EuroCup – TalkBasket.net https://www.talkbasket.net NBA, EuroLeague, FIBA basketball news Tue, 05 Jan 2021 17:21:01 +0000 en hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.6 Nigel Williams-Goss joins Lokomotiv Kuban https://www.talkbasket.net/117484-nigel-williams-goss-joins-lokomotiv-kuban https://www.talkbasket.net/117484-nigel-williams-goss-joins-lokomotiv-kuban#respond Tue, 05 Jan 2021 16:55:12 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=117484 The American guard has signed a contract with the Russian club until the end of the season, per the club’s announcement. After his journey in the NBA with the Utah Jazz, Williams-Goss returns to Europe to join Lokomotiv Kuban. This is not the first European experience for the 26-year-old guard since he moved to Greece […]

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Nigel Williams-Goss joins Lokomotiv Kuban

The American guard has signed a contract with the Russian club until the end of the season, per the club’s announcement. After his journey in the NBA with the Utah Jazz, Williams-Goss returns to Europe to join Lokomotiv Kuban.

This is not the first European experience for the 26-year-old guard since he moved to Greece during the 2018/19 season to join Olympiacos Piraeus in the Euroleague.

In 2019, he fulfilled his NBA dream and joined the Utah Jazz playing where he played 10 games including two games in the Orlando “bubble”.

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Ian Miller: “Promitheas is the first high-level team to allow me be myself. It’s easy for me to play in the NBA” https://www.talkbasket.net/109416-ian-miller-promitheas-is-the-first-high-level-team-to-allow-me-be-myself-its-easy-for-me-to-play-in-the-nba https://www.talkbasket.net/109416-ian-miller-promitheas-is-the-first-high-level-team-to-allow-me-be-myself-its-easy-for-me-to-play-in-the-nba#respond Sat, 31 Oct 2020 13:23:06 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=109416 Florida State standout Ian Miller had to reach his late twentys to make a name for himself in professional basketball. Now, at 29, he is playing with arguably one of Eurocup’s finest teams, Promitheas Patras. The Greek side reached the competition’s quarter-final phase last season, which ended prematurely due to COVID-19. Miller is leading the […]

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Ian Miller: “Promitheas is the first high-level team to allow me be myself. It’s easy for me to play in the NBA”

Florida State standout Ian Miller had to reach his late twentys to make a name for himself in professional basketball.

Now, at 29, he is playing with arguably one of Eurocup’s finest teams, Promitheas Patras. The Greek side reached the competition’s quarter-final phase last season, which ended prematurely due to COVID-19. Miller is leading the horde, amassing 19.3 points on 36.7% three-point and 95.2% free-throw shooting, plus 2.8 assists and 1.5 steals per game. Unfortunately, action in Patras has been put on hold since the club announced three positive COVID-19 tests on October 26.

A father of two children, Miller has dedicated his basketball journey to his father Julian who passed away in 2015, while his son was on his first overseas mission, Italian second division team Aurora Jesi. Ian stayed in Italy for a couple of years, before moving to Kazakhstan, Turkey, Israel and France. With the passage of time, he improved on his game, without renouncing his scoring instincts.

His performances this season, including an impressive late turnup at the Greek Super Cup Final which garnered Promitheas their first trophy ever, have whetted the appetite of a lot of teams across Europe, even China. However, the combo guard from Charlotte feels comfortable on his current team, coached by the gregarious Makis Giatras. The Detroit Pistons gave him a chance to make their NBA roster in the summer of 2014 – and Miller responded with solid games- but Euroleague and the Far East loom as the more lucrative options at the time.

The first question for Ian Miller after six years of playing overseas was about the scarse number of interviews he has done:“I’ve been sort of distant from the media people“, he concedes talking to TalkBasket.net. “I like to focus on my job and perform. Even if you see me on TV, I won’t even be looking comfortable talking into the microphone. I just want to stay focused on the game. In the summertime, I’d be chilling with the family and I’ll be handling no media. I don’t really answer the phone in the summer.

Despite the above statement, the phone interview with the 6’2” guard went quite smoothly.

Q: How are things in Patras and Promitheas?

A: Everything here is cool. Greece is beautiful and I love the country. We got a full roster now and it’s better for us. Mantzaris and Nico (Radicevic) are great additions. They help the team find easy shots and generate offense, giving us more depth with their experience. Right now they are definitely getting the job done.

