Michael Bramos (196-G/F-87, college: Miami, OH) is a new player of Panathinaikos Athens. He arrives from Gran Canaria, where he had 9.3 ppg and 2.7 rpg in 34 Liga Endesa games last season. In EuroCup, Bramos averaged 5.1 points and 2.4 rebounds. He played for Granca also in 2010/11. Michael Bramos played for DASH Peristeri Athens in 2009/10 season. For 26 games in A1 league he collected 8.9 ppg and 2.2 rpg. The player graduated at Miami University, Ohio three years ago. He shined with 17.9 ppg and 4.1 rpg for 30 games in his senior season with the school. For his performance, Bramos was awarded with AP NCAA All-America Honorable Mention -09, MAC Player of the Year -09 and of course All-MAC 1st Team -09. Michael Bramos is active member of the Greek National Team. He had 4.4 ppg, 2.5 rpg and 1 apg for 11 games at the 2011 EuroBasket in Lithuania.
Recap of Round 27 of Regular Season - 29 minutes ago
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Real Madrid - FC Barcelona 85-69 The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Real Madrid as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Real Madrid defeated 11th ranked FC Barcelona at home 85-69. The game was mostly controlled by Real Madrid. FC Barcelona managed to win third quarter 24-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Real Madrid dominated down low during the game scoring 42 of its points in the paint compared to FC Barcelona's 18. Th... [read more]
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Real Madrid as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Real Madrid defeated 11th ranked FC Barcelona at home 85-69. The game was mostly controlled by Real Madrid. FC Barcelona managed to win third quarter 24-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Real Madrid dominated down low during the game scoring 42 of its points in the paint compared to FC Barcelona's 18. The best player for the winners was Sergio Llull (190-87) who scored 21 points and 6 assists. Mexican power forward Gustavo Ayon (207-85, college: San Jose St.) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Croatian center Ante Tomic (217-87, agency: XL Basketball Agency) who recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds and American-Montenegrin point guard Tyrese Rice (185-87, college: Boston Coll.) added 12 points and 4 assists respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with CSKA. FC Barcelona at the other side keeps the eleventh place with 17 games lost. They share the position with Maccabi T-A and Galatasaray. FC Barcelona will play next round against Crvena Zvezda trying to get back on the winning streak. Real Madrid will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Olympiacos in Athens. Top scorers: FC Barcelona: A.Tomic 12+10reb+2ast, T.Rice 12+1reb+4ast, P.Koponen 11+1ast, B.Oleson 9+2ast, S.Perperoglou 7+2reb+1ast, A.Renfroe 5+1reb+2ast Real Madrid: S.Llull 21+3reb+6ast, G.Ayon 14+5reb+3ast, A.Randolph 13+5reb+1ast, T.Thompkins 9+3reb+1ast, O.Hunter 8+5reb+1ast, J.Carroll 8+2reb+1ast
There was no surprise in Istanbul where 15th ranked Russian Unics Kazan (7-20) was defeated by thirteenth ranked Turkish Galatasaray (10-17) 75-67. It looked good early as Unics Kazan took a 2-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Galatasaray had a 24-6 second period charge getting the lead and Unics Kazan was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 67-75. Galatasaray dominated on the defensive end, holding Unics Kazan to just 6 points in second quarter. They brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. It was an exceptional evening for American Jon Diebler (198-88, college: Ohio St., agency: BeoBasket) who led the winners and scored 17 points and 5 rebounds. American-Czech swingman Blake Schilb (201-83, college: Loyola, IL, agency: BeoBasket) accounted for 9 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side. American Keith Langford (193-83, college: Kansas) came up with 24 points and 6 rebounds (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!) and Spanish point guard Joaquin Colom (188-88, college: Forca Lleida, agency: Interperformances) added 11 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for Unics Kazan in the defeat. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Galatasaray moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with FC Barcelona and Maccabi T-A. Unics Kazan lost tenth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom position with 20 games lost. Galatasaray's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Istanbul to the arena Darussafaka. Top scorers: Unics: K.Langford 24+6reb+3ast, J.Colom 11+6reb+6ast, P.Antipov 8+6reb, L.Williams 7+8reb, V.Panin 6+2reb, A.Parakhouski 6+6reb Galatasaray: J.Diebler 17+5reb+1ast, A.Daye 12+5reb, A.Tyus 10+4reb+1ast, B.Schilb 9+7reb+6ast, T.Pleiss 8+3reb, B.Fitipaldo 7+2ast
