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Round 29 (Regular Season)

Crvena Zvezd 64% Mar.31 Unics
Galatasaray Mar.31 Baskonia 55%
Panathinaiko 54% Mar.31 CSKA
Real Madrid 73% Mar.31 Fenerbahce
Zalgiris 75% Mar.31 EA7 Armani
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Brose Bask. 51% Mar.30 Darussafaka
FC Barcelona 59% Mar.30 Maccabi T-A
Malaga's Marcus Williams talks heart surgery, journey to Euroleague stardom - Nov 23, 2012


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On September 2, 2011, Los Angeles native guard Marcus Williams' basketball career was threatened without warning.

The former UConn stud and first round pick in the 2006 NBA draft was just three days into his new Russian contract when Kazan's physical identified a heart tumor. Williams immediately returned to the United States to undergo surgery, keeping him off the hardwood for over three months.

Williams had just capped a noteworthy season with Russian Enisey, averaging 15.3 points and finishing first in the league in assists with 6.8 per game.

Once receiving his worrying medical results, Williams contemplated the worst and began to reminisce about the highlights of his career, such as winning the 2004 NCAA title, being selected 22nd overall by the New Jersey Nets and playing in the Rookies All-Star Game. He also recalled being chosen to play in the Puerto Rican league's All-Star game, earning both the game's MVP and the Skills Contest awards.

It was on the flight home that Williams told himself "I'm sick of asking 'why' to certain things. I just continue to roll with the punches." He was convinced that it didnt matter where he played basketball, as long as he got one more shot to hoop.

Behind an encouraging 25-game comeback in China, Williams pursued a deal that would resurrect his career. The NBA, by the way, wasn't in the cards.

"There was some NBA talk over the summer. I had some camp invites but I never thought about going because I didn't want to do the NBA thing this year. I wanted to play more than anything," Williams told Eurobasket from his luxury patio overlooking the Mediterranean in Malaga, Spain. "Going to the NBA, I would have maybe been a second guard, for sure a third guard on some team and I know I can play basketball -- doing so at a high level was my ultimate goal," he added.

Throughout his rehab process, Williams gained 20-plus pounds of body fat, increasing his weight to 230 pounds, resembling a somewhat taller, non-muscular version of free agent NBA guard Derek Fisher.

Last summer, Williams was determined to get back into shape and like any other off-season, he played for the "L.A. Unified" squad in Los Angeles' famous pro-am Drew League. In July, he participated in a number of vigorous private workouts for European teams.

"It's funny," Williams recalled while looking back on how he was scouted by Spanish Unicaja Malaga. "Our General Manager told someone from my agency that they were on the lookout for a point guard and that they would stop through L.A. on their way to the NBA Summer League. They came to a few workouts, saw me play, and that was it. They were the first team to approach me," the 26-year-old guard said.

Later that month, Malaga's Croatian coach Jasmin Repesa left Williams with a very detailed to-do list before giving team officials the green light to sign the 6-foot-3 guard to a two-year contract.

" (Repesa) has been on my case before I even signed with Malaga. We spoke on the phone many times and he was strict about wanting me to lose my body fat, lose weight, and get into game shape early," the 211-pound healthy Williams revealed.

"I told him I'm willing to do whatever it takes, and though (Repesa) rarely allows us to get comfortable, (Repesa)'s very open minded and trusts us to make the right plays. I'm glad I was able to step in up."

With seven weeks into the Euroleague season, Williams, a Euroleague rookie, is fully recovered and is playing the best ball of his career. He's averaging 11.1 points shooting 41% from beyond the arc and is ranked third in the competition in made 3-pointers (18), leading his team to the Top 16 round with six consecutive victories. Williams also records 3.3 rebounds and 3.6 dimes in just 21 minutes of action.

Between 2006-2010, Williams collected 5.6 points, 1.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 203-NBA games for the New Jersey Nets, Golden State Warriors and Memphis Grizzlies.
  




