Garrett Temple is back in the United States but remains undecided about getting back in the NBA or taking his talents overseas. Again.
After signing with Italian Novipiu Casale during the NBA lockout, Temple spent the duration of this season maturing not only personally, but also as a player. "I learned a great deal overseas, not just about basketball but about being a person and dealing with adversity. I definitely made the right decision by coming to play overseas," Temple told Eurobasket in a phone interview.
Temple's respectable season averages of 9.5 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.4 dimes per game, failed to help Casale reach the Italian playoffs, coming in at rock bottom (8-24).
The former Louisiana State University guard, who played a total of 51 NBA games on five different teams (Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Spurs, Milwaukee Bucks and Charlotte Bobcats), is oblivious as to what the cards hold for his future. "I'm going to work out and look to play in both the Las Vegas and Orlando Summer Leagues. Not sure yet with who though," Temple said. "Next season for me depends mostly on the draft and which players teams pick up. I don't want to be on a team that drafted two guards or has several young guys in the backcourt, because I obviously want to play and showcase my skills."
Standing 6-foot-6 with an impressive wingspan, Temple was able to work on and improve techniques that he didn't have time for in the U.S. "In Europe, I played the 1, 2, 3 and sometimes even the 4 position because I was the tallest guard on the court," he said. "Our coach tried different matchups to try and get us going, so it definitely helped me learn how to play the pick and roll situations better, read the different defenses and improve my decision making."
Keeping his options open, Temple admits he's not ruling out returning to Europe, especially now, after gaining knowledge of the European hoops and its different levels of competition. Something he lacked when signing in Italy. "At first, I had no idea what the Euroleague or Eurocup was, or the differences between the European leagues. Now, having more knowledge, and with the contacts I've made, situations would be different and I'd actually know what I'm getting myself into, so there's a good chance I might come abroad next season."
Temple endured some tough punches along his European journey. After the New Orleans Hornets and the Los Angeles Clippers agreed to a trade that sent Chris Paul to L.A., the Hornets looked for someone to backup Eric Gordon and Jarrett Jack, and reached out to Temple. "The Hornets talked about giving me a look but I signed a contract with Casale without an out clause and I didn't want to make a messy situation of breaching a contract overseas," Temple revealed. "Also, I made a decision to stay here for the season, so it had to have been a hell of a situation in order for me to try to get out of the contract."
If losing five consecutive games to start the season and passing on a potential job with the Hornets wasn't enough, Temple found himself wondering, "with all the D-League call ups this season, would I have gotten a shot too?"
"I definitely look at Jeremy Lin's situation and think, should I have stayed in the U.S.?" he said. "I was one of those guys on the edge; in-out-in-out and maybe this could have been the year that I would have gotten that opportunity."
Examining the differences and difficulties he experienced in Italy, Temple says that playing abroad was a lot tougher than he imagined. "Casale is a first class organization, but I didn't achieve the individual or team goals I set out to accomplish," he commented. "People in the US tend to think that players abroad aren't as good as those in the NBA, but I went there with the mindset that those guys play just as good. Since 2006, when Team USA took the bronze medal in the Olympics, I think people began to realize that European guys can play at a high level too."
