Khimky - Panathinaikos 78-77 BC Khimki edge Panathinaikos Athens, both head to Top 16 of the EuroLeague. The Russian team started strong but managed to escape with a 78:77 victory. The hosts of the game erupted with a 21-14 surge and dominated the first half. They led 46:39 after Zoran Planinic (198-G-82)'s two free throw at the end of the game. Panathinaikos Athens looked better in the second half and posted two narrow victories in the third and the last quarters. The Greek side reduced to 2 points at the end of the third period when they posted 20-15 in the third quarter. Moreover they won the last stanza 18-17 that was not however enough for the total win. Zoran Planinic top-scored for the winners with 16 points, while Vitaliy Fridzon (195-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) and Paul Davis (211-C-84, college: Michigan St.) tossed in 13 each. K.C. Rivers followed them with 12 points in a win. Stephane Lasme (203-F-82, college: Massachusetts) finished the game with 19 points in defeat, whilst Marcus Banks and Jonas Maciulis added 15 apiece. Dimitris Diamantidis ended up with 14 points in the losing effort.
Fener.Ulker - Cantu 77-69 Fenerbahce Ulker open Round 10 successfully in Turkey as they beat Mapooro Cantu in front of almost 10000 people. The Turkish side celebrated a 77:69 win after a slow start and improved to 5-5 record. Mapooro Cantu started better and grabbed 22-18 after the first 10 minutes of the game. Fenerbahce Ulker however won the second period 25-16 and won the first half by 5 points. The difference remained the same after 30 minutes as both sides posted 17 points each in the third period. They won the last stanza 17-14 and won their fifth game. Bo McCalebb (178-PG-85, college: New Orleans) stepped up with 19 points and Oguz Savas (212-C-87) as well as Omer Onan (194-G-78) posted 12 points each. Bojan Bogdanovic and Emir Preldzic added 10 points apiece. Manuchar Markoishvili (196-SF-86) finished the game with 20 points in the losing effort, whilst Marco Cusin had 16. Pietro Aradori delivered 12 and Jonathan Tabu scored 7.
Real Madrid - Un.Olimpija 91-60 Real Madrid destroy Union Olimpija to win Group A of EuroLeague. The Spanish team did not leave any chances for the team from Slovenia and won 91:60. Union Olimpija Ljubljana could not make it to Top 16 as they finished on the fifth place with 3-7 record. Real Madrid needed just a victory to grab the top position in Group A. The Spanish side however decided to finish he Regular Season on a high note. They started with 22-15 and added 26-12 in the second frame. Moreover the second half also belonged to the favorites. Real posted 20-19 in the third frame and finished with 23-14 in the last quarter. Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports) stepped up with 17 points for the winners and Sergio Llull (192-SG-87) added 14. Mirza Begic and Nikola Mirotic delivered 11 points each in a win. Aron Baynes (208-C-86, college: Washington St.) posted 13 points in the losing effort and Dino Muric scored 11. Jaka Blazic and Alen Omic tossed in 9 points apiece.
Montepaschi - Asseco Prok. 88-95 OT Asseco Prokom capped their Euroleague campaign with an impressive road win over Montepaschi. Jerel Blassingame (175-PG-81, college: UNLV) fired 26 points to pace the Polish powerhouse to just the second win at the tournament. Montepaschi slipped at 5-5 record in Group B. The game seemed in control of the hosts in the opening quarter. Siena grabbed a 26:13 lead ten minutes into the game. The margin grew to as many as 23 points at halftime 51:28. However Asseco Prokom refused to give up. The Polish team turned things around in the third quarter. The visitors triggered a 24:12 run to get within 11 points. Asseco Prokom denied the deficit and Ponitka put them in front 76:73 with under two minutes left in regulation. Bobby Brown (188-PG-84, college: CS Fullerton) answered with a triple of his own and sent the game into overtime. Jerel Blassingame put Asseco Prokom in front early in the extra period. Soon the visitors opened a 6-point lead. The hosts got within two however Lukasz Koszarek (187-PG-84) and Richards sealed the victory from the penalty line. Lukasz Koszarek nailed 20 points, while Rasid Mahalbasic added 18 points and 16 rebounds for the winners. Bobby Brown netted 23 points for Montepaschi Siena. Matt Janning chipped in 11 points in defeat.