Important game to mention about took place in Beograd. Third ranked Greek Olympiacos (19-8) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 7th ranked Serbian Crvena Zvezda (15-12) 66-64 on Wednesday evening. Crvena Zvezda was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for forward Kostas Papanikolaou (206-90) who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Georgios Printezis (204-85, agency: Octagon Europe) contributed with 15 points for the winners. American-Serbian Charles Jenkins (191-89, college: Hofstra) answered with 13 points and 6 rebounds and Marko Guduric (196-95, agency: BeoBasket) added 14 points in the effort for Crvena Zvezda. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Defending Greek champion maintains third place with 19-8 record behind leader Real Madrid. Defending Serbian champion Crvena Zvezda keeps the seventh position with 12 games lost. They share it with Anadolu Efes. Olympiacos will play against league's leader Real Madrid at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Crvena Zvezda will play against FC Barcelona (#12) and hopes to get back on the winning track. Top scorers: Crvena Zvezda: M.Guduric 14+2reb+3ast, C.Jenkins 13+6reb+1ast, M.Simonovic 9+6reb, O.Kuzmic 8+8reb, N.Wolters 7+3reb+1ast, N.Dangubic 5+1reb+1ast Olympiacos: K.Papanikolaou 17+9reb+1ast, D.Agravanis 16+3reb, G.Printezis 15+3reb+2ast, E.Green 8+3reb+3ast, E.Mantzaris 5+2reb+5ast, D.Waters 2+1reb
No shocking result in a game in Moscow where second ranked Russian CSKA (20-7) defeated 9th ranked Turkish Darussafaka (13-14) 95-85. The game was mostly controlled by CSKA. Darussafaka was better in third quarter 27-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. CSKA had a 30-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Darussafaka's players. CSKA brought some defensive toughness making 10 blocks. It was an exceptional evening for Serbian point guard Milos Teodosic (195-87) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). French Nando De-Colo (196-87) accounted for 17 points and 8 assists for the winning side. American guard Scottie Wilbekin (188-93, college: Florida) came up with 26 points and power forward Furkan Aldemir (207-91, agency: BeoBasket) added 10 points and 10 rebounds respectively for Darussafaka in the defeat. Four Darussafaka players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending Russian champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Real Madrid. Darussafaka at the other side keeps the ninth place with 14 games lost. CSKA's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Unics Kazan (#16) on the road which should be an easy win for them. Darussafaka will play against Galatasaray (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: Darussafaka: S.Wilbekin 26+1ast, W.Clyburn 13+5reb, B.Wanamaker 10+3reb+6ast, J.Anderson 10+1reb+1ast, F.Aldemir 10+10reb+1ast, A.Moerman 9+6reb+1ast CSKA: M.Teodosic 20+2reb+10ast, K.Hines 17+8reb, N.De Colo 17+1reb+8ast, A.Vorontsevich 8+2reb, V.Khryapa 8+8reb+4ast, J.Augustine 8+3reb
Very expected game in Athens where 15th ranked Italian Armani Milano (7-20) was defeated by sixth ranked Greek Panathinaikos (16-11) 74-61. The game was mostly controlled by Panathinaikos. Armani Milano was better in fourth quarter 21-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Panathinaikos forced 23 Armani Milano turnovers. It was an exceptional evening for American-Greek point guard Nick Calathes (198-89, college: Florida) who led the winners and scored 13 points and 4 assists. American point guard Mike James (185-90, college: Lamar) accounted for 13 points for the winning side. Four Panathinaikos players scored in double figures. Panathinaikos' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Serbian Milan Macvan (206-89) came up with 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and point guard Andrea Cinciarini (193-86) added 11 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for Armani Milano in the defeat. Panathinaikos moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Baskonia. Armani Milano lost sixth consecutive game. Defending Italian champion keeps the fifteenth position with 20 games lost. Panathinaikos' next round opponent will be Baskonia (#6) in Vitoria. Armani Milano will play at home against Brose Baskets (#14) and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: EA7 Armani: A.Abass 15+2reb+2ast, M.Macvan 12+7reb+4ast, A.Cinciarini 11+8reb+4ast, M.Raduljica 7+6reb+1ast, D.Pascolo 6+1reb, M.Kalnietis 4+1reb Panathinaikos: N.Calathes 13+1reb+4ast, M.James 13+2reb+1ast, K.Rivers 10+1reb+1ast, N.Pappas 10+2reb, J.Gist 6+4reb+1ast, D.Nichols 6+1reb+1ast
