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Interview with Damir Rancic - Sep 21, 2012


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The Croatian sharp shooter helped KK Zagreb Croatia Osiguranje have a good year in their first ever Euroleague experience and chipped in 6.1ppg mostly from beyond the arc to make things easier for quality big men such as Kasun, Markota, May and Heytvelt. Damir Rancic (199-G-83) has things to say regarding his basketball career and future plans.

You had a stint in the Euroleague with Cibona earlier and last year got back to the competition with KK Zagreb Croatia Osiguranje. Would you call it a successful season for Zagreb side?

Like you said my first experience with Euroleague was in Cibona 2006 and it was a success last year. It was a debut in Euroleauge for KK Zagreb Croatia Osiguranje and I think the season was ok. We started group with a couple of big losses but in the second part of the group we started to play better and until the last game we had a chance to go into Top 16 but we lost the last game against Zalgiris and said goodbye to Euroleauge.

Compare to your previous Euroleague experience what do you think of the last year?

The Euroleague is obviously getting bigger and tougher every year. Yes i think that euroleauge is getting better and tougher every year.. Its getting more physical and stronger day by day. In terms of organization Euroleague is one of the best sports events ever done.

Croatian basketball is producing a lot of talent everyday but it seems like people are expecting better success from the national team that you have been a part of as well?

That is true... We have so much young talents and gold medals in youth categories but nobody knows what the problem is with the senior team.. We lost 3 or 4 times in a row in quarter finals starting from Belgrade 2005 where I also participated in.

Mostly youre listed as a guard but do you think you are more of a shooting guard or else a small forward and on the floor positions matter as much as many believe?

My natural position is the shooting guard butIi can also play at small forward because I am 1.99 cm tall, but my trademark is getting out of the screens and shooting with a high percentage..

People know you as a true shooter. Your 3 point percentage has always been high and its said shooting is an instinct?

Yes that is my best thing and people know me through that... I think it is an instinct but also reqiures lots of hard work.

Like many other free agents you seem to be waiting for the right offer since you didnt agree terms with any club yet. Any progress going on with your negotiations?

Everybody knows the situation and the market is bad this year. Many teams lowered the budgets and also have problem with paying on time so I decided to wait for the right offer because I want to be on a team where I can give my best. So far in this season I havent found what Im looking for but I know it will be coming soon..

How does it feel to be professional athlete whos always at the practice or on the road for the games? Do you manage to save enough time for yourself and what do you do on your spare time?

Many players start to practice regularly in a very young age and that kind of life is in their blood... I like basketball and that kind of living so I don't have any problem with having no time for other things. I usually read books or play video games or go fishing in summer time just to get rid of the stress of basketball life.
  




Nicolas
Laprovittola
Baskonia adds Laprovittola to their roster - 1 day ago
Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (Liga Endesa) added to their roster 27-year old Argentinian international point guard Nicolas Laprovittola (193-90). He supposed to play at San Antonio Spurs in the NBA, but left the team in Dec.'16. In 16 games he recorded 3.7ppg and 1.8apg this season. The most of last season Laprovittola spent at Movistar Estudiantes where in 20 Liga Endesa games he averaged 13.8ppg, 2.9rpg, 4.4apg and 1.6spg (in top 3). He also played earlier that season for Lietuvos rytas in...   [read more]

Joey Dorsey
FC Barcelona let Dorsey go - 1 day ago
FC Barcelona Lassa (Liga Endesa) cut experienced 34-year old American power forward Joey Dorsey (206-129kg-83, college: Memphis). In 16 Liga Endesa games he averaged 3.7ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.2apg this season. He helped them to make it to the Supercup final. Dorsey played 17 games in Euroleague where he had 5.5ppg and 6.3rpg. The last season he played at Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul in Turkish BSL. In 17 games he recorded 7.5ppg, 7.3rpg and 1.1apg. He can count that season as a very successfu...   [read more]