Unicaja - Chalon 86-62 Unicaja jumped at 8-2 record in EuroLeague Group B. They finished the regular season with a comfortable home win over Chalon. James Gist (205-F-86) scored 11 points and grabbed 6 boards to pace well-balanced effort from the Spanish team. Unicaja easily cleared off in the opening quarter. The hosts accounted for a 24:11 lead after ten minutes. Unicaja went on a 22:12 rally in the second quarter to build a 46:23 halftime lead. The hosts kept Chalon at bay throughout the third term. They registered a 67:43 lead into the fourth stanza. Unicaja and Chalon exchanged baskets throughout the fourth frame as Unicaja cruised to the victory. Luka Zoric (211-C-84) and Sergi Vidal (198-F/G-81) netted 10 points each for the winning side. Cedrick Banks (190-G-81, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Ill.-Chicago) answered with 13 points for Chalon. Clint N'Dumba-Capela chipped in 12 points and collected 12 rebounds in defeat.
Maccabi T-A - ALBA 78-62 Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv wins Group B with 8-2 record. The Israeli team overcame Alba Berlin 78:62 in their last game of the Regular Season and advanced to Top 16 from the first place in the group. The German team took the last ticket from the group with 4-6 record from the fourth position. More than 11000 fans came to support the top team from the group in Tel Aviv. The hosts started with 23-13 and added massive 25-11 in the second period. Alba Berlin was too far to give up and erupted with 25-12 in the third period. Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv however needed a final 18-13 push to seal the victory. Ricky Hickman (189-PG-85, college: NC-Greensboro) paced all the winners with 17 points and David Logan (185-G-82, college: Indianapolis) added 15. Yogev Ohayon delivered 14, whilst Sylven Landesberg notched 13. Deon Thompson (203-F-88, college: N.Carolina) finished the game with 16 points and 10 rebounds in defeat and Nihad Djedovic had 13. Derrick Byars posted 12, whilst Heiko Schaffartzik tossed in 10.
Caja Laboral - Cedevita 97-70 Caja Laboral Vitoria clinched Top 16 appearance of EuroLeague. The team finished with 4-6 record on the fourth place in Group B after 97:70 win. Cedevita Zagreb finished the campaign with 2-8 record on the last spot. The Croatian side surprised the hosts and almost 15000 fans with 17-15 lead in the first period, but was smashed away in the second frame. Caja Laboral Vitoria erupted with 34-13 in it and never looked behind. The hosts added 20-19 in the third period for 20-point lead after 30 minutes. Moreover they won the last stanza 28-21 and will head to Top 16 of the tournament. Fabien Causeur (193-SG-87) stepped up with 23 points and Nemanja Bjelica (209-F/C-88, agency: Interperformances) netted 22. Andres Nocioni delivered 11, while Maciej Lampe tossed in 10. Mickael Gelabale (201-SF-83, agency: Three Eye Sports) and Goran Suton (208-C-85, college: Michigan St.) finished the game with 12 points each, whilst Bracey Wright brought 11. Luksa Andric scored 10 points in defeat.
