Lithuania wins first ever U18 European Championship for Women

FIBA Europe reports in an article that the Lithuanian girls beat Russia to capture their first U18 European Championship.  The final outcome of the game was 63 -57.

Any time Lithuania wins a tournament in basketball, it is time to celebrate.  It is even better that it was against Russia.  I enjoy the fact that Lithuania continues to dominate at basketball internationally. 

I enjoy the fact that the players who play for Lithuania are Lithuanians.  I noticed some countries have players who are not natural citizens.  They are made citizens so they can play for their national team.  For example, on the German Olympic team, Chris Kaman, was made a citizen so he could play for their team during the 2008 Olympics. 

Go Lithuania!!!!!!!!!!

Paul Pierce – “I don’t think Kobe is the best player. I’m the best player.”

“Finals MVP  Paul Pierce who recently spent three days at a ball camp in Madrid, is making, ahem, news about what he said to a Spanish reporter. The money translation, via  RedsArmy: “Q: Is Kobe really the best player in the world? Pierce: I don’t think Kobe is the best player. I’m the best player. There’s a line that separates having confidence and being conceited. I don’t cross that line but I have a lot of confidence in myself.”

  I think one of the reasons Paul Pierce has a right to make this statement is due to the fact that his team under his leadership earned an NBA Championship against Kobe Bryant’s Lakers.

The Boston Celtics not only earned an NBA Championship against the Los Angeles Lakers but they clobbered them in the NBA Finals.  Paul Pierce showed his leadership during this series and with his championship, I think he is the best player in the NBA.

I do not think that any of the players that are in the league currently are at the caliber of Dr. J,  Magic, Bird, or MJ.  I think the closest player to their caliber in regards to the impact on the game is Shaq.

Kobe Bryant is a great one on one player but basketball is a team sport.  Kobe does not know how to make his teammates better and thus, he will never lead a team to an NBA Championship under his leadership.  The only reason Kobe has three championships is because of Shaq.    Kobe reminds me of Scottie Pippen.  Scottie never won a championship without MJ.  HMMMMMMMMMMM.

Indescribable – Chris Tomlin Video

I ran across this video on YouTube.  Indescribable is one of my favorite worship songs.  I really like the video this person put together with this song.  It is just amazing to look at the different aspects of creation and realize the creative genius of God.  I honestly believe you have to be a fool to accept the theory of evolution.  After watching this video, there is no doubt in my mind that there is a holy awesome God that created every aspect of this planet and our universe.  How often do we spend time taking a look at what God has created and marvel at His creative ability?

New NBA Team Name – Oklahoma City ?

Well the Seattle Sonics are no more.  Oklahoma City will be the new home for this franchise.  The NBA will pick between six different nicknames for the league’s new Oklahoma City franchise: Barons, Bison, Energy, Marshalls, Thunder and Wind.

My favorite name is not on there, the Bandits.  It would make sense since they stole the team from Seattle with a commitment to make it work in Seattle.  In reality, the new owner and the NBA had plans to relocate from the beginning.  With the remaining names that the NBA will focus on, I like the Barons or the Thunder.  I thought Marshalls only had one “l” in it.  it would be funny to have an NBA team named the Marshalls and then kids growing up would think the word marshal is spelt with two “l”s.  hmmmmmmm!

We will find out the new name soon, the new NBA season is right around the corner.

Can USA Basketball capture gold in 2008 Olympics?

Lebron James has guaranteed that the US will capture the gold medal for basketball in the Olympics.  This is a bold statement coming from an NBA player who has yet to win an NBA title.  This US Olympic Basketball team is a great collaboration of NBA talent.  It comes down not to talent as the US learned at the last Olympics in Athens but it comes down to how well they can play international basketball. 

 

 

 

I think the US Men’s Olympic basketball team will compete for a medal.  Will they get a gold medal, silver medal, or bronze medal?  Who knows.  I am still standing by Lithuania to win a gold medal.  I think it would be great if Lithuania played the USA in the final game to determine who gets the gold and silver medals.

 

GO Lithuania!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Childress leaves for Europe – NBA Notes

Josh Childress from the Atlanta Hawks is heading to Europe to play for Greek club Olympiakos.   He received a contract for 20 million over 3 years.  Childress is setting a trend for other players to leave the NBA.  If this trend continues, don’t be surprised to see more players leave to play overseas.  One of the reasons Childress left Atlanta for Greece is because he did not get along with his coach. 

If I had an opportunity to play on an average NBA team or play in Europe, I would go play in Europe.  My only demand is to be paid in Euros.  I would go to Europe for 20 million euros for 3 years.  I hope Childress helps his team in Europe win a championship. 

No longer is it about playing in the NBA but about who is willing to pay the big bucks.  More and more international players do not want to play in the NBA but are returning to play in Europe for teams out there.

Rise of the Roman Empire…Oops I mean the E.U. and M.U.

I ran across this article on Joel Rosenberg blog.  I had heard nothing of this in the media and it seems very intriguing what this is setting up for future events.  Below I have posted part of Joel’s article.

An intriguing new geopolitical entity was born over the weekend that could in ways small and large dramatically change the course of Europe and the Middle East in the years ahead. At a series of ceremonies in Paris — in a palace overlooking the River Seine — leaders from 43 countries comprising 756 million people met officially to form the “Mediterranean Union,” to fight terrorism, end WMD proliferation, enhance regional security, and promote free trade, economic development, and tourism. The brainchild of French President Nicolas Sarkzozy, the M.U. is certainly not a formal military or economic alliance by any stretch. Not yet, at least. But significantly, it does include all the nations of the European Union, Israel and all the countries of North Africa. The sole exception is Libya, whose leader, Muammar Gadaffi, denounced the organization as the rise of a “another Roman Empire.”Gadaffi is right.