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11-19-2008, 08:18 PM
this thread will hopefully lead you to where you want to find news about some former NBA players currently competing in Europe.

The Russian League (http://prosportsdaily.com/forums/showthread.php?t=264358)

The Greek League Thread (http://prosportsdaily.com/forums/showthread.php?t=250436)

The Italian League (http://prosportsdaily.com/forums/showthread.php?t=267401)

Israeli League Thread (http://prosportsdaily.com/forums/showthread.php?t=250435)

The Spanish League (http://prosportsdaily.com/forums/showthread.php?t=298856) has been added

if anyone wants me to start threads for other leagues/teams let me know so I could get started on that

here are the Euroleague/Eurocup Threads

Main Euroleague Thread (http://prosportsdaily.com/forums/showthread.php?t=289570)
Main EuroCup Thread (http://prosportsdaily.com/forums/showthread.php?t=294780)
Euroleague Previews (http://prosportsdaily.com/forums/showthread.php?t=278720) (submitted from Euroleague.net and Ball In Europe.com)
Eurocup Previews (http://prosportsdaily.com/forums/showthread.php?t=294784) (Group Analysis Submitted from EurocupBasketball.com; Club Profiles Submitted from Euroleague.net)
Euroleague/EuroCup Predictions (http://prosportsdaily.com/forums/showthread.php?t=251405) - If you feel your up to guessing whats what in the leagues

11-21-2008, 11:32 AM
European Basketball Websites:

The Official Website of the Euroleague (http://www.euroleague.net/)
Eurocup Official Website (http://www.eurocupbasketball.com/)
FIBA Europe (http://www.fibaeurope.com/Default.asp)
EuroBasket.com (http://www.eurobasket.com/index.asp) (No# 1 web site about global basketball)
Ball in Europe (http://www.ballineurope.com/) - European Basketball Blog
The Hoop Blog (http://thehoop.blogspot.com)

11-23-2008, 06:28 AM
I found this somewhere and thought it should be posted

A lot of people mistake the Euroleague for a real "league" like the NBA, where there's a fixed number of teams that face each other 2-5 times a year, then 16 teams reach the playoffs and battle for the championship. The Euroleague is actually more of a tournament. Here's the format:

REGULAR SEASON October 22, 2007 to Jan. 31, 2008

The Regular Season stage has 3 groups of 8 teams (a total of 24 teams). This is the first stage of the Euroleague.

Round Robin System with 14 games each club.
The Top 5 teams of each group plus the single
best sixth-placed team advance to the Top 16.

TOP 16 Feb. 13, 2007 to March 20, 2008

Unlike the NCAA's "Sweet 16", the Euroleague's "Top 16" is round robin. There are 4 groups of 4 teams (a total of 16 teams).

Round Robin System with 6 games each club.
The four group winners and the four second-place teams
in each group will advance to the 1/4 finals.

QUARTERFINALS April 1 to 10, 2008

The 1/4 finals isn't a one game elimination stage either. It's actually a best of three series.

Four best-of-three quarterfinal playoff series between
first and second-place finishers from the Top 16.
The four series winners advance to the Final Four.

FINAL FOUR in MADRID (Spain) May 2 to 4, 2008

The Final Four is THE event in European basketball. Like the NCAA's Final Four, it's one game elimination.

The four quarterfinals winners will meet in single-game semifinals.
The semifinals losers will play one game for third place.
The semifinals winners will play in the single-game Final.
The winner of the Final will be the Champion of the Euroleague.


The Euroleague's rules are very similiar to the NBA's rules, with a few exceptions:

-A game is 40 minutes long (4X10 minute quarters) instead of 48 minutes long.

-The three point line is a little closer (6.25 meters/20 ft 6 in from the basket) while the NBA three point line is 23 feet, 9 inches (7.23 m) from the basket.

-Holding the ball for 5 seconds without dribbling is a violation.

-The paint is smaller and is shaped like a trapazoid instead of a rectangle.

-There is no such thing as a "Defensive 3 Second" violation, which means a player can stand under the basket as long as he wants on defense.

of course it's changed a little since last year, but this is the basic idea

11-27-2008, 05:20 PM
Source: EurocupBasketball.com

The successful first week of the Eurocup regular season offers the chance to show again the complete competition system, which maps the route for all 32 teams through the Last 16 to the Final Eight and the title game

Link (http://www.eurocupbasketball.com/ulebcup/home/on-court/format)