Netanya on Sunday.

Doron Perkins scored 28 points and was 12-for-12 from the line.

Sofoklis Schortsanitis scored 17 points while Lior Eliyahu put in a fine all-around effort, registering 13 points, six rebounds and five assists.

Via Haaretz

Rubio Still Not Interested In Playing For Minnesota

The Timberwolves are working towards bringing Ricky Rubio to the NBA, but rumors continue to swirl that the guard doesn't want to play for the team.

"The bottom line is, why would he want to play in Minnesota?" a senior member of Rubio's camp told Jonathan Givony in a piece of the New York Times.

"He'll continue to say all the diplomatic things, and Minnesota needs to keep his value up for trade purposes, but the family's preference is to be on the East Coast, specifically New York, Miami or Boston. He wouldn't be troubled if he has to stay another year."

The Timberwolves hold his exclusive draft rights, meaning they are the only NBA team with whom he can negotiate.

A new collective bargaining agreement may not be as favorable for rookies.

"I'm not focused on the NBA right now," Rubio said. "Right now, I don't want to talk and I don't want to think."

Via New York Times

Gregory Named Week 1 MVP Of Euroleague's Top 16 Phase

Kenny Gregory has been named the Week 1 MVP of the Euroleague's Top 16 phase.

Gregory had 19 points, 14 rebounds and two steals in Union Olimpija's 64-63 win at Roma.

Via Press Release

Iverson To Have Growth Removed Tuesday

Allen Iverson will see a specialist Tuesday to have an undetermined growth in his right calf surgically removed, according to his business manager.

Iverson, who was playing for Turkey's Besiktas, returned to the United States last week to undergo tests after pain in the calf became unbearable.

He hopes to return to the court in four to six weeks and remains committed to playing in Turkey.

"He's determined," said Gary Moore, Iverson's manager. "He wants to play several more years."

Via Ric Bucher/ESPN The Magazine

Lofton Won't Leave D-League For Besiktas

Chris Lofton will be staying with the Iowa Energy of the NBA Development League after a deal to sign with Besiktas of the Turkish Basketball League fell through at the last minute. 

“Deals overseas can often come and go very quickly,’’ said Jared Karnes, Lofton’s agent with Allegiant Athletics Agency. “We spent significant time working on a deal with Besiktas. In the end, we were simply unable to reach an agreement.
Via Knoxville News Sentinel

Maccabi: We Are Better Now Than When Euroleague's Regular Season Ended

Maccabi Tel Aviv defeated Hapoel Holon 88- 74 on the road on Sunday.

Maccabi trailed by four points at the break (45-41), but outscored the hosts 47-29 in the second half to improve its record to 13-1, with all its BSL wins coming by nine points or more.

Mac TA will play at Barcelona on Thursday in their Top-16 Euroleague opener.

“There is something to learn from every game, including this one,” Maccabi coach David Blatt said. “Barcelona is a great team, but not unbeatable.

“We are a better team than we were when the Euroleague’s regular season ended, but we are facing the toughest game possible in Barcelona.”

Via Jerusalem Post

Vesly Intends To Declare For 2011 Draft, Expects To Be In Top-5

Jan Vesely is a 6'11" 20-year-old playing for Partizan.

Iverson Vows To Continue Career

Allen Iverson has returned to the United States to have a right leg injury looked at by doctors.

Kirilenko Intends To Play In Russia In Case Of Lockout

Andrei Kirilenko plans to return to his native country of Russia if the NBA locks out its players when the collective bargaining agreement expires June 30.

Iverson To Return To States For Surgery

Allen Iverson will travel to the United State to have a lesion removed from his right leg, but he does not plan to retire.

Iverson Set For MRI On Thursday

Allen Iverson has an injured right ankle.

Patrick Beverley Signs With Spartak SPB

Patrick Beverley will be in Europe through the 2011-12 season.

Maccabi Unafraid Of Barcelona Draw

Maccabi’s 9-1 regular season record was the best in the competition.

Euroleague Top 16 Draw Announced

The Final Four will be held from May 6th to May 8th at Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona.

Jasikevičius Joins Fenerbahce Ulker

Šarūnas Jasikevičius has left Lietuvos Rytas in his native Lithuania.

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