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KLS Standings
 1. Vrsac 11-2 
 2. Dynamic BG 11-2 
 3. Spartak 9-4 
 4. Dunav SB 8-5 
 5. Tamis 8-5 
 6. Borac 8-5 
 7. Mladost ZE 7-6 
 8. Napredak K. 7-6 
 9. Beovuk 72 6-7 
 10. OKK Beograd 5-8 
 11. Metalac 5-8 
 12. Sloga 4-9 
 13. Konstantin 1-12 
 14. Smederevo 1-12 
Play in international cups:
 1. Crvena Zvezda 0-0 
 2. FMP 0-0 
 3. Mega Leks 0-0 
 4. Partizan 0-0 
Full Standings
Last:1/16/2017
2MLS Standings
 1. Zlatibor 12-2 
 2. Vojvodina NS 12-2 
 3. Radnicki 1950 11-3 
 4. Napredak 9-5 
 5. Proleter Naftagas 9-5 
 6. Pirot 8-6 
 7. Sloboda Uzice 7-7 
 8. Mladost SP 7-7 
 9. Velika Plana 6-8 
 10. Boljevac 4-10 
 11. Futog 4-10 
 12. Srem 2-12 
 13. Jagodina 2-12 
 14. Kolubara 5-9 
Full Standings
Last:1/16/2017
1MRL Standings
Center
 1. Zarkovo 13-0 
 2. Beko Beograd 12-1 
 3. Zitko Basket 9-4 
 4. BKK Radnicki 8-5 
 5. Ras 7-6 
 6. Vitez BG 7-6 
 7. Borca BG 6-5 
 8. Radnicki OB 6-7 
 9. Zemun 6-7 
 10. Borac ZM 4-9 
 11. Slodes 4-9 
 12. Astra Beograd 3-10 
 13. LA Basket 3-10 
 14. Torlak BG 3-10 
East
 1. Prokuplje 9-4 
 2. Radnik 9-4 
 3. Soko Banja 9-4 
 4. Dimitrovgrad 8-5 
 5. Jablanica M. 8-5 
 6. Zdravlje 8-5 
 7. Junior Nis 7-6 
 8. Radan Lebane 7-6 
 9. Morava 6-7 
 10. Jastrebac A. 5-8 
 11. Mladost Za. 5-8 
 12. Nis 5-8 
 13. Kursumlija 4-9 
 14. Vlasotince 1-12 
North
 1. Dunav 2014 12-1 
 2. Akademik 11-2 
 3. Radnicki Kovin 9-4 
 4. Sveti Djordje 9-4 
 5. Vrbas 9-4 
 6. Hajduk Kula 8-5 
 7. Nova Pazova 7-6 
 8. Pancevo 6-7 
 9. Topola 6-7 
 10. Sloven Ruma 4-9 
 11. Stara Pazova 4-9 
 12. Jedinstvo NB 3-10 
 13. Zeleznica IND 2-11 
 14. Crvenka 1-12 
West
 1. Zlatar NV 12-1 
 2. Novi Pazar 11-2 
 3. Radnicki KRG 11-2 
 4. Klik Arilje 10-3 
 5. Zeleznicar C. 8-5 
 6. Milesevac 7-6 
 7. Priboj 7-6 
 8. Zekas 7-6 
 9. Student BB 5-8 
 10. Polet Ratina 4-9 
 11. Prva Petoletka 4-9 
 12. Crnokosa 3-10 
 13. KK Ub 1-12 
 14. Sabac 1-12 
Last:1/11/2017
Euroleague Standings
 1 CSKA 13-4 
 2 Real Madrid 12-5 
 3 Olympiacos 12-5 
 4 Baskonia 11-6 
 5 Panathinaikos 10-7 
 6 Fenerbahce 10-7 
 7 Darussafaka 9-8 
 8 Crvena Zvezda 9-8 
 9 Anadolu Efes 8-9 
 10 Brose Bask. 7-10 
 11 Unics 7-10 
 12 FC Barcelona 7-10 
 13 Maccabi T-A 6-11 
 14 Zalgiris 6-11 
 15 Galatasaray 5-12 
 16 EA7 Armani 4-13 
Last:1/13/2017
Basketball Champions League Standings
Group A
 1 Monaco 11-2 
 2 Banvit BK 10-3 
 3 CEZ Nymburk 9-4 
 4 Aris 8-5 
 5 Fraport SKY 6-7 
 6 Ironi Nahariya 5-8 
 7 Helios 2-11 
 8 Bakken 1-12 
Group B
 1 Le Mans 9-3 
 2 Umana VE 8-4 
 3 Pinar Karsiyaka 7-5 
 4 Kataja Basket 6-6 
 5 Avtodor 5-7 
 6 Oradea 5-7 
 7 Maccabi Rishon 5-7 
 8 Khimik 3-9 
Group C
