Maccabi Tel Aviv's American-Israeli coach David Blatt (Agency: Beo Basket) will no longer serve as head coach of Russia's national team, Blatt informed the Russian Basketball Federation earlier today.
"Russia was a big part of my professional life. Our common achievements were exceptional and historical, and our impact on Russian basketball growth was tremendous," Blatt said in a statement issued by the Russian Basketball Federation.
"These seven mutual years were amazing and I quit while Russian basketball is at a peak as the entire basketball world follows it closely," said Blatt, one of Europe's most successful coaches.
"I want to thank the players who worked hard and sacrificed a lot in order to accomplish our achievements and medals. I'd like to thanks the coaches, managers and employees, who have contributed a lot to the success of the team. I also wish to thank the people of Russia, who received me with open arms as if I were one of their own," he added.
After joining the Russian federation during the 2005-06 season, Blatt led Russia to a Gold medal at the 2007 EuroBasket championship games, shocking the reigning European champions from Spain by a score of 60-59. With Russia, Blatt clinched a Bronze medal at the 2011 EuroBasket games.
Blatt also drove the Russian national team to an unforgettable Bronze campaign during the 2012 London Olympics.
Kaspars Berzins (ex BK Ogre) agreed terms with Lokomotiv - 14 hours ago
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Lokomotiv Kuban (VTB) strengthened their roster with addition of 32-year old Latvian international power forward Kaspars Berzins (213-104kg-85). He started the season at BK Ogre in Latvian LBL league. In two games he recorded 11.0ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.5bpg this season. The most of last season Berzins spent at Zenit where in 26 VTB United League games he averaged 10.8ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.2apg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Berzins also played earlier that season for BC Nizhny Novgo... [read more]
Lokomotiv Kuban (VTB) strengthened their roster with addition of 32-year old Latvian international power forward Kaspars Berzins (213-104kg-85). He started the season at BK Ogre in Latvian LBL league. In two games he recorded 11.0ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.5bpg this season. The most of last season Berzins spent at Zenit where in 26 VTB United League games he averaged 10.8ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.2apg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Berzins also played earlier that season for BC Nizhny Novgorod. In 12 Eurocup games he had 9.6ppg and 5.5rpg. He also played 13 games in VTB United League where he got 10.2ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.4apg. Among other achievements Berzins won Latvian League championship title in 2008, 2011, 2012 and 2013. He was selected to Latvian League All-Star Game back in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013. Berzins has been also a member of Latvian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Latvian senior team since 2005 and previously for U20 National Team between 2003 and 2005. Berzins also represented Latvia at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 8.1ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 59.5%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 81.0%. Berzins is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Italy, Spain (Unicaja Malaga, Caceres Basket and Blusens Monbus) and Russia (Krasnie Krilya). The scouts decsribe him following way:
He is a very smooth athlete. He's one of those guys who seem to move from A to B with little or no effort required. He plays a slashing style on the offensive end, but also has range on the jumper at the three-point line.
The kind of European inside player, who knos how to came out and hit a shot from the distance, even behind the 3 pts arch; also a good rebounder and yat a solid post player, but his future is at 4 position.
Timofey Mozgov selected the top Russian playing abroad in last week's games - 3 days ago
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Here is the weekly review of the top performing Russian players, who play currently abroad. This week's number one is an international center Timofey Mozgov (216-86, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov). He managed to help Los Angeles Lakers in a victory against the Indiana Pacers in the NBA in Friday night's game.
Here is the weekly review of the top performing Russian players, who play currently abroad.
#1. This week's number one is an international center Timofey Mozgov (216-86, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov, currently plays in NBA). He managed to help Los Angeles Lakers in a victory against the Indiana Pacers (22-20) 108-96 in the NBA in Friday night's game.
Mozgov scored only 4 points, grabbed 11 boards, handed out 4 passes and blocked 2 shots in 25 minutes on the court.
The Los Angeles Lakers have rather weak 16-31 record this season.
It was his team's first victory after five consecutive loses.
It's Mozgov's first year with the team.
He has relatively good stats this season: 7.8ppg, 4.9rpg, 2FGP: 52.4% and FT: 78.8% in 46 games he played so far.
