The following is a list of NBA versus EuroLeague games. The list includes only games in which NBA clubs have played against teams that participated in that same upcoming season's top-tier level EuroLeague competition. The first game was played in the year 1978, by the defending NBA champion, the Washington Bullets, and Maccabi "Elite" Tel Aviv, prior to the 1978–79 basketball season.
The National Basketball Association (NBA) is a men's professional basketball league in North America; composed of 30 teams. It is widely considered to be the premier men's professional basketball league in the world. The NBA is an active member of USA Basketball (USAB), which is recognized by FIBA as the national governing body for basketball in the United States. The NBA is one of the four major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada. NBA players are the world's best paid athletes by average annual salary per player.
The EuroLeague, known as the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague for sponsorship reasons, is the top-tier European professional basketball club competition, organized by Euroleague Basketball since 2000.
Maccabi Tel Aviv B.C., for sponsorship reasons Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv, is a professional basketball club based in Tel Aviv, Israel. The team plays in the Israeli Premier League and internationally in the EuroLeague.
The games between NBA and FIBA EuroLeague teams, that took place between 1978 and 1999, were played under a set of mixed FIBA and NBA rules.
The International Basketball Federation, more commonly known as FIBA, from its French name Fédération internationale de basket-ball, is an association of national organizations which governs the sport of basketball worldwide. Originally known as the Fédération internationale de basket-ball amateur, in 1989 it dropped the word amateur from its name but retained the acronym; the "BA" now represents the first two letters of basketball.
The rules of basketball are the rules and regulations that govern the play, officiating, equipment and procedures of basketball. While many of the basic rules are uniform throughout the world, variations do exist. Most leagues or governing bodies in North America, the most important of which are the National Basketball Association and NCAA, formulate their own rules. In addition, the Technical Commission of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) determines rules for international play; most leagues outside North America use the complete FIBA ruleset.
The games that take place in the United States and Canada, are played under NBA rules, and with three NBA refs. The games that take place outside of the United States and Canada, are played under NBA rules, with two NBA refs and one EuroLeague ref.
In basketball, an official enforces the rules and maintains order in the game. The title of official also applies to the scorers and timekeepers, as well as other personnel that have an active task in maintaining the game. Basketball is regarded as among the most difficult sports to officiate due to the speed of play, complexity of rules, the case-specific interpretations of rules, and the instantaneous decision required.
This is a list of NBA versus FIBA EuroLeague games, during the FIBA era, when the FIBA EuroLeague was run by FIBA Europe, from the inaugural 1958 FIBA European Champions Cup season, to the 2000–01 FIBA SuproLeague season. The list includes only games in which NBA clubs have played against teams that participated in that same upcoming season's top-tier level FIBA EuroLeague competition. The first game was played in the year 1978, prior to the 1978–79 basketball season. The games between NBA and FIBA EuroLeague teams, that took place between 1978 and 1999, were played under a set of mixed FIBA and NBA rules.
September 7th, 1984
| New Jersey Nets ||142–106|
October 19th, 1991
| Los Angeles Lakers ||116–114|
October 24th, 1991
| Los Angeles Clippers ||146–112|
October 27th, 1991
| Los Angeles Clippers ||98–93|
This is a list of NBA versus EuroLeague games during the Euroleague Basketball era, since the EuroLeague has been run by Euroleague Basketball, beginning with the Euroleague 2000–01 season. The list includes only games in which NBA clubs have played against teams that participated in that same upcoming season's top-tier level EuroLeague competition. The first games were played in the year 2003, prior to the 2003–04 basketball season. The games that take place in the United States and Canada are played under NBA rules, and with three NBA refs. The games that take place outside of the United States and Canada are played under NBA rules, with two NBA refs and one EuroLeague ref.
October 5th, 2006
| Philadelphia 76ers ||99–104|
October 7th, 2006
| Los Angeles Clippers ||75–94|
October 8th, 2006
| San Antonio Spurs ||97–84|
October 17th, 2006
| Cleveland Cavaliers ||93–67|
October 19th, 2006
| Toronto Raptors ||118–84|
October 9th, 2007
| Memphis Grizzlies ||99–102|
October 11th, 2007
| New York Knicks ||112–85|
October 18th, 2008
| Los Angeles Lakers ||108–104|
October 19th, 2008
| Los Angeles Clippers ||114–109|
October 18th, 2009
| New York Knicks ||106–91|
October 8th, 2012
| Cleveland Cavaliers ||91–85|
October 5th 2014
| Cleveland Cavaliers ||107–80|
October 7th 2014
| Brooklyn Nets ||111–94|
October 9th, 2015
| Oklahoma City Thunder ||111–81|
The following is a list of games that have been played between the then current champions of the NBA, and the then current champions of the EuroLeague.
Sergio Rodríguez Gómez is a Spanish professional basketball player for CSKA Moscow of the VTB United League and the EuroLeague. Standing at 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m), he plays at the point guard position. Rodriguez, nicknamed "El Chacho", won the EuroLeague title in 2015, and was an All-EuroLeague First Team selection, as well as the EuroLeague MVP the year before.
The 2000–01 FIBA SuproLeague was the FIBA European professional club basketball Champions' Cup for the 2000–01 season. Up until that season, there was one cup, the FIBA European Champions' Cup, though in this season of 2000–01, the leading European teams split into two competitions: the FIBA SuproLeague and Euroleague Basketball Company's Euroleague 2000–01.
