By: Nick Gibson / @euro_adventures
J. Cole dropped an album today, and as happy as we are for the North Carolina native (keep your shirt on, Petey; nobody wants to see that) we thought we’d infuse the originals for a day-of redux.
However, we did leave out two songs: Cole World and Daddy’s Little Girl. Aubrey Coleman is the closest thing I could find to a Cole in European hoops, and I didn’t feel like anyone deserved to be called a little girl well, because that’s not very nice. So we’re left with this:
Dollar and a Dream III feat. Partizan: They might have more than a dollar. But not much more. The dream part never seems to die, however, thanks to the hungry hustle of their annual assortment of 20-somethings who run on nerves and crowd noise.
Can’t Get Enough feat. Zeljko Obradovic: You thought he wouldn’t be back for more?
Lights Please feat. Pero Antic: I can’t watch this anymore. I feel bad for the rim. Just flip the switch when you get a chance.
Sideline Story feat. Novica Velickovic: After ripping the Rising Star Award away from the field in 2009 with Partizan, he moved to Real Madrid where the gap-toothed Serb watched his minutes drop from 26 minutes to 24 and then last year, only 12. Missing this EuroBasket with injury sure won’t help him impress new head man Pablo Laso, especially when he’s up against a heavy collection of forwards in Madrid. Hang in there, Novi.
Mr. Nice Watch feat. Sarunas Jasikevicius: Time has been nice to him, and EuroBasket was his 19-day cortisone shot. Now Panathinaikos wants in on some vintage Saras action.
In the Morning feat. Cibona Zagreb: “Can I get it in the morning?” That’s not J. Cole requesting to fornicate as the sunrise sneaks through the blinds. That’s the collective cry for compensation in Zagreb. It is a paycheck, and they’d like it before noon before they boycott practices, a la 2010. If they want to make it through the qualifiers, having players helps.
Lost Ones feat. Olympiacos and Panathinaikos: Milos Teodosic, Theo Papaloukas and Ioannis Boruousis disappeared from the Reds, Antonis Fotsis and Drew Nicholas from the Greens. After losing their leaders, can they find the success they’ve grown accustomed to?
Nobody’s Perfect feat. Nando de Colo: Doesn’t mean you can’t come close. Nando knocked down 67 of 70 free throws last season in the Euroleague. This year, you can catch him in the ACB and the Eurocup with Valencia. I know. It makes me sad, too.
Never Told feat. Terence Morris: Here’s something that flew under the radar: Terence retired. Didn’t nobody never told me. He has plenty more to give. I’d bet a pack of Trident Layers he’ll be back.
Who Dat feat. Sluc Nancy: Seriously. Who are these guys? There’s Nicolas Batum and then…well.
Rise and Shine feat. Dario Saric: Leon Radosevic and Tomislav Zubcic played well when the Euroleague drew its curtains last season, and now Dario has a chance to step up and make the EL his lady. Zagreb’s expectations hover above nothing, so they’ve got little to lose.
Wanna win? Put Dario in. Let him spin.
God’s Gift feat. Jordan Farmar: His Judaism earned him an Israeli passport. Looks like someone owes God a fist bump.
Breakdown feat. Ramunas Siskauskas: His buds Trajan Langdon and J.R. Holden finally did last season. Is Ramunas the final domino to fall in CSKA’s era of excellence?
Work Out feat. Sofoklis Schortsanitis: He needs to.