Diante Garrett is very important and I think people forgot about him, but I’m ready for him to come back. That will make us one of the best teams in Europe. I think there’s a lot of teams in Eurocup that can compete with Euroleague clubs this year. Just because of the COVID situation and the paycuts, a lot is up for grabs. Teams that are normally dominating countries are not so dominant in their local leagues like in the past. I know how talented my team and Diante are. We just got to be patient and wait for him to get back healthy.

Q: You had no previous pan-European competition experience before coming to Promitheas. So, how is Eurocup for you until now?

A: Every night is a battle, there are no easy games. But all we want is to have a full roster. I feel we can do some things in Eurocup that people didn’t expect us to do. The goal is to win.

Q: Why did you sign with Promitheas last summer?

A: Because they’re playing in the Eurocup, for one. Some friends had played for them before me and told me about the situation and how players are taken care of. Langston Hall told me how professional the club is, giving him the chance to display his talent. I always wanted the chance not just to play in Eurocup or Euroleague, but to be myself. Players often get to bad situations, where they don’t perform lke they can because they are not accustomed to playing the way their coach wants them to. That was another reason I came to Promitheas. I’ve been in those situations, but I can play in any kind of system.

Ian Miller during a Promitheas Patras – Herbalife Gran Canaria game for the 2020-21 7DAYS EuroCup regular season. Photo Source: Promitheas Patras Official website

Q: Do you feel like Langston Hall’s successor in Promitheas?

A: I never really thought of it like that. I came here to write my own story.

Q: Let’s talk about that story, then. Not being drafted in 2014 took a toll on you? How did you handle it?

A: I was ready to go to the next situation. I’ve never thought bad about it, not at all. I stayed positive and went right back to working out that night.

Q: You actually joined the Pistons for the 2014 Summer League. How was the experience? What did you learn?

A: I learned that it’s easy for me in the NBA because there’s a lot of space and shots are not created off the dribble. I didn’t really learn a lot mentally; just wanted to showcase myself and I did that. I had really good performances and teams definitely wanted me to come to traning camp, but I wasn’t with that. A lot of people get stuck in the G League or in training camp and then they don’t get good jobs in Europe. I wanted to go straight to a solid situation and if the NBA wanted me, they would come and get me. So, I wouldn’t try a Summer League again. If I were to be in the NBA, I would play a Patty Mills or Jason Terry-type of role. I used to watch them while I was in college.

Q: It’s interesting that all Detroit Pistons guards at that Summer League (Peyton Siva, David Lighty, Markell Starks, DeAndre Liggins) are now in Europe, with only one notable exception. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope went on to play with Detroit and later bacame an NBA champ with the Lakers. He was the youngest (21) player of you all at the time. What do you make of his case?

A: He’s a killer! He has accepted his role in LA, but real basketball players know Caldwell-Pope can do numbers easily.

Q: Stan Van Gundy was then both President of Basketball Operations and head coach of the Pistons. What feedback did you get from him?

A: Van Gundy loved me. He wanted me to go to the D League and get better at playing strictly point guard, but I didn’t want to play there. He told me I was a great guard and would spend time every day talking to me.

Q: Do you think you could have made an NBA roster? Are you going to pursue that goal?

A: Yeah, I believe I could play there, if the opportunity presents itself again. But I’m not chasing it because I got to handle what I have on my plate right now.

Q: If you were offered a two-way contract, would you go to the NBA?

A: It depends on the team and the situation. If I feel like I got a chance to go there and prove myself, yes. If I’m not on the court, I can’t do what I’m supposed to.

Q: In case things don’t work out like that, would Euroleague be your first choice?

A: It’s either Euroleague or China. They’re even for me. Money is good on both levels, but I like the style of play in China. Game is more like NBA style, up and down. Some of the best guards and scorers play there. It’s a five-month season and I will be able to spend more time in the States with my kids. I just want to find the best situation for me.

Ian Miller of Roanne and Dee Bost of Monaco during the Jeep Elite match between the two teams on October 5, 2019 in Monaco. (Photo by Pascal Della Zuana/Icon Sport via Getty Images)

Q: Where was the best situation for you?

A: In Patras and Kazakhstan. They let me showcase my abilities; my coach then was AEK’s coach Ilias Papatheodorou. I had a good experience and a good feel for the Greek people after playing on a team with a Greek staff and two Greek teammates (Leonidas Kasselakis and Dimitris Katsivelis). I like Promitheas because we work hard on the court, but our coach gives us freedom to get better. He’s always teaching us, while trusting me to make mistakes.