Olympiacos - EA7 Armani 82-81 Olympiakos capped EuroLeague regular season with a tough home win over Emporio Armani. The victory propelled the Piraeus team at 8-2 record in the second position in Group C. Emporio Armani fell at 3-7 record in the fifth place in the ladder. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) delivered 18 points to lead the winners. Emporio Armani enjoyed a 19:16 lead ten minutes into the game. But Olympiakos speeded things up in the second term. The hosts erupted for 29 points in the quarter to take a 45:38 halftime lead. Emporio Armani however erased the deficit as Alessandro Gentile and Keith Langford (193-SG-83, college: Kansas) made it 62:62 heading into the fourth period. Kyle Hines (198-F-86) ensured a 72:66 lead for the hosts midway through the fourth stanza. Keith Langford returned the advantage to the Italian team soon. Emporio Armani surged ahead for a 75:74 lead with just over two minutes to go. The lead then changed hands for several times before Papanikolaou sank a three-pointer to make it 81:79. Malik Hairston and Acie Law dropped one free throw each as Olympiakos remained in front with 19 seconds remaining. Keith Langford also split free throws to put Emporio Armani within one. He had a chance to win it for the visitors but missed a jumper at the buzzer. Kyle Hines notched 16 points, while Acie Law added 14 points for the hosts. Keith Langford answered with 21 points for Emporio Armani. Ioannis Bourousis and Alessandro Gentile netted 13 points each in the loss.
Zalgiris - Anadolu Efes 71-53 Zalgiris Kaunas overpower Anadolu Efes to win Group C of EuroLeague. The Lithuanian team needed a comfortable 71:53 win for 8-2 record on top and advanced to Top 16 stage from the first place. Anadolu Efes Istanbul finished third with 5-5 record and will also head to the next stage. Zalgiris Kaunas started the game with 20-15 lead and allowed the guests to score another 15 points in the second period. For the Turkish side it was enough however to tie the result in the quarter as they trailed 5 points at the halftime. The third frame became decisive in the game as Zalgiris erupted with 23-7 for 21-point advantage. Anadolu Efes Istanbul managed to reduce to 18 points after 16-13 in the last stanza. Paulius Jankunas (205-PF-84, agency: Alti Sport) top-scored for the home side with 18 points and Marko Popovic (185-G-82, agency: Alti Sport, college: S.Idaho JC) as well as Mario Delas added 10 apiece. Ksistof Lavrinovic delivered 7 points in the winning effort. Kerem Gonlum (208-PF-77) ended up with 13 points in defeat, while Semih Erden added 11. Jordan Farmar and Joshua Shipp produced 7 points each in a loss.
Besiktas - Lietuvos rytas 66-65 Besiktas eked out a tough home win over Lietuvos Rytas at the end of the EuroLeague regular season. Daniel Ewing (191-G-83, agency: Alti Sport, college: Duke) nailed 14 points for the winners. Curtis Jerrells converted a layup late in regulation to win the game for the hosts. Besiktas improved at 5-5 record in the third spot in Group D. Lietuvos Rytas fell at 2-8 record. The visitors gained a 19:15 lead after ten minutes of action. Lietuvos Rytas extended their lead in the second term. They established a 39:33 halftime advantage. Besiktas used a 9:2 run in the third period to get within 2 points 48:50. Lietuvos Rytas entered the fourth frame up by three points 54:51. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the final frame. Leon Radosevic gave the visitors a narrow 65:64 lead with under two minutes to go. But Curtis Jerrells answered with a layup as Besiktas spurred ahead. The teams went scoreless in the last minutes of regulation and Besiktas celebrated a tough win. Serhat Cetin (197-G/F-86) delivered 12 points for the home team. Gasper Vidmar, Curtis Jerrells and Patrick Christopher added 10 points each in the victory. Dejan Ivanov (205-F/C-86, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 16 points for Lietuvos Rytas. Leon Radosevic provided 11 points and 10 rebounds in defeat.