Alex Kirk
Anadolu Efes add Kirk to their roster, ex Guangzhou - 4 days ago
Anadolu Efes Istanbul (BSL) added to their roster 26-year old American center Alex Kirk (211-114kg-91, college: N.Mexico, agency: Pensack Sports). He supposed to play at Guangzhou Securities in Chinese CBA league, but left the team in Nov.'16. In 7 games he recorded very impressive stats: 17.7ppg, 10.1rpg, 1.3apg and 1.9bpg this season. The last season Kirk played at The Flexx Pistoia in Italian Serie A where in 33 games he averaged remarkable 16.3ppg, 7.6rpg and 1.3bpg. A very spectacula...   [read more]


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 1 CSKA 14-4 
 2 Real Madrid 12-5 
 3 Olympiacos 12-5 
 4 Baskonia 11-6 
 5 Panathinaikos 10-7 
 6 Fenerbahce 10-7 
 7 Darussafaka 9-8 
 8 Crvena Zvezda 9-8 
 9 Anadolu Efes 8-9 
 10 FC Barcelona 7-10 
 11 Unics 7-10 
 12 Brose Bask. 7-11 
 13 Maccabi T-A 6-11 
 14 Zalgiris 6-11 
 15 Galatasaray 5-12 
 16 EA7 Armani 4-13 
Full Standings
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Keith LANGFORD
  Unics
  (193-SG-83)
  Avg: 24
 1. Langford, Unics24.0 
 2. De Colo, CS.19.9 
 3. Llull, Real Madrid18.0 
 4. Teodosic, CSKA16.9 
 5. Goudelock, Maccabi .16.3 
 6. Rice, FC Barcelona15.4 
 7. Sanders, EA7 A.14.4 
 8. Wanamaker, Darussaf.14.3 
 9. Clyburn, Darussaf.13.7 
 10. Brown, Anadolu .13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nicolo MELLI
  Brose Bask.
  (205-PF-91)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Melli, Brose Bask.8.2 
 2. Honeycutt, Anadolu .8.1 
 3. Kuzmic, Crvena Z.7.8 
 4. Udoh, Fenerbahce7.5 
 5. Voigtmann, Basko.7.2 
 6. Brown, Anadolu .6.4 
 7. Birch, Olympiacos6.4 
 8. Dorsey, FC Barce.6.3 
 9. Singleton, Panathin.6.2 
 10. Jankunas, Zalgiris6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Milos TEODOSIC
  CSKA
  (195-PG-87)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Teodosic, CSKA7.6 
 2. Larkin, Baskonia6.5 
 3. Spanoulis, Olympiacos6.5 
 4. Calathes, Panathin.6.3 
 5. Llull, Real Madrid5.8 
 6. Heurtel, Anadolu .5.5 
 7. Jovic, Crvena Z.5.4 
 8. Guler, Galatasaray5.4 
 9. Colom, Unics5.4 
 10. Westermann, Zalgiris5.1 
Steals Per Game
 Charles JENKINS
  Crvena Z.
  (191-SG-89)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Jenkins, Crvena Z.2.1 
 2. Calathes, Panathin.1.9 
 3. Wilbekin, Darussafaka1.6 
 4. Wanamaker, Darussaf.1.5 
 5. Larkin, Baskonia1.5 
 6. Rice, FC Barcelona1.4 
 7. Singleton, Panathin.1.4 
 8. Hanga, Baskonia1.3 
 9. Lazic, Crvena Z.1.2 
 10. Brown, Anadolu .1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Ekpe UDOH
  Fenerbahce
  (208-F/C-87)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Udoh, Fenerbahce2.1 
 2. Tyus, Galatasaray1.6 
 3. Parakhouski, Unics1.5 
 4. Birch, Olympiacos1.2 
 5. Singleton, Panathin.1.2 
 6. Pleiss, Galatasaray1.1 
 7. Theis, Brose Bask.1.0 
 8. Randolph, Real Madrid1.0 
 9. Honeycutt, Anadolu .0.9 
 10. Dunston, Anadolu .0.9 
Player of the Week

 Dairis Bertans
  Darussafaka
  ( 194-SG-91-89 )
  
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