Q: Two years ago, Rick Pitino compared Makis Giatras to West Virginia coach Bob Huggins. Is that description accurate?

A: I don’t know, I never played for Bob Huggins. But coach Makis is a good coach. He’s energetic and gives you a chance to grow as an individual. Nothing is ever personal with him. Even when he’s serious, he’s always joking. It’s hard not to like a person like that. The only thing he likes to say in English is “good luck” before the games.

Q: You reportedly selected Florida State over many prestigious college programs, like Miami, Kentucky, Oklahoma and North Carolina. Why did you make that choice?

A: I felt that it was the best school for me at the time. They were also becoming a good basketball team and I wanted to be a part of their growth. We won the first championship in school history. In the end, college shaped me because it helped me become a man, grow up fast and do things by myself.

Q: Since you have dedicated your career to your father, what do you think he would have liked you to achieve in it?

A: Win more championships, leave a legacy in any organization I play for, make people love me – not as a player, but as a person. That’s the things my father would want me to do. Being the best person mattered to him more than basketball or any amount of money I could make.

Q: You grew up in Charlotte. There’s a video of you training with KC Rivers and other players. How is hoop culture over there?

A: KC is like a big brother to me. He likes to hellraise me in basketball. He helped me stay motivated because I wanted to be like him and other people while growing up. I’ve seen them get out of college, play in the NBA or in the Euroleague, like KC and a few others. My mind was always locked in on what those guys were doing; and then I started copying their moves.

Also, Muggsy Bogues is like an uncle to me. He has been there pretty much my whole life, since I was 4-5. Me and his son played on the same team (Charlotte Flames). There were athletes and celebrity-type people playing for that program, which was run by my grandfather. Me and Muggsy became best friends immediately. When I got to high school and he saw how serious I had become with the game, he started to train me in the mornings before class. At 6 a.m. we’d be on the court. We keep in touch all the time. Whenever I struggle with or have a question about anything in basketball and life, I ask him. I know his story, in and out.

Q: The late Michael Ojo, who passed away a few months ago, was a teammate of yours at Florida State. What do you remember of him?

A: That was my man! From the first day at school, we talked and hung out. A person like that you don’t meet often. You got to cherish the moments you spend around him because I don’t know if I’ll ever meet somebody as gentle, honest and trustworthy. That’s the way you’d want to live your life. I don’t think he ever had a problem with anybody. That’s hard to find.

Q: You were voted Sixth Man of the Year in 2014 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. How did you adapt to being the go-to guy in Europe?

A: I was the sixth man by choice. My team couldn’t afford for me to start the game in my senior year. So, it was best for me to come off the bench. It’s not really about starting, but about me playing the minutes I should be playing at a high level. Promitheas has suited me well because they give me trust and confidence. Kazakhstan, France and Greece are three situations that let me be myself. Italy wasn’t for me. In Jesi there was too much going on between management and players.

Q: Why did you start off your pro career with an Italian second division team?

A: I was supposed to go First Division, but they were trying to sign me early in the summer and I kept telling them I wanted to go to Summer League first. By the time I made my mind, it was too late to sign with a good team.

Q: Do you feel more comfortable playing at point or shooting guard?

A: I’m a combo because I can get 6-7 assists any time too. I consider myself a guard.

Q: Do you consider yourself a clutch player?

A: Very much so. Promitheas is the first high-level team to allow me be myself and part of that is being a clutch player.

Q: Who’s the best teammate you ever had?

A: Ousman Krubally and Ronald Lewis. Those were two big brothers to me. I look up to them and I also talk to them almost every day. But I never had any bad teammates.

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Eric Mika signed for Partizan https://www.talkbasket.net/100595-eric-mika-signed-for-partizan https://www.talkbasket.net/100595-eric-mika-signed-for-partizan#respond Mon, 24 Aug 2020 20:22:22 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=100595 American center Eric Mika signed a contract with BC Partizan today, and his arrival to Serbia is expected within a few days. Eric Mika is a 208 cm tall center and during last season he was a member of the Stockton Kings, daughter club of NBA member Sacramento Kings. While playing for the NBA G […]

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American center Eric Mika signed a contract with BC Partizan today, and his arrival to Serbia is expected within a few days.