The game with biggest result difference took place in Bamberg. Local Brose Baskets (9-18) were outscored by seventh ranked Spanish Baskonia (16-11) 96-71. The game was mostly controlled by Baskonia. Brose Baskets was better in second period 26-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Baskonia dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Brose Baskets' 26. It was a quality performance for Georgian forward Tornike Shengelia (206-91) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds. American Chase Budinger (201-88, college: Arizona) accounted for 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. American guard Jerel McNeal (191-87, college: Marquette) came up with 17 points and 5 rebounds and Slovenian point guard Aleksej Nikolic (191-95) added 4 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists respectively for Brose Baskets in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Baskonia have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Panathinaikos. Defending German champion Brose Baskets dropped to the fourteenth position with 18 games lost. Baskonia's next round opponent will be Panathinaikos (#5) in Athens. Brose Baskets will play on the road against Armani Milano (#15) and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: Brose Bask.: J.McNeal 17+5reb+3ast, L.Staiger 12+1reb, D.Theis 11+5reb, P.Heckmann 6+3reb+1ast, L.Radosevic 5+1reb+1ast, D.Miller 5+1ast Baskonia: S.Larkin 17+1reb+6ast, C.Budinger 17+5reb+3ast, T.Shengelia 16+12reb+2ast, R.Beaubois 9+1ast, K.Tillie 8+4reb, R.Freire Luz 7+1ast
Rather predictable result in Kaunas where eighth ranked Turkish Anadolu Efes (15-12) beat 10th ranked Lithuanian Zalgiris (12-15) 76-68. Zalgiris were ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 35-24 second half run of Anadolu Efes. It was an exceptional evening for Uruguayan-Italian guard Jayson Granger (189-89) who led the winners and scored 25 points and 8 assists. American-Armenian center Bryant Dunston (203-86) accounted for 10 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side. Granger is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Anadolu Efes players scored in double figures. French guard Leo Westermann (197-92, agency: BeoBasket) came up with 8 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists and point guard Lukas Lekavicius (180-94) added 11 points and 6 assists respectively for Zalgiris in the defeat. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Anadolu Efes moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Crvena Zvezda. Defending Lithuanian champion Zalgiris keep the tenth position with 15 games lost. Anadolu Efes' next round opponent will be higher ranked Fenerbahce (#4) in Istanbul and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Zalgiris will play on the road against Maccabi T-A (#13) in Tel-Aviv and hope to win that game. Top scorers: Zalgiris: L.Lekavicius 11+3reb+6ast, E.Ulanovas 10+2reb, P.Jankunas 9+3reb+2ast, A.Milaknis 9+2reb, L.Westermann 8+5reb+8ast, A.Kavaliauskas 6+2reb Anadolu Efes: J.Granger 25+1reb+8ast, D.Brown 13+4reb+1ast, B.Paul 12+1ast, B.Dunston 10+9reb, D.Balbay 5+2ast, T.Honeycutt 5+12reb
A very close game took place in Istanbul between Israeli Maccabi T-A and Turkish Fenerbahce. Fourteenth ranked Maccabi T-A (10-17) got a very close victory on the road over 4th placed Fenerbahce (17-10). Maccabi T-A managed to escape with a 2-point win 81-79 on Tuesday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the home team. The guests trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they rallied back winning two of next three quarters and won the game by 2 points. Maccabi T-A looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a great evening for American forward Diamon Simpson (204-87, college: St.Mary's, CA) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds. American-Israeli swingman Sylven Landesberg (198-90, college: Virginia) helped adding 22 points. The best for the losing side was Nigerian power forward Ekpe Udoh (208-87, college: Baylor) with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds and guard Melih Mahmutoglu (193-90) scored 15 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Maccabi T-A moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with FC Barcelona and Galatasaray. Defending Turkish champion Fenerbahce keeps the fourth position with ten games lost. Maccabi T-A will meet at home higher ranked Zalgiris (#10) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Fenerbahce will play against Anadolu Efes (#7) in Istanbul and hope to secure a win. Top scorers: Fenerbahce: M.Mahmutoglu 15+4reb+3ast, E.Udoh 13+10reb+1ast, B.Dixon 11+4reb+7ast, J.Vesely 10+3reb+2ast, P.Antic 8+3reb, L.Datome 8+2reb+1ast Maccabi T-A: S.Landesberg 22+1reb+3ast, D.Simpson 14+12reb+1ast, J.Alexander 13+1ast, Y.Ohayon 10+2reb+6ast, V.Rudd 8+4reb+3ast, C.Iverson 5+4reb
