Demetrius Antonio Battie is an American retired professional basketball player. He is an analyst for the Orlando Magic of the National Basketball Association. Battie attended South Oak Cliff High School in Dallas and played college basketball for the Texas Tech Red Raiders where he ended his career as the school all-time leader in blocked shots with 162 blocks, his best season, was in his junior year when he scored 18.8 points per game, 11.8 rebounds per game, 2.5 blocks per game. Battie was drafted fifth overall by the Denver Nuggets in the 1997 NBA draft, where he played one season, he was traded to Los Angeles Lakers along with Tyronn Lue for Nick Van Exel in 1998, that same year, he was traded to the Boston Celtics for Travis Knight. He remained with the Celtics for six years before he was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers along with Eric Williams and Kedrick Brown in exchange for Ricky Davis, Chris Mihm, Michael Stewart, a second-round pick; the Cavaliers traded Battie to the Orlando Magic for Drew Gooden, Steven Hunter, the Magic's second-round draft pick, Anderson Varejão.
On June 25, 2009, he was traded to the New Jersey Nets along with Rafer Alston and Courtney Lee in exchange for Vince Carter and Ryan Anderson. In July, 2010 Battie signed a contract with Philadelphia 76ers as a free agent, he would spend the last two seasons with the 76ers before announcing his retirement. Battie was a solid role player; as an offensive player, he lacked the skills to be an effective scorer, but he still developed an adept mid-range jump shot. Battie's worth came from his perfected offensive and defensive screens which aided in the team strategy. On the defensive side, Battie was blocker; as his career progressed, Battie's veteran presence was a helpful tool to young, emerging teams like the Magic and the 76ers. Career statistics and player information from NBA.com Tony Battie at Basketball-Reference.com
Pallacanestro Varese called by its current sponsor's name, the Openjobmetis Varese, is an Italian professional basketball club based in Varese, Lombardy. Founded in 1945, the team plays in the Italian first division LBA. For past club sponsorship names, see sponsorship names. Basketball was introduced in Varese in 1945, with the creation of the historical club, Pallacanestro Varese; the first sponsors were introduced 8 years in 1954, including Storm and Ignis, followed by Emerson, Cagiva, Ciaocrem, Ranger, Metis and the most recent, Cimberio. Varese is famous due to the lack of its having a main sponsor in the mid-1990s, the choice of its franchise name, the Varese Roosters. Since their creation, Pallancanestro Varese has won 10 Italian first-tier level LBA titles, in the years 1961, 1964, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1977, 1978, their last Italian League title, won 21 years after the previous title, in 1999. With 10 titles, Pallacanestro Varese is the third most winning team in the Italian League, after Olimpia Milano and Virtus Bologna.
As it is shown by its roll of honors, Varese was competitive in the 1970s, when the club played in the European-wide first-tier level FIBA European Champions Cup, played in ten finals in a row, winning 5 of them, in the years 1970, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1976. Between 1970 and 1975, the club was named Ignis Varese. What was the club's golden age had begun some years before, as Varese conquered the FIBA Intercontinental Cup in 1966, repeated the same title 4 and 7 years in the middle of the club's greatest decade in 1970 and 1973. Varese accomplished the great feat of winning the Triple Crown, winning all the trophies available in 1973, with the legendary Professor Aca Nikolić as the team's head coach. Varese won two championships of the European-wide first-tier level FIBA European Cup Winners' Cup, in 1967 and 1980, four Italian Cups, in 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973. Varese's great age ended in the early nineties, when the team dropped down to the Italian second division. Soon, the club took its revenge, coming up once again to the Italian top-tier level league, after 5 years time became the real team to watch in the Italian League's playoffs, as it succeeded in winning its historical 10th Italian League title in 1999, with Carlo Recalcati, leading the way as the club's head coach.