Eric Mika is a 208 cm tall center and during last season he was a member of the Stockton Kings, daughter club of NBA member Sacramento Kings. While playing for the NBA G League club, Eric also played for the Sacramento Kings in the few games.

During his professional career, besides the Stockton Kings, Eric Mika played for Pesaro, Brescia, Medi Bayreuth, and Xinjiang Flying Tigers.

In the past season, the new Partizan center, while playing for the Stockton Kings, averaged 18,7 points with 11,9 rebounds in 30,7 minutes on court per game.

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Errick McCollum parts ways with UNICS Kazan https://www.talkbasket.net/95808-errick-mccollum-parts-ways-with-unics-kazan https://www.talkbasket.net/95808-errick-mccollum-parts-ways-with-unics-kazan#respond Sun, 19 Jul 2020 21:41:17 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=95808 Errick McCollum parted ways with UNICS Kazan, the Russian team officially announced on Sunday (19/07). McCollum averaged 17.1 points, 3.9 assists and 3.1 rebounds in the EuroCup this season.

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Errick McCollum parts ways with UNICS Kazan

Errick McCollum parted ways with UNICS Kazan, the Russian team officially announced on Sunday (19/07).

McCollum averaged 17.1 points, 3.9 assists and 3.1 rebounds in the EuroCup this season.

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Vlado Šćepanović promoted as Partizan’s head coach https://www.talkbasket.net/94823-vlado-scepanovic-promoted-as-a-partizans-head-coach https://www.talkbasket.net/94823-vlado-scepanovic-promoted-as-a-partizans-head-coach#respond Thu, 09 Jul 2020 18:39:06 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=94823 BC Partizan promoted today Vlado Šćepanović as the new head coach of the first team after ex-head coach Andrea Trinchieri left the club. Vlado Šćepanović was Partizan‘s player, the player of Serbia and Montenegro/FR Yugoslavia and from 2018 till today first assistant coach of Andrea Tricnhieri in the black-white squad. The Montenegrin coach signed a […]

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Vlado Šćepanović promoted as Partizan’s head coach

BC Partizan promoted today Vlado Šćepanović as the new head coach of the first team after ex-head coach Andrea Trinchieri left the club.

Vlado Šćepanović was Partizan‘s player, the player of Serbia and Montenegro/FR Yugoslavia and from 2018 till today first assistant coach of Andrea Tricnhieri in the black-white squad.

The Montenegrin coach signed a two-year deal with Partizan and besides Vlado Šćepanović coaching staff will consist of Aleksandar Matović, Dejan Mijatović, professor Vladimir Koprivica and other associates who were already in the team.

Before becoming the head coach of Partizan, Vlado Šćepanović was the assistant coach of the team and was also working with the Italian coach in Brose Bamberg in the 2017/2018 season.

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Perennial Murcia GM Alejandro Gomez explores his stint with the club and the future of European basketball https://www.talkbasket.net/93754-perennial-murcia-gm-alejandro-gomez-explores-his-stint-with-the-club-and-the-future-of-european-basketball https://www.talkbasket.net/93754-perennial-murcia-gm-alejandro-gomez-explores-his-stint-with-the-club-and-the-future-of-european-basketball#respond Tue, 30 Jun 2020 11:19:57 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=93754 UCAM Murcia CB presents a peculiar case in Spanish and European basketball. Founded in 1985, the club has seen considerable success over the last five years. In fact, since 2012, when the private Catholic University of the region took the reins, the fate of the organization residing in south-eastern Spain has changed. A Spanish League […]

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Perennial Murcia GM Alejandro Gomez explores  his stint with the club and the future of European basketball

UCAM Murcia CB presents a peculiar case in Spanish and European basketball.

Founded in 1985, the club has seen considerable success over the last five years. In fact, since 2012, when the private Catholic University of the region took the reins, the fate of the organization residing in south-eastern Spain has changed. A Spanish League playoff spot in 2016 and three consecutive participations in European competition highlight the progress made. The culmination came arguably in 2018, when Murcia qualified for the Basketball Champions League Final Four, held in Athens.

Over the course of the last decade or so, UCAM Murcia had the privilege of counting on the services of Facundo Campazzo, Vitor Faverani, Augusto Lima, Raul Neto, not to mention notable appearances by ex and current NBA players Marcus Fizer, Bojan Bogdanovic, Goran Dragic in the 2000s. All the signings made during that time bear the signature of the same man: Alejandro Gomez, General Manager of the club who took over in 2009 and has built quite a reputation for himself and UCAM Murcia for handling a modest budget for ACB standards in an exemplary way.