 1 ASVEL 10-3 
 2 EWE Baskets 8-4 
 3 Neptunas 8-4 
 4 Ventspils 7-5 
 5 PAOK 6-6 
 6 Usak 4-8 
 7 Openjobmetis V. 3-9 
 8 Rosa Radom 3-10 
Group D
 1 Iberostar Tener. 10-3 
 2 Scandone AV 9-4 
 3 Juventus 8-5 
 4 Strasbourg 7-5 
 5 Cibona 5-7 
 6 Oostende 5-8 
 7 Mega Leks 4-9 
 8 Mornar Bar 3-10 
Group E
 1 Besiktas 11-2 
 2 Partizan 8-4 
 3 Ludwigsburg 8-5 
 4 AEK Athens 7-5 
 5 Banco di Srd 6-7 
 6 Spirou 4-8 
 7 Stelmet ZG 4-8 
 8 Szolnok 2-11 
Last:1/17/2017
Adriatic League Standings
 1 Crvena Zvezda 18-0 
 2 Partizan 14-4 
 3 Buducnost 13-5 
 4 Cedevita 13-5 
 5 Cibona 11-7 
 6 Igokea 9-9 
 7 Un.Olimpija 8-10 
 8 FMP 7-11 
 9 Zadar 6-12 
 10 Mornar Bar 6-12 
 11 Karpos Sokoli 6-12 
 12 Krka 5-13 
 13 Mega Leks 5-13 
 14 MZT Skopje 5-13 
Last:1/15/2017
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kimani FFRIEND
  OKK B.
  (211-C-77)
  Avg: 22.6
 1. Ffriend, OKK B.22.6 
 2. Djukanovic, Metal.19.8 
 3. Marelja, Vrsac18.2 
 4. Bojic, Mladost ZE17.7 
 5. Randall, Konstantin17.6 
 6. Fundic, Beovuk 7217.5 
 7. Manojlovic, OKK B.16.8 
 8. Bogavac, Konstantin15.9 
 9. Dimic, Vrsac15.8 
 10. Jeremic, Napredak.15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kimani FFRIEND
  OKK B.
  (211-C-77)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Ffriend, OKK B.11.3 
 2. Fundic, Beovuk 7210.5 
 3. Zorcic, Dunav SB8.8 
 4. Matovic, Sloga8.1 
 5. Bogavac, Konstantin7.8 
 6. Jankovic, Metalac7.0 
 7. Marelja, Vrsac7.0 
 8. Bojic, Mladost ZE7.0 
 9. Lazic, Dynamic BG6.8 
 10. Kuzeta, Mladost ZE6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Aleksandar RADULOVIC
  Dynam.
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Radulovic, Dynam.5.4 
 2. Dumic, Sloga5.4 
 3. Popovic, Spartak5.4 
 4. Vasic, Metalac5.4 
 5. Djukanovic, Metal.5.3 
 6. Katnic, Dynamic BG4.9 
 7. Bakic, Mladost ZE4.3 
 8. Manojlovic, OKK B.4.2 
 9. Jevdjenic, Beovuk4.1 
 10. Davis, Napredak K.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Djukan DJUKANOVIC
  Metal.
  (181-PG-92)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Djukanovic, Metal.3.5 
 2. Dimic, Vrsac2.3 
 3. Simovic, Sloga2.3 
 4. Katnic, Dynamic BG2.3 
 5. Manojlovic, OKK B.2.3 
 6. Vasic, Metalac2.0 
 7. Stevanovic, Dynam.2.0 
 8. Simic, Smederevo1.9 
 9. Popovic, Spartak1.8 
 10. Lazic, Dynamic BG1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Lazar ZORCIC
  Dunav SB
  (205-C-88)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Zorcic, Dunav SB3.9 
 2. Ffriend, Dynam.2.0 
 3. Jeftic, Vrsac2.0 
 4. Dujkovic, Metalac1.8 
 5. Bojic, Mladost ZE1.4 
 6. Matovic, Sloga1.3 
 7. Veljkovic, Mlado.1.3 
 8. Brkic, Mladost ZE1.2 
 9. Bitadze, Smederevo1.1 
Player of the Week

