Real Madrid - Cantu 80-66 Real Madrid earned the third EuroLeague victory. They overcame visiting Cantu to gain 3-1 record on top of Group A. Mirza Begic (217-C-85) delivered 17 points and 10 rebounds to pace the hosts. Cantu fell at 1-3 record after the loss. Real Madrid started the game aggressively. They ran away for an 18:12 lead after ten minutes. Real dominated throughout the second quarter. The Madrid outfit ensured a 41:26 halftime advantage. Things hardly changed in the second half. Real stayed in control in the third term. They accumulated a 63:48 lead with ten minutes remaining. Cantu cut the margin to 13 points in the fourth frame but never got close enough to threaten the hosts. Rudy Fernandez (198-SF-85) and Nikola Mirotic provided 14 points each for Real Madrid. Pietro Aradori (195-SG-88) answered with 18 points for Cantu. Maarten Leunen and Jeff Brooks netted 13 points apiece in the loss.
Fener.Ulker - Panathinaikos 73-64 Fenerbahce registered the third win in EuroLeague Group A. They toppled visiting Panathinaikos tonight. Panathinaikos fell at 2-2 record after the defeat. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SG-89) and Bo McCalebb (178-PG-85, college: New Orleans) provided 13 points each to lead the winners. Fenerbahce eked out a 19:17 lead after ten minutes. The hosts cleared off in the second quarter. The Turkish team went on a 23:12 run to take a 13-point lead at the intermission. The hosts kept defensive pressure on the Greek team after the big break. Fenerbahce limited the Greens to 12 points in the period to take a 17-point advantage into the fourth stanza. Panathinaikos erupted for 23 points in the final stanza but could not rescue the game losing it at the end. Ilkan Karaman notched 12 points and 7 rebounds for Fenerbahce. Jonas Maciulis (199-F/G-85) answered with 14 points and 10 rebounds for Panathinaikos. Dimitris Diamantidis produced 12 points in the loss.
Khimky - Union Olimpija 75-65 Khimki overcame Union Olimpija in Friday opener at EuroLeague. The Russian team grabbed 75:65 victory for 2-2 record. The Slovenian side meanwhile fell at 1-3 record in Group A. The guests won the opening period 19-18 but could not match the opponents in the second frame. Khimki MR needed a 25-14 surge to take 43:33 halftime advantage. It was again Union Olimpija to start better the second half as they on the third quarter 15-13. Khimki MR ensured however the victory due to 19-17 in the last stanza. Vitaliy Fridzon (195-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and K.C. Rivers notched 16. Sergey Monya posted 10, whilst Kresimir Loncar and Zoran Planinic had 8 each. Aaron Baynes (208-C-86, college: Washington St.) responded with 27 points and 10 rebounds, whilst Dylan Page and Sasu Salin added 10 apiece.
Unicaja - ALBA 67-62 Unicaja nailed a home win over ALBA in the fourth round of EuroLeague. The Spaniards improved thus at 3-1 record in Group B. Earl Calloway (191-G-83, college: Indiana) finished with 14 points to lead the home side. Unicaja dropped 22 points in the opening quarter to take a 6-point lead. ALBA reacted with more aggressive defence in the second quarter. The German team limited the hosts to 7 points in the period to secure a 34:29 halftime lead. Unicaja used a 6:0 run midway through the third term to regain the lead. They entered the fourth quarter up by 4 points 47:43. Deon Thompson (203-F-88, college: N.Carolina) and Schaffartik gave ALBA a 51:50 lead midway through the final stanza. However Unicaja immediately spurred in front and rolled to the victory. Krunoslav Simon (197-G/F-85, agency: Beo Basket) netted 12 points, while Augusto Cesar Lima had 9 points in the victory. Deon Thompson answered with 17 points and 8 rebounds for ALBA. Heiko Schaffartzik netted 14 points in the loss.