The 46-year-old executive has been trying to find stability in a project involving numerous coaches (with Sito Alonso being the seventh in an eight-year period for UCAM) and -mostly- US players on one-year contracts. The coronavirus pandemic may have suspended the team’s rather underwhelming 2019-2020 campaign, but the same does not apply to the ACB which will eventually crown a champion (FC Barcelona and Kirolbet Baskonia are the finalists). Managing difficult situations has turned into a way of life for Alejandro Gomez, who recently finalized a long-term agreement with the youngest member of the Antetokounmpo family, 18-year-old Alex.

The Madrid-born GM explained to TalkBasket.net all the facts and figures of his tenure with the club. In a conversation over the phone, Gomez referred to the present and future of UCAM Murcia and basketball in Europe, from the grassroots level to the Euroleague elite. He also recounted his own trajectory and the background surrounding some of the most prominent transfers and signings in the club’s history.

Q: You took over as general and sports director of Murcia in August 2009. To what extent has the entity been transformed since then and what are the steps you would want to see it make in the near future?

A: At first, I entered as a CEO. From the second year onwards, I took over the sports section. The important thing was to modernize the club in many ways. In terms of signings, that has been achieved because the club in these ten years has made many transfers of players, like Raul Neto, Joe Ragland, Augusto Lima and Vitor Faverani twice. Before coming here, the club used to sign one-year-contracts. In this way, we have tried to give the players continuity and also improve the club. For many people, being able to play in a European competition was a dream. We played in the Eurocup for a year, then two years in the Champions League and that’s something that had never been achieved before.

At the ACB level, the club wants much more growth to continue advancing in the next few years, even though at the budget level we are still one of the last teams in the league. The goal is to play in the European competition and be able to enter the play-offs or the Copa Del Rey. It’s more of a dream than an obligation because we lack the big budget and the history to put pressure on our shoulders. Our president is very ambitious, but we all know that we have to be humble.

Q: What is it like to see from the outside the continuation of the league? Are you satisfied with the level of basketball?

A: We’re an atypical team because we were so angry with ourselves for losing eight games in the last minute. We all wanted to play. The team remained in Murcia, working and hoping to be able to play again. It’s been pretty frustrating not being able to do it but overall the team worked so much better than the results it had. In April, the disappointment of not playing was replaced by the opportunity to get to work earlier than other teams.

We think it’s good for our league to keep playing and proclaim a champion. These are high-level games and it’s always good to play basketball. It’s a format dictated by circumstances and I wish Murcia could have finished the season. But it’s better to play in this format than not play at all.

Q: With almost all basketball action suspended, do you believe that the Spanish League could take advantage of the circumstance and gather more attention globally? What will the league gain from a more extensive coverage, which includes the United States and the Indian subcontinent?

A: It’s time to show that the ACB is the second best competition after the NBA. I think the NBA itself can see the resumption of the league as a successful experiment taking place in Valencia in terms of safety and as a proof of the ACB’s potential.

Q: You recently said that the club has covered its budget with income from fans, sponsors and the League. However, you added that a problem would arise should the competition not be completed. Do you think UCAM could avoid the economic problems caused by the COVID crisis if the team could play the final phase?

A: When I said that about UCAM, I was talking about all the teams. The entire ACB needed to play: sponsors, tv rights… There are many important contracts from a financial standpoint. Playing the final phase was important for all clubs, not only because of the numbers of this year, but also for the next one. It is important to show to the league’s sponsors that we are here and that they can count on us. The league’s own image to the sponsors is reinforced.

Q: What is the figure ACB clubs receive from television rights? I’m asking this because Rick Pitino used this argument to show why the NBA wants to resume the season anyway, while the Euroleague – which doesn’t distribute and doesn’t get as much money from TV rights – was more or less indifferent.

A: The ACB revenue budget this season was 35 million euros from television rights and sponsorships. 12 million euros were distributed to the teams for the whole season.

Q: Which are the difficulties facing ACB’s medium-low teams? You said that the budget for the coming season will be reduced by 20%. Which aspirations can an organization have in Spain with less than 1,5 million euros at their disposal?

A: We have to be creative, do different things, look for new sponsors and indirect sources of income. First of all, one must explore the market before anyone else. In April, the situation was complicated, as there were players who could accept lower offers because of the uncertainty surrounding the following season. Things could go wrong for us.

