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Pro Bball Report Week in Review 09/14/14

On Pro Bball Report last week: FIBA World Cup, Spain eliminated, Rudy Gay breaks jaw, USA advances to Gold, France wins Bronze, DeMar DeRozan, Jonas Valanciunas, Raptors playoff hopes, NBA Salary Cap and more.


NBA Salary Cap Set To Explode In 2016-17

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It’s been reported that the NBA is set to sign new National TV broadcast rights deals with ESPN and Turner that will more than double current National TV revenues.


Toronto Raptors Are Hungry For Playoff Success

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The Toronto Raptors exceeded everyone’s expectations last season by winning the Atlantic Division and then taking a veteran Brooklyn Nets team to seven games only to lose by one point. The result has been a very hungry group that wants more and believes that this season, they will go further.


Spain Stunned By France 65-52 At FIBA World Cup
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A hometown crowd of 13,673 in Madrid were stunned into near silence as Spain was upset 65-52 with a 12-2 run over the final 2.5 minutes by Les Bleus. The powerhouse combination of veterans Pau and Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka were outworked and outhustled by France’s pair of 22-year-olds Rudy Gobert and Joffrey Lauvergne and the veteran Boris Diaw.


Kings Rudy Gay Got A Fractured Jaw Vs. Lithuania
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The Sacramento Kings Rudy Gay is expected to be sidelined for Team USA’s Gold Medal game versus Serbia after receiving a fractured jaw in Thursday’s semifinal game against Lithuania.


USA Advances To Gold Medal Game At FIBA World Cup
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For three of the four quarters Lithuania managed to hang with Team USA, but a third quarter scoring explosion by the Americans proved to be too much for the Lithuanians to handle and the US won by a wide margin.


Raptors DeRozan Says USA Won’t Take Teams Lightly

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The Toronto Raptors DeMar DeRozan and virtually everyone on Team USA knows they can’t take other teams lightly if they want to win Gold at the FIBA World Cup in Spain.

“I am not surprised about anything in international competition,” USA Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “All these teams are good.”


Raptors Valanciunas Carries Lithuania Past NZ Tall Blacks 76-71
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The Toronto Raptors young center Jonas Valanciunas was a man-on-a-mission on Sunday as he carried Lithuania past the New Zealand Tall Blacks 76-71 with a breakout international performance.


Raptors Jonas Valanciunas Talks After Beating New Zealand
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Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas post game video.


Valanciunas And Asik Battle As Lithuania Eliminates Turkey

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It was a battle of the big men as the Raptors Jonas Valanciunas and the Pelicans Omer Asik went head-to-head in a quarterfinal match that saw Lithuania advance to the semifinals and Turkey get eliminated at the FIBA World Cup in Spain.


Raptors DeRozan And Valanciunas To Meet At FIBA World Cup
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Raptors teammates DeMar DeRozan with Team USA and Jonas Valanciunas representing Lithuania are poised to meet in the semifinals of the FIBA World Cup in Spain and Emmet Ryan of Ball in Europe has the two NBA stars talking about the game on Thursday.


Valanciunas And Batum Battled For Bronze At FIBA World Cup
Valanciunas and Batum
In a game that came down to a free throw contest in the final minute after the Toronto Raptors Jonas Valanciunas and the Portland Trail Blazers Nicolas Batum had traded baskets all game, it was France finally winning the Bronze medal at the FIBA World Cup in Spain 95-93.


• Big Stories From Last Week


NBA Studs And Duds At The 2014 FIBA World Cup

Five games is a decent enough sample size to see who’s got it on the international stage and the studs and duds of these championships are becoming obvious. No one should be arguing about what Anthony Davis, Kenneth Faried and Pau Gasol have accomplished so far.


Is Bulls Derrick Rose On Team USA For The Wrong Reasons?

The FIBA World Cup isn’t supposed to be an opportunity for Rose to shake off the rust before the Bulls season starts. They are supposed to be in Spain to win a Gold Medal and when they play Spain (and they will play Spain) the USA can’t afford to be a man short so the Bulls point guard can get some playing time ahead of the upcoming NBA season against weaker teams.


Todd Mayo Is Not Just The Bucks OJ Mayo’s Little Brother

One thing that stands out with Todd Mayo is he is not just a younger version of his brother O.J. Mayo who has been playing in the NBA for the past six seasons. Todd is his own person and very different basketball player. As someone that didn’t start playing basketball until grade 10, Todd’s route to the professional ranks has been and will follow its own path.


Pelicans Free Agent Greg Stiemsma To Sign With Raptors

New Orleans Pelicans free agent center 6’11 260lb Greg Stiemsma is expected to sign a one-year $1 million deal with the Toronto Raptors for the upcoming NBA season.


Raptors DeAndre Daniels Undergoes Elbow Surgery

The Perth Wildcats announced today that their star import DeAndre Daniels underwent surgery to remove a bone fragment from his right elbow. The post-surgery rehabilitation process is expected to take 4-6 weeks.