SerieA Round 7 of Quarter-Finals. Cantu, Montepaschi and Virtus Roma reach semis - May 22, 2013
follow us on
EA7 Armani - Montepaschi 80-90
Montepaschi Siena surprised Emporio Armani on the road in the seventh game of the series and advanced into semifinals. The game was mostly controlled by Montepaschi Siena. Armani Milano was better in second period 25-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Armani Milano was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch [read more]
Montepaschi Siena surprised Emporio Armani on the road in the seventh game of the series and advanced into semifinals. The game was mostly controlled by Montepaschi Siena. Armani Milano was better in second period 25-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Armani Milano was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for the former international point guard Daniel Hackett (200-87, college: USC, agency: Two Points) who led his team to a victory scoring 25 points and 6 assists. Georgian Viktor Sanikidze (203-86) helped adding 17 points and 6 rebounds. Four Montepaschi Siena players scored in double figures. Montepaschi Siena's coach Luca Banchi allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side American-Bosnian guard Ernest Bremer (194-80, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Higher Vision Sports) responded with 17 points and American Keith Langford (193-83, college: Kansas) scored 18 points. Top scorers: Montepaschi: D.Hackett 25+3reb+6ast, B.Brown 17+1reb+2ast, V.Sanikidze 17+6reb+1ast, D.Moss 14+5reb+2ast, T.Ress 5+5reb+2ast, K.Kangur 5+2reb EA7 Armani: K.Langford 18+1ast, E.Bremer 17+1reb+1ast, M.Hairston 10+4reb+2ast, A.Gentile 9+1reb+2ast, I.Bourousis 9+6reb, N.Melli 6+4reb
Acea Virtus Roma held off Trenkwalder to punch their semifinal ticket. The game was mostly controlled by Lottomatica Roma. Trenkwalder RE was better in fourth quarter 17-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lottomatica Roma forced 19 Trenkwalder RE turnovers and outrebounded them 37-24 including a 27-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Trenkwalder RE was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a quality performance of American guard Phil Goss (186-83, college: Drexel) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 6 rebounds. American-Nigerian power forward Gani Lawal (205-88, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Three Eye Sports) helped adding 16 points and 7 rebounds. Four Lottomatica Roma players scored in double figures. At the losing side international point guard Andrea Cinciarini (190-86) responded with 23 points and American guard Donnel Taylor (198-82, college: UAB) scored 12 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Top scorers: Acea Virtus RM: G.Lawal 16+7reb, L.Datome 15+6reb+1ast, P.Goss 14+6reb+3ast, J.Taylor 11+3reb+4ast, B.Jones 9+10reb, B.Bailey 6+3reb+3ast Trenkwalder RE: A.Cinciarini 23+4reb+2ast, D.Taylor 12+5reb+2ast, G.Brunner 10+6reb, R.Cervi 7+2reb, T.Bell 5+2reb, D.Filloy 2
Cantu shocked Sassari in the decider and paved their way through into the next stage. Banco di Sard. trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 27-17 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 95-97 at the end of the game. Cantu shot 61.3 percent from the field. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Joe Ragland (182-89, college: Wichita St.) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 6 assists. Forward Maarten Leunen (206-85, college: Oregon) contributed with 11 points and 5 assists for the winners. Cantu's coach Andrea Trinchieri used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. point guard Travis Diener (184-82, college: Marquette) answered with 18 points and 5 assists and guard Marvis Thornton (194-77, college: St.John's) added 18 points in the effort for Banco di Sard.Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Top scorers: Cantu: J.Ragland 20+6ast, J.Brooks 13+2reb+2ast, P.Aradori 12+2reb+1ast, A.Tyus 12+6reb, N.Mazzarino 12+2ast, M.Leunen 11+3reb+5ast Banco di Sard.: T.Diener 18+4reb+5ast, M.Thornton 18+2reb+2ast, D.Diener 11+2reb+6ast, B.Sacchetti 11+7reb, T.Easley 11+5reb, D.Gordon 10+6reb
Torino achieve second win at the Nazionale Play-Offs - May 22, 2013
follow us on
Matera - Agrigento 58-60 (1-1)
The guests trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 19-10 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Agrigento made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. Alfredo Moruzzi (193-80) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Fabio Mian (196-92) contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Agrigento's coach Franco Ciani used a ten-player rotation in such tough game [read more]