Q: Do you think next season is going to be transitional for European and world basketball, given that the pandemic could interrupt it again at any time?

A: I think that the crisis we’re facing in all financial and basketball sectors is also going to be an opportunity to reinvent ourselves. It’s the same with every crisis in human history: progress has been made and ingenuity has been implored in order to gain advantage.

Q: At the same time, do you see opportunities to sign players on multi-year, long-term contracts, promising them a stability hard to find?

A: That’s very important to me. I think going out on the market, offering maybe less money but with a sense of guarantee and stability for the player’s health and financial security, can bring good results. Being serious when it comes to paying the contracts and not having debt, is an important factor for this club.

Q: What can we expect from the market amidst the pandemic? In this sense, do you think that UCAM Murcia, receiving money from institutions, from the City Council and the General Administration of Sports and Tourism, is a unique case?

A: Our main source of income is the owner of the team, the Catholic University of Murcia. In terms of the financial assistance we get from the City Council and local authorities, we are not among the first teams in the league. It’s an issue we’re working on to improve and to have more institutional support. There are more than a hundred companies that contribute and sponsor the team. In addition, we’re dealing with the issue of our ticketing and season tickets revenue. It’s the most tricky part because we don’t know how things will turn out, but we have amassed an important number of supporters.

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Q: What do you think of the semi-closed Euroleague? Do you think potential investors are being discouraged? Are you concerned about Euroleague’s feud with FIBA?

A: I think it’s not good for basketball that this battle exists. It is amazing that in football, which handles a lot more money and the cake is much bigger, they have been able to share the wealth. In basketball, we have a smaller cake to share, but we have not been able to create a common calendar and clarify the competitions. The Euroleague has made a big impression on us for being such a strong league. I really like it, but I’d prefer less games. I think the number of games in the Euroleague, as well as the very long trips and distances, determine who can play there.

Q: Will UCAM keep playing in the Basketball Champions League?

A: Once we qualify to play in Europe, we will analyze the situation. We have played in the Eurocup and the Champions League, feeling very comfortable in both competitions. We will see which will be the most convenient. I would really like to see an understanding between FIBA and Euroleague in order to get all the European competitions re-evaluated. It will be easier for more fans to understand our sport.

Q: In 2011, I asked Ferdinando Minucci, then president of Montepaschi Siena who participated in the Final 4 held in Barcelona, which element he would “steal” from his team’s rival Panathinaikos. He replied: “I’d like only one thing theirs: the budget.” Would you tell me something similar if I asked you about the things you envy in Real Madrid or Barca?

A: Their budget is the main envy. I could name some of their players I like. Also, their history. Both Madrid and Barcelona are clubs with an incredible trajectory and since they represent such a large institution, they stand for something greater. Teams like ours have to create a style of play, an identity, so that in a few years we will have a history of our own too.

Q: If you had unlimited budget, who would you sign?

A: When I was asked this question 4-5 years ago, I said: “Bojan Dubljevic of Valencia Basket”. If I could choose a player right now, I’d sign Facundo Campazzo again. He was here for two years, and I’d like to have him. There are many players who have been with the team, whom we have trained and helped and who have gone to another club. It’s a most uncomfortable situation, even when we had to sell them. Having more budget would allow us to have players we can’t afford right now.

Q: As for Facundo Campazzo, did you expect his meteoric rise to prominence at the highest European level? Could he play in the NBA?

A: Yes, after two years of working with us, we knew the heart, the desire and the intensity that he puts to the game. We were aware that he might be able to dominate in European basketball, playing many minutes with Real Madrid, as he has done. That happened after Sergio Llull got injured and Sergio Rodriguez left. I’m sure that if one day he leaves for the NBA, he will be successful, as he already demonstrated against Kyrie Irving, a high-level NBA player. He’s able to play anywhere in the world. For me, he’s the best guard in Europe right now.

Q: Which of your signings or transfers do you feel more proud of?

A: Raul Neto’s transfer to Utah. We signed Raul at a time when he had left Gipuzkoa. It was a moment of doubt for him, but after playing incredibly with us, he went to the NBA and his career has been good ever since. In addition, I would single out the first time we sold Faverani to Valencia. We vouched for him when no one in the world would have. I consider him a totally determined player and we were able to get the best out of him. Joe Ragland also brought us a lot of money.