Euroleague round 26 best performance: Paulius Jankunas - 4 days ago
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Power forward Paulius Jankunas (205-PF-84) had an amazing evening in the last round for Zalgiris, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 26. The 32-year old player was the main contributor (21 points, seven rebounds and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to edge out Unics (#16, 7-19) 82-80. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on top of the standings. Zalgiris maintains the 10th position in Euroleague . Zalgi... [read more]
Power forward Paulius Jankunas (205-PF-84) had an amazing evening in the last round for Zalgiris, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 26. The 32-year old player was the main contributor (21 points, seven rebounds and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to edge out Unics (#16, 7-19) 82-80. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on top of the standings. Zalgiris maintains the 10th position in Euroleague . Zalgiris 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 12-14 record. In the team's last game Jankunas had a remarkable 55.6% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Zalgiris, through which he has constantly improved. Paulius Jankunas has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (9th best: 13.3ppg) and averages impressive 53.1% FGP.
The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old Uruguayan Jayson Granger (189-G-89) of Anadolu Efes. Granger had a very good evening with 22 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. It was enough for Anadolu Efes to edge the lower-ranked Maccabi T-A (#14, 9-17) 92-87. Anadolu Efes' 8th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 14-12 record is not bad and everything may still change. Granger is well-known at Anadolu Efes and is a proven leader in his second season with the team. Former star Granger is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market.
Third on the list of top players last round was Bosnia and Herzegovina center Ognjen Kuzmic (213-C-90) of Crvena Zvezda (#5). Kuzmic scored 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He was a key player of Crvena Zvezda, leading his team to a 78-71 win against the lower-ranked EA7 Armani (#15, 7-19). Crvena Zvezda needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 15 victories and 11 lost games. Kuzmic has a great season in Euroleague. After 26 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.4rpg (5th best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Joaquin Colom (188-PG-88) of Unics - 14 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists 5. Ekpe Udoh (208-F/C-87) of Fenerbahce - 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists 6. Bobby Dixon (178-PG-83) of Fenerbahce - 26 points and 6 rebounds 7. Chris Singleton (206-F-89) of Panathinaikos - 21 points and 9 rebounds 8. Alex Tyus (203-C-88) of Galatasaray - 14 points and 5 rebounds 9. Thomas Heurtel (189-G-89) of Anadolu Efes - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists 10. Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) of CSKA - 22 points and 6 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)
Olympiakos is sticking to their favorite contract renewal tactic for another key-player of the team in the case of Matt Lojeski. Are the Reds playing with fire or are they simply not too interested? So, the Lojeski file An asset for Olympiacos' game, a contract that expires An issue I've wanted to talk for a while now on a more formal basis in order to exchange opinions and approach the case realistically as much as possible by chucking the veil of subjectivity (which, in any case, is t... [read more]
Olympiakos is sticking to their favorite contract renewal tactic for another key-player of the team in the case of Matt Lojeski. Are the Reds playing with fire or are they simply not too interested?