Maccabi T-A - Asseco Prok. 93-62 Maccabi Electra extend the winning streak to 4 games after the win over Asseco Prokom. The Israeli team conquers Group B after 93:62 win. The Polish side meanwhile fell at 1-3 record. Maccabi Electra was the favorite of the game and did not waste the time to prove their ambitions. They erupted with 27-13 in the first period and added 23-17 in the second frame. Moreover the second half also belonged to the hosts that were supported by more than 11500 local fans. Maccabi won the third period 22-17 and finished the game with 21-15. Ricky Hickman (189-PG-85, college: NC-Greensboro) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and David Logan (185-G-82, college: Indianapolis) nailed 13. Giorgi Shermadini delivered 11 points, while three other teammates posted 8 apiece. Jerel Blassingame (175-PG-81, college: UNLV) ended up with 14 points in the losing effort, while Piotr Szczotka brought 12. Mateusz Ponitka finished the game with 11 points and Adam Hrycaniuk added 10.
Montepaschi - Chalon 93-90 Montepaschi Siena claimed a tough home win over Chalon. The victory propelled the Italian champions at 1-3 record in Group B. Chalon suffered the third loss. Bobby Brown (188-PG-84, college: CS Fullerton) carried Siena to the victory with 34 points and 5 assists. Chalon surprised the hosts with a storming start. The French team posted a 30:23 lead ten minutes into the game. Montepaschi adjusted their offence in the second term. The Italian side cut the deficit at 5-point mark 50:55. Bobby Brown tied the score at 73 late in the third quarter. However Lauvergne gave Chalon a 75:73 lead at the final intermission. Montepaschi started the final period with a 10:2 run to surge ahead. Shelden Williams (206-F-83, college: Duke) returned the lead to Chalon however Ress and Bobby Brown made it 88:84 for the hosts with under two minutes remaining. Carraretto and Bobby Brown sank three free throws in the dying seconds to ensure the victory for Siena. David Moss (196-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: Indiana St.) had 12 points, while Mario Kasun added 10 points for the winners. Shelden Williams responded with 28 points and 13 boards for Chalon. Blake Schilb netted 17 points in the loss.
Caja Laboral - Anadolu Efes 64-76 Jordan Farmar (188-PG-86, college: UCLA) nailed 18 points to make sure Anadolu Efes come out as winners from EuroLeague battle versus Caja Laboral. It became the third victory for the Istanbul team in Group C. Caja Laboral looked the better side in the opening frame. The hosts posted a 19:15 lead ten minutes into the encounter. The Vitoria outfit cleared off in the second stanza. Caja Laboral accumulated a comfortable 48:30 halftime advantage. But Anadolu Efes refused to give up. The Turkish team went on a massive 22:7 run in the third term to cut the deficit at 3-point mark. Anadolu Efes opened the final stanza with 11 straight points to pull in front. Caja Laboral seemed stunned as Anadolu Efes soon opened a double-digit advantage. The hosts never recovered as Anadolu Efes cruised to the victory. Kerem Gonlum (208-PF-77) netted 10 points, while Semih Erden and Esteban Batista had 9 points each for the winners. Carlos Cabezas (186-PG-80) responded with 12 points for Caja Laboral. Andres Nocioni had 11 points in defeat.
Zalgiris - EA7 Armani 92-87 Zalgiris Kaunas edge EA7 Emporio Armani in front of 15000 fans for the perfect 4-0 record. The Lithuanian team continued their winning streak after 92:87 win. It was not sweet in the start of the game for the hosts that lost the first period 20-27. The Italian team increased to 10 points, but the hosts cut it to 51:47 at the halftime. Zalgiris Kaunas added 25-14 in the third quarter and enjoyed 7-point deficit after three quarters. Marko Popovic scored for 89:84 and then Keith Langford made two free throws to reduce to just three points. Omar-Sharif Cook made just one for 89:87 and Ksistof Lavrinovic scored one free throw for 90:87 with 21 seconds to go. Oliver Lafayette (188-G-84, college: Houston) went on the free throw line with 3 seconds remaining and increased the victory to 5 points. Oliver Lafayette paced all the winners with 17 points and Ibrahim Jaaber (187-PG-84, college: Pennsylvania) notched 11. Ksistof Lavrinovic scored 10, while Marko Popovic, Tremmell Darden and Darjus Lavrinovic had 9 apiece. Keith Langford replied with 24 points in the losing effort and Malik Hairston added 21. Antonis Fotsis and Alessandro Gentile had 11 points each in defeat.
