Not too long ago you could see the NBA's future by watching ESPN's Big Monday tripleheader, its Tuesday ACC games and its coverage of the McDonald's All American game. Not anymore. The NBA success of players such as Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki from Germany and Kings forward Peja Stojakovic (right) from Yugoslavia, and the arrival in the league of promising newcomers like Grizzlies forward Pau Gasol from Spain—not to mention the foreign invasion of the college game-are proof that basketball overseas is worth tracking as well. The best way to do so is on the Internet at telebasket.com.
The home page of this Milan-based site presents the European basketball news of the day (in 39 languages, including English) with links to video highlights, live webcasts and audio of top games. The page is also a portal to Telebas-ket sites for 38 countries. Last week a lead story on die Greek site was the return of 6'7" forward Arijan Komazec, who spent last season on injured reserve with the Grizzlies and is "hitting top form" with his new club, AEK Athens. Tele-basket is the Web headquarters for the Euroleague, whose championship was won last season by Italy's Kinder Bologna. Its star, 6'6" Argentinean swingman Emanuel Ginobili, was a 1999 second-round pick by the Spurs.
The site's most detailed resource is the Superguide, which contains bios of and statistics (accessible by category) for more than 13,000 players. Are you looking for players age 21 or younger averaging at least 12 points while shooting 55% or better from the field and 75% or higher from the line? Superguide offers two, both from Slovenia and playing in die Italian League: 6'5" guard Sani Becirovic (Virtus Pallacanestro Bologna) and 6'8" small forward Nachbar Bostjan (Pallacanestro Treviso).