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First Round Schedule
Group A
Lietkabelis 50% Oct.12 MZT Skopje
Gran Canaria 50% Oct.12 Cedevita
Group B
Khimky 50% Oct.12 Lietuvos ryt
ALBA 50% Oct.12 Fuenlabrada
Group C
Zenit 50% Oct.12 B.Muenchen
UCAM Murcia 50% Oct.12 Buducnost
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Valencia 50% Oct.12 Ratiopharm
Un.Olimpija 50% Oct.12 Lokomotiv
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Interview: Nick Calathes, Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar - Jan 16, 2013


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DIAMADIS FARMAKIS
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Nick
Calathes
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."
  




Hamady
N'diaye
Unicaja adds N'diaye to their roster - 2 days ago

Unicaja Malaga (Liga Endesa) added to their roster 29-year old Senegalese international center Hamady N'diaye (212-109kg-87, college: Rutgers). He is a dual citizen owning also Filipino passport. N'diaye played last season at Bnei Hertzeliyya in Israeli Winner League. In 35 games he recorded 6.9ppg, 5.1rpg and 2.4bpg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Defensive Player of the Year and voted to Honorable Mention. He has tried to mak...   [read more]

Marko
Mladjan
Un.Olimpija tabs Marko Mladjan, ex Monthey - 4 days ago

Union Olimpija Ljubljana (Liga Nova KBM) inked 23-year old Swiss international forward Marko Mladjan (205-93). He has a double citizenship as he also holds Serbian passport. Mladjan played most recently at BBC Monthey in Swiss LNA league. In 32 games he averaged impressive 16.4ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.5apg, 1.2spg and 1.2bpg last season. He helped them to win the cup. A very good season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA Domestic Player of the Year, selected to 1st Team an...   [read more]

Denis
Velichkin
Denis Velichkin joins Lokomotiv - 12 days ago

Lokomotiv Kuban (VTB) agreed terms with 18-year old shooting guard Denis Velichkin (194-98). Velichkin played in the final of Russian U23 League. He represented Russia at the European Championships U16 in Latvia two years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 6.3ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.6apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 12.5%, FT: 76.9%. Lokomotiv Kuban roster for 2016-2017: Guards: Mardy Collins Taylor Rochestie Evgenii Baburin Dmitrii Khvostov Matt Janning Denis Zakharov Alexey Zherdev Denis Velichki...   [read more]


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Eurocup Standings
Group A
 1. Cedevita 0-0 
 2. Gran Canaria 0-0 
 3. Lietkabelis 0-0 
 4. MZT Skopje 0-0 
 5. N.Novgorod 0-0 
Group B
 1. ALBA 0-0 
 2. Dominion BB 0-0 
 3. Fuenlabrada 0-0 
 4. Khimky 0-0 
 5. Lietuvos rytas 0-0 
Group C
 1. B.Muenchen 0-0 
 2. Buducnost 0-0 
 3. UCAM Murcia 0-0 
 4. Unicaja 0-0 
 5. Zenit 0-0 
Group D
 1. Hapoel J-M 0-0 
 2. Lokomotiv 0-0 
 3. Ratiopharm 0-0 
 4. Un.Olimpija 0-0 
 5. Valencia 0-0 
Points Per Game
 Loukas MAVROKEFALIDIS
  AEK A.
  (207-C-84)
  Avg: 24.2
 1. Mavrokefalid., AEK24.2 
 2. Baron, Spirou20.7 
 3. Langford, Unics19.7 
 4. Toolson, Zenit18.5 
 5. McCollum, Galatasa.18.1 
 6. Peterson, Avtodor18.1 
 7. Hardy, Trabzonspor15.8 
 8. Rudd, N.Novgorod15.8 
 9. Bertans, Dominion.15.5 
 10. Chappell, Avtodor15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin TUMBA
  Spirou
  (205-C/F-91)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Tumba, Spirou9.9 
 2. Mavrokefalid., AEK9.7 
 3. Yarou, Le Mans9.0 
 4. Moerman, Banvit BK8.6 
 5. Pietrus, Nancy8.6 
 6. Brockman, Ludwigsb.8.3 
 7. Brooks, Avtodor8.2 
 8. Nicoara, Steaua C.7.7 
 9. Omic, Gran Canaria7.6 
 10. Kitchen, Trabzons.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Monaco
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Cooper, Monaco10.2 
 2. Colom, Unics7.6 
 3. Stoll, Avtodor7.5 
 4. Lawrence, Telekom7.4 
 5. Cook, Buducnost7.0 
 6. Khvostov, N.Nov.6.7 
 7. Fortson, Banvit BK5.8 
 8. Green, Umana VE5.5 
 9. Laprovittola, Estu.5.5 
 10. Bost, Stelmet ZG5.4 
Steals Per Game
 Pavel PUMPRLA
  Estudian.
  (198-SG-86)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Pumprla, Estudian.2.3 
 2. Trice, Ludwigsburg2.2 
 3. Stoll, Avtodor2.1 
 4. Lafayette, EA7 A.1.9 
 5. Smith, Hapoel J-M1.9 
 6. Riley, Nanterre1.8 
 7. Fortson, Banvit BK1.8 
 8. Cook, Buducnost1.8 
 9. Lacombe, Stras.1.7 
 10. Cherry, ALBA1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Kevin TUMBA
  Spirou
  (205-C/F-91)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Tumba, Spirou2.6 
 2. James, Eskisehi.2.1 
 3. Kravtsov, CAI Z.1.9 
 4. Fischer, Hapoel J.1.6 
 5. Elonu, Besiktas1.6 
 6. Begic, Dominion BB1.5 
 7. Lasme, Galatasaray1.4 
 8. Mbakwe, Maccabi1.4 
 9. Neumann, Ratio.1.2 
 10. Parakhouski, Unics1.2 
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