Olympiacos - Cedevita 79-77 Olympiacos clinched the second win in EuroLeague Group C. They held off visiting Cedevita. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) notched 21 points and issued 7 assists to lead the hosts. Olympiacos ensured a slim 22:16 lead after ten minutes. Cedevita surprised the hosts with a 15:3 run in the second quarter. However Kostas Papanikolaou (206-F-90) and Vassilis Spanoulis gave the lead back to the home side as they clinched a 42:35 halftime advantage. The teams stayed close throughout the third quarter. Olympiacos arrived at the final intermission up by 3 points 56:53. The Croatian team started the final quarter strong. They surged ahead for a 7-point lead. The hosts denied the deficit and it all came down to the final seconds in this one. Suton missed one of two free throws, while Sloukas sank two free throw attempts to seal the victory for Olympiacos. Kostas Papanikolaou recorded 14 points, while Georgios Printezis added 13 points and 7 rebounds in the winning case. Miro Bilan (215-C-89) responded with 16 points for Cedevita. Luksa Andric netted 15 points in defeat.
FCB Regal - Partizan 85-82 FC Barcelona Regal ease past Partizan mt:s 85:82. The Spanish side dominated the game but had some difficulties in the last quarter. After 15 points lead, they allowed the guests to reduce to 2, but grabbed the important win. Nathan Jawai (208-F/C-86, college: Midland CC) scored for 78:63 but Partizan was too far to give up. They erupted with a 9-0 run and reduced to 78:74 when Dejan Musli made two free throws. Marcelinho Huertas (191-PG-83, agency: Edge Sports) broke the silence for his side at 80:74 also from the free throw line. Leo Westermann replied with a three-pointer for 83:80 with less than a minute to go. Juan Carlos Navarro, made only one free throw for 84:80, while Vladimir Lucic made the same at 84:82. Nathan Jawai made only one free throw for 85:82 and his points were the last in the game. Marcelinho Huertas paced all the winners with 24 points and Nathan Jawai nailed 16. Juan Carlos Navarro followed them with 15 points in a win. Davis Bertans (203-SF-92) answered with 17 points in defeat and Dejan Musli scored 14. Leo Westermann notched 13, while Vladimir Lucic had 9.
Besiktas - CSKA 58-85 CSKA celebrated the fourth straight win in EuroLeague Group D. The Russian champions shot down Besiktas in Istanbul. Nenad Krstic (212-C-83) and Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86, college: Arkansas) provided 18 points each for the winners. Besiktas fell at 2-2 record after the defeat. CSKA set the tone early in the encounter. The visitors gained a 22:18 lead after ten minutes. CSKA maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They registered a 44:32 halftime advantage. CSKA cleared off in the third quarter. The Russian team went on a 24:9 run to open a 27-point lead at the final intermission. CSKA never looked back en route to the victory. Andrey Vorontsevich nailed 14 points and grabbed 9 rebounds for the winners. Muratcan Guler (192-G-80, agency: 1x1 Sports) replied with 12 points for Besiktas. Gasper Vidmar, Damir Markota and Curtis Jerrells had 8 points each in the loss.
