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Monday, September 23rd, 2013 at 2:32 pm  |  21 responses

France Wins Gold at EuroBasket 2013 (VIDEO)

The French are the champions of Europe.

France won its first European title yesterday, beating Lithuania 80-66. Tony Parker claimed the tournament MVP award, leading all players in points per game with an average of 19. Other NBA ballers playing for France included Nicolas Batum of Portland, and TP’s San Antonio teammates Boris Diaw and Nando De Colo. Check them all out in the 2013 EuroBasket Final highlights above.

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  • spit hot fiyah

    thanks, now let’s pretend like the rest of the tournament didn’t happen

  • LLC#12

    My money was on Lithuania to win, but the French supporting cast really picked it up, especially Batum who contributed nothing against Spain in the semis, and Kalnietis had maybe his worst game of the tournament. Parker only had 12 in the final, and a lot of those came when France were already well ahead.
    Don’t know if many of you guys followed the tournament, but here’s a few of my observations…Rodriguez consistently looked like Spains best PG, he could probably start on a few NBA teams. Valanciunas often looked clumsy, and often wasn’t as effective for Lithuania as Javtokas, or Lavrinovic. Datome is excellent, if he gets minutes for the Pistons, he could really be something. Peteri Koponen for Finland was the best shooter in the tournament, I’d love to see him come over, I think Dallas (?) has his rights. Hedo Turkoglu is washed up, done, over, whatever you want to call it. I don’t think he can contribute anything at the NBA level anymore. Mike Fratello put on a coaching clinic, I don’t think anybody envisioned Ukraine finishing where they did, but they utilized what they had exceptionally well.
    Finally, there is a lot of NBA caliber players not in the NBA. There was only a handful at the Asian, African and Americas championships, but the Eurobasket was just flooded with guys who could play in the NBA hands down.

  • smith stopped, smith blocked.

    the whole crowd chanting “tony ! tony !” was the european basketball community recognizing tp as an nba and a fiba player. heart-warming

  • spit hot fiyah

    shout out to gentile, he killed it. his stock rose

    and jeff taylor looked really legit, his confidence should be peaking coming into this season

  • BugEyes

    Great stuff dude

  • Max

    TP is awesome.
    Shoutout to Belgium for getting to the 2nd round. It’s going slowly, but we’re getting better.

  • Max

    Rondriguez in Houston would be awesome, The 2 beards and him throwing lobs to Dwight.

  • Lenin-Gil Phillips

    Bogan Bogdanovic should be in the NBA

  • JamminS

    Hey, Tony got another Finals MVP :P

  • spit hot fiyah

    that lob connection between him and rudy is one of the craziest i have seen. i wonder how many they had in the tournament? every one knows it’s coming and they still did it 3 times against france. and it’s always from the top of the key to a cutting rudy from the right corner

  • Darksaber

    Excellent tournament showcasing Europe’s basketball evolution. Italiaaaa, Ukraine, Croatia, Finland and Belgium (even Germany early on) were knocking on the doors of the established nations. That italian team went 5-0 in the Group stage, undersized and all. Much respect to Fratello’s team and yet another disappointing outing for Greece and Serbia, at least in terms of medals.
    Standout players were TP9 (out-freaking-standing in the medal rounds, that semifinal was amazing), Kalnietes, the Eurobasket top 5 selection of Kleiza was dead wrong, Kalnietes kept that team going and no surprise Lithuania lost the final badly when France put Batum on him and turned him into a gunner instead of floor general. Italy had different players step up, Bogdanovic was dominant and Rudy Floppandez lost, all is great in the world.

    Boris Diaw, Diot (that guy has ALL the swagger and saved les bleus against spain) and the immortal Florent Pietrus were superb, but Nando De Colo needs to regain the confidence he had while guiding Valencia to the Eurocup title. Batum was puzzling, light and shadow.
    With respect to the Fiba tournaments in Asia, Africa, Oceania and America(s), Eurobasket is THE standout tournament for great bball, coaching, fans, and players…. outside the NBA and World level tournaments of course.

    Final thought: Ricky must be luving his coach, didn’t play last 7 mins of the semifinal then had to watch the frankly speaking, unathletic and mistake-prone Rodriguez (and super Rudy) throw up bricks in crunchtime. Wonderful, oh Coach Scariolo, where art thou now? España needs you.

  • Pedestrian Nightmare

    No love to the sLOVEnians in any comments yet? The brotherly Dragić connection showed a lot of heart and they all played like a unit. Goran Dragić is definitely among the best open-court point guards in the world. Look for them to be competitive in the Worlds next year in Spain.

  • LLC#12

    Ahead of the tournament, I had the Belgium game as being our best chance at a win! (Great Britain) I couldn’t believe it when we let that one get away. Credit to you guys though.

  • spit hot fiyah

    shout out to sweden for blowing russia out by 20

  • LLC#12

    Serbia didn’t disappoint themselves too much, they were the youngest team in the tournament, and were missing their best player (Teodosic). Greece however definitely let themselves down! You’re right about the other FIBA tournaments, every game in Eurobasket is watchable, and the level is really high. It probably goes Eurobasket, Americas, Oceania, Africa then Asia last. Australia and New Zealand are going to join the Asian championships in the future I believe, so that should raise the caliber a lot. As it stands, the 3 teams from Asia that have qualified for the World Cup are possibly going to be the worst 3 teams there.

  • LLC#12

    Absolutely, for Spain, Madrid, and even years ago when they were briefly together in Portland, that alley-oop has happened so frequently. They hardly ever seem to mess it up either, it’s always executed perfectly. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_kxzJWcAaw

  • LLC#12

    The Slovenians were impressive for the whole tournament, they were just very unlucky to run into France in the Quarter-Finals. A different draw, and they might have sneaked the Bronze. They were great to watch, but I’ll have to disagree about next summer. I think if you minus the home crowd from the equation, a quarter final appearance next summer is probably their ceiling.

  • Smits#45

    Yeah, didn’t see that coming.

  • Darksaber

    True, Iran is always strong in the Asia championship (Haddadi plays well for his country) but i was in the Phillipines for that last Fiba Asia tournament and what i saw wasn’t very impressive. The Asia qualifiers are in for a tough run in Spain.

  • Darksaber

    Oh damn, i forgot Russia’s disappointing showing…
    Jeff Taylor sure gave his all for Svenska, nice development.

  • Pedestrian Nightmare

    Probably. Which is not so bad either. But as you said, with some draw luck… other than the States (maybe Argentina, and Brazil, if they get the wild card), the Worlds are not a much better competition than the Euros

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