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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.


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OFFICIAL: Crvena Zvezda tabs Nate Wolters on 1 year deal - 1 day ago

Defending champion of Adriatic League and Serbian League (KLS), Crvena Zvezda MTS Beograd inked 25-year old American point guard Nate Wolters (193-88kg-91, college: South Dakota State, agency: Pensack Sports). He played most at Denver Nuggets in NBA pre-season. Three years ago Wolters was drafted by Washington Wizards (NBA) in second round (38th overall). The former South Dakota State staris in his fourth season in pro basketball. Among other achievements Wolters college team won Summit L...   [read more]

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Maccabi Tel Aviv promote Rami Hadar - 1 day ago

Maccabi Tel Aviv announced the name of the new head coach. Rami Hadar will take over the Israeli powerhouse. The specialist started the season as assistant coach with Maccabi. He will replace now Erez Edelstein. Rami Hadar used to work as head coach of Maccabi Haifa, Hapoel Afula, Maccabi Beer Yaakov, Baitar Benyamina. He will be assisted by Lior Lubin .   [read more]

Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv fire coach Erez Edelstein - 2 days ago

55-year old coach Erez Edelstein. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Edelstein was voted All-Israeli National League Coach of the Year back in 2012. He has been coaching Israeli Senior National Team between 2014 and 2016, and coached also University National Team between 2007 and 2009. Edelstein has coached previously three other teams: Galil Gilboa, Hapoel Tel-Aviv and Ironi Ramat Gan. By Eurobasket D...   [read more]

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 1 CSKA 2-0 
 2 EA7 Armani 2-0 
 3 Fenerbahce 2-0 
 4 Real Madrid 2-0 
 5 Panathinaikos 1-1 
 6 Darussafaka 1-1 
 7 Brose Bask. 1-1 
 8 FC Barcelona 1-1 
 9 Olympiacos 1-1 
 10 Crvena Zvezda 1-1 
 11 Zalgiris 1-1 
 12 Baskonia 1-1 
 13 Anadolu Efes 0-2 
 14 Galatasaray 0-2 
 15 Maccabi T-A 0-2 
 16 Unics 0-2 
Full Standings
Points Per Game
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Bargnani, Baskonia21.5 
 2. Goudelock, Maccabi21.5 
 3. De Colo, CS.21.0 
 4. Langford, Unics19.0 
 5. Macvan, EA7 Armani18.5 
 6. Daye, Galatasaray18.0 
 7. Llull, Real Madrid18.0 
 8. Osman, Anadolu17.5 
 9. Tyus, Galatasaray17.0 
 10. Miller, Brose Bas.16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Latavius WILLIAMS
  Avg: 11
 1. Williams, Unics11.0 
 2. Melli, Brose Bask.9.5 
 3. Birch, Olympiacos9.0 
 4. Tomic, FC Barce.8.5 
 5. Jankunas, Zalgiris8.5 
 6. Moerman, Darussaf.8.0 
 7. Kuzmic, Crvena Z.8.0 
 8. Blazic, Baskonia7.5 
 9. Clarke, Unics7.5 
 10. Udoh, Fenerbahce7.5 
Assists Per Game
  Avg: 10
 1. Teodosic, CSKA10.0 
 2. Zisis, Brose Bask.8.5 
 3. Jovic, Crvena Z.8.0 
 4. Rice, FC Barcelona7.5 
 5. Llull, Real Madrid7.5 
 6. Spanoulis, Olympia.7.0 
 7. Ponkrashov, Unics6.5 
 8. Guler, Galatasaray6.0 
 9. Calathes, Panathin.6.0 
 10. Larkin, Baskonia5.5 
Steals Per Game
 Sinan GULER
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Guler, Galatasaray2.5 
 2. Wilbekin, Darussaf.2.5 
 3. Hickman, EA7 A.2.0 
 4. Rice, FC Barcelona2.0 
 5. Korkmaz, Anadolu2.0 
 6. Gentile, EA7 A.2.0 
 7. Fernandez, Real M.2.0 
 8. Antic, Fenerbahce2.0 
 9. Draper, Real M.1.5 
 10. Jenkins, Crvena Z.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Birch, Olympiacos2.5 
 2. Tyus, Galatasaray2.5 
 3. Melli, Brose Bask.2.0 
 4. Kuzmic, Crvena Z.1.5 
 5. Reyes, Real Madrid1.5 
 6. Theis, Brose Bask.1.5 
 7. Bargnani, Baskonia1.5 
 8. Hanga, Baskonia1.5 
 9. Nichols, Panathin.1.5 
 10. Brown, Anadolu1.0 
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