Brose Baskets - Lietuvos rytas 84-78 Brose Baskets celebrated the initial win in EuroLeague season. They overcame Lietuvos Rytas at home court to catch up with their opponents at 1-3 record. Bostjan Nachbar (207-F-80) and Anton Gavel (188-PG-84, agency: Pro One Sports) dropped 22 points each for the winners. Lietuvos Rytas snatched a 21:20 lead after the opening quarter. Bamberg exploded with 25 points in the second frame to ensure a 45:35. Lietuvos Rytas however denied the deficit in the third term. Nemanja Nedovic stepped up with 9 points as the visitors pulled ahead for a 64:62 lead. Brose Baskets triggered a 15:0 run in the final period to gain a crucial advantage. Casey Jacobsen (198-G/F-81, college: Stanford) and Teddy Gipson had 9 points apiece for the hosts. Renaldas Seibutis (198-SG-85) responded with 24 points for Lietuvos Rytas. Nemanja Nedovic netted 15 points in the loss.
Adidas Next Generation tournament in Belgrade, February 24 - February 26 - 5 hours ago
Adidas Next Generation tournament will be played in Belgrade from February 24th until February 26th. Host of the tournament is KK Crvena Zvezda and all games will be played in Zeleznik. In group A are: KK Crvena Zvezda, KK Partizan, Ludwigsburg, Stellazurra and in group B Mega Bemax, Maccabi, Spars Sarajevo, Get better Academy Prague. KK Crvena Zvezda roster: Arijan Lakic, Aleksa Uskokovic, Lazar Zivanovic, Sergej Malesevic, Dusan Bubanja, Stefan Momirov, Vuk Djordjevic, Ranko Simovic, F... [read more]
Adidas Next Generation tournament will be played in Belgrade from February 24th until February 26th. Host of the tournament is KK Crvena Zvezda and all games will be played in Zeleznik. In group A are: KK Crvena Zvezda, KK Partizan, Ludwigsburg, Stellazurra and in group B Mega Bemax, Maccabi, Spars Sarajevo, Get better Academy Prague.
KK Crvena Zvezda roster: Arijan Lakic, Aleksa Uskokovic, Lazar Zivanovic, Sergej Malesevic, Dusan Bubanja, Stefan Momirov, Vuk Djordjevic, Ranko Simovic, Filip Karanovic, Zoran Paunovic, Milos Stajcic and Aleksa Ilic. Head coach Slobodan Klipa
KK Partizan roster: Davitkov Aleksanar, Stefan Adzic, Stevan Karapandzic, Ljubo Popovic, Mateja Jovanovic, Aleksa Popovic, Tadija Tadic, Bogdan Trifunovic, Boris Latinovic, Nemanja Bisevac, Dusan Tanaskovic, Bogdan Rutesic, Zarko Ecim, Filip Segota, Strahinja Grujanic and Aleksa Negovanovic. Head coach Aleksandar Bucan.
KK Mega Bemax: Nikola Miskovic, Igor Drobnjak, Altin Islamovic, Mihajlo Jovicic, Jovan Virjevic, Aleksa Matic, Aleksandar Langovic, Uros Trifunovic, Novak Miskovic, Petar Raickovic, Luka Cerovina, Bogdan Nedeljkovic, Danilo Matovic, Uros Draganic, Amar Mehic, Goga Bitadze
Games schedule, February 24th
Group A 10.00 - KK Crvena Zvezda Vs Ludwigsburg 12.00 - KK Partizan Vs Stellazzura 18.00 - Ludwigsburg Vs Stellazzura 20.00 - KK Crvena Zveza Vs KK Partizan
Group B 14.00 - KK Mega Bemax Vs Maccabi 16.00 - Spars Sarajevo Vs GBA Prague
You've lost that lovin' feelin'.. By Dimitris Katsionis on 13 February 2017 The greatest triumphs of propaganda have been achieved not by acting, but by omitting. Truth is important, but, from a practical viewpoint, hiding the truth is even more so.The Catalans are experiencing more intensely the feeling of a 'bad season' at Palau Blaugrana, however, very few focus on the real sources of the problem. Hoopfellas sheds light to the Barcelona situation. Once the Egyptians built pyramids.... [read more]
You've lost that lovin' feelin'..