The Croatia men's national basketball team is organized by the Croatian Basketball Federation.
Panagiotis Giannakis, nicknamed "The Dragon", is a retired Greek professional basketball player and coach. He is the former head coach of EuroLeague powerhouse Olympiacos and the senior Greek national basketball team. Under Giannakis' guidance, the Greek national team won the gold medal at the EuroBasket 2005, and the silver medal at the 2006 FIBA World Championship in Japan. Giannakis also coached an Athenian professional team, Maroussi, which he led to the forefront of the Greek League. He has also been the head coach of the senior Chinese national team.
PBC CSKA Moscow is a Russian professional basketball team based in Moscow, Russia. The club is a member of the VTB United League and the EuroLeague. CSKA won two titles between 2006 and 2008, in Europe's principal club competition, the EuroLeague, making the final in all four seasons, and has advanced to the EuroLeague Final Four 16 times in the 21st century.
Theódoros Papaloukás, commonly also known as "Theo Papaloukas" or "Thodoris Papaloukas", is a retired Greek professional basketball player. He was a four-time All-EuroLeague selection, a member of the EuroLeague 2001–10 All-Decade Team and was named one of the 50 greatest EuroLeague contributors in 2008. A revolutionary figure in basketball, as illustrated by his unique ability to come off the bench and alter the course of an encounter, and his uncanny feel for the game, he symbolized the rise of European basketball in the new millennium.
Vassilis Spanoulis is a Greek professional basketball player for Olympiacos Piraeus of the Greek Basket League and the EuroLeague. A 6 ft 4 in (193 cm) tall combo guard, he is nicknamed Kill Bill, V-Span, and MVP. Spanoulis was named the Balkan Athlete of the Year in 2009, the All-Europe Player of the Year in 2012 and 2013, the Vatican's World Athlete of the Year in 2013 and the EuroLeague MVP the same year. He has earned a record eight All-EuroLeague Team selections.
Olympiacos B.C., also known simply as Olympiacos or Olympiacos Piraeus, is a Greek professional basketball club, part of the major multi-sport club Olympiacos CFP, based in Piraeus. The basketball club, founded in 1931, is one of the most successful clubs in European basketball, having won three EuroLeague Championships, one Triple Crown, one Intercontinental Cup, twelve Greek Championships and nine Greek Cups. They play their home matches at the Peace and Friendship Stadium.
Joseph John "Joe" Arlauckas is an American retired professional basketball player of Lithuanian descent. He played at the power forward position. Arlauckas is well known for holding the record for the most points scored in a modern-era single EuroLeague game, including only games played since the 1991–92 season. He scored 63 points in a FIBA European League (EuroLeague) game, while playing for Real Madrid, against Virtus Bologna, during the 1995–96 season, on February 26, 1996. Radivoj Korać holds the all-time EuroLeague single-game scoring record, at 99 points scored, counting all games played since the competition began during the 1958 season.
Clifford Luyk Diem is an American-born former basketball player and coach, who played professionally in Spain and Europe from 1962 to 1978. He played college basketball for the University of Florida. He was drafted by the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association (NBA), but never played a regular season game in the NBA. He signed with the Spanish professional team Real Madrid, helped Real Madrid become the dominant European basketball team of the 1960s, and is remembered for his trademark, old-school hook shot.
The 2000–01 Euroleague was the inaugural basketball season of the EuroLeague, under the newly formed Euroleague Basketball Company's authority, and it was the 44th season of the premier competition for European men's professional basketball clubs overall. It started on October 16, 2000, with a regular season game between hosts Real Madrid Teka and Olympiacos, which was held at the Raimundo Saporta Pavilion, in Madrid, Spain, and it ended with the last championship finals game on May 10, 2001, which was held at the PalaMalaguti arena, in Bologna, Italy.
The EuroLeague Final Four is the final four format championship of the European-wide top-tier level EuroLeague professional club basketball competition. The Euroleague Basketball Company used the final four format for the first time in 2002, following the 2001 FIBA SuproLeague Final Four, which was the last final four held by FIBA Europe. In the original FIBA Europe competition, as seen below, the final four was used for the first time at the 1966 FIBA European Champions Cup Final Four. The final four format was used again the next year, with the 1967 FIBA European Champions Cup Final Four, but was then abandoned.
The sport of basketball in Greece erupted with the senior men's Greek national basketball team's win at the EuroBasket 1987 in Piraeus, which caused a general basketball euphoria in the country. Since then, men's Greek national teams have reached constant international success, leading Greece to join Russia, Serbia, Croatia, Italy, Spain, France, and Lithuania in the circle of European basketball powers. In addition to the national team's triumph in 1987, Greece won a gold medal at the EuroBasket 2005, silver medals at the EuroBasket 1989 and the 2006 FIBA World Championship, as well as the bronze medal at the EuroBasket 2009.
EuroLeague Awards were established in the 1987–88 season, when the EuroLeague's modern era and the EuroLeague Final Four first began. More awards were created starting with the 2000–01 basketball season, when Euroleague Basketball Company essentially took over the management of the premier level European competition from FIBA Europe.
Vasilis Charalampopoulos is a Greek professional basketball player for Lavrio of the Greek Basket League.
The 2015–17 FIBA–Euroleague Basketball controversy was a dispute between FIBA and Euroleague Basketball over control of the premier Europe-wide professional club basketball competition.
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