Varese has never repeated that triumph so far. Varese has been trying to return to the top of the Italian League and European-wide competitions in the years since. Total titles: 25 Italian LeagueWinners: 1960–61, 1963–64, 1968–69, 1969–70, 1970–71, 1972–73, 1973–74, 1976–77, 1977–78, 1998–99 Runners-up: 1948–49, 1961–62, 1962–63, 1964–65, 1965–66, 1966–67, 1971–72, 1974–75, 1975–76, 1989–90Italian CupWinners: 1968–69, 1969–70, 1970–71, 1972–73 Runners-up: 1971–72, 1984–85, 1987–88, 1998–99, 2012–13Italian SupercupWinners: 1999 Runners-up: 2013 EuroLeagueWinners: 1969–70, 1971–72, 1972–73, 1974–75, 1975–76 Runners-up: 1970–71, 1973–74, 1976–77, 1977–78, 1978–79 Semifinalists: 1964–65FIBA Saporta Cup Winners: 1966–67, 1979–80 Semifinalists: 1967–68, 1980–81FIBA Korać Cup Runners-up: 1984–85 Semifinalists: 1985–86FIBA Europe CupRunners-up: 2015–16 FIBA Intercontinental CupWinners: 1966, 1970, 1973 Runners-up: 1967, 1974, 1976, 1977 3rd place: 1979 4th place: 1978McDonald's Championship4th place: 1999 Triple CrownWinners: 1969–70, 1972–73 Enrico Garbosi Vittorio Tracuzzi Nico Messina Aleksandar Nikolić Sandro Gamba Edoardo Rusconi Joe Isaac Carlo Recalcati Valerio Bianchini Gianfranco Lombardi Grégor Beugnot Ruben Magnano Through the years, due to sponsorship deals, it has been known as: Official Website Eurobasket.com Team Page Varese Basket Blog
Kelvin T. Cato is an American retired professional basketball player. Cato was an obscure player averaging six points and six rebounds at the University of South Alabama in 1992-93. At that time, he struck up a relationship with University of New Orleans coach Tim Floyd, who recognized Cato's potential. In 1994, Floyd took over as head coach at Iowa State University and convinced Cato to transfer to Iowa State. Cato averaged 11 points, eight rebounds and four blocks per game for an Iowa State team that reached the Sweet Sixteen of the 1997 NCAA Basketball Tournament. Drafted 15th overall in the 1997 NBA Draft by the Dallas Mavericks, Cato's draft rights were traded to the Portland Trail Blazers for the draft rights to Chris Anstey and cash considerations. Cato averaged 3.8 and 3.5 points per game in his two seasons in Portland before being bundled in a six-for-one deal with the Houston Rockets that sent Scottie Pippen to the Blazers. He spent five years in Houston, averaging a career-high 8.7 points per game in 1999-2000, started all but two of the games he played in both the 2001-02 and 2003-04 seasons.
On October 28, 1999, Cato signed a six-year, $42,000,000 contract extension that increased in controversy as his playing statistics cooled. With Yao Ming as the Rockets' new starting center, the Rockets traded Cato in a seven-player deal that sent Steve Francis, Cuttino Mobley, Cato to the Orlando Magic for Tracy McGrady, Juwan Howard, Tyronn Lue, Reece Gaines. While he started 50 games in the 2004-05 season for the Magic, his playing minutes went down the following season as he battled shoulder injuries. On February 15, 2006, along with the Magic's first-round pick in the 2007 NBA Draft, was traded to the Detroit Pistons for center Darko Miličić and point guard Carlos Arroyo. Cato finished out the season with the Pistons, he signed with the New York Knicks for the 2006-07 season. NBA.com Profile - Kelvin Cato Career statistics and player information from Basketball-Reference.com
LNB Pro A MVP
The LNB Pro A MVP is the MVP award of the top-tier level men's professional club basketball league in France, the LNB Pro A. Maxi-Basket holds the vote, calls it the referendum. Before 1983, the title of the best player in the league was sometimes assigned by a panel of journalists, but the charts are incomplete. Jean Degros was voted the best player of the year in the 1962–63 season. Alain Gilles was voted the best player of the year in the 1964–65, 1966–67, 1967–68 seasons. Michel Le Ray was voted the best player of the year in the 1965–66 season. Pierre Galle was voted the best player of the year in the 1972 -- 1973 -- 74 seasons. Between 1983 and 2005, the monthly Maxi-Basket conducted a vote of the players and head coaches of the league. Since 2005, the coaches and captains of the LNB Pro A clubs, a panel of fifty journalists are asked to vote. Since the 2014–15 LNB Pro A season, the MVP award is a single unified award. Prior to that, it was divided into two separate awards, one for French players, one for non-French players.
Between 1994 and 2005, the French newspaper, L'Équipe conducted a selection of the best French and foreign players of the league, through a vote of journalists. These awards are considered official by the Ligue Nationale de Basket. French Player's MVP and L'Équipe MVP awards combined; when the player won both awards in the same year, it is counted as a single MVP for the year. Foreign Player's MVP and L'Équipe MVP awards combined; when the player won both awards in the same year, it is counted as a single MVP for the year. LNB Pro A Finals MVP LNB Pro A Awards Official Site
The 2003 FIBA European Championship called FIBA EuroBasket 2003, was the 33rd FIBA EuroBasket regional basketball championship held by FIBA Europe, which served as Europe qualifier for the 2004 Summer Olympics, giving a berth to the top three teams in the final standings. It was held in Sweden between September 5 and September 14 2003. Sixteen national teams entered the event under the auspices of FIBA Europe, the sport's regional governing body; the cities of Borås, Luleå, Norrköping, Södertälje and Stockholm hosted the tournament. Lithuania won its third FIBA European title by defeating Spain with a 93–84 score in the final. Lithuania's Šarūnas Jasikevičius was voted the tournament's MVP. Of the sixteen teams that participated in EuroBasket 2003, hosts Sweden and World Champions Serbia and Montenegro qualified directly; the other fourteen teams earned their berths via a qualifying tournament. The teams were split in four groups of four teams each; the first team from each group qualified directly to the knockout stage.
