Nick Calathes (198-PG-89, college: Florida), is the leader of Lokomotiv Kuban. He joined Lokomotiv this summer after three years with Panathinaikos to which he helped to win the Euroleague title in 2011 and he targets now to conquer Eurocup with his new team. The Greek international player spoke to the official site of Eurocup Basketball, about the season he is having in Russia and about his team.
Lokomotiv won its regular season group and grabbed a big road win in St Petersburg, but has it been as easy as it looked?
"No, not at all and I think we didn't play well in the beginning but got new players that came to help us. We had some big wins and a tough loss against Galatasaray. We are playing well in the Eurocup and we want to keep the momentum going after the win against Spartak. We have to play in the VTB League, too. The Eurocup is the most important competition for us. It is our goal this season - to win the competition and go to the Euroleague. We have to keep playing well and I think we can do that - play better and better. This team has never been to the Euroleague and want to do this. It is one of the reasons I came to this team - to help Lokomotiv to reach that goal, and hopefully we can achieve it."
Your next game is against Stelmet Zielona Gora. Their best player, Walter Hodge, was your college teammate at Florida for two years. Are you looking forward to seeing him and playing against him?
"Walter is playing very well! He is leading a very tough team. We have to protect our home court but playing against him will be exciting. We know that every game from the Last 16 until the end of the season will be really tough. It will be great to see Walter - we haven't seen each other since we were in college. We will probably have dinner together and stuff like this. Hopefully I will be able to see his family and kids in Poland."
You are seeing more playing time than ever in your professional career. Did you need any kind of adjustment to that?
"No, not at all, I am used to it. I have played this kind of playing time for the best part of my life. I know coming in that I would have a much bigger role in this team. Panathinaikos is one of the best teams in Europe and I was playing behind Dimitris Diamantidis. I am excited to have a bigger role even when I would never take anything out of the years I had with Panathinaikos. This is a new beginning, a new start for me. I had a solid year so far and hopefully I can keep helping this team."
Not a lot of people in Europe know about Lokomotiv and the city of Krasnodar. What can you tell us about it?
"The city is not Athens, but there are things to do. It it just a different city. I have great teammates, which is great. That's always the best part - playing with great teammates. The gym is very nice, I think it holds around 7,000 people. The fans are more calm than in Athens. Overall, it is a different atmosphere than in Panathinaikos, some in a good way. We have good friends, a great organization and a great place. The president wants us to win and that is always interesting. He is doing everything he can to make it happen. It is all you can ask for a club."
Not many players have won the Euroleague and the Eurocup. What would it mean for you to join that list and lead Lokomotiv to the Eurocup title?
"It would be huge - that is our main goal. It would be great for the organization and hopefully we can do it. We can win the Eurocup, go to the Euroleague and play the best competition. We have the team to challenge for the title even when we have to keep getting better and build on each win. We have the players and the coach to do it."
32-year old Albanian international point guard Rashaun Broadus (183-87kg-84, college: BYU, agency: Octagon Europe) left Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (LKL). He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. In 10 LKL games he averaged 7.3ppg, 2.0rpg and 3.2apg this season. Broadus also played 7 games in Eurocup where he had 3.4ppg and 2.1apg. The last season Broadus played at MKS Dabrowa Gornicza in Polish TBL. In 31 games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.0ppg, 3.5rpg, 4.1apg... [read more]
32-year old Albanian international point guard Rashaun Broadus (183-87kg-84, college: BYU, agency: Octagon Europe) left Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (LKL). He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. In 10 LKL games he averaged 7.3ppg, 2.0rpg and 3.2apg this season. Broadus also played 7 games in Eurocup where he had 3.4ppg and 2.1apg. The last season Broadus played at MKS Dabrowa Gornicza in Polish TBL. In 31 games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.0ppg, 3.5rpg, 4.1apg and 1.0spg. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Honorable Mention. Broadus' team won Baltic League Elite Division Regular Season in 2012. He also represented Albania at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 this year. His stats at that event were 5 games: Score-1 (19.8ppg), 1.6rpg, 2.6apg, Steals-2 (2.8spg), FGP: 47.9%, 3PT: 38.7%, FT: 65.4%. Broadus is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Canada, Romania (CSU Cuadripol SCM Brasov), Ukraine (Halychyna), Lithuania (Neptunas, Siauliai, Suduva and Juventus) and IBL (Edmonton E.). Broadus attended Brigham Young University until 2007 and it is his tenth season in pro basketball. Let's have closer look into His outlook:
Shaun plays with lots of energy and is a very good ball handler.
