While they are still debating replacement referees and new traveling rules overseas, the basketball season has already started in several European leagues – ACB, Lega A, Adrialeague and even Euroleague, among others – , and here are some observations I want to share with you: highly subjective, unfiltered, and, as always, more than questionable.
The Euroleague qualifiers: Surely our bets wouldn’t have been on Orléans and Maroussi to advance through this qualification tournament which had eight participants, but those two clearly deserved it through their play. Maroussi should get some respect, a club that has a lot of success with a very limited budget while nicely developing home grown players, especially big men. A “light” version of Partizan? So now that Loukas Mavrokefalidis and Andreas Glyniadakis have re-joined Olympiacos, it is ‘85 born Dimitris Mavroeidis who is displaying some promising performances inside. Not to mention Kosta Kaimakoglou, not a true big man [rather a 4/3 faceup forward] to be correct, but another tall player who has been improving steadily. Solid performances secured him a place on Greece’s bronze winning Eurobasket roster, and in limited playing time, Kaimakoglou didn’t disappoint.
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