To define the other four teams that advanced to the knockout stage and third-placed teams from each group where cross-paired and the winner from each match advanced to the knockout stage. In the knockout quarterfinals, the winners advanced to the semifinals; the winners from the semifinals competed for the championship in the final, while the losing teams play a consolation game for the third place. The losing teams from the quarterfinals play in a separate bracket to define 5th through 8th place in the final standings. At the start of tournament, all 16 participating countries had 12 players on their roster. Times given below are in Central European Summer Time. 2003 European Championship for Men, FIBA.com
Keith Van Horn
Keith Adam Van Horn is an American retired professional basketball player. The 6 ft 10 in, 240 pounds forward graduated from Diamond Bar High School in Diamond Bar and attended the University of Utah where he went on to be a consensus First Team All-American in 1997. Van Horn finished his career at Utah as the school and Western Athletic Conference male all-time leading scorer and holds numerous other school records, he led Utah to three NCAA Division I top 25 finishes, including their highest ranking in school history. He received. Van Horn was selected with the second pick of the 1997 NBA draft by the Philadelphia 76ers and was traded to the New Jersey Nets on a draft night trade. Van Horn played for the Nets from 1997 to 2002, leading the Nets in scoring in the 1997–98 and 1998–99 seasons where he averaged over 20 points per game and ranked fifth in the NBA in scoring in the 1999 season, he was a major contributor to the 2001–02 Nets team, leading the team in rebounding and placing second on the team in scoring.
During his NBA career, Van Horn played for the Philadelphia 76ers, New York Knicks, Milwaukee Bucks and Dallas Mavericks. Van Horn retired from the NBA in 2008 and averaged 16.0 points and nearly 7 rebounds per game during his nine-year NBA career. Van Horn was a recruited forward out of Diamond Bar High School in California. Rick Majerus recruited him to the University of Utah Utes to replace departing star Josh Grant, he played for Utah from 1993 to 1997 and received numerous All American awards during his career at Utah. In Van Horn's first season, he averaged a Utah-freshman record 18.3 points on 51 percent shooting and 8.3 rebounds per game though his father died during the freshman year. As a sophomore, Van Horn led his team to the NCAA Tournament, he is well known for his last second heroics, making back to back game winning shots against SMU and New Mexico in the 1997 WAC Conference Tournament. In 1997, he shot 90.4 percent from the free throw line and averaged 22.0 points and 9.5 rebounds per game to lead the Utes to a 29–4 finish and #2 national ranking, the highest in school history.
This led to advancing to the NCAA Tournament's Elite Eight. As a senior, he was a consensus first team All American selection as a senior and was named ESPN Men's College Player of the Year in 1997. Among his collegiate accomplishments is being the first player in WAC history to be named Player of the Year three times, being the second player in WAC history to make first team all-WAC four years in a row and being the all-time leading scorer in University of Utah and WAC history with 2,542 points. Van Horn is the University of Utah career leader in points, defensive rebounds, three-point field goals made, free throw percentage and is second in total rebounds, he averaged 8.8 rebounds in his collegiate career. His #44 basketball jersey was retired by the University of Utah in 1998. In February 2008, he was among 16 players named to the University of Utah's "All-Century" basketball team. Van Horn was inducted to Utah's Crimson Club Hall of Fame in 2012. Van Horn was drafted as the second overall pick in the 1997 NBA draft by the Philadelphia 76ers.
Van Horn played for the Nets from 1997 to 2002. He was named to NBA All-Rookie First Team in his first season, averaging a team leading 19.7 points and 6.5 rebounds and leading the Nets to the 1998 NBA Playoffs, where they were swept in three games by the Chicago Bulls. His best season as came in 1999, where he averaged a team-leading 21.8 points per game as well as 8.5 rebounds per game. He was an important part of the 2001–02 Nets team that won the Eastern Conference Finals, leading the team in rebounding and placing second in scoring, but was swept by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2002 NBA Finals, he hit the game-winning three-point shot against the Boston Celtics in game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals to send the Nets to the NBA Finals. He ranks in the Nets' top ten in several statistical categories including points, field goals made, three-point field goals made and attempted, offensive and defensive rebounds. On August 6, 2002, Van Horn was traded to his original team, the Philadelphia 76ers, along with Todd MacCulloch for center Dikembe Mutombo.