By Dimitris Katsionis on 13 February 2017
The greatest triumphs of propaganda have been achieved not by acting, but by omitting. Truth is important, but, from a practical viewpoint, hiding the truth is even more so.The Catalans are experiencing more intensely the feeling of a 'bad season' at Palau Blaugrana, however, very few focus on the real sources of the problem. Hoopfellas sheds light to the Barcelona situation.
Once the Egyptians built pyramids. The Greeks built the Parthenon. Europeans built their amazing cathedrals during the Middle Ages. The Americans built their incredible skyscrapers. Coach Bartsokas built Euroleague basketball rosters..
Today, after a season at Krasnodar, where he got extremely close to a triumph , he feels doubt knocking on his door in a situation that is his dream job. Barcelona's performance in the previous Euroleague game (before last night's 92-72 against Manresa) against Galata was not just a bad night, nor a bad gameplan from the coaching staff, or the players' failure to execute that plan. The problem is deeper. Barcelona is 'ill' and have been dragging their illness within a toxic (for them) situation for quite some time now. At this point the people's reactions have put more pressure on everyone, from the front office to the last person in the coaching staff. What is really happening though? Is this unnatural or realistic?
Great changes: In order to build, you have to dismantle...
George Bartsokas beat Barcelona last year and did not allow them to get to the Final 4. Barcelona had many problems in areas they used to be strong: defence and rebounding. At the same time, there was a strong feeling of wanting something fresh, a change that would regenerate the cells of the basketball section at Palau Blaugrana. The 52 year old coach was deemed the most appropriate person to improve the team in these areas aiming to change their character in the second half of the season and the title games. We have pointed out the coach's effort to change the nature of Barcelona's defence under the guidance of coach Bartsokas, and it is obvious that there is an intention to give the team a more aggressive character and bring another culture to Palau Blaugrana. They would not be an artistic team, but a fighting team. However, in the 'city of artists' the culture the coach was bringing with him is not a radical change, but a painful shock on Barcelona's basketball section, which is used to other norms. This is a complex procedure that takes time. On one hand, the team's ability to add players and satisfy what the coach wants has been a matter of discussion, but, on the other hand it is not easy for a coach to do what he has in mind, when there is already a 9 player roster when he joins the team, especially if these players have entirely different ideals. Last year at Krasnodar, he chose 5 out of the 7 core players of the team in another situation altogether.
Good thinking, bad placement.
Tyrece Rice is an experienced player. He is one of the very few guards that can take over the game and bring their opponent to their knees when he starts his engines. The F4 in Milan gave him the contract -if not the label -of a proven winner. The American guard played excellent basketball at Moscow, where together with Petteri Coponen, they were the Khimki's driving force, as they are two guards that are excellent in creating for their teammates and execute through personal plays. The fun to watch offense of Khimki, looked like a train which goes in the rights track with these guards. Correct... Coach Bartsokas invested in this image, and the chemistry these two players had developed, and he believed that he would be able to count on them for the new Barcelona offense. The screenplay's adaptation to the cinema was not that simple and it was presented with certain difficulties.