The guests trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 19-10 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Agrigento made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. Alfredo Moruzzi (193-80) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Fabio Mian (196-92) contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Agrigento's coach Franco Ciani used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Power forward Antonio Iannuzzi (207-91, agency: Two Points) replied with 15 points and 6 rebounds and the former international power forward Massimo Rezzano (203-82) added 6 points and 14 rebounds in the effort for Matera. Top scorers: Agrigento: F.Mian 17+5reb, A.Moruzzi 11+10reb+1ast, G.Anello 9+3reb+1ast, R.Chiacig 8+3reb, A.Chiarastella 6+7reb+1ast, D.Demartini 6+1reb Matera: A.Iannuzzi 15+6reb+2ast, C.Sebastian Vico 11+1reb, A.Vitale 9+3reb+2ast, C.Cantone 8+3reb+3ast, M.Rezzano 6+14reb, M.Samoggia 4+2reb
The game was mostly controlled by Torino. Casalpusterlengo was better in fourth quarter 21-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Naturalized Polish power forward Jakub Wojciechowski (210-90) scored 18 points to lead the charge for the winners and guard Marco Evangelisti (198-84) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Four Torino players scored in double figures. Power forward Alberto Chiumenti (204-87, agency: Players Group) responded with 11 points and 7 rebounds and Simone Fiorito (200-91) scored 18 points. Top scorers: Torino: J.Wojciechowski 18+4reb, M.Evangelisti 14+6reb+1ast, L.Gergati 11+4reb+1ast, C.Tommasini 10+6reb, F.Baldi Rossi 9+4reb, D.Parente 6+3reb+4ast Casalpusterlengo: S.Fiorito 18, T.Marino 12+2reb+1ast, A.Chiumenti 11+7reb+2ast, M.Venuto 6+1reb, R.Prandin 6+3reb+1ast, G.Ricci 6+7reb
Chieti was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Mirandola dominated on the defensive end, holding Chieti to just 3 points in fourth quarter. They also forced 19 Chieti turnovers. Chieti was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Point guard Jordan Losi (182-80) scored 24 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and forward Luca Pignatti (195-86) chipped in 16 points during the contest. The former international center Emanuele Rossi (208-82) responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) and naturalized San Marino Andrea Raschi (198-79) scored 13 points. Top scorers: Mirandola: J.Losi 24+4ast, M.Venturelli 16+3reb+1ast, L.Pignatti 16+4reb+2ast, A.Pilotti 6+3reb+1ast, G.Sgobba 4+4reb, M.Fantinelli 2+6reb+2ast Chieti: E.Rossi 24+10reb, A.Raschi 13+4reb+1ast, M.Diomede 7+3reb, M.Micevic 7+1reb, S.Rajola 7+3reb, F.Gialloreto 3+2reb+2ast
It looked good early as Mazzeo San Severo took an 7-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Naturhouse Ferrara had a 24-6 second period charge getting the lead and Mazzeo San Severo was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 60-71. Naturhouse Ferrara dominated on the defensive end, holding Mazzeo San Severo to just 6 points in second quarter. They outrebounded Mazzeo San Severo 42-30 including 29 on the defensive glass. Power forward Michele Benfatto (205-85) had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Michele Ferri (191-85) chipped in 16 points and 5 steals (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) during the contest. Guard Gionata Zampolli (189-85) responded with 14 points and 4 assists and center Andrea Iannilli (207-84) scored 12 points and 5 rebounds. Top scorers: Ferrara: M.Ferri 16+2reb+2ast, M.Benfatto 15+12reb+1ast, G.Gazzotti 10+7reb+1ast, G.Spizzichini 8+5reb, A.Campiello 8+2reb+1ast, S.Cortesi 8+8reb+1ast San Severo: G.Zampolli 14+3reb+4ast, A.Iannilli 12+5reb, I.Scarponi 10+3reb, O.Gueye 9+4reb+1ast, R.Maggio 7+4reb+1ast, L.De Paoli 6+8reb
The hosts were ahead by 3 points but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 16-13 run, which allowed them to win the game. Latina Basket was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Antonio Ruggiero (190-81) scored 18 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and point guard Tommaso Laquintana (187-95) chipped in 20 points and 4 steals during the contest. point guard Riccardo Tavernelli (188-91) responded with 23 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and the former international power forward Matteo Canavesi (204-86) scored 12 points and 7 rebounds. Top scorers: Bari: T.Laquintana 20+4reb, L.Bisconti 18+3reb+2ast, A.Ruggiero 18+4reb+4ast, D.Bonessio 6+12reb+2ast, D.Barozzi 5+2reb, M.Cardillo 4+10reb Latina Basket: R.Tavernelli 23+4reb+2ast, M.Canavesi 12+7reb+2ast, M.Carrizo 9+2reb+4ast, T.Plateo 6+2reb+1ast, A.Cecchetti 6+2reb, M.Arrigoni 5+2reb
