The all star break is upon us and the normal expected run of the mill, skills competition, slam dunk contest and the rookie/sophomore challenge will draw loads of fans into the arena and glue them to their television sets. The biggest thing missing is that NO ONE IS DISCUSSING the AGREED UPON LEAGUE WIDE ROSTER REDUCTION! Yes, the NBA received agreement on Friday of a league wide reduction of roster spots for each team. The owners have agreed to 13 roster spots for players on each team, subject to approval from the NBAPA, we will see a little bit of a shakeup; as we are already experiencing a shortened season, due to the player lockout which spanned from June to December of 2011. After sitting through months of debating, false media spin and tell tales across the globe, players testing the international waters (some to be released and others to be locked into contracts with no way out), and then treated to a Christmas Extravaganza which was pretty much beyond belief as clubs, after a mere two week training camp, played a type of basketball similar to watching men just off of work playing at the local health club. The most amazing thing in all of that was that the gen pop, there is that correctional facility talk again, were so very happy and eager to have the NBA back; like the long-lost lover gone astray but returning home. The public accepted THE LEAGUE back with warm,inviting arms. Never questioning the product that they were then presented with, ALL ATTENTION turning to how many points Lebron or Kobe scored, or if D Rose was ready to assume his title as THE NEXT KING OF THE HILL in the NBA. It seemed as if everyone turned a deaf ear or a blind eye to the Breakup of Kobe Bryant and his wife, with their children left as the collateral damage in the wake of things, or the awful loss of a career by the two players who signed meaningful, substantial contracts,only to find out that they suffered from life-threatening illnesses, which subsequently voided the contracts. Often tine, once a lover returns, we tend to look beyond the reasons for the separation, and in our joy for a return to the normal way of life; we also tend to not see things for what they are. The NBA, after its rushed training camps and in the midst of a season of games with long road trips sandwiched into a season if we can honestly call this a basketball season. What I have seen, been interviewed about and have been writing about weekly to you, is not what I dreamed of most of my young life. The games that would not ever reach 100 points, the defensive struggles where both teams would only score 80 points apiece, the BAD BOYS of the late '80's winning back to back NBA Titles solely on defensive intensity and a will to win. What we have been presented with is, a very large group of overpaid, athletes who have taken it upon themselves to demand to be traded to what they believe are better markets; where they can promote their brand. Where the athletes appears to be in control of everything, leaving behind damaged families in their wake, fatherless children often times and entire cities devoid of their local hero, due to him feeling under-appreciated and desiring to play in front of star studded audiences....TOTALLY UNTOLERABLY UNFAIR. Unfair in that the basketball purists are left watching something that has been thrown together and not given proper time to become truly indicative of the GREATEST GAME ON EARTH. What we have, as I talked about in previous thoughts from the sideline is A PLAYER'S LEAGUE, in which the players call the shots, periodically have coaches fired and routinely do not follow instructions in the end of close games. The fan's always so trusting and loving care not for the unemployed coaches who only wanted to instill some order amongst the chaotic situation that they saw on the horizon, or the loyal fans who feel betrayed for loving to their fullest, a player or players who have shunned the love, affection and devotion. Gone are the days where a player would play out his career in one city, his name becoming synonymous with the team. Reggie Miller- Indiana Pacers, Isaiah Thomas-Detroit Pistons, Larry Bird-Boston Celtics, or Magic Johnson-LA Lakers as examples. Players chasing the bright lights of the big cities and the flash of the cameras have left us with a shell of what once was a thing of beauty. I do feel that the game is evolving, as evidenced by the bright spots on the radar the Jeremy Lin, Rodney Monroe, Isaiah Thomas, Blake Griffin or even Rickey Rubio. The game can and will return to what we once saw, admired and fell in love with. Speaking of which, the Kings have unearthed a point guard. Second round steal Isaiah Thomas started the last four games and averaged 19 points, six assists and 51% mostly from point blank range because no one seems to be able to stay in front of him. I would like to wish each and every one of you a happy and eventful ALL STAR WEEKEND, and hope that you enjoy the show, the dunks, the long range bombs and the star studded halftime events. Please in the midst of all of the hoopla, recall in your mind, the beauty of the game and the simplicity of it when it is played the right way, both on and off of the court.
