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Monday, September 19th, 2011 at 9:05 am  |  13 responses

Spain: Back-to-Back EuroBasket Champions


Spain continues to dominate European hoops, as they defended their EuroBasket title with a victory over France. From the NY Times: “Spain became the first team to repeat as EuroBasket champions since 1997 on Sunday night when it defeated France, 98-85, in Kaunas, Lithuania. As the Spanish players embraced and danced at center court to celebrate their gold medal, it was the culmination of a tournament in which they dominated from start to finish. Yugoslavia in 1997 had been the last team to defend its European title. The Spanish were led through the knockout round by Juan Carlos Navarro. He scored 35 points against Macedonia in the semifinals, then added 27 in the final to cement his receiving the tournament’s most valuable player honors. Although it was no surprise that Navarro would play the leading role in the Spanish offense, he could not be stopped in the final. As he has done his entire career, he remained calm during the game’s biggest moments, and delivered a gold to Spain. The French held their own during a gold medal matchup that many had anticipated from the start of the tournament. Tony Parker had 26 points to lead a French offense that seemed to find a reliable spark off the bench throughout the tournament. In the final, however, any contribution from the French bench was absent.”

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  • http://www.slamonline.com UNFROZEN CAVEMAN LAWYER

    JCN IS THAT DUDE. IM STILL SALTY HE LEFT THE NBA. I LIKE HIS GAME.

  • LA Huey

    Spain runs Euro hoops.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    Navarro was on fiiiire

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    Someone needs to get Navarro back to the L!

  • http://nba.com GP23

    Not hating, but Rubio had.. 0pts, 1 Turnover, 1 steal, 1 assist, 2 rebounds and 4 fouls in 7 minutes of play. Not quite NBA point guard stats is it?

  • The Cyborg

    Great game. It was great game to watch. Being a huge nba fan I completely forgot how the game is supposed to flow without constant ticky-tack foul calls and timeouts and all that cr@p.
    And they really let those guys play some defense. No superstar calls, no bailout calls. Jumping straight up is allowed and contact initiated by the offensive player won’t lead to 2 free throws but a bad shot and a fastbreak the other way. Some bad calls here and there but that’s just the nature of the biz.

    NBA should try to improve its product and forcing the NBA refs to watch all of the EC 2011 games would be a good start.

    Rubio = invisible

  • http://slamonline.com YKnoT

    @GP23 I’ll bet Johnny Flynn could average more than that! Lol

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick Tha Quick

    Cosign The Cyborg. After growing accustomed to NBA refereeing, it’s nice to see a different way of doing things. No continuation when fouls happen before the shooting motion. Superstars barreling into stationary, hands-straight-up defenders does not result in a foul — play on! Hooking the defender in the post is called consistently. Player slips and falls is not necessarily a foul like it almost always is in the NBA. Throwing your head back when lightly bumped by a defender on the perimeter and throwing the ball towards the rim does not guarantee free throws (Yes you PP, VC, JCN and Fernandez). And of course, a lot of yapping and demonstration is allowed before the ref even considers giving a T. It’s an emotional game, C’mon!

  • LA Huey

    Meh, I think the officiating is a wash. I’ve seen so many missed calls in this tournament. I consistently saw guys get hit on their wrists and forearms on layups. I think it’s just different officiating, they do somethings better but other things I don’t like.

  • http://sajkflf.com Jukai

    The officiating was much better in the EuroBasket game than in the Olympics. I was quite impressed with it. Maybe the last Olympics were just atrocious.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    La freaking Bomba.
    Incredible Tournament by Navarro.

  • The Cyborg

    @LA Huey: you’re right, they missed a lot of those. But on average, I’ll take a non-call over a call anyday of the week. We can assume that all refs make mistakes but NBA refs should just call less fouls.
    90% of people want to see fast paced hoops and that’s not possible if every contact is called. Remember that for every non-call there’s a strong possibility of a fast break the other way and as a neutral fan you got to love that, right? EC basketball got a lot of casual fans into basketball here in Finland and I can’t say that about the NBA where I always have to explain why they blow their whistles every 20 seconds.
    I bet that Magic’s showtime lakers couldn’t run they’re fastbreak in 2011 because of the way refs control the game uber-tight. Can’t run after free throws , right?

  • http://www.acb.com A l a n

    Team US better go with their best guys to London next Summer or I foresee more gold in Spain’s basketball future. Oh, and Navarro… the tournament of his life, and that’s saying a lot for a guy with his résumé. This generation of Spanish players will go down to history along the classic Yugoslavian and Soviet teams.

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