Already with the responsibility of being Australia's key big man in London next month, Aleks Maric (211-C-84, college: Nebraska) has even more reasons to help the Boomers in their quest to claim their first Olympic medal. The Sydney-born Aleks Maric, who has played the past five years in Europe, including the past two with Panathinaikos, has revealed at The Sydney Morning Herald, an Australian newspaper, that he was recently interviewed by four NBA clubs (the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors and spoke with Houston, having been unable to take to the court in front of Rockets coach Kevin McHale because of scheduling issues). He also spoke about this season's experience at Panathinaikos. Aleks Maric, 27, who only took up the sport at 16, said the workouts with the NBA clubs had gone ''very well'' as he attempts to join fellow Australians Bogut and Mills in the world's premier basketball competition. He knows a strong Olympic campaign will strengthen his hopes. ''I don't want to hold my breath, but I did my best,'' Aleks Maric said after Boomers' training yesterday. ''A good Olympics will boost that, but I just want to play good for the team, for my country, and whatever happens after that, happens.'' Boomers' coach Brown, also a senior assistant with the San Antonio Spurs, said Aleks Maric, at 211 centimetres and 125 kilograms, had the size and strength to compete in the NBA. But he needed to improve poor career 63 per cent shooting from the free-throw line. ''I think his game is fine the way it is. I think he needs to become a more reliable free-throw shooter but, as far as a physical presence, he has that. He is a great person, a great teammate,'' he said. Aleks Maric's hopes of impressing have been restricted with Panathinaikos in the past two seasons. He has averaged only seven minutes and fewer than four points per game in each season, having been forced to sit amid suggestions his coach had been under pressure to play local talent. Needless to say, it was a frustrating time, particularly as he had been named on the All-Euroleague first team in 2010 when he averaged 14.6 points and 8.4 rebounds over 25 minutes a game while playing with former club Partizan Belgrade. He also helped Partizan claim the Serbian national cup and the Adriatic Championship. ''It's frustrating at times but you just have to respect the coach's decision. Obviously, when I do get a chance, I show what I can do,'' Aleks Maric said. ''As a player, all you can do is keep working hard and when the coach gives you an opportunity, you take full advantage of it.'' Nonetheless, it's not a season he will forget in a hurry. Aleks Maric posted a series of photos on Twitter when the team bus was pelted with rocks by fans of rival club Olympiakos during the championship series and two teammates were injured and hospitalised. While such passion, or stupidity, is rare in Australia, Aleks Maric said there were often ''incidents'' in Greece. ''The kind of rivalry you have between the clubs, you expect that. It's nothing new. It's unfortunate but it's true,'' he said. As Aleks Maric has Serbian citizenship, some time ago that country had been keen to welcome him into the fold but that move was disallowed by FIBA, the sport's governing body, as he had represented Australia at junior levels. ''They tried to get me to play for them, but I was pushing for the Australian side. I was born here, raised here, I am happy where I am. I don't want to go anywhere,'' he said. The Boomers are more than happy about that, particularly as Aleks Maric will be the man in the middle in the absence of the injured Bogut. ''There is a physical presence that Al brings to the table. He is a veteran, he is a man, he is experienced, he has played against all these guys at high levels over the past few years,'' Brown said. ''He is extremely important and, at this stage, he is our starting center.'' That importance will be shown in the three-match series against Greece (National team B), ranked fourth in the world, beginning on Sunday.
Janis Strelnieks may agree terms with EA7 Armani - May 26, 2016
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EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (Serie A) is in talks with 27-year old Latvian international point guard Janis Strelnieks (191-89kg-89) who currently plays atBrose Baskets Bamberg in Germany. In 35 BBL games he averaged 11.3ppg, 1.9rpg and 3.3apg this season. He helped them to make it to the German Bundesliga Cup Semifinals. The last season Strelnieks played also at Brose Baskets (BBL) in German league. In 42 games he had 10.8ppg, 2.2rpg and 2.6apg. He contributed to his team winning the league... [read more]
EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (Serie A) is in talks with 27-year old Latvian international point guard Janis Strelnieks (191-89kg-89) who currently plays at Brose Baskets Bamberg in Germany. In 35 BBL games he averaged 11.3ppg, 1.9rpg and 3.3apg this season. He helped them to make it to the German Bundesliga Cup Semifinals. The last season Strelnieks played also at Brose Baskets (BBL) in German league. In 42 games he had 10.8ppg, 2.2rpg and 2.6apg. He contributed to his team winning the league title and they also made it to the cup final. A very good season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com German Bundesliga All-Bosmans Team. Strelnieks also played 18 games in Eurocup where he had 12.6ppg, 2.2rpg and 3.4apg. Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com Ukrainian Superleague All-Imports Team award in 2014. Strelnieks has been also a member of Latvian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Latvian senior team since 2010 and previously for U20 National Team between 2008 and 2009. Strelnieks also represented Latvia at the European Championships last year. His stats at that event were 9 games: 9.1ppg, 3.1rpg, 5.4apg, FGP: 55.8%, 3PT: 21.4%, FT: 80.0%. Strelnieks has played also professionally in Russia (Spartak St.Petersburg), Ukraine (Budivelnyk) and Latvia (Ventspils and Ventspils Augstskola). His game is described as:
A good PG, yet very experienced, who plays very well the pick and roll situations. Sees well the court and passes the ball at the right time, can change the tempo of the game and score if needed.
Big man Stefan Nastic (211-C-92, college: Stanford) is no longer a member of Crvena Zvezda Telekom Beograd. He and the ABA League champions have agreed to terminate their cooperation on mutual consent. The player arrived to Belgrade before the beginning of the season from the NCAA. Previously he was a member of Stanford University. This season he did not get a major role in the red and white team. In the ABA League he only appeared in 7 games. He averaged 3.3 points and 2 rebounds per c... [read more]
The player arrived to Belgrade before the beginning of the season from the NCAA. Previously he was a member of Stanford University.
This season he did not get a major role in the red and white team. In the ABA League he only appeared in 7 games. He averaged 3.3 points and 2 rebounds per contest in the regional competition. The player has already left Belgrade and moved to the USA.
Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Awards 2016 - May 16, 2016
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Finals MVP: Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) of CSKA; Player of the Year: Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) of CSKA; Guard of the Year: Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) of CSKA; Forward of the Year: Jan Vesely (213-C/F-90) of Fener.Ulker; Center of the Year: Ioannis Bourousis (212-C-83) of Laboral Kutxa; Alphonso Ford Trophy: Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) of CSKA; European Player of the Year: Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) of CSKA; Import of the Year: Malcolm Delaney (191-G-89) of Lokomotiv; [read more]
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