Q: This summer, UCAM signed Conner Frankamp, top scorer in the Greek League. You explained what qualities he has and how he could help the team. My question is: Why have you signed him for just one year? In Rethymno, he was on a 1+1 contract.

A: It’s very simple. With our economic potential, it’s hard to sign American players for more than a year. A player can make the leap if he plays very well. I wish I could have signed Conner for at least two years because we understand that he is a player who will adapt very well to the ACB and to the style of play of Sito Alonso. He’s someone we trust to make the difference at crunch time.

Q: Murcia is the Spanish team that feeds more than any other in the ACB of players from the Greek League: Giannoulis Larentzakis, Dusan Sakota, Delroy James, Charlon Kloof, Askia Booker, Ovie Soko. They’ve all played for UCAM over the last five years. Is there a special reason behind those decisions?

A: Yes, the reason is that I always liked Greek basketball. Greece was European champion in 1987 and since then I have felt sheer admiration for Greek basketball. I know a lot of people and watch many games because I’m interested in how the Greek teams work. I have great friends in Greece, important people like Kostas Papadakis and Giorgos Dimitropoulos. They’re agents who helped us locate players. Kostas Papadakis has been in business for all his life, giving us advice. Many times it is easier to ask for some players, as we did with Ovie Soko in Trikala or Delroy James.

The experience we had with Fotis Katsikaris was thrilling. We developed a magnificent relationship. We are still great friends with him and for me he’s one of the best coaches in European basketball.

In Murcia, we follow the Italian, the French and the German league as well, but we like players from Greece with a strong character, like Larentzakis. They have teams that always sign good American players, like Langston Hall. He was someone we liked and followed for a year, watching Promitheas Patras play in Eurocup.

Q: Don’t you think that the fast pace of the game in the ACB might put problems for players accustomed to the slower Greek League?

A: Dusan Sakota is an example of a veteran player dominating the competition in Greece, but it was very difficult for him to play with the speed and scouting we have in the ACB. We have experienced it first-hand with more complementary players in our competitions, like Ovie Soko.

Q: What was the exit agreement of Larentzakis? The 90,000 euros he leaves behind is intended for his buy-out payment or for his 2020-21 contract?

A: It’s the buy-out we had. He committed himself to paying it in full. There was no other option in the case of not fulfilling the second year of the contract. He is a very special person, with a big heart, who left many friends and money at the club before signing with Olympiacos.

Q: Last July, the Spanish press was talking about conversations you’d have with Olympiacos Piraeus that “were on the right track.” To what extent did those reports correspond to the truth?

A: We had an opportunity and a possible interest. I’m very proud of Olympiacos’s interest. They were planning ahead of a difficult year, as they were going to play in the second division of the Greek League and in the Euroleague. It’s a very important team because of its history. The timing was difficult for both sides. In my case, I think it was clear that my work in Murcia was unfinished and the option to continue is what I chose to do. I thought that in Murcia we can keep growing and in this sense I am really proud to be here. I like to have our president’s absolute trust every year. I feel very welcomed in Murcia because of the love, the people and the president of the club. He’s a person who is keen on sport and lets me work. I wish all the best to Olympiacos.

Q: Would you work outside of Spain?

A: At the moment, my only thought is to work at UCAM Murcia because I consider it more than a job. My relationship with President Jose Luis Mendoza is very close and we share a great deal of trust. I’m looking forward to the club growing, but we can never foresee the future. There could be something interesting in another league, like Greece for instance, but one must know the difficulties: the language, the idiosyncrasy of the people and what it’s like to work in those places.

Q: Who has been your role model of sports director and GM?

A: From the people I’ve met, I’d say Ramon Fernandez who worked at Fuenlabrada and Real Madrid. He was a pioneer, the towering figure of the GM in Spain, the man who professionalized this post in the country. Besides him, I quite enjoyed following Joan Creus’s career in Barcelona and the confidence he gave to Xavi Pascual. Currently, I got to know personally Maurizio Gherardini, who worked with Zeljko Obradovic.

Q: What has been your happiest moment in basketball, as an executive and as a spectator?

A: When we qualified for the Final Four in the BCL (2018) and the ACB play-offs (2016). It’s the most rewarding feeling and we want to keep working in a similar vein.

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Q: Alex Antetokounmpo’s signing has been a media favorite. What was the project you proposed to him?

