Results and Stats from Regular Season Round 6 - Nov 16, 2012
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Panathinaikos - Real Madrid 79-68 Panathinaikos celebrated the third win in Euroleague Group A. They held off visiting Real in Athens tonight. Stephane Lasme (203-F-82, college: Massachusetts) came up with 15 points and 8 rebounds to pace the hosts. Real Madrid enjoyed a 16:12 lead ten minutes into the game. But Panathinaikos turned things around in the second quarter. The Athens team unloaded 30 points in the second frame and gained a 42:35 halftime advantage. Panathinaikos maintained the lead throughout the third quarter. The hosts boosted the distance to 13 points with ten minutes remaining. Real got within 7 points midway through the fourth stanza but Panathinaikos stayed calm and executed the victory to perfection. Andy Panko (205-F-77, agency: Beo Basket, college: Lebanon Valley) had 14 points and 8 rebounds, while Jonas Maciulis added 12 points for the home side. Carlos Suarez (202-F-86, agency: Court Side) answered with 16 points for Real Madrid. Jaycee Carroll netted 9 points in the loss.
Khimky - Fener.Ulker 71-70 Khimky clinched a dramatic win over Fenerbahce in the opening game of EuroLeague Round 6. K.C. Rivers (196-G-87, college: Clemson) tipped the ball in at the buzzer as Khimky snatched a tough home win over the Turkish team. The victory allowed the hosts to improve at 4-2 record in Group A. Fenerbahce slipped at 3-3 record. Fenerbahce enjoyed a narrow 18:17 lead after ten minutes of action. However Khimky went on a 22:11 run in the second frame to take a 39:29 halftime lead. Fenerbahce cut the deficit in the third frame. Baris Ermis put the visitors within 5 points at the final break 51:56. Omer Onan finally tied things up at 60 midway through the final term. Preldzic made it 61:60 for the Turkish team. The lead changed hands for several times before David Andersen (212-C-80) gave Fenerbahce a 70:69 advantage with 55 seconds remaining. Sergey Monya missed a triple but K.C. Rivers grabbed a rebound and tipped the ball in at the buzzer. The referees reviewed the play for some time before stating Khimky's victory. K.C. Rivers finished with 14 points to pace the hosts. Vitaliy Fridzon (195-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) added 12 points for the winners. David Andersen responded with 17 points and 7 rebounds for Fenerbahce. Bojan Bogdanovic and Baris Ermis had 11 points each in the loss.
Union Olimpija - Cantu 81-79 Union Olimpija beat Mapooro Cantu to tie both records in EuroLeague Group A. The team from Slovenia won 81:79 as both teams are with 2-4 records. Mapooro Cantu started the game with 22-17 and Alex Tyus brought 27:23. Alen Omic tied the game at 29:29 and then the hosts managed to win the half 42:39. They game remained carousel as the teams again exchanged the led several times. At first Mapooro Cantu won the third period 23-17 and enjoyed 62:59 after Maarten Leunen's shot. Pietro Aradori (195-SG-88) tied the game at 79:79, while Jaka Blazic (196-G-90) made two free throws for the final result. Jaka Blazic erupted with 30 points and Dylan Page (204-F-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) posted 14. Klemen Prepelic and Aaron Baynes followed them with 13 points each. Pietro Aradori answered with 20 points in the losing case and Manuchar Markoishvili added 15. Maarten Leunen brought 11, whilst Alex Tyus tossed in 9.
ALBA - Montepaschi 73-75 Montepaschi Siena registered the third win in Euroleague regular season. They eked out a tough victory over ALBA in Berlin today. Montepaschi improved at 3-3 record, while ALBA fell at 2-4 in Group B. Daniel Hackett (200-PG-87, agency: Two Points, college: USC) sank a jumper with 14 seconds left in regulation to seal the victory for Montepaschi. Montepaschi started the game confidently. The Italian champions posted a 21:17 lead after ten minutes. The visitors maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They accounted for a 39:34 halftime lead. Montepaschi extended their lead to 14 points midway through the third frame. But the hosts restored the intrigue. They cut the margin to 8 points at the final intermission 52:60. Djedovic and Idbihi put the hosts in front 61:60 midway through the final frame. The lead changed hands for several times before DeShaun Wood made it 73:70 for ALBA with just over two minutes remaining. But Thomas Ress tied things up at 73 from the penalty line. Daniel Hackett then came up with a jumper, while Zach Morley missed his attempts as Siena got away with victory. Bobby Brown (188-PG-84, college: CS Fullerton) nailed 21 points and issued 6 assists for Siena. Kristjan Kangur added 13 points, while Daniel Hackett netted 12 points in the win. Deon Thompson (203-F-88, college: N.Carolina) answered with 20 points and 8 boards for ALBA. Vule Avdalovic had 13 points in the loss.