Ex-BC Khimky Moscow player is currently a member of the Russian senior national team.
#2. Second place goes to an international forward Nikita Balashov (207-91, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in Lithuania). He could not help P.Zvaigzdes (8-11) to beat Zalgiris (18-1).
Balashov recorded 8 points in 16 minutes.
P.Zvaigzdes lost 56-63 at home to the leading Zalgiris.
This year Balashov averages: 8.6ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.2bpg, 2FGP: 67.4%(31-46) and FT: 52.9% in nine games.
He is in the roster of the Russian senior national team.
#3. The Russian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international power forward Fedor Dmitriev (204-84, also represented by Alti Sport, currently plays in Poland). Dmitriev contributed to a 1-point Anwil's victory against the closely-ranked Trefl (9-7) 80-79 in the Polish PLK last Thursday.
He scored 5 points.
Anwil Wloclawek (11-6) is placed third in the PLK.
Dmitriev's overall stats this season are: 6.9ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 41.0%, 3FGP: 30.6% and FT: 75.0%.
He played for the Russian national team eleven years ago.
#4. Center Anatoly Kashirov (215-87, currently plays in Lithuania) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Dzukija in their game against P.Zvaigzdes (8-11) in the Lithuanian LKL.
Kashirov scored 9 points and added 3 passes in 25 minutes.
But Dzukija lost 82-92 on their home court in Alytus to the higher-ranked (#7) P.Zvaigzdes.
It's Kashirov's first season with the team.
This year he has relatively solid stats: 10.3ppg and 4.3rpg in 18 games.
Kashirov used to play for the Russian university national team
back in 2011.
#5. Former U20 international guard Alex Dubovitskiy (198-94, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the Chicago St. (1-3) in their game against the Seattle University in the NCAA. He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones.
Dubovitskiy scored only 3 points in 3 minutes on the court.
The Chicago St. lost 50-65 on their home court in Chicago, IL to the Seattle University.
This year Dubovitskiy averages just 0.8ppg in 14 games.
He used to play for the Russian U20 national team
three years ago.
The list of other players, who all have Russian passport but never been selected to any of Russian national teams:
#1.Egor Koulechov (196-G/F-94, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Rice to an easy victory against the University of North Texas (1-0) crushing them 101-79 in the NCAA last Saturday.
Koulechov recorded a double-double by scoring 26 points and getting 15 rebounds. He also added 4 assists.
The Rice University has 2-3 conference record this season.
Koulechov has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 19.4ppg, 8.4rpg and 2.1apg.
Koulechov has a dual citizenship: Russian and Israeli.
#2.Aliaksandr Pustahvar (202-SF-85, currently plays in Hungary) led Falco KC to an easy victory against the 11th-ranked Jaszberenyi (4-9) crushing them 84-64 in the Hungarian A Division on Saturday night.
He recorded 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 29 minutes.
Falco KC Szombathely (8-5) is placed fifth in the A Division.
It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row.
This year Pustahvar has relatively solid stats: 12.9ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.2apg in 13 games he played so far.
He is another player who holds two passports: Belarusian and Russian.
#3.Marsel Ovsepyan (200-C-90, currently plays in Belarus) led Vitebsk to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams GOCOR-Sozh (2-15) crushing them 102-43 in the Belarusian Premier League in Saturday night's game.
Ovsepyan recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 3 assists.
Vitebsk OBK-Voktsor (11-8) is placed fourth in the Premier League.
It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row.
This season Ovsepyan averages: 9.2ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.9apg and 1.1spg.
#4.Alexander Matveev (194-G-91, currently plays in Belarus) led Impuls BGUIR to a victory against the closely-ranked Brest (2-15) 81-74 in the Belarusian Premier League on Saturday night.
Matveev recorded 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds.
Impuls BGUIR Minsk (11-8) is placed fifth in the Premier League.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
Matveev's overall stats this season are: 7.8ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.2apg and 1.4spg.
#5. Experienced Vladimir Veremeenko (208-F-84, currently plays in Euroleague). He could not help Brose Baskets (7-11) to beat CSKA (14-4). Veremeenko cannot count it as his best performance.
He scored only 2 points in 9 minutes on the court.