 Nemanja Manojlovic
  OKK Beograd
  (193-G/F-)
  

 Dragoslav Papic
  Kolubara
  (205-F-100)
  
Serbian men teams in Euro cups 2016-2017
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Next Round Schedule

Round 14 (Regular Season)

Mladost ZE Jan.21 Tamis 58%
Vrsac 67% Jan.21 Dunav SB
Metalac Jan.21 Dynamic BG 76%
Beovuk 72 67% Jan.21 Konstantin
Smederevo Jan.21 Borac 88%
Sloga Jan.21 Spartak 72%
Napredak K. 60% Jan.21 OKK Beograd
Next Round Schedule

Round 15 (Regular Season)

Proleter Naf 67% Jan.21 Kolubara
Pirot 53% Jan.21 Radnicki 195
Slob.Uzice 59% Jan.21 Velika Plana
Napredak 90% Jan.21 Srem
Vojvodina N 50% Jan.21 Zlatibor
Futog 61% Jan.21 Boljevac
Mladost SP 85% Jan.21 Jagodina
Next Round Schedule

Round 18 (Regular Season)

Darussafaka 58% Jan.20 Unics
EA7 Armani Jan.20 Galatasaray 58%
Olympiacos 62% Jan.20 Baskonia
Zalgiris Jan.20 Real Madrid 80%
FC Barcelona Jan.19 Anadolu Efes 58%
Fenerbahce 56% Jan.19 Panathinaiko
Maccabi T-A Jan.19 Crvena Zvezd 58%
CSKA 68% Jan.19 Brose Bask.
Next Round Schedule

Round 14 (Regular Season)

Group A
Fraport SKY 59% Jan.25 Ironi Nahari
Helios Jan.25 CEZ Nymburk 87%
Monaco 71% Jan.25 Aris
Bakken Jan.25 Banvit BK 93%
Group B
Avtodor Jan.24 Le Mans 70%
Kataja Bsk Jan.24 Pinar Karsiy 58%
Khimik 50% Jan.24 Macc.Rishon
Umana VE 75% Jan.24 Oradea
Group C
Usak Jan.24 ASVEL 73%
EWE Baskets 82% Jan.24 Openjobmetis
Rosa Radom Jan.24 Neptunas 72%
Ventspils 67% Jan.24 PAOK
Group D
Scandone AV 59% Jan.25 Juventus
Cibona 63% Jan.25 Oostende
Mega Leks Jan.25 Iberostar Te 81%
Mornar Bar Jan.25 Strasbourg 59%
Group E
AEK Athens 75% Jan.25 Stelmet ZG
Banco di Srd Jan.25 Partizan 60%
Spirou 51% Jan.25 Szolnok
Besiktas 74% Jan.25 Ludwigsburg
Next Round Schedule

Round 19 (Regular Season)

Karpos Sokol 59% Jan.21 MZT Skopje
Cibona 59% Jan.21 Un.Olimpija
Partizan 79% Jan.21 FMP
Mornar Bar Jan.21 Buducnost 74%
Igokea Jan.21 Crvena Zvezd 84%
Krka Jan.21 Cedevita 82%
Mega Leks 55% Jan.21 Zadar
Interview with Nikola Kuga - May 29, 2012


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Nikola Kuga
Nikola Kuga (200-F/G-86) is a 25 years old shooting guard. He was born in Bihac, in the north-western part of Bosnia and Herzegovina. He lived in Croatia , then during the war moved to Montenegro, and finaly to Serbia. So he can call himself a truef Yougoslavian: 'It was a really hard childhood time, but I look at it in a positive way. I can say I was lucky because I met many different people as a kid.'

Kuga's basketball time was also interesting. The 200cm serbian grew up in the famous basketball school of FMP Belgrade (the same youth program of many Euroleague players like Milos Teodosic and Nemanja Aleksandrov). Nikola collected dozens of caps in the Serbia Cadet and Junior teams. He played in Serbia (FMP) , Cyprus (Achilleas), Macedonia (Amak Ohrid), Slovenia (Polzela), Iceland (Skallagrimur) and again in Cyprus (AEK Larnaca) before being a legit pioneer on the other continents: Morocco (Sport Plazza), Dubai (Al Sharjah), the Maldives (RLC). He played in South America (Colombia, the first European ever) and in Asia (Vietnam),and was a top 5 player in the Gran Canaria 2007 Summer League and one of the best in the Malaga 2010 Summer League. Time for an interview:

Hey Nikola, your story is pretty interesting. As a product of the Serbian basketball school you decided early to play abroad. Tell us a little bit about you and your career so far.

I love challenges. As a young player I had a chance to go and play abroad. I left Serbia very early. After Serbia I played in Cyprus, Slovenia, Macedonia, Iceland... after afew years in Europe I was offered to play out of Europe. It was an great chance for me to discover new basketball worlds and start to write the second chapter of my basketball story. My first contact out of the Europe was Morocco. I was fascinated by the different lifestyle, culture, people and history, so I never regretted that decision. I spend one great year and season there, with great success. After that I went back to Europe for one season. At the end of the season I got a lovely offer from the Maldives to play a summer tournament. It was a great preparation for the next season, and a really amazing and relaxing time.