He spent one year with the 76ers placing second on the team in scoring and rebounding while the 76ers made the second round of the NBA playoffs. After spending the year with the 76ers he was traded to the New York Knicks in a four team deal that included the Atlanta Hawks and Minnesota Timberwolves, his stint with the Knicks, although productive, was short. In order to make salary cap room for the signing of free-agent-to-be Michael Redd in the coming off-season, on February 24, 2005, the Bucks traded Van Horn to the Dallas Mavericks for the expiring contracts of Alan Henderson, Calvin Booth and cash, he spent nearly two seasons with the Mavericks playing a key sixth man role and helping the Mavericks win the Western Conference Finals before losing in the NBA Finals to the Miami Heat. Following the 2005 -- 06 season, he took a year off. On February 19, 2008, Van Horn signed a three-year deal with the Mavericks in order to help complete a blockbuster trade that sent Jason Kidd from t
France national basketball team
The France national basketball team is administered by the French Basketball Federation. France has been a regular with 37 appearances, the most of any nation, its best results have been a gold medal at EuroBasket 2013 and silver medals in 1949 and 2011. The French squad has won two silver medals at the Summer Olympics, in 1948 and 2000. France's best result at the FIBA Basketball World Cup came in 2014. Throughout its history, France's national basketball team has experienced many downs; the time periods where the national team earned medals have been quite streaky. In Europe, team France started out as a fierce competitor; the team won 5 medals at the FIBA EuroBasket between 1937 and 1959.1937: Bronze Medal, 3–2 overall, second in preliminary group, lost semifinal, won bronze medal match1947: Silver Medal, 5–1 overall, round robin tournament, no playoffs1949: Bronze Medal. Its period of glory at the world stage began. At the 1948 Olympics in London, the France team led by Robert Busnel won an Olympic silver medal, the first Olympic medal in its history.
The French finished second only to the United States. In the wake of this Olympic medal, led by captain André Vacheresse, won three consecutive medals, including silver at the EuroBasket 1949, bronze at the EuroBasket 1951 and the EuroBasket 1953; the following years were less glorious. France's basketball team declined to disappear completely from the two major world competitions during the 1960s and 1970s. After the disappointing 60s and 70s, the 1980s were marked by a generation of hope, counting in its ranks French basketball icons such as Richard Dacoury, Stephane Ostrowski and Hervé Dubuisson. During this decade, France returned to the Olympics, the 1986 FIBA World Championship. During the 1990s Team France had its moments to shine despite some internal struggles and many injuries for key players. At the European meetings, the team did not win a medal despite some good performances; the years 1999 and 2000, marked a turnaround for French basketball. The team built around Rigaudeau, Tariq Abdul-Wahad, Bilba, Foirest finished in the top 4 at the EuroBasket 1999 in France and only lost the bronze medal final to Yugoslavia, despite some internal problems that disrupted the group of players.
In 2000, team France traveled to the Olympics in Sydney, full of ambition, which developed the means for major achievement. At the end of its time in Australia, the selection of Jean-Pierre de Vincenzi won the Olympic silver medal, the selection's first top 3 performance at a major basketball event in 46 years and its first Olympic medal in 52 years. After this event, the Olympic vice-champion gained new backbone in Tony Parker, selected by the San Antonio Spurs in the 2001 NBA draft. However, at the EuroBasket 2001, without Rigaudeau, who decided to retire from the team after the Olympics, the 19-year-old Parker alone was not enough as France failed to repeat its outstanding performance at the Olympic Games. France finished 6th place overall. During this time, most of France's players cleared their spots for a new generation of players, which were available in abundance as France Junior national team had won the 2000 junior championship. At the EuroBasket 2003, France competed with an immensely talented squad, which included the NBA players Tony Parker, Jérôme Moïso and Tariq Abdul-Wahad, future NBA-player Boris Diaw and Euroleague players Laurent Foirest, Cyril Julian and Florent Piétrus.
The stated objective was the title, which would come as the second within a short time-period to Tony Parker who had won the NBA title only a few months ago. But despite competing with one of the most promising rosters France lost in the semifinal against Lithuania and also lost the match for 3rd place against Italy, which France had declassified in the preliminary round. At the end, France failed to qualify for the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. Hoping not to repeat the disappointing performance of 2003, France's squad again saw some considerable changes in 2005. For the EuroBasket 2005 team France was built based on team chemistry instead of big names; the new coach Claude Bergeaud also selected Frédéric Weis, an underachieving player once drafted at the 1999 NBA Draft, who did not participate the team's preparation. After a sobering first round, team France improved to stunning performances in the playoffs. First, France eliminated world champion Serbia-Montenegro on their home court the team defeated the European champion Lithuania.
In a semi-final game against Greece where both side battled each other through tough defense, France failed in the last second after leading by seven points, 45 seconds before the game ended. Unlike 2003, France recovered to win a bronze medal by beating Spain in the small final by more than thirty points. At the World Championship 2006 France competed without Tony Parker, who suffered a twisted finger two