After the important success against Montegranaro, Vanoli Cremona announced the agreement with the experienced forwardHrvoje Peric(203-F-85). The croatian player, strong body with good offensive skills, is not a new face for Italian Serie A. Two year ago he played with Benetton Treviso, ending 2010/2011 with 7.7ppg (season high of 20 points scored against Sassari), 3.3rpg, 1.5apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 54.4%, 3PT: 36.2%, FT: 71.9% in 36 Serie A games and 7 [read more]
After the important success against Montegranaro, Vanoli Cremona announced the agreement with the experienced forward Hrvoje Peric (203-F-85). The croatian player, strong body with good offensive skills, is not a new face for Italian Serie A. Two year ago he played with Benetton Treviso, ending 2010/2011 with 7.7ppg (season high of 20 points scored against Sassari), 3.3rpg, 1.5apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 54.4%, 3PT: 36.2%, FT: 71.9% in 36 Serie A games and 7.1ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 47.8%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 64.0% in 16 EuroCup games. Last season, Peric played Euroleague with Unicaja Malaga, averaging 7.7ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 60.0%, 3PT: 7.1%, FT: 71.0% in 15 games. During his career, he also played with KK Split.
2011 NBA Playoffs Contenders or Pretenders - Apr 27, 2011
2011 NBA Playoffs Contenders or Pretenders by Darryl ReshawThe first round of the 2011 NBA Playoffs have been exciting an amusing to date.Making a prediction on which team will ride into the sunset as the 2011 NBA Champions is a very difficult choice.After watching all of the apparent top teams in the Eastern and Western Conferences some are Pretenders oppose to Contenders [read more]
2011 NBA Playoffs Contenders or Pretenders by Darryl Reshaw
The first round of the 2011 NBA Playoffs have been exciting an amusing to date. Making a prediction on which team will ride into the sunset as the 2011 NBA Champions is a very difficult choice. After watching all of the apparent top teams in the Eastern and Western Conferences some are Pretenders oppose to Contenders.
Lets start with the San Antonio Spurs who are the top seeded team in the West. After Los Angeles Lakers beat them down on their home court after the All Star beak experts and players predicted they were not going too far in the post season. Their new high octane offense was designed to take them to the next level. However they have ran into a very hungry Memphis Grizzlies team who are more athletic, younger, better defensively and have a tougher inside presence. Mike Conley (6'1''-G-87, college: Ohio St.) has matured into a fine and elusive point guard who is giving Tony Parker (6'0''-G-80) nightmares. His dribble penetration has been driving the Spurs defense crazy and benefited O.J. Mayo (6'5''-G-87, college: USC) who has been nailing down some dagger 3pt shots. Zach Randolph (6'9''-C-81, college: Michigan St.) has shown the NBA community that he is a bona-fide offensive post presence and is a quality rebounder. Darrell Arthur (6'9''-F-88, college: Kansas) play has been outstanding coming off of the bench and the play that he blocked Tony Parker (6'0''-G-80) shot and ran the floor and dunk the ball on the same possession defines the Memphis team. Memphis coach Lionel Hollins who has a NBA ring as a player is doing a fantastic coaching job. Will the Spurs be able to regroup after being down 3-1 or will they be the biggest Pretenders since Golden State ousted Dallas who was a #1 seed a few years ago?
The Los Angeles Lakers are having a very difficult time guarding another quick PG as usual in the playoffs. Will their inability to defend Chris Paul (6'0''-G-85, college: Wake Forest) or the next quick point guard they face in the playoffs be their Achilles heal. Most Lakers fans have known for years that Derek Fisher (6'1''-G-74, agency: Priority Sports, college: UALR) is slowing down and can't guard any of the quality young point guards in the NBA.
If they get past New Orleans they may get a break with the Dallas Mavericks who features an aging Jason Kidd (6'4''-G-73, college: California) who gets the majority of minutes at the point guard spot for Dallas. However their chances of defending their NBA title may rely on the ability Derek Fisher being able to guard Russell Westbrook (6'3''-G-88, college: UCLA), Mike Conley (6'1''-G-87, college: Ohio St.), or Ty Lawson (5'11''-G-87, college: N.Carolina). The Lakers have known to switch Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) on the elite point guards that Fisher cant check but the scenario effects his offensive output. The other issue that the Lakers have is the fact Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) struggles with physical defenders.. Assuming the Lakers advance to the Western Conference Finals to face possibly Oklahoma City their worst nightmares will be Russell Westbrook (6'3''-G-88, college: UCLA) and Kendrick Perkins (6'10''-C-84).