The 12th-placed Brose Baskets (7-11) was crushed 85-64 on the road by the leading CSKA in the group A of Euroleague.
It's Veremeenko's first season with the team.
This year Veremeenko's overall stats are: 2.0ppg and 1.5rpg in 13 games.
He has both Belarusian and Russian nationalities.
#6.Pavel Micheev (201-F-83, currently plays in Baltic League) was the major contributor in a Barsy Atyrau's victory against the closely-ranked Parnu 96-92 in the Baltic League in Tuesday night's game.
He scored 21 points and grabbed 9 rebounds.
Micheev's overall stats this season are: 9.4ppg and 4.6rpg.
He also holds two passports: Russian and Kazakhstan.
#7.Dmitriy Flis (204-F/C-84, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Ourense (12-9) in their last game. Despite Flis' very good performance Ourense lost 79-85 at home to the second-ranked Gipuzkoa.
He scored 16 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 29 minutes.
Flis has reliable stats this year: 12.6ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.2spg in 21 games.
He holds both Russian and Spanish passports.
#8.Anton Kazarnovski (206-F/C-85, currently plays in Germany) was not able to secure a victory for BG Karlsruhe (8-6) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Kazarnovski's good performance the sixth-placed BG Karlsruhe was edged 69-67 in Rhoendorf by the lower-ranked Dragons (#7) in the South group.
He recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 10 rebounds. Kazarnovski also added 5 assists.
This season he has very high stats. Kazarnovski averages: 16.1ppg, 7.5rpg and 1.8apg.
He has Russian and Israeli nationalities.
Despite Kazarnovski's Russian passport, he previously played for the Israeli university national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Russian team.
#9.Alexey Chubrevich (212-C-86, currently plays in Israel) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Hapoel Holon in their game against Maccabi T-A in the Israeli Winner League. Chubrevich cannot count Monday's game as one of the best ones.
He scored only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 11 minutes.
His team lost 73-78.
This year Chubrevich's overall stats are: 5.0ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.2bpg in 13 games.
He has dual citizenship: Russian and Israeli.
#10.Sergei Chudinovskich (193-PG-81, currently plays in Finland) couldn't help JyWe (4-11) in their last game on Friday. Despite Chudinovskich's very good performance the 11th-placed JyWe was defeated 85-79 on their home court in Jyvaskyla by the much higher-ranked Korikouvot (#3) in the Division B.
He was the top scorer with 20 points. Chudinovskich also added 4 rebounds and dished 6 assists.
This season he has very high stats. Chudinovskich averages: 17.5ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.3apg and 1.4spg.
VTB League: VEF Riga upset Nizhny Novgorod - 3 days ago
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Nizhny Novgorod - VEF Riga 74:81 VEF Riga earned the 7th victory in VTB League season. They upset Nizhny Novgorod in Russia today. Janis Blums (191-SG-82) stepped up with 19 points for the Latvian powerhouse. Nizhny Novgorod jumped to a 23:19 advantage at the first break. But VEF Riga picked up the tempo in the second term. The visitors erupted for 26 points to eke out a 45:44 halftime lead. VEF Riga stayed in control throughout the third term. The Latvian side arrived at the final inte... [read more]
Nizhny Novgorod - VEF Riga 74:81
VEF Riga earned the 7th victory in VTB League season. They upset Nizhny Novgorod in Russia today. Janis Blums (191-SG-82) stepped up with 19 points for the Latvian powerhouse. Nizhny Novgorod jumped to a 23:19 advantage at the first break. But VEF Riga picked up the tempo in the second term. The visitors erupted for 26 points to eke out a 45:44 halftime lead. VEF Riga stayed in control throughout the third term. The Latvian side arrived at the final intermission up by 4 points 61:57. The visitors poured in 20 points in the fourth quarter and raced to the win. Armands Skele (192-G-83) delivered 16 points, while Martins Meiers (208-C-91) tossed in 10 points for VEF Riga. DeAndre Kane (193-G-89, college: Iowa St., agency: BeoBasket) responded with 21 points for Nizhny Novgorod. Kenny Boynton (188-PG-91, college: Florida) delivered 14 points in the loss.
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