Stratos
Perperoglou
Recap of Round 28 of Regular Season - 12 hours ago
FC Barcelona - Crvena Zvezda 67-54 Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Serbian Crvena Zvezda (15-13) and Spanish FC Barcelona (11-17), which took place in Barcelona. 8th ranked Crvena Zvezda lost to eleventh ranked FC Barcelona in a road game 54-67. It looked good early as Crvena Zvezda took a 1-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then FC Barcelona had a 15-11 second period charge getting the lead and Crvena Zvezda was not able to take back game control losin...   [read more]

Sergio Llull
Sergio Llull claims Euroleague weekly honour - 2 days ago
Sergio Llull (190-SG-87) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's leader Real Madrid and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 27. The 29-year old shooting guard had the game-high 21 points adding three rebounds and six assists for Real Madrid in his team's victory, helping them to crush FC Barcelona (#12, 10-17) with 16-point margin 85-69. It allowed Real Madrid to jump to the first place in the Euroleague. They would have been even better...   [read more]

Sergio Llull
Recap of Round 27 of Regular Season - 3 days ago
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]


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Euroleague Standings
 1 Real Madrid 21-7 
 2 CSKA 21-7 
 3 Olympiacos 19-9 
 4 Fenerbahce 17-11 
 5 Panathinaikos 17-11 
 6 Anadolu Efes 16-12 
 7 Baskonia 16-12 
 8 Crvena Zvezda 15-13 
 9 Darussafaka 14-14 
 10 Zalgiris 13-15 
 11 FC Barcelona 11-17 
 12 Brose Bask. 10-18 
 13 Galatasaray 10-18 
 14 Maccabi T-A 10-18 
 15 EA7 Armani 7-21 
 16 Unics 7-21 
Full Standings
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Keith LANGFORD
  Unics
  (193-SG-83)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Langford, Unics22.3 
 2. De-Colo, CS.20.2 
 3. Goudelock, Maccabi .17.3 
 4. Llull, Real Madrid16.6 
 5. Teodosic, CSKA15.8 
 6. Wanamaker, Darussaf.15.5 
 7. Jankunas, Zalgiris13.1 
 8. Rice, FC Barcelona13.1 
 9. Brown, Anadolu .13.1 
 10. Heurtel, Anadolu .13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ekpe UDOH
  Fenerbahce
  (208-F/C-87)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Udoh, Fenerbahce7.6 
 2. Melli, Brose Bask.7.5 
 3. Voigtmann, Basko.7.4 
 4. Kuzmic, Crvena Z.7.2 
 5. Honeycutt, Anadolu .7.1 
 6. Zizic, Darussafaka6.9 
 7. Dunston, Anadolu .6.3 
 8. Dorsey, FC Barce.6.3 
 9. Birch, Olympiacos6.2 
 10. Jankunas, Zalgiris6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Milos TEODOSIC
  CSKA
  (195-PG-87)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Teodosic, CSKA7.5 
 2. Llull, Real Madrid6.2 
 3. Spanoulis, Olympiacos5.8 
 4. Heurtel, Anadolu .5.8 
 5. Jovic, Crvena Z.5.7 
 6. Colom, Unics5.7 
 7. Calathes, Panathin.5.7 
 8. Guler, Galatasaray5.6 
 9. Larkin, Baskonia5.6 
 10. Westermann, Zalgiris5.4 
Steals Per Game
 Charles JENKINS
  Crvena Z.
  (191-SG-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Jenkins, Crvena Z.2.0 
 2. Calathes, Panathin.1.6 
 3. Wanamaker, Darussaf.1.5 
 4. Lazic, Crvena Z.1.4 
 5. Wilbekin, Darussafaka1.4 
 6. Larkin, Baskonia1.4 
 7. Papanikolaou, Olympiac.1.3 
 8. Paul, Anadolu Efes1.3 
 9. Guler, Galatasaray1.3 
 10. Jovic, Crvena Z.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ekpe UDOH
  Fenerbahce
  (208-F/C-87)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Udoh, Fenerbahce2.2 
 2. Tyus, Galatasaray1.5 
 3. Parakhouski, Unics1.3 
 4. Pleiss, Galatasaray1.2 
 5. Singleton, Panathin.1.1 
 6. Dunston, Anadolu .1.1 
 7. Randolph, Real Madrid1.1 
 8. Birch, Olympiacos1.0 
 9. Honeycutt, Anadolu .0.9 
 10. Theis, Brose Bask.0.9 
Player of the Week

 Sergio Llull
  Real Madrid
  ( 190-SG-95-87 )
  
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