Both David Blatt's Maccabi and Khimki were a completely different environment from the one coach Bartsokas is trying to establish in Barcelona since last summer. They have major differences to what this year's Barcelona is playing; this is not turning a page, but altering the book altogether. Rimas Kurtinaitis' Khimki was methodically one of the best-structured offences in Europe. They relied on the principle 'the ball travels faster than a pair of feet' and built an offence which was, without a hint of exaggeration, a mixture of Passing-Spacing & Movement, like the one Brose is playing today in half court and the fast pace of CSKA, playing in a high tempo and relying on Rice's ability to make the fast break in conjunction with the ability of his teammates to run the court 'together' (top in deploying). All the players that went to the Moscow region that year were chosen to serve a specific purpose in Kurtinaitis' plan. Big guys such as Augustine, Paul Davis, Monya, Loncar, floor spacers such as KC Rivers-Fridzon, playmakers with the ability to both create and execute (Sved, Koponen, Rice). Clearly a different environment both competitively and emotionally (in regards to pressure and expectations)
This year, Rice is asked to function in a different environment, which does not stress his main skills. He has less chances to run and create in the open court, whereas in set basketball, poor spacing (especially since Tomic's performance is in free fall) and the increased amount of turnovers (derived from the fact that the players have not yet learned to function together and play next to each other). The American does not have the final step of Mike James in order to get to the rim. He is, however, extremely agile in the open court, even when he does not score. After Renfroe was added, and following the nights where Rice's wreckage hit rock bottom, as Barcelona completely depended on him in the final minutes of the games, I was convinced that the coach would try the guard pair of Renfroe-Koponen in the starting unit, which can put more pressure on the ball and maybe circulate the ball faster in half court. We did not see that happen. Maybe (just maybe) the coach should process the idea of giving Rice a 6th player role, without decreasing his playing time.
Post Presence What..?
It's a fact that coach George Bartsokas' strengths were never associated with the creation of a very effective diverse offence. He had never showed anything complex in this part, and he was never an offensive minded guru who would build an offense that would open one door after the other, where movement would be harmonious and would have deep roots of fundamentals. He relies more on the release of offensive energy through defence, in the exemplary execution of situations in the weak side or the PnR and mainly on the individual ability of his players, who preferably should 'be able to shoot and pass properly'. Compared to the previous regime at Barcelona, his offensive philosophy represents a simpler, more direct approach, which is faster to learn. How easy is it, when the ground where you intend to sow is not fertile...?
In Barcelona, the fans and mainly the athletes themselves are used to a totally different competitive context. They are used to watch a good offense that is based on certain principles and teams that execute quickly both in the open court and half court. It is written in their DNA 'quality team offense and the player's individual talent becomes part of the team '. They like artists, not macho fighters. The change in what they are watching is a 'poor image' of this 'poor' period and this is what concerns them the most. Before the ... goodbye waving, especially at a time when Barcelona was having players come back from injuries and showed signs of a comeback, I had pointed out that their limited offense is what bothers more in Barcelona, not the bad results for a crowd that is used to (and demands) to see a good show. This is of course subjective. This is my two cents, for what they're worth. A good show may mean hustle plays, passion, simple albeit correct cooperations. The answer always varies depending on the mentality of the crowd and the identity the organisation has established.
Barcelona 2015-16 Barcelona 2016-17 70.3 PACE 68.9 111,0 OFF RATING 105,0 53.8 eFG% 52.2 105,3 DEF RATING 110.2
These numbers are not listed to compare the work of a coach that is on the bench for almost a decade to a coach that replaced him a few months ago, but to show the difference of how an average fan of the Catalan team sees it (in regards to what is offered). Coach Bartsokas has almost never effectively worked with Post-5s like Tomic. He got to a city and a situation where the team relied on a Heavy Post Offence in order to establish their offensive production and he knew that he would face certain difficulties in order to change things. The simpler, less complicated and with fewer offensive abilities roster of Krasnodar is not the same as the one he found in Barcelona, where there are many good scorers (without athleticism, not the most physical players and not the best defenders) and certain offensive characteristics, which he was expected to combine properly, mix all these ingredients and make a good dish. So, when your offensive philosophy is connected with certain situations and is not versatile, it is not easy to absorb all these characteristics and find an active role for all the players in your offense. It is much more difficult than in cases where you have two or three scorers and a few soldiers to support them and secure them by playing in a certain way with roles being clear.
Lack of athleticism and 'thirst'...
Last year,Barcelona showed signs of concern in areas that used to be the pillars of their game, such as defence and rebounding, and, as we pointed out earlier, the coach's resume would guarantee improvement in certain areas, which in title matches (especially in the Euroleague) are essential. However...
For coach Bartsokas this offseason there was the problem that he found players that were important for the organisation, who:
-most of them did not have the 'thirst' to go for the top, being over the hill in their carriers AND
-their presence required minutes that had their offensive, not their defensive performance as a point of reference.