FCB Regal - CSKA 75-78 CSKA finished EuroLeague regular season on a high. They avenged the loss to Barcelona in Moscow and upset the Spaniards on the road tonight. Nenad Krstic (212-C-83) scored 15 points to pace CSKA. The visitors improved at 9-1 record but still finished in the second position in Group D. Barcelona clinched the first position. CSKA led by 5 points after ten minutes 24:19. Barcelona took over in the second quarter. The hosts exploded with 28 points to gain a 47:41 halftime lead. CSKA stiffened their defence in the third term. The visitors capitalized limiting Barcelona to 11 points in the period and cutting the deficit to 3 points. Khryapa and Milos Teodosic scored five points in a row midway through the final term as CSKA got a 74:71 lead. Aaron Jackson and Nenad Krstic sank four free throws in a row to make it 78:72 for CSKA with five seconds remaining. Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) drained a three-pointer at the buzzer but obviously could not save the game. Sasha Kaun (211-C-85) netted 14 points, while Milos Teodosic added 13 points for the winners. Juan Carlos Navarro delivered 17 points for Barcelona. Ante Tomic had 12 points in the loss.
Brose Bask. - Partizan 92-90 OT Brose Baskets survived overtime thriller against Partizan to clinch the final Top 16 ticket from Group D. Bostjan Nachbar (207-F-80) finished with 23 points to pace the German side. It was do-or-die battle for both teams as the winner gained Top 16 qualification. Bamberg rallied off to an 8:2 start to the game. They dominated in the opening quarter to take a 25:13 lead. Brose Baskets kept Partizan at bay throughout the second term. The hosts accumulated a 47:35 halftime advantage. Drew Gordon pulled the Serbian team within 4 points in the third term 59:63. However Brose Baskets slowed the visitors down and posted a 68:62 lead into the fourth stanza. The stakes grew higher with every passing second in the fourth quarter. Partizan erased the deficit and knotted things up at 77. Vladimir Lucic (202-SF-89, agency: Beo Basket) put the visitors in front 78:77. Jacobsen answered with a free throw and Sharrod Ford tipped the ball in for an 80:78 Bamberg lead. Milosavljevic got fouled and missed the first free throw. He then missed the second one on purpose just for Drew Gordon to pull down an offensive rebound and dunk the ball forcing overtime. Partizan jumped to an 89:88 lead midway through the extra period. However Sharrod Ford and Goldsberry put the hosts in charge 92:89. Misolavljevic sank just one free throw and almost repeated the trick of the regulation but could not convert after his own offensive rebound. Anton Gavel (188-PG-84, agency: Pro One Sports) finished with 16 points, while Sharrod Ford added 12 points in the victory. Vladimir Lucic answered with 19 points for Partizan. Leo Westermann chipped in 16 points in the losing effort.
The Bartzokas case in Barcelona: You've lost that lovin' feelin'.. - 1 day ago
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.
Spanoulis out two weeks for Olympiacos - 5 days ago
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Olympiacos Piraeus has confirmed that team captain Vassilis Spanoulis(193-SG-82, agency: BeoBasket) will miss the next two weeks with an injury. The three-time Final Four MVP was hurt in a domestic league game on Monday and underwent an MRI on Tuesday that showed an adductor adductor strain in his right thigh. With his recovery expected to last 15 days, Spanoulis will miss at least his team's Game of the Week showdown on February 23 at Fenerbahce Istanbul. Olympiacos must travel again one... [read more]
Olympiacos Piraeus has confirmed that team captain Vassilis Spanoulis (193-SG-82, agency: BeoBasket) will miss the next two weeks with an injury. The three-time Final Four MVP was hurt in a domestic league game on Monday and underwent an MRI on Tuesday that showed an adductor adductor strain in his right thigh. With his recovery expected to last 15 days, Spanoulis will miss at least his team's Game of the Week showdown on February 23 at Fenerbahce Istanbul. Olympiacos must travel again one week later to face Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv, a game for which Spanoulis is now considered questionable. Olympiacos has been one of the hottest teams in the competition, winning 11 of its last 13 to climb into third place. Of its remaining eight games, Olympiacos plays five on the road, among them fourth-place Fenerbahce, second-place CSKA Moscow and sixth-place Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade. Courtesy of: euroleague.net
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