The 2011 season brought big challenges. I went to Latin America, and was the first player from Europe in Colombia ever. It was a crazy
time: four games per week, 24 games in less than 2 months, and play offs. It was a really tough league, with some NBA-players. I can describe it in a few words: games, practice, travel, sleep... Of course I had some days off, but only a few times I was able to go out and see the really amazing girls in Colombia.

After this 3 month competition I shortly moved to Dubai and spend a great time with Arabic 2011 Champion Sharjah . One of the best coaches in The Middle East area, Abdul Hamid, called me to help his team for some tournaments there . I couldn't play the championship, because only 1 import' player is allowed over there, and they allready had a US Point gueard. But it was a great expierience. After that I went to Vietnam, my last stop so far.

You have played in so many countries, from Europe to Africa, South America and Asia. What did you learn from this countries and what are the main differences of the game in these different areas?

Playing basketball in all those countries and experiencing different basketball and cultures made me a really better person and a better player. I feel very blessed and thankful for my basketball experiences. I'm focused on working hard, making teams happy and enjoying basketball. I'm a player who's trying to get better and better, this is my challenge and my job.

There are many differences between the game in Europe and other places I played. Out of Europe the game is much more focused on offense.
Playing as an import means you have to score 20, 25, 30 points. It's more NBA-style, the game is fast. There's more motion, many fast breaks, people like to see their teams score 100 points in a game. In Europe, teams are more focused on defence, tactics, the position game... so that's the main difference. As a player you have to be a bit more athletic and get individual skills, because you can expect to play a lot of 1 on 1 games, and have to create your own space. Also, almost 80 procent of the points come from import players. Teams are expecting points from you each and every game, while in Europe there are at least 8 or 9 players able to have a high score almost every game. It's not an easy job, but every day you learn new things and that is why I really love basketball.

Do you have funny stories about different local cultures ?

Well, you have to be flexibile and adjust your lifestyle to the local culture. There are many more differences then in basketball. My career brought me in so many countries, experiencing cultures and different mentalities and always learn more about the world we live in.
Adjusting is not always easy of course, and there are a lot of funny situations happening every time. People in Asia are so friendly it's always funny walking along the streets every day, where you can just meet people asking you something: it's amazing. It's always a lot of attention. In Morocco it was always funny. Really nice people, but not so organized about basketball. On the day before a game, on the practice all team owners appear and ask the same question: Are you ok?'. Then, the next 5 days, nobody come. The taxi drivers in Vietnam were also funny. They don't speak English. They drive you around the city for 40 minutes, before they drive you to your address. All you can do is wait. Now it's really funy, but there it wasn't .

Food is a special story. You need at least a month to adjust to the local food. In Asia they always make food spicy. On the Maldives, every single meal was spicy. I told them: please bring me an un-spicy meal the next time. Always they answered: sure. And always the next meal was the same as the previous. But hey, now I like spicy food...

Who is Nikola Kuga off court in everyday life?

Well, I am not much of a different person on and off the court. I love sports. Off season time, I try to stay at least 1 month out of basketball. But I play tennis and I like to swim. The last few years, I use the summer to go in a Hiperbaric Chamber to recover after the season.

I love to discover new things. I love music, the internet. Not so much different things than everybody I guess . I like to spend time with my family. Summer time is great for that, because during the season most of the time we're not together.

What's your next challenge as a player?

Well , I am 25 years old . My previous expierience told me never to say I will go there'. So I hope I will continue to write new chapters of my basketball story somewhere in the world.   




Nemanja
Manojlovic
Nemanja Manojlovic gets MVP of the Week award for Serbian KLS - 1 day ago
Nemanja Manojlovic (193-G/F-93) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for OKK Beograd and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 13. The 23-year old swingman had the game-high 27 points adding five rebounds and five assists for OKK Beograd in his team's victory, helping them to beat Mladost ZE (#7, 7-6) 86-74. OKK Beograd is placed at 10th position in Serbian KLS. OKK Beograd is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. Th...   [read more]

Dragoslav
Papic
Papic's 25 points and 8 rebounds give him 2MLS Player of the Week award - 1 day ago
29-year old forward Dragoslav Papic (205-F-87) had a great game in the last round for Kolubara and receives a Eurobasket.com 2MLS Player of the Week award for round 14. He had the game-high 25 points adding eight rebounds and five assists for Kolubara in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Jagodina (#13, 2-12) with 26-point margin 103-77. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on top of the standings. Kolubara maintains the 14th position in...   [read more]

Milos
Savovic
KLS Round 13: Vrsac keeps a leadership position - 2 days ago
KLS is at the halfway of the Regular Season and there are still another 13 rounds left. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with derby games, favorites losing the games and even winless team recording their first victory. The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Vrsac as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Vrsac smashed 4th placed Tamis at home 79-59. Vrsac looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists compari...   [read more]


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