He can create opportunities with his quickness on offense and pressure the opponent into mistakes on defense.
He has a very good assist to turnover ratio.
Shaun takes good shots and maintains a high shooting percentage from all areas of the floor.
Kikanovic number one in EuroCup for round 9 - 1 day ago
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Bosnia and Herzegovina Center Elmedin Kikanovic (211-C-88, agency: BeoBasket) had a great game in the last round for second-ranked ALBA, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9. The 28-year old player was the main contributor (29 points, three rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to edge out Lietuvos rytas (#3, 3-4) 99-97. ALBA is placed at 2nd position in their group in EuroCup group B. ALBA is a typical solid league team placed somewhere... [read more]
Bosnia and Herzegovina Center Elmedin Kikanovic (211-C-88, agency: BeoBasket) had a great game in the last round for second-ranked ALBA, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9. The 28-year old player was the main contributor (29 points, three rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to edge out Lietuvos rytas (#3, 3-4) 99-97. ALBA is placed at 2nd position in their group in EuroCup group B. ALBA is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 4-4 record. It's Kikanovic's second year at ALBA and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Elmedin Kikanovic has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (2nd best: 22.3ppg) and averages impressive 60.3% FGP.
The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old American DeAndre Kane (193-G-89, agency: BeoBasket) of N.Novgorod. Kane had a very good evening with 22 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Of course he led N.Novgorod to another comfortable win 97-82 over MZT Skopje (#5, 0-7) being unquestionably team leader. N.Novgorod's 3rd position in group A has not changed. His team's 4-3 record is not bad at all. Kane is a newcomer at N.Novgorod, but is already one of team's top players.
Third on the list of top players last round was center Ksistof Lavrinovic (209-C-79) of Lietkabelis (#4). Lavrinovic scored 20 points and grabbed five rebounds. Despite Lavrinovic's great performance Lietkabelis lost 73-92 to #1 ranked Gran Canaria. 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 chances of Lietkabelis not to end season at such low position in group A, however are less than slim as they have already lost 5 games, recording just three victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Lavrinovic could try to bring Lietkabelis' a little bit higher in the standings. Lavrinovic has a very solid season. In 8 games in EuroCup he scored 13.6ppg. He also has 5.6rpg and and 3PT: 60.0%.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Ryan Toolson (193-G-85) of Zenit - 32 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists 5. Charlon Kloof (190-G-90) of MZT Skopje - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists 6. Alex Llorca (192-G-89) of Fuenlabrada - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists 7. Kevin Jones (206-F-89) of Lokomotiv - 22 points and 5 rebounds 8. Jure Lalic (211-C-86) of MZT Skopje - 23 points and 3 rebounds 9. Micheal Eric (210-F/C-88) of RETAbet BB - 16 points and 10 rebounds 10. Will Thomas (203-PF-86) of Valencia - 11 points and 11 rebounds
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)
KK Buducnost Voli Podgorica has officially announced the cooperation with Canadian center Owen Klassen(208-C/F-91, college: Acadia), who used to play in the ABA League courts before, as a member of KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom. The cooperation between KK Buducnost Voli Podgorica and Klassen has been agreed until the end of the season. 208 cm tall player is coming to Podgorica from German side Phoenix Hagen. He used to attend the college Arkadia. His first club in Europe was KK MZT Skopje Aerod... [read more]
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