Asseco Prok. - Chalon 70-76 Elan Chalon gained the second win in EuroLeague this season. The French side overcame Asseco Prokom Gdynia in the game of the bottom teams of the group. They needed 76:70 victory to climb up the ladder. The teams entered the game with 1-4 records and desired to improve their positions. The Polish side took 20-13 lead after the first period, but failed in the rest of the game. Elan Chalon needed first 21-17 surge in the second frame and then a final push in the last stanza. Jordan Aboudou tied the game at 58:58, while Ilian Evtimov scored for 69:64. Brion Rush (186-G-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: Grambling St.) brought the final point for the winning side from the free throw making the difference to 5 points. Brion Rush top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Blake Schilb (200-G/F-83, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Loyola, IL) notched 15. Ilian Evtimov delivered 13, while Steed Tchicamboud and Jordan Aboudou had 8 each. Adam Hrycaniuk (206-C-84, agency: Alti Sport, college: Cincinnati) ended up with 17 points in the losing case and Lukasz Koszarek scored 14. Jerel Blassingame brought 12, whilst Frank Robinson tossed in 11.
Maccabi T-A - Unicaja 62-64 Unicaja Malaga stole the show from Nokia Arena and 10000 local fans of Maccabi Electra. The Spanish team grabbed 64:62 win after Marcus Williams (191-G-85, college: Connecticut)'s late baskets in the game. Both teams share the top with 5-1 records now. Maccabi Electra entered the game undefeated but knew about the strength of the visiting team. The Israeli team won the first period 21-17, but lost the second frame 16-21. It was a real battle in the court in the third period as Kosta Perovic tied it all at 49:49 at the end of it. Krunoslav Simon gave the guests 61:60 lead and then Marcus Williams brought the final success at the end. Marcus Williams top-scored for the winners with 12 points and Zoran Dragic (196-F/G-89) nailed 10. James Gist added 9, while Luka Zoric posted 8. Shawn James (207-C-83, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Northeastern) finished the game with 14 points in defeat and Ricky Hickman notched 13. Malcolm Thomas ended up with 11 points, while Yogev Ohayon had 7.
Caja Laboral - Olympiacos 72-89 Olympiacos posted the fourth win in EuroLeague Group C. The Greek powerhouse toppled Caja Laboral in Vitoria tonight. Kyle Hines (198-F-86) came up with 18 points to lead the winners. Olympiacos surged ahead midway through the first frame and accumulated a 22:19 lead after ten minutes. Peto Antic made it 35:25 for the visitors midway through the second term. Caja Laboral however managed to cut the deficit to 7 points at the interval 40:47. Olympiacos posted a 58:44 lead midway through the third quarter. The gap kept on growing as the Piraeus team headed into the fourth stanza up by 18 points 69:51. Olympiacos never looked back in the fourth stanza cruising to the victory at the end. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) netted 14 points and issued 8 assists, while Kostas Papanikolaou notched 13 points and 9 rebounds in the victory. Brad Oleson (191-G-83, agency: Duran International, college: Alaska-Fairb.) answered with 13 points for Caja Laboral. Fernando San Emeterio and Andres Nocioni had 12 points each in the fifth loss for the hosts.
Anadolu Efes - EA7 Armani 77-71 Anadolu Efes overcame a slow start to clinch the home win over Emporio Armani in Euroleague Group C. Sasha Vujacic (201-SG-84) unloaded 29 points to lead the hosts to the victory. Emporio Armani fell at 2-4 record after the loss. Anadolu Efes eked out a narrow 20:18 lead after ten minutes. But the visitors took over in the second frame. Emporio Armani limited the hosts to just 7 points in the second frame. The Italian team ensured a 36:27 halftime lead. Anadolu Efes came back to life late in the third quarter. They capped the period on a 6:2 run to earn a 54:52 lead. Anadolu Efes used an 11:2 rally midway through the final frame to take a 67:56 lead. The hosts kept Emporio Armani at safe distance throughout the rest of the contest and celebrated an important victory at the end. Kerem Gonlum (208-PF-77) and Jamon Lukas Gordon (191-SG-84, college: Virginia Tech) netted 10 points apiece for the winners. Keith Langford (193-SG-83, college: Kansas) answered with 15 points for Emporio Armani. Malik Hairston netted 14 points in the loss.
