After three games the 'tired' players of Panathinaikosare proving more and more that they are not the players and the team used to be the last decade. The Greens are tired and game by game are proving it strongly, last night in their worst game (their worst game in final round of the Greek league, the last decade) lost another the game from the talented youngsters of Olympiakos with 84-72 and the series is now to the 1-2 bringing the games in the green home court of OAKA, witht he greens to try and balance the series in order to play their do or die game in SEF at the end of the week.
Obradovic's greens seems to be in a low morale and low psychology the last couple of weeks and the one game won in OAKA by just a basket says a lot, even though the greens were running a difference of +16 and +10 few minutes before the end of the game, they were so near to lose it and that is a sign which shows quite easily the current status of the team. There is no winning spirit in the Green team, as it used to be during all the previous seasons. With no passion and no enthusiasm the team of Giannakopoulos brothers seems to simply wait for its destiny as already many players are ready to leave the team this summer (due to the new financial deductions) and a totally successful green circle comes to an end. There is no real help from Logan, Smith, Sato, Calathes brothers and Maric while the veterans Mike Batiste (203-F-77, college: Arizona St.), Tsartsaris, and Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) seem to be helpless and lonely, Perperoglou and Kaimakoglou with Vougioukas are not steady players and the red defense is blogging them quite easy, while Jasikevicius after the game against the Russians of CSKA simply stopped playing productively.
The last good game played by the Greens was the one against CSKA in the Semis of the final four and it was lost (with the way it was lost...) and since then in all four games played after that (three against Olympiakos and one against Barcelona) the green team is showing so many negative signs and is obvious that it will need a small miracle to save the season with any other trophy than the Greek Cup won earlier this year in (probably) last season for many players and the coaching team with Panathinaikos.
The Green Empire is coming to an end and rumors are helping this faster as the behind the scenes news do take Mike Batiste in Spain (with Zoc), Calathes back in the States, Saras back to Lithuania and Logan in Israel. All these are simply rumors which could turn to be true quite easy, especially if Panathinaikos loses (for the first time in the last decade and in play-offs games) in its home court the 4th game of the series and the Greek champion changes hands to travel all the way to Piraeus and the reds with a 1-3 victories.
On the other hand, Olympiakos and Aggelopoulos brothers seems to become the new emperors in the sport (especially if Giannakopoulos brothers go home this season as they announced so) the reds after the magnificent game against CSKA and their second European trophy (the first one took place in 1997) beat quite easy both games in SEF and they are aggressive enough to even Dare to beat the Greens in their home court in their 4th in between game. The young players of Olympiakos, Kostas Papanikolaou (204-F-90), Katsivelis, Evangelos Mantzaris (196-G-90) and Konstantinos Sloukas (197-G-90) are not young any more as they are proving their temperament and passion in the court as after the European trophy they are playing more mature than ever, and against the green monsters Dimitris Diamantidis, Kaimakoglou, Mike Batiste etc the super kids are doing fantastic with the assistance of the old duet of Spanoulis and Printezis and the American passion of Hines and Dorsey, Olympiakos had build a team to be a protagonist for at least a decade or so.
The red empire has been developed through the financial crisis is more Hellenic than ever and is more powerful and passionate than any other time in the latest history of Olympiakos who used to have a powerful team at the mid 90s but with Serbs and Croats and not with Greeks, now is different! The path which was designed by the greens was copied and pasted by the Reds with the same success. In no time Olympakos kicked off all his NBA stars and hired the Greek super kids, that was it!! The passion, talent and the experience gained from all the European tournaments all these years for the Greek trio (Konstantinos Sloukas, Evangelos Mantzaris and Kostas Papanikolaou) brought the Reds to the success route and after the European trophy are ready to beat up and replace 3D and his teammates. In less than five days we will be able to witness the replacement of the Green Basketball Empire with the Red one.. unless 3D has a different opinion which honestly we doubt it as it seems to be tragically alone.
So, is the end of the green empire and the beginning of the Red one? Stay tuned in a few days we will be able to know it.