BK Barsy Atyrau (National League) inked 25-year old American guard Anthony Johnson (190-86kg-91). He has only college experience while playing for N.Illinois (NCAA). In 27 games he averaged 10.8ppg and 2.1rpg in 2014-15 season. So his pro career will start in Kazakhstan. By Eurobasket Data Center Check also Complete Transfers List in Kazakhstan [read more]
BK Barsy Atyrau (National League) inked 25-year old American guard Anthony Johnson (190-86kg-91). He has only college experience while playing for N.Illinois (NCAA). In 27 games he averaged 10.8ppg and 2.1rpg in 2014-15 season. So his pro career will start in Kazakhstan.
Liepaja/Triobet adds Griffin to their roster, ex ASS Sale - 4 days ago
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Liepaja/Triobet (LBL) added to their roster 25-year old American guard Malcolm Griffin (193-95kg-91, college: Fresno Pacific, agency: Promotex). He started the season at ASS Sale in Moroccan D1 league. The last season Griffin played at FUS Rabat (also in D1). He helped them to make it to the Moroccan Throne Cup Semifinals. Griffin played in the final of Arab Club Championships. He has played previously professionally in MPBA (Champaign Swarm). Griffin attended Fresno Pacific University un... [read more]
Liepaja/Triobet (LBL) added to their roster 25-year old American guard Malcolm Griffin (193-95kg-91, college: Fresno Pacific, agency: Promotex). He started the season at ASS Sale in Moroccan D1 league. The last season Griffin played at FUS Rabat (also in D1). He helped them to make it to the Moroccan Throne Cup Semifinals. Griffin played in the final of Arab Club Championships. He has played previously professionally in MPBA (Champaign Swarm). Griffin attended Fresno Pacific University until 2014 and it is his third season as a professional player.
Tyler Larson claims Baltic League weekly honour - 6 days ago
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American Tyler Larson (190-G-91) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's leader Barons Riga and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8. The 25-year old guard had the game-high 31 points adding eight rebounds and three assists for Barons Riga in his team's victory, helping them to beat Liepaja/Triobet (#4, 3-3) 111-106. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Barons Riga to jump to the first place i... [read more]
American Tyler Larson (190-G-91) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's leader Barons Riga and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8. The 25-year old guard had the game-high 31 points adding eight rebounds and three assists for Barons Riga in his team's victory, helping them to beat Liepaja/Triobet (#4, 3-3) 111-106. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Barons Riga to jump to the first place in the Baltic League. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Barons Riga has a very solid 4-2 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. In the team's last game Larson had a remarkable 61.5% from 2-point range. He turned to be Barons Riga's top player in his first season with the team.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 30-year old Ukrainian power forward Andriy Agafonov (208-PF-86, agency: AproK Sports Group) of P.Zvaigzdes. Agafonov impressed basketball fans with 27 points and 7 rebounds. It was enough for P.Zvaigzdes to edge slightly lower-ranked Jekabpils (#9, 5-2) in overtime by 1 point 104-103. P.Zvaigzdes' 8th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost just one game this season, while they won 6 matches. Agafonov is well-known by P.Zvaigzdes fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.
The third best performed player last round was Davis Rozitis (215-C-90) of Liepaja/Triobet (#4). Rozitis scored 22 points and grabbed eighteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Rozitis' great performance Liepaja/Triobet lost 106-111 to #1 ranked Barons Riga. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Liepaja/Triobet needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 3 victories and 3 lost games. Rozitis has a great season in Baltic League. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.3rpg (5th best). Rozitis attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Joonas Jarvelainen (202-F/C-90) of TTU - 24 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists 5. Arturs Ausejs (192-G-90) of Liepaja/Triobet - 30 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists 6. Denis Krestinin (202-F-94) of Barons Riga - 17 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists 7. Domen Bratoz (189-PG-93) of Rapla - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists 8. Janis Kaufmanis (186-PG-89) of Valmiera - 22 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists 9. Thomas van der Mars (208-C-90) of Rapla - 21 points and 10 rebounds 10. Rinalds Sirsnins (186-PG-85) of Jekabpils - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy. The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)
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