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Round 24 (Regular Season)

Crvena Zvezd 74% Mar.3 Brose Bask.
Darussafaka Mar.3 Panathinaiko 55%
FC Barcelona Mar.3 CSKA 70%
Unics Mar.3 Anadolu Efes 65%
Galatasaray Mar.2 Real Madrid 83%
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Malaga's Marcus Williams talks heart surgery, journey to Euroleague stardom - Nov 23, 2012


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Williams
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.
  




Nando De
Colo
Euroleague round 23 best performance: Nando De Colo - 1 day ago
French Shooting guard Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked CSKA, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 23. The 29-year old player was the main contributor (29 points and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Maccabi T-A (#13, 8-15) 93-81. CSKA maintains the 2nd position in Euroleague . They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. CSKA will need...   [read more]

Nando De
Colo
Recap of Round 23 of Regular Season - 2 days ago
Real Madrid - Darussafaka 101-83 Euroleague top team - Spanish Real Madrid (18-5) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat ninth ranked Turkish Darussafaka (11-12) 101-83. The game was mostly controlled by Real Madrid. Darussafaka was better in third quarter 23-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Real Madrid shot the lights out from three nailing 16 long-distance shots on high 53.3 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense d...   [read more]

Jerel McNeal
Jerel McNeal stays in Bamberg until the end of the season - 3 days ago
Jerel McNeal(191-G-87, college: Marquette) will remain until the end of the season in Germany for Brose Bamberg as the club announced. It's not a surprise, considering the injury woes of the team. McNeal was signed in December and Brose Bamberg picked up the option to keep him until the end of the season. The players has so far been used in five German BBL and seven EuroLeague games for Bamberg. In the domestic league he scores 8.8 points on average, grabs 2.4 rebounds and distributes 2.2...   [read more]


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Euroleague Standings
 1 Real Madrid 18-5 
 2 CSKA 17-6 
 3 Olympiacos 16-7 
 4 Fenerbahce 15-8 
 5 Panathinaikos 14-9 
 6 Crvena Zvezda 13-10 
 7 Anadolu Efes 12-11 
 8 Baskonia 12-11 
 9 Darussafaka 11-12 
 10 Zalgiris 10-13 
 11 FC Barcelona 9-14 
 12 Brose Bask. 8-15 
 13 Maccabi T-A 8-15 
 14 EA7 Armani 7-16 
 15 Galatasaray 7-16 
 16 Unics 7-16 
Full Standings
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Keith LANGFORD
  Unics
  (193-SG-83)
  Avg: 22.2
 1. Langford, Unics22.2 
 2. De-Colo, CS.20.1 
 3. Goudelock, Maccabi .17.3 
 4. Llull, Real Madrid17.1 
 5. Teodosic, CSKA16.5 
 6. Wanamaker, Darussaf.15.1 
 7. Rice, FC Barcelona14.1 
 8. Heurtel, Anadolu .14.1 
 9. James, Panathin.13.8 
 10. Beaubois, Baskonia13.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ante ZIZIC
  Darussafaka
  (210-F/C-97)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Zizic, Darussafaka7.9 
 2. Kuzmic, Crvena Z.7.7 
 3. Voigtmann, Basko.7.7 
 4. Melli, Brose Bask.7.7 
 5. Udoh, Fenerbahce7.5 
 6. Honeycutt, Anadolu .7.5 
 7. Birch, Olympiacos6.5 
 8. Dorsey, FC Barce.6.3 
 9. Jankunas, Zalgiris6.1 
 10. Brown, Anadolu .6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Milos TEODOSIC
  CSKA
  (195-PG-87)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Teodosic, CSKA7.4 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympiacos6.2 
 3. Llull, Real Madrid6.1 
 4. Heurtel, Anadolu .6.0 
 5. Calathes, Panathin.5.9 
 6. Larkin, Baskonia5.9 
 7. Jovic, Crvena Z.5.9 
 8. Colom, Unics5.5 
 9. Rice, FC Barcelona5.4 
 10. Guler, Galatasaray5.3 
Steals Per Game
 Charles JENKINS
  Crvena Z.
  (191-SG-89)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Jenkins, Crvena Z.2.1 
 2. Calathes, Panathin.1.7 
 3. Wilbekin, Darussafaka1.5 
 4. Wanamaker, Darussaf.1.5 
 5. Fernandez, Real M.1.4 
 6. Larkin, Baskonia1.4 
 7. Jovic, Crvena Z.1.3 
 8. Hanga, Baskonia1.3 
 9. Lazic, Crvena Z.1.2 
 10. Singleton, Panathin.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Ekpe UDOH
  Fenerbahce
  (208-F/C-87)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Udoh, Fenerbahce2.2 
 2. Tyus, Galatasaray1.5 
 3. Parakhouski, Unics1.4 
 4. Dunston, Anadolu .1.2 
 5. Pleiss, Galatasaray1.1 
 6. Birch, Olympiacos1.0 
 7. Randolph, Real Madrid1.0 
 8. Singleton, Panathin.1.0 
 9. Honeycutt, Anadolu .1.0 
 10. Theis, Brose Bask.0.9 
Player of the Week

 Nando De Colo
  CSKA
  ( 196-SG-91-87 )
  
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