Cedevita - Zalgiris 108-106 2OT Cedevita and Zalgiris went through a double-overtime marathon to decide on the winner in EuroLeague Group C tonight. Cedevita eventually came out winners in Zagreb. Mickael Gelabale (201-SF-83, agency: Three Eye Sports) nailed 23 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to pace the hosts to the second win at the tournament. Zalgiris suffered their first defeat and slipped at 5-1 record. Zalgiris looked the dominant force in this one early in the game. The Kaunas team accumulated a 28:19 lead ten minutes into the game. But Cedevita turned things around in the next two periods. The hosts denied the deficit and pulled ahead for a 63:60 lead at the third break. Zalgiris erased the distance and Darden put the visitors ahead 82:80 with 46 seconds remaining. Marko Popovic sank three free throws to ensure an 85:82 lead for the visitors with 9 seconds remaining. But Bracey Wright (191-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Indiana) drilled a three-pointer and sent the game into overtime. Jankunas gave Zalgiris a 96:93 lead with 31 seconds to go in the first extra period. Darden followed with a free throw as Zalgiris seemed on the way to their victory 97:93. However Bracey Wright nailed two free throws and then Ilievski dropped a three-point bomb following free throws from Kaukenas to put Cedevita within one 98:99. Marko Popovic hit just one free throw and Mickael Gelabale dunked for a 100:100 tie game at the end of the first overtime. Zalgiris jumped ahead once again early in the second extra period. Bracey Wright and Ilievski gave a decisive lead for Cedevita and the hosts then kept Zalgiris scoreless for more then three minutes to win the battle. Bracey Wright sank 20 points, while Predrag Suput fired 18 points for the hosts. Darjus Lavrinovic (212-C-79) answered with 24 points for Zalgiris. Marko Popovic had 19 points in the loss.
Partizan - Besiktas 87-72 Partizan had little problems en route to the home win over Besiktas in the sixth round of Euroleague regular season. Dragan Milosavljevic (198-G-89) nailed 16 points to lead Partizan to the first win in Group D. Partizan rallied to a 24:19 lead at the first break. Partizan mounted the pressure in the second quarter. The hosts erupted for 27 points in the second stanza and accumulated a 51:43 halftime advantage. Besiktas stopped the rot in the third term. The Turkish team trimmed the gap at 5-point mark at the final break. But Partizan went on a 17:7 surge in the fourth stanza to clinch a comfortable win at the end. Vladimir Lucic (202-SF-89, agency: Beo Basket) and Dejan Musli (213-C-91, agency: Beo Basket) netted 14 points each for the home side. Curtis Jerrells (185-G-87, college: Baylor) answered with 20 points for Besiktas. Damir Markota netted 16 points in defeat.
Lietuvos rytas - CSKA 62-71 CSKA Moscow eke out Lietuvos Rytas at Siemens Arena in the start of the Round 6 in EuroLegaue. The Russian team improved to 5-1 record after 72:61 victory. Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius meanwhile feel at 1-5 record in Group D. Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius started with 16-14 and also scored 16 points in the second frame. It was not however enough to seal the win in the first half as the guests replied with 19 points and led 1 point at the halftime. Moreover the second half belonged to the Russian Champion. CSKA won the third period 20-14 and finished the game with 18-16. Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86, college: Arkansas) stepped up with 19 points and Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) delivered 13. Sasha Kaun poured in 11, while Viktor Khryapa added 7. Leon Radosevic (206-C-90) ended up with 17 points and Mindaugas Katelynas brought 13. Renaldas Seibutis notched 11, whilst Steponas Babrauskas tossed in 8.
Brose Baskets - FCB Regal 66-86 FC Barcelona Regal keep the perfect record in Group D improving to 6-0 record. The Spanish titan overcame Brose Baskets 86:66. The German team dropped at 2-4 in the group. FC Barcelona Regal took narrow 23-22 lead after the first period and had difficulties playing in front of almost 7000 fans in Germany. The guests managed to add 24-20 surge in the second frame for 5-point advantage at the halftime. The hosts side tied the game at 49:49 when Teddy Gipson nailed a three-pointer. FC Barcelona Regal however won the third period 17-11 and led 64:53 after three quarters. Another 22-13 in the last stanza gave them a total 20-point victory success. Pete Mickeal (199-F-78, college: Cincinnati) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Erazem Lorbek (209-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.) nailed 14. Juan Carlos Navarro poured in 13, while Judson Wallace and Marcelinho Huertas added 7 apiece. Bostjan Nachbar (207-F-80) ended up with 18 points in the losing effort and Teddy Gipson scored 12. Anton Gavel delivered 11 and Latavious Williams notched 9.
Adidas Next Generation tournament in Belgrade, February 24 - February 26 - 16 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 - 6 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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