Boston Celtics made the Kendrick Perkins trade and everybody thinks they traded away their potential championship. They had an easy time with the New York Knicks who play absolutely no defense and they made the craziest trade of the year. Boston seems a little older, a step slower and an injury away from being the top dog in the Eastern Conference. If any of the big four gets injured they will be a playoff after thought and their inside game sucks without Kendrick Perkins. Shaquille O''Neal seems very overweight and a constant visitor to the injury reserve team the past few seasons. His last injury was cause by just running the floor (unforced injury). Kresimir Kristic (6'9''-C-81) is currently injured and even if he returns he lacks the physicality of Shaquille O'Neal (7'2''-C-72, college: LSU) or Kendrick Perkins in the middle.
Chicago is the top seeded team in the Eastern Conference and are led by the sensational soon to be MVP Derrick Rose (6'4''-G-88, college: Memphis). They were lucky to escape a couple of losses to a young scrappy Indiana Pacer team who can not close a cookie jar. The Pacers basically gave away two games and tried to give their only victory away as well. They struggled to defend the pick and pop with Tyler Hansbrough (6'9''-F-85, college: N.Carolina) killing them in game one of their series. The Chicago Bulls did not look like the Eastern Conference Champions in the first round series against Indiana.
Oklahoma City Thunder has been looking good offensively and defensively in the series against the Denver Nuggets. Russell Westbrook (6'3''-G-88, college: UCLA) is a developing super star with crazy athleticism and an effective jump shot. He is unstoppable attacking the basket and sometimes he may take too many contested jump shots. Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) is a pure scorer that will always get his 25 points but if he gets hot it can easily be 40 points on any given night. However the emerging star on their team has been Serge Ibaka (6'10''-C/F-89). He has a nice mid range jump shot and is a relentless rebounder and a great athletic defender. Their inside tandem of Kendrick Perkins and Serge Ibaka is one of the best front lines in the NBA. James Harden (6'5''-G-89, college: Arizona St.) has been tremendous off the bench providing perimeter scoring for the Thunder. Their only question mark has been the ineffective scoring from Thabo Sefolosha (6'5''-G-84, agency: ACMT) who has been off the mark with his perimeter looks. The Denver Nuggets were one of the hottest teams in the NBA going into the playoffs and have competed with the Thunder but lost a couple of close ones. Denver's quick guards and quality inside play from Hilario Nene (6'10''-C-82) and Kenyon Martin (6'8''-F/C-77, college: Cincinnati) have made the series interesting. The Nuggets are not going away without a good fight and might be one of the top three teams in the Western Conference. They are loaded with talent at all of the positions and can really score some points when they get hot.
Atlanta Hawks are one of the most interesting teams in the NBA with a lot of talent but you never know which team is going to show up. The Hawks management gave Joe Johnson (6'8''-F-81, college: Arkansas) franchise player money to a guy who is a questionable playoff performer. I guess the Hawks are like Joe Johnson (6'8''-F-81, college: Arkansas), tune in and see who shows up The Hawks lead the series against Orlando 3-2 going back to Atlanta for game six and a potential close out game. In this series the Hawks have been led by the outstanding play of Jamal Crawford (6'5''-G-80, college: Michigan) who has been torching the Orlando defenders with his supreme one on one play. The Hawks have a tendency to dribble too much and to play street basketball which will be an issue in the second round. Orlando Magic has been reduced to a two man show of Dwight Howard (6'10''-C/F-85) and Jameer Nelson (6'0''-G-82, college: St.Joseph's). Dwight Howard has been outstanding but still picks up the silly off the ball fouls and Jameer Nelson has done his job. Their issue is all of the other players are only jump shooters that seem to all went ice cold at the same time. If their shooters are hot they are one of the most dangerous teams in the NBA. However if you live by the jumper you will die by the jumper. Stan Van Gundy seems like he would rather let Ryan Anderson (6'10''-F-88, college: California) shoot ill advised jump shots than have a more rugged defender or inside player on the court. Playing Ryan Anderson (6'10''-F-88, college: California) a lot of minutes is like giving the Hawks an early Christmas present. Another question is what ever happened to Hedo Turkoglu (6'9''-F-79)s game from a few seasons ago where he was outstanding for Orlando in their championship run. Orlando is headed for a quick exit out of the NBA playoffs.
The Dallas and Portland series seems like and evenly matched contest. Is there anybody on the East Coast who is willing to forgo their sleep to watch the boring Dallas Mavericks and their eventual exit in the playoffs? They should be able to get by Portland but who seriously thinks they will advance any further. I do like watching Portlands LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-C-85, college: Texas) who is one of the most under rated stars in the NBA. LaMarcus Aldridge has a nice game and is one of the best power forwards in the NBA who features quality post moves and consistent perimeter shooting.