1) signed 31-year old Bosnian international power forward Miroslav Todic (205-110kg-85). He is a dual citizen owning also Bosnia and Herzegovina passport. Todic played last season at UBT Cluj Napoca in Romanian Liga Nationala. His team won Romanian Cup. Todic has been regularly called to Bosnia and Herzegovina Senior National Team since 2014. He is quite experienced player. Todic has played also professionally in Cyprus (Frederick Achilleas Kaimakliou), France (Chalons-... [read more]
AE Doxa Lefkadas (A1) signed 31-year old Bosnian international power forward Miroslav Todic (205-110kg-85). He is a dual citizen owning also Bosnia and Herzegovina passport. Todic played last season at UBT Cluj Napoca in Romanian Liga Nationala. His team won Romanian Cup. Todic has been regularly called to Bosnia and Herzegovina Senior National Team since 2014. He is quite experienced player. Todic has played also professionally in Cyprus (Frederick Achilleas Kaimakliou), France (Chalons-Reims), Germany, Italy (Unieuro Forli, Banco di Srd and Enel Brindisi), Serbia, Slovenia, Sweden (Sundsvall Dragons), Turkey (Tofas), Ukraine (Halychyna and Khimik) and Greece (Ilysiakos, Kolossos and Gymnastikos Olympia Larissas). He could be described:
A tough PF, with great winning mentality and leadership. He's fundamentally skilled, has great shooting selection and playing experience. A good rebounder, he can make the two or three game-changing plays in the topic moment.
Bolds comes back to Sagesse, ex Lavrio - 22 hours ago
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Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut (Pepsi LBL) added to their roster 32-year old American guard Demarius Bolds (193-88kg-84, college: Missouri Western). It is actually his comeback to Beirut as he has played here before. Bolds already started the season at GS Lavrio in Greek A1 league. In 8 games he recorded 11.5ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.6apg and 1.4spg this season. The last summer Bolds played at Sagesse where in 16 Pepsi LBL games he averaged impressive 15.8ppg, 5.6rpg, 3.0apg and 1.5spg. He helped them t... [read more]
Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut (Pepsi LBL) added to their roster 32-year old American guard Demarius Bolds (193-88kg-84, college: Missouri Western). It is actually his comeback to Beirut as he has played here before. Bolds already started the season at GS Lavrio in Greek A1 league. In 8 games he recorded 11.5ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.6apg and 1.4spg this season. The last summer Bolds played at Sagesse where in 16 Pepsi LBL games he averaged impressive 15.8ppg, 5.6rpg, 3.0apg and 1.5spg. He helped them to make it to the final. Bolds is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in eight different countries. Bolds tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Iraq (Nift Al-Janoub), Lithuania (Lietkabelis), Qatar (Al Rayyan), Turkey (Final Genclik), United Kingdom (London Lions), Czech Republic (BK Kolin) and Kosovo (Bashkimi). Bolds is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. He attended Missouri Western State College until 2006 and it is his eleventh (!!!) season as a professional player. On Bolds:
A very athletic combo guard who does everything.
He is a great slasher to the basket and finishes above the rim with either hand.
Defensively he is a star who plays with a lot of intensity.
He is a big time talent and a great all around player who can do it all.
Kravic's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - 2 days ago
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26-year old power forward Dejan Kravic (211-F/C-90) had a great game in the last round for AGOR and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9. He had a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Promitheas (#9, 4-5) 104-97. AGOR is placed at 4th position in Greek league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. AGOR will need more victories to improve their 5-4 record. It was one of impressive evenings... [read more]
26-year old power forward Dejan Kravic (211-F/C-90) had a great game in the last round for AGOR and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9. He had a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Promitheas (#9, 4-5) 104-97. AGOR is placed at 4th position in Greek league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. AGOR will need more victories to improve their 5-4 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Kravic as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Texas Tech University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Kravic is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 8.2rpg) and averages solid 1.8bpg and 71.9% FGP.
Second best performed player last round was Ioannis Athineou (194-PG-88, agency: Octagon Europe) of top-ranked Olympiacos. He is former international guard in his 2nd season at Olympiacos. In the last game Athineou recorded impressive 23 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course he led Olympiacos to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Trikalla (#14, 2-7) 81-60. Of course Olympiacos still keep the league's top spot. He plays for the best team in the league and Olympiacos managed to win all 9 games keeping a perfect record. Athineou is well-known at Olympiacos and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.
Third place about best performers goes to another AGOR's star - forward Robert Arnold (198-F-88). Arnold scored 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was another key player of AGOR, helping his team with a 104-97 win against the lower-ranked Promitheas (#9, 4-5). AGOR needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 5 victories and 4 lost games. Arnold has a great season in Greece. After only 9 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 13.6ppg (8th best).
The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy. The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)
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