July 16, 2012; Washington, DC, USA; United States guard Deron Williams (8) shoots the ball as Brazil guard Marcelinho Huertas (9) watches in the first half at Verizon Center. Team USA won 80-69. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE
Over the next couple of weeks, hardly a day will go by without at least one Net player or draft pick playing competitive basketball somewhere in Europe. It starts with Team USA and Deron Williams in the Olympics and concludes with the FIBA European Qualifying Tournament, starting up as the Olympics wind down.
Williams of course will be in London, and there will be "Nets" games as well in Istanbul, Tbliisi, Ljubjana, Sarajevo and Leipzig. So, get your Eurailpass and head across the pond. Just don't plan on seeing Bojan Bogdanovic, who was unceremoniously kicked off Team Croatia Monday.
To help your holiday planning, we offer this updated and revised schedule:
July 27 - August 12 - 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Nets play Nigeria at 5:15 p.m. Thursday at the "The Marshmellow". as continues his quest for a second gold medal. After the preliminary round ends this weekend, Team USA is expected to move on to the medal round. Neither Mirza Teletovic's Bosnia squad nor Toko Shengelia's Georgian squad made it this year.
August 2 - 3 - Adidas Istanbul Cup in Istanbul. Turkey, with Nets pick Ilkan Karaman, faces Iran, Finland and Germany in "friendly" tournament.
August 3 - 5 - the Ex-Yugo Tournament in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The six former Yugoslav republics will play three days worth of very intense, nationalist basketball. Bosnia's Teletovic is the tournament's best player, but Bosnia not a top team.
August 4 - Georgia plays an exhibition game with Austria at the two teams' shared training camp in western Austria.
August 7 - 9 - Georgia hosts a four team "friendly" tournament in Tblisi, Georgia's capital. Ukraine (coached by Mike Fratello), Estonia and Belarus with participate.
August 14 - Georgians fly to Leipzig, Germany, for an exhibition game vs. Germany.
August 15 - September 9 - FIBA European Championship Qualifying Round. Bosnia (Teletovic) faces off against Georgia (Toko Shengelia) on August 21 in Sarajevo, Bosnia, and September 5 in Tbilisi, Georgia. Turkey, which features Nets pick Karaman, will also participate. Teams are vying for positions in the FIBA European Championships in 2013.
August 17 - 19 - NBA 3x Philippines. Brook Lopez is the "celebrity guest" for the Manila event.
September 13 -16 - Basketball Without Borders, Russia. Expect some Nets' representation at this first BWB event in Russia.