Last but not least the Miami Heat is positioning their team to past the test of the Boston Celtics. The legendary Chicago Bulls had to overcome the Detroit Pistons before seeing the end of the rainbow that feature six (6) NBA Championships. Boston has its NBA Championship ring featuring the Big Four and has dominated the Heat earlier in the year. However the playoffs are a new season and will this be LeBron's and Dwayne Wade's year? This potential second round match-up is the one all real basketball fans will be watching. Boston has the coach, the chemistry and the experienced stars but Ray Allen (6'6''-G-75, college: Connecticut), Paul Pierce (6'7''-F-77, college: Kansas) and Kevin Garnett (6'10''-F-76) are not in their prime. Miami has a lot to prove and they are the younger team with all of their big three stars in the prime of their careers. This will be the epic battle of the 'changing of the guard'. The winner of the Boston and Miami series I believe will be the Eastern Conference Champions.
ESL Atlanta Day 31st Place GameFrance 92 vs. Spain 88---------------------------------------------The game was a back and forth tight contest that was neck in neck with France coming out with the close win 92 - 88. Spain came out strong with great all around play from DeWayne Morris (201-F-85, college: N [read more]
ESL Atlanta Day 3
1st Place Game France 92 vs. Spain 88 --------------------------------------------- The game was a back and forth tight contest that was neck in neck with France coming out with the close win 92 - 88. Spain came out strong with great all around play from DeWayne Morris (201-F-85, college: N.Alabama) who started the game with some monstrous blocks and early offense finishing the game with 17pts 9rebs 5blks and 2asts filling up the stat sheet. Along with teammates Shaun Kirkland (191-G), who scored 15pts and 3rebs as well as Cortez Brown (186-G-87) scoring 14pts 3rebs and 2asts. The whole first half France dominated, and had a 19 -12 lead with 2:27 left in the quarter. The leader Lawrence Diamond (188-G, college: Morehouse) went down with an injury that could have been devastating for France. However, Dupree Fletcher (183-G) came in and put on a show slashing his way to the basket at will finishing with 22pts, 3rebs and 2ast. Every player from France stepped up including the big play from Brad Stevens with his 14pts and 3rebs. France closed out the game by knocking down a lot of big free throws. Former ESL Coaching Standout Tony Lenard utilized some key strategies to get his team over the hump with well balanced play from Sean Coleman (203-F-87, college: Tulsa), Jermale Jones (186-G-86) and Barry Wellington (183-G-87) each scoring 11pts. DeWayne Morris played extremely well and was dominating on the inside for Spain but it wasn't enough to stop France. France had big guard play hitting some big threes down the stretch to win the game 92 - 88. --------------------------------------------- France Gusikma Edet (196-F, college: Georgia Perimeter): Andino Ferguson: 3pts; 2rbs; 1ast Brad Stevens: 14pts; 3rbs; 1ast Sean Coleman: 11pts; 5rbs; 2ast Richard Ford (208-C): 10pts; 4rbs Dupree Fletcher: 22pts; 3rbs; 2ast Lawrence Diamond: 2pts; 2rbs; 1ast Jermale Jones: 11pts; 2rbs; 1ast Barry Wellington: 11pts; 2rbs Lansen Leach (183-G-86, college: Elizabeth City): 8pts; ---------------------------------------------- Spain Krayaleon Winston: 11pts; 1ast Eliseo Cornejo (178-G): 2pts; 1ast DeWayne Morris: 17pts; 9rbs; 2ast; 5blks Arthur Breed: 0pts; 1ast Chidi Okoli (198-F): 10pts; 6rbs; 3ast William Harris (201-F, college: Miami Dade CC): 12pts; 6rbs; 3ast Shaun Kirkland: 15pts; 3rbs; 1ast Corey Williams: 0pts; 2rbs; 1ast Anthony Brock (175-G-88): 6pts; 1ast Cortez Brown: 14pts; 3rbs; 2ast ---------------------------------------------- 3rd Place Game Russia 94 vs. Italy 93 ---------------------------------------------- Russia outlasts Italy 94 - 93 in an overtime thriller that went down to the wire. Italy started the game strong and took a 25-20 lead into the 2nd quarter with big time play from Jon Rogers (204-F/C-84, college: Valdosta St.) who had a strong game with 13pts and 9rebs showing why he is a good prospect for any team. Mike Crain (188-G-84, college: Valdosta St.) the ABA All-Southwest 6th Man of the Year in 2010 also had a great game chipping with 14pts, 2rebs and 1ast. But Terrence Hundley (191-G-85, college: W.Georgia) who is now playing for the Vancouver BC Titans Canada-IBL was the star of the day leading all scorers with 26pts and 6rebs. The game was a