So, the Lojeski file An asset for Olympiacos' game, a contract that expires An issue I've wanted to talk for a while now on a more formal basis in order to exchange opinions and approach the case realistically as much as possible by chucking the veil of subjectivity (which, in any case, is there) regarding what is defined as the 'right path' and 'rationalism'. I'm going to start by speaking my own thoughts out loud, simply as an opportunity for every reader to make their own argument on what is Olympiacos supposed to do with this very important player.
Just a reminder that in this year'sELthe 32-year-oldG/Fhas 10.4PTS (57.5% 2PT-42.4%-82,4% FT) 3.2 REB, 1.6 AST, 0.5 STL, 1.0 TO 21.3.
-Lojeski is 32 years old. His aim is the 'good' contract of his career. He must get paid- and paid he will be- whether by Olympiakos or someone else. He has worked for that and now the time has come to reap the fruits of his work and patience. Any negotiation will start on a 2-year basis, which makes sense considering his age
-He wants to stay in Piraeus. He clearly stated that. Both he and his family like it there. Athens is their city now This is the same person who stayed for 6 years in Belgium, 4 of which in Ostend. He prefers stability over change or moving. This is important. Some professionals (Americans in particular, especially in this profession) do not hesitate to travel around the globe following the money ('when you play away from home, you want to earn as much as possible' is a line I have heard by many). Some others do.
-Deep in his heart he is expecting a phone call right now. Ideally he would have preferred if he had already renewed with an amount (lower but still) close to what he believes he deserves. He is not the type of professional to sit on his contract. A classic example of the Wisconsin sport society, he carries this Hard working-Soft speaking style, which many athletes of this region with a career in professional sports carry. He commits. He will not get complacent.
-A little after the beginning of season 2014-15, the Reds approached the American wingand renewed for two more years his contract that was to expire in the summer of 2015. Back then Olympiacos redeemed the 350,000 ticket with multiple benefits in the court. A great G/Ffor whom only Maccabi had expressed real interest during his last season in Ostend (the first 'big' team that really got interested in Matt).
Both his game and his character (inside and outside of the court) were a perfect match in the Olympiacos environment. Lojeski now knows precisely what to do in the court. I personally enjoy watching him He is one of the most effective players by playing on the weak side of the offense, not due to his shooting abilities, but because he has a broad range of options most of which stem from his ability to play with the ball and to create even late in a play, by going deep and exploring the defense with an effectiveness met in better creators. His attitude in Close outoffense is clearly the third pillar of the Reds' half-court offense with Spanoulis's PnR and Printezis's Post ups. What Lojeski brings to the table is a polished pull up jumper, good drive, ability to cut through the defense with a bounce pass or even make it chase, with a skip pass over everyone's head.
