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David Blu: I'm Ready To Play Again - Sep 22, 2013


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Former Los Angeles native Euroleague-winning sharpshooter David Blu, has expressed his desire to return to the hardwood this season, Blu told Eurobasket via cellular.

Blu, a 6-foot-7 forward, was considered one of the elite all-around shooters outside the NBA. He temporarily put his hoops career on pause last summer to complete his studies at the University of Southern California.

"I took a sabbatical to get my education and now I'm exploring the opportunity to play again," Blu said. "I am healthy and in great shape and miss the game so I figure I'd go back to doing what I love."

At USC, Blu completed his Bachelor's degree in Sociology. "I spent time broadcasting which was one of my initial goals. I also studies Spanish and completed three separate research projects on Venice Beach homeless people, the situations of student athletes, and the mental transitions of athletes between phases of their careers," he explained.

Over the summer, Blu, a NBA certified agent, began his player-recruiting process in his hometown but also attended the NBA Summer Leagues in Las Vegas and Orlando, where he linked up with retired ex-Maccabi Tel Aviv teammates Anthony Parker and Derrick Sharp. Parker is the current scout for the Orlando Magic and Sharp, who parted ways with Maccabi after 16 consecutive seasons, is mulling over future opportunities.

"I really miss the game and everything that comes with it, and my family want me to be happy and I'm happiest on the court. I have other opportunities here in the United States but none intriguing as being a player. Again," said the 33-year-old journeyman. Blu, who spent a large amount of time last season around the USC Trojans, recently received numerous non-basketball related business opportunities, yet he is focused on returning to the parquet.

Throughout his ten-year career, the American-Israeli passport holder showcased his talents for Dynamo Saint Petersburg, Benetton Treviso, Bologna, Le Mans and registered three stints with European powerhouse Maccabi Tel Aviv. "There are a handful of teams in the mix right now. It has to be a good situation in which I know I'll play. I'm in no rush to return."

Unlike his previous overseas era where Blu was accompanied by his wife Megan, and two daughters, this time, he's riding solo. "I used to pass on opportunities to play in countries with a tougher weather climate because of my family, but this time I'm coming alone so I will be able to be 100% focused on winning and practically live in gym," Blu said.   




Ekpe Udoh
Fenerbahce win their first Euroleague title - 21 hours ago
Nikola Kalinic (202-F-91) gave Fenerbahce a quick start. He drained two three-pointers as the hosts grabbed a 10:6 lead. Bobby Dixon then added another one for a 13:6 advantage. Fenerbahce maintained the lead throughout the first period entering the second one up by 8 points 26:18. Olympiacos started the second period strong. Erick Green and Milutinov put the Greek side as close as 4 points 25:29. Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-G/F-92) though responded with five points in a row for the hosts to r...   [read more]

Kyle Hines
CSKA finish third, storm past Real in consolation final - 23 hours ago
CSKA - Real Madrid 94:70 CSKA finished their EuroLeague campaign on a high note. They stormed past Real Madrid in Istanbul today to earn the third place. Kyle Hines (198-F/C-86, agency: BeoBasket) came up with 14 points and 7 rebounds to lead the Moscow team. CSKA dominated right from the tip off. They sank 23 points in the first period to jump to a 13-point lead. The teams traded baskets throughout the second period. CSKA ensured a 45:32 halftime advantage. They kept Real at distance t...   [read more]

Ivan Fevrier
ANGT Finals Game Center: U18 CFBB Paris wins ADIDAS NEXT GENERATION TOURNAMENT title - 1 day ago
U18 CFBB Paris is the 2016-17 Euroleague Basketball ADIDAS NEXT GENERATION TOURNAMENT champion after defeating U18 Mega Bemax Belgrade 65-58 in the championship game on Sunday morning at Sinan Erdem Dome in Istanbul. It is CFBB's second EB ANGT title after the 2010 event, which it won under its former name INSEP Paris. CFBB dominated the fourth quarter 24-12 to stage a come-from-behind victory. Ivan Fevrier (203-F-99) led the way with 17 points, Yanik Blanc (188-PG-99) scored 15 and dishe...   [read more]


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Euroleague Standings
 1 Real Madrid 23-7 
 2 CSKA 22-8 
 3 Olympiacos 19-11 
 4 Panathinaikos 19-11 
 5 Fenerbahce 18-12 
 6 Anadolu Efes 17-13 
 7 Baskonia 17-13 
 8 Darussafaka 16-14 
 9 Crvena Zvezda 16-14 
 10 Zalgiris 14-16 
 11 FC Barcelona 12-18 
 12 Galatasaray 11-19 
 13 Brose Bask. 10-20 
 14 Maccabi T-A 10-20 
 15 EA7 Armani 8-22 
 16 Unics 8-22 
Full Standings
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Keith LANGFORD
  Unics
  (193-SG-83)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Langford, Unics21.8 
 2. De-Colo, CS.19.1 
 3. Goudelock, Maccabi .17.3 
 4. Wanamaker, Darussaf.16.7 
 5. Llull, Real Madrid16.5 
 6. Teodosic, CSKA16.1 
 7. Bogdanovic, Fener.14.6 
 8. James, Panathin.13.1 
 9. Larkin, Baskonia13.1 
 10. Rice, FC Barcelona13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ekpe UDOH
  Fenerbahce
  (208-F/C-87)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Udoh, Fenerbahce7.8 
 2. Melli, Brose Bask.7.4 
 3. Honeycutt, Anadolu .7.3 
 4. Kuzmic, Crvena Z.7.0 
 5. Voigtmann, Basko.7.0 
 6. Zizic, Darussafaka6.7 
 7. Dorsey, FC Barce.6.3 
 8. Dunston, Anadolu .6.2 
 9. Jankunas, Zalgiris6.1 
 10. Tomic, FC Barce.5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Milos TEODOSIC
  CSKA
  (195-PG-87)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Teodosic, CSKA6.8 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympiacos6.1 
 3. Llull, Real Madrid5.9 
 4. Larkin, Baskonia5.7 
 5. Colom, Unics5.7 
 6. Jovic, Crvena Z.5.7 
 7. Guler, Galatasaray5.6 
 8. Heurtel, Anadolu .5.6 
 9. Calathes, Panathin.5.5 
 10. Westermann, Zalgiris5.5 
Steals Per Game
 Charles JENKINS
  Crvena Z.
  (191-SG-89)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Jenkins, Crvena Z.2.1 
 2. Calathes, Panathin.1.5 
 3. Wanamaker, Darussaf.1.5 
 4. Lazic, Crvena Z.1.4 
 5. Wilbekin, Darussafaka1.4 
 6. Larkin, Baskonia1.3 
 7. Jovic, Crvena Z.1.3 
 8. Guler, Galatasaray1.3 
 9. Hanga, Baskonia1.3 
 10. Fernandez, Real M.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Ekpe UDOH
  Fenerbahce
  (208-F/C-87)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Udoh, Fenerbahce2.2 
 2. Tyus, Galatasaray1.5 
 3. Pleiss, Galatasaray1.2 
 4. Parakhouski, Unics1.2 
 5. Dunston, Anadolu .1.1 
 6. Randolph, Real Madrid1.1 
 7. Singleton, Panathin.1.0 
 8. Birch, Olympiacos1.0 
 9. Honeycutt, Anadolu .0.9 
 10. Kirk, Anadolu Efes0.9 
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