Pops Mensah-Bonsu Suddenly Available
Caja Laboral's Euroleague season doesn't tip off until October -- the qualifying round for lesser teams begins a little more than a week from now. ACB play begins at the end of the month. The loss of Mensah-Bonsu leaves the team light up front as it begins its title defense.
Mensah-Bonsu, meanwhile, figures to draw major attention among other European competitors ... and perhaps a few NBA teams. Mensah-Bonsu was an absolute beast for Great Britain during August EuroBasket qualifying; with the Bulls' Luol Deng, Mensah-Bonsu helped secure a 2011 Euro berth for the Brits, and did so in stunning fashion, racking copious amounts of points and rebounds. The competition wasn't always top-notch, but even against teams with solid frontcourts, such as Macedonia, Pops did well.