close contest throughout with Vasshan Newborne desperately trying to keep his team in it with his 20pts and 3rebs with Hunter Ross (198-F-87) who added 16pts and 2rebs backing him up. The game could have gone either, way both teams giving it there all but the strong play of Tenelle Clemons who finished with 21pts, scored 10 straight points to give Russia a 38-33 lead going into half time. The game was a sluggfest, each team answering one another shot for shot testing the will of both teams. David Haywood (193-F-81, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: S.Mississippi) had a great game stepping up in a close one scoring 15pts, 3rebs and 2asts. The way these two teams battled you would think they were the the ones playing for first place. With the game going down to the wire Russia edges out Italy 94 - 93 to take 3rd place. ----------------------------------------------- Russia Donte Covington: 2pts Keon Grant (191-G, college: W.Texas A&M): 0pts; 4ast; 2rbs Terrence Hundley: 26pts; 6rbs Mike Crain: 14pts; 2rbs; 1ast Jon Rogers: 13pts; 9rbs James Ingram (183-G-86): 3pts; 2rbs Stephan Walton (175-G): 13pts; 2rbs; 4ast Denykco Bowles (201-F): 0pts Tenelle Clemons: 21pts; 1ast Aubrey White (191-G-85): 2pts Henry Wright: 3pts ------------------------------------------------- Italy David Haywood: 15pts; 3rbs; 2ast Ryan Daugherty (193-F-87, college: N.Florida): DNP Johnnie Jackson (201-F-84): 14pts; 4rbs; 1ast Vas'shun Newborne (198-F-83):: 20pts; 3rbs; 1ast Hunter Ross: 16pts; 2rbs; 1ast James Ingram: 7pts; 4ast; 2rbs Mike Hall (183-G-86): 3pts; 2rbs; 1ast Rasheed Pratt: 1pts David Graham (193-G-85, college: Georgetown, KY): 7pts; 5rbs; 2ast Aamir McCleary (185-G-88): 7pts; 13ast; 4rbs -------------------------------------------------- 5th Place Game Greece 87 vs. England 80 -------------------------------------------------- Greece hangs on to win in 87 - 80 in a game that Greece got out the gate early with a lot of transition buckets. Chris Moore, who scored 10pts and 14rebs, was rebounding like crazy and Brandon Springer (196-F) who scored 18pts and 6rebs is a player!! Carlos White (203-F/C-80, agency: Low Country Sports Management, college: Rhema Bible) who also had a big game scoring 23pts 4rebs along with 3asts is a good player for the ESL level. These teams just went back and forth in a sloppy contest that could have gone either way early. However, Greece is scrappy and just played a little harder in the second quarter to open a 30-17 lead forcing England to call time out. Flawaan Flaggs (185-G) who scored 21pts 3ast and 2rebs came in and scored some quick buckets showing why he was a great small college player. Greece was leading at half time 41-27. England used some nice pressure defense and received help from Greece who turned the basketball over, to make a storming fourth quarter come back. With 3:39 left in the game the score was 69-68 with Greece in the lead. Travis Taylor (206-C-86, college: Cape Fear CC) having his best showing scoring 16pts 8rebs got a show time tip dunk and Brandon hit a couple of free throws to extend the cushion to three points but George White (191-G) who finished with 25pts 3ast and 2rebs hit two shots in a row to keep the lead to a one possession affair. Brandon Springer came down and hit two big three point shots to seal the deal and was the go to guy at the end for Greece. This guy can really go!! Larry Pikes (185-G) also had a strong game for Greece with 14pts 3rebs and 2asts. And in a losing effort Jamayal Johnson played well scoring 11pts, 3asts and 2rebs. Late 3-point daggers sealed the deal as Greece goes on to take 5th place topping England 87 - 80 ----------------------------------------------------- Greece LaDarious Weaver (183-G-86): 9pts; 2ast; 2rbs Flawaan Flaggs: 21pts; 3ast; 2rbs Travis Taylor: 16pts; 8rbs; 1ast Larry Pikes: 14pts; 3rbs; 2ast Osvaldo Haynes (201-F-83): 2pts; 7rbs; 3ast Brandon Springer: 18pts; 6rbs Rich Moore (196-F-88): 5pts; 2rbs Julian Richardson (185-G-84): 0pts; 5ast; 3rbs Khalifa El-Amin (173-G-86): 0pts; 3ast; 2rbs ------------------------------------------------------ England Jermaine Ferguson (193-G/F-83, college: Geneva): 4pts; 4rbs Shon Caston (196-G, college: N.Mexico St.): 3pts; 2ast; 2rbs Carlos White: 23pts; 4rbs; 3ast George White: 25pts; 3ast; 2rbs Chris Moore: 10pts; 14rbs, 3blks Demario Mattox (188-G-87, college: Hampton): 0pts Jamayal Johnson: 11pts; 3ast; 2rbs Tryston Lawrence (191-G-88): 4pts; 5rbs Graham Martin (188-G-87): DNP
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