Recanati made 22-of-29 charity shots (75.9 percent) during the game. Perugia was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Marco Gnaccarini (185-81) scored 19 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and forward Riccardo Castelli (200-88) chipped in 9 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. Center Paolo Chiarello (204-78) responded with 17 points and 7 rebounds and forward Simone Bonamente (203-79) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Perugia's coach Andrea Fabrizi rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Top scorers: Recanati: M.Gnaccarini 19+7reb+6ast, G.Tessitore 16+1reb, A.Pierini 12+4reb+2ast, M.Pierangeli 12+2reb, R.Castelli 9+13reb+6ast, M.Tagliabue 5+3reb Perugia: P.Chiarello 17+7reb+2ast, D.Poltroneri 15+3reb+1ast, C.Cutolo 14+6reb+3ast, S.Bonamente 12+11reb+1ast, N.Mei 6+2reb+4ast, G.Chiatti 3+6reb+2ast
SerieA Round 6 of Quarter-Finals. Montepaschi, Cantu and Trenkwalder force deciders - May 20, 2013
follow us on
Montepaschi - EA7 Armani 72-66
Montepasci fired past Emporio Armani in Siena to force the decider. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Armani Milano won third quarter 24-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Montepaschi Siena dominated on the defensive end, holding Armani Milano to just 7 points in second quarter [read more]
Montepasci fired past Emporio Armani in Siena to force the decider. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Armani Milano won third quarter 24-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Montepaschi Siena dominated on the defensive end, holding Armani Milano to just 7 points in second quarter. The former international point guard Daniel Hackett (200-87, college: USC, agency: Two Points) notched 18 points and 5 assists to lead the effort and American point guard Bobby Brown (188-84, college: CS Fullerton) supported him with 15 points. Even 16 points and 7 rebounds by center Ioannis Bourousis (213-83, agency: FCM) did not help to save the game for Armani Milano. Swingman Alessandro Gentile (198-92) added 18 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Top scorers: Montepaschi: D.Hackett 18+2reb+5ast, B.Brown 15+3reb+3ast, M.Carraretto 13+3reb+1ast, D.Moss 9+3reb+1ast, V.Sanikidze 4+1reb, K.Kangur 4+3reb+1ast EA7 Armani: A.Gentile 18+5reb+1ast, I.Bourousis 16+7reb+2ast, M.Hairston 11+4reb+2ast, M.Green 6+4reb+1ast, K.Langford 5+2reb, E.Bremer 4+1reb+2ast
Trenkwalder shot down Acea Virtus to force the series to return to Rome. Lottomatica Roma was ahead by 3 points after three quarters before a 27-15 charge of Trenkwalder RE, which allowed them to win the game. They shot 61.8 percent from the field. They shot the lights out from three nailing 13 long-distance shots on high 59.1 percentage. American point guard Troy Bell (186-80, college: Boston Coll.) scored 17 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard Donnel Taylor (198-82, college: UAB) chipped in 22 points (perfect from downtown making all five shots) during the contest. Trenkwalder RE's coach Massimiliano Menetti allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was international forward Luigi Datome (203-87) with 23 points and American guard Phil Goss (186-83, college: Drexel) scored 14 points and 5 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Top scorers: Trenkwalder RE: D.Taylor 22+1reb, T.Bell 17+6reb+2ast, A.Cinciarini 12+4reb+7ast, M.Antonutti 10+3reb, R.Cervi 8+5reb+1ast, G.Brunner 7+1reb+4ast Acea Virtus RM: L.Datome 23+4reb+2ast, P.Goss 14+1reb+5ast, B.Jones 13+3reb+3ast, G.Lawal 13+4reb+2ast, B.Bailey 8+2reb+2ast, J.Taylor 6+2reb+1ast
Cantu snatched another narrow home win over Sassari and prolonged the series. Banco di Sard. was trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 28-20 charge of Cantu, which allowed them to win the game. They shot 61.1 percent from the field. It was a good game for the former international Pietro Aradori (195-88) who led his team to a victory with 26 points and 5 assists. American-Israeli center Alex Tyus (205-88, college: Florida) contributed with 17 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Cantu's coach Andrea Trinchieri used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American forward Drew Gordon (205-90, college: N.Mexico) replied with 21 points and 9 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Drake Diener (196-81, college: De Paul, agency: Priority Sports) added 19 points in the effort for Banco di Sard. Top scorers: Cantu: P.Aradori 26+2reb+5ast, A.Tyus 17+7reb, N.Mazzarino 11+2reb+3ast, S.Mancinelli 8+1reb+2ast, M.Leunen 7+7reb, J.Brooks 7 Banco di Sard.: D.Gordon 21+9reb, D.Diener 19+1reb+2ast, B.Sacchetti 18+4reb, T.Diener 6+5reb+5ast, M.Thornton 6+2reb, M.Vanuzzo 6+5reb
Copyright (c) 1998-2013 Eurobasket Inc. Disclaimer
Do not copy, redistribute, publish or otherwise exploit information that you download from the site !
Do not encumber, license, modify, publish, sell, transfer or transmit, or in any way exploit, any of the
content of the site, nor will you attempt to do so.