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FORMER NBA star Pops Mensah-Bonsu has promised the Geordie public some basketball fireworks when the star-studded Great Britain side come to Newcastle next month.

The ex-San Antonio Spurs and Houston Rockets man is one of a clutch of big names in the GB team that will take on Macedonia in a Eurobasket qualifier at Northumbria University’s new 30m indoor venue on August 8.
Mensah-Bonsu promises basketball fireworks

Just saw this little article and if I didn't know better, I'd assume Pops had a long and illustrious NBA career. In fact, the ex Spur/Rocket played in 3 games with SAS and 4 games with Houston.

That said, it wasnt too long ago that he was a Raptor asset.
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Mensah-Bonsu promises basketball fireworks

Just saw this little article and if I didn't know better, I'd assume Pops had a long and illustrious NBA career. In fact, the ex Spur/Rocket played in 3 games with SAS and 4 games with Houston.

That said, it wasnt too long ago that he was a Raptor asset.
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Old 08-01-2010, 06:53 PM   #3 (permalink)
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is Deng playing for team GB, cause I think Pops could be their best player
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Old 08-01-2010, 06:54 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Good for Pops. I have nothing against the guy.
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I felt bad teams kept releasing him. He played hard for every team he played for. He would've been a great energy role player at worst if he got consistent playing time. I would've taken him over Reggie Evans any day. He was also a fan favourite, who remembers that Indiana game, where they wore the St.Patricks jersey and where he got 20 something points? He thanked the fans for being so patient and coming out to watch in the post-game interview while the Raptors season was down the shitter.

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"Eurobasket qualifier'???

Eurobasket was last year. Either there is something wrong with the article or they're going to play a preliminary game before qualification round which is very unlikely because FIFA wouldn't do that just before the World Championships.
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Mensah-Bonsu promises basketball fireworks

Just saw this little article and if I didn't know better, I'd assume Pops had a long and illustrious NBA career. In fact, the ex Spur/Rocket played in 3 games with SAS and 4 games with Houston.

That said, it wasnt too long ago that he was a Raptor asset.
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Old 08-03-2010, 01:15 PM   #10 (permalink)
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"Eurobasket qualifier'???

Eurobasket was last year. Either there is something wrong with the article or they're going to play a preliminary game before qualification round which is very unlikely because FIFA wouldn't do that just before the World Championships.
I'm sure you mean FIBA, not FIFA?

But yes, they'll have qualifiers this month and then additional qualifiers next summer right before Eurobasket in Lithuania.
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Eurobasket is every 2 years...
Qualifying Round started yesterday, Italy had lost to Israel :facepalm:

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Old 08-03-2010, 04:26 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Eurobasket is every 2 years...
Qualifying Round started yesterday, Italy had lost to Israel :facepalm:
off topic, i know... martynas, if italy qualifies for eurobasket, do they get an automatic bid to the olympics?
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off topic, i know... martynas, if italy qualifies for eurobasket, do they get an automatic bid to the olympics?
No. If the system will not be changed, just 2 teams from the Eurobasket will get it. For example last time straight bid to Olympics received Eurobasket winner Russia and bronze winner Lithuania. Spain was second, but they had bid to the Olympics already, cause they are World champions.

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Old 08-03-2010, 05:27 PM   #14 (permalink)
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thanks!

ok, italy for the 2016 olympics then... :hopeful:
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ok, italy for the 2016 olympics then... :hopeful:
But 4 other Euro teams goes to the Qualifying Round, where it play against teams from other continents. So Italians stand a chance, they just needs to be 6th in the 2011 Eurobasket... If they qualifies to EC 11, some good players like Gallinari or Mancineli may play for Italy. They have no good Center or PG, but still, the team isn't so bad.
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Old 08-03-2010, 06:10 PM   #16 (permalink)
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the best thing is that the team is young... as they continue to play together it'll be a nice mesh. if gallo plays next summer and aradori improves, this team will be fun to watch.
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