- Lojeski is one of the best shooters in Europe today and in recent years. Olympiacos's management have externalized their thought, going as far as calling him 'the best shooter in Europe', however, sometimes spontaneity is a bad advisor since it has now built up the expectation that he should be paid as such.. In 2013, Real Madrid (Olympiacos main competitor every year, different budget, but same goals) gave a four-year contract to the then30-year-old Jaycee Carroll and last year (the third year of the agreement) extended it until 2019. That means that they invest in a well-trained player of a certain making, that theywant to keep him in Madrid until he is 36. Carroll is there since 2011. Lojeski, like Carroll, made his big step in the highest Euroleague level when he was 28. These kind of shooters have their way of surviving for long in this level, especially with the current need for such players. Lojeski does not have Carroll's aggressiveness, who greatly trusts his hands and fights like a lion when the game has turned into a roulette, with the value of this characteristic being expressed persuasively and repeatedly in cases where Real is on the ropes. However, Olympiacos'sG/F, who this year will be four years in the team, can do other things better than Real's Mormon. His game is a 'constant' for the Greek champions. And in a year where Spanoulis will reach 35, the team will need more evenings such 'constants' to lean on
-Lojeski is not one of the three best SF in Euroleague today. Darius Miller, for example, is a much more complete player. Hanga's package is more influential within the four lines. He does not transform like 'Daniel Day Lewis' Bogdan Bogdanovic (G/F) does, from a Defensive Stopperwho will chase Spanoulis into Spanoulis himself the next minute in court. The the Belgian national team international is close to this elite but not quite there. Somewhere close to the statusofKC Rivers,who is younger, does not have Lojeski's talent in transition or close out offense, but plays better defense and holds a Euroleague trophy. He is an excellent third choice in the offense of a top-team, and the great adaptability of his game (he comfortably stands against a half-court offense a la Brose as well as against an up tempo base such as Real or Baskonia) may open more doors for him in the market.
If necessary, can Olympiacos replace Lojeski?
They certainly can. Of course, they will once again go back to looking for the 'bargain', which comes with a certain risk, but they have proven to have the know-how to do so to a certain degree. Realistically speaking, the chances to find an addition as good in every level as Lojeski are not great, but they exist. Olympiacos has lost (due to this tactic) players such as Hines and Sloukas (in this case the loss wasn't one of a mainly financial nature) in recent years. But they have managed to replace them to a considerable degree by staying faithful to their own plan that includes a specific financial policy. There are several players of 350-400 thousands out there who can bring elements from the Lojeski package to the team. This (together with the successful choices of recent years) is the biggest bargaining chip the Reds have in this case. The Olympiacos of the strong domestic core, of the inviolable hierarchy and the persistence of the principles of this particular philosophy will remain strong even without Lojeski. But at this level, the difference is in the details. From the locker room to the court... And Lojeski's package has several of these details that make Olympiacos solid and at the same time 'lethal' in order to remain up there in recent years. Based on the current picture of the roster (and given that logic under no circumstances dictates many changes of persons in the summer), I reject the idea that the Reds will move into the next season exclusively with the pair of Papanikolaou-Papapetrou in '3' without a wing who can shoot and play with the ball, giving Lojeski's foreign-player spot to a PF. In such an event, their offense will be more limited..On the other hand, with the American/Belgian in a more mature age and in a more specific role (shootingspecialist+minutes in '2' where Spanoulis will need more protection) the Red-Whites will be able to give Papapetrou more minutes more safely, upgrading the time and role of the Greek forward.
I have the feeling that if Olympiacos is willing to renew Lojeski, he will seek to close the deal by offering 1.5 (maybe a bit more) million in total for a two-year contract, and start negotiating from a number significantly lower, in order to reach an agreement. On the other hand, the player will start negotiating from 1.7-1.75 million euros for a minimum two-year deal. He knows well that he can get more money if he places himself in the market, and get offers from good clubs with high goals. However, if the financial issue was his only priority, we would not be having this conversation. It would be extremely difficult for the player to stay with Olympiacos. It's possible that within the month (before the EL playoffs) the Reds will approach the 32-year -old sharpshooter mainly to express their interest to stay with the team. I believe that the number they have in mind is very specific, whether they approach him now, or in the summer. Now, i.e. during the season, it's not the best of decision to play negotiation poker, and the 'moving the contact point' game, as an initial rejection in an offer he does not consider to reflect his value, may mess with his mind, reflect on his game, and affect his team. Lojeski is much better than many of the players that are paid over a million euros (or close to that) around Europe. However, he will not get close to that number with Olympiacos. If they really want to keep the player at Piraeus, the approach and the willingness to make a final offer close to the amount I mentioned above as a starting offer for the player will play a major role. From what we can gather so far, it seems that Olympiacos will wait until the end of the season to reassess the situation. However, it may be too late then...
It is a thin line, that much is understandable. Olympiacos must renew Lojeski. Most of all, though, they must renew him at the right price..
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