The 'four Spanish players' rule 'tightened the rope' around the Catalan team's neck; they paid more than he was worth for Claver, they lost early the facilitator, Ribas, who provided balance for their backcourt and they were forced to rely (yet again and again and again) on the pair of Navaro-Oleson (36 and 33 years old). Under normal circumstances each of the former stars of the team (Navaro is the team itself, not just a star...) would play the role of the fifth guard in this year's backcourt, where La Bomba plays for 16 minutes and Oleason for 21.9 minutes, with everything that comes with that.
For Barcelona, in the competitive part (in the financial there was a profit) the fact that they lost two players like Satoranski and Abrines, who crossed over the Atlantic last year, from their backcourt was a great loss. Their absence left a great void in the physical/athletic package and the freshness they brought to the backcourt, and that void was never covered. Two guards that brought size, pace, defensive stops and both half court and transition execution, but mainly two players in a great age, away from lacking the 'thirst' of winning and constant recognition. The new day has already come at Palau Blaugrana and it finds Beracelona wearing the same worn-out clothes...
At the same time, the Catalans, much to everyone's surpsise, kept two light 4s with face up game and peripheral execution (Doelman, Vezeknov), while Claver moves to '3' in order to cover the absence of a defensive stopper in a position where the team has a void, which seems to be there on purpose (but wrongfully, as it turns out) and is not covered in order for everyone to fit in the rotation, by playing sometimes Big and sometimes Small, which results in the team not finding their rythm. Barcelona's frontcourt is Soft in the paint, and this is what restricts them from being more physical in their defence and put the pressure by putting their hand on the opponent. Ante Tomic is the tragic figure, like last year for a long while (you do remember our discussion, right?), and his stats in the last 5 Euroleague games are 3.2 points with 6/24 shots (and 7.9 rebounds)... I sincerely don't know if Faverani was the coach's decision, whereas Diagne's return was deemed necessary.
Under these circumstances and taking into account the constant injuries they have had to face so far, it has been difficult to gradually build piece-by-piece a good defence, which was the key for the coach's success last year at Krasnodar. Remember Bartsokas' view on how difficult it is to convince a Russian player to play concentrated defence for 40 minutes (which was his biggest problem when he got the job in western Russia.
To sum up, gentlemen, the coach is trying to radically change the psyche of this organisation. This is the reason why what we see Barcelona play at this time looks 'ugly'. Weird... If coach Bartsokas can make it and keep his position, he may be able to set the stage for something better, healthier and most of all different from what people are used to see in the next season and focus on ACB for this year. Just remember Fener's basketball in Obradovic's first season in Istanbul to understand the hardships the Greek coach has to face in order to establish his own competitive principles in an environment with a different culture. It won't be easy. However, every radical change, especially in an organisation with tradition, a certain basketball identity, is a difficult task. Nevertheless, seeing a Greek coach being at the head of the 'legend' of Catalonia is important. Coach, I hope (and secretly expect) that this time you will not 'be the change you want to see'.
Brose Baskets extend deal with Nikolaos Zisis - 5 days ago
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2019. Nikolaos Zisis joined Bamberg back in 2015. He averages 7.7 points, 4.5 assists and 1.9 rebounds per game in EuroLeague. In BBL Zisis notches 8.1 points, 2.1 rebounds and 3.7 assists per appearance. Nikolaos Zisis has been the member of the Greek National Team since 2002. [read more]
Nikolaos Zisis and Brose Baskets have agreed on terms of contract extension. The Greek guard will stay with the German champions through 2019. Nikolaos Zisis joined Bamberg back in 2015. He averages 7.7 points, 4.5 assists and 1.9 rebounds per game in EuroLeague. In BBL Zisis notches 8.1 points, 2.1 rebounds and 3.7 assists per appearance. Nikolaos Zisis has been the member of the Greek National Team since 2002.
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