A: When we knew that the player was not going to continue in college and go to Europe instead, we thought he was going to Greece and asked the agents about it. We had meetings with them in order to find out what they wanted to do because we are interested in a player with Alex’s features. We have a working group in each of our development teams, in the junior and EBA (the fourth tier level in the Spanish basketball league system) categories. There are players who work with Sito Alonso and his technical staff every day to be able to evolve both physically and technically.

We knew there were other ACB teams -at least three- interested in signing him and we told him the truth. We considered registering him in the ACB but not in order for him to play there. He would train with the ACB team and get minutes with our development team. It is important that he gets playing time. We talked with Giannis, explaining to him the daily routine of our players. It was very easy to find common ground as far as money goes. Alex leaving his studies behind was not a problem because we are a club focused on teaching and education and in this sense we offered him a guarantee.

Q: Is it true that Giannis participated via Zoom in the meetings with you and Sito Alonso to close the deal and get information on how the youth project works?

A: Yes, it is true. He was up to date, listening to everything we had prepared for his brother; all the work he has to do every day in order to know that it’s not going to be easy. He listened and I guess that he talked to other teams before coming to UCAM Murcia.

Q: Giannis has commented that Alex could surpass him in the future. Do you agree?

A: It’s difficult. What he has to do every year is just be himself, without aiming to be like his brother. Giannis is a basketball beast, one of the best players in the world. Alex has to work hard to get better and time will tell where he can go. His last name works very well on the marketing level. We were surprised by the response we had from the media, but we hope that Alex will come to Murcia in August and prove his worth. During our talks, he has shown a great willingness to work. At no time did he have any doubts.

Q: Is it by chance that three Antetokounmpo brothers have signed with Spanish teams? Giannis never played in Zaragoza, but Thanassis did have a major impact in Andorra. What has been the factor that has attracted the three to the ACB?

A: I think ours is a very competitive and important league. Above all, it can lead to the NBA. I think that’s what most players have in mind and in this sense the ACB is very popular among NBA scouters. The evolution and maturation of the player is what matters to them. We explained to Giannis how Luka Doncic evolved at Real Madrid and he seemed to understand that many times a player who skips college, as is the case of Alex, can arrive just as prepared to the NBA. Doncic reached the NBA, having dominated the top competition in Europe. Pau Gasol was the first to demonstrate the model of the player who can reach the NBA with sufficient training. What Alex has to do is work, improve physically and technically, play with the development team in the EBA League and train with the ACB team. His potential and impact will be shown with the passage of time, starting from his second year.

Q: Murcia has always been a good place to learn. There were the cases of Facu Campazzo, Bojan Bogdanovic and Goran Dragic. Who will be the next player to emerge?

A: I wish I knew. When we sign a player, we are always thrilled, but in the end there are variables that cannot be controlled. In the case of Dejan Todorovic, we signed him too soon. He’s had an incredible season, being the best player on the team, but suddenly he broke his knee and got sidelined for six months. Sometimes season-defining injuries on a small team, like ours, make it difficult to regain control of the situation. I hope we’ll have another player making the leap from Murcia to the NBA.

Q: What is the reason for the poor participation of Spanish players in the ACB?

A: The overprotection of Spanish players makes each team obligated to have at least four homegrown athletes. Many teams sign players from other countries so that they can shape them. We have seen examples of the best generation of Argentine players in history, who emerged just when there was no limitation on Americans and foreign players of any kind. With or without quotas, players like Juan Carlos Navarro, Felipe Reyes and Pau Gasol would play the same.

We need the Spanish players to have some time to be evaluated. It is not an easy league for players coming in to losing teams, who might get relegated and deal with a lot of pressure. It’s easier to have young people who can progress to the NBA. In general, the transition from the junior to the senior category is intended only for the very talented players. For someone at the age of 20-22, the price is a little higher. In this respect, it is true that Spanish basketball has fewer high-quality players, but it is also true that they are able to compete, as we have seen in the last World Cup.

Q: In general, are you optimistic about the future of European basketball?

A: I’m always optimistic. I think that European basketball is going to grow. Its capacity and potential are yet to be found. Many times, because of egos and personal differences, we tend to look more at the particular interests. We need to look and learn more from what is happening in the United States. The NBA is not the best league making the most money just because it is more spectacular or because they play better basketball, but because they are all on the same page. That is what we have to do in Europe.

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Johnny O’Bryant reportedly in advanced talks to remain with Lokomotiv Kuban https://www.talkbasket.net/91735-johnny-obryant-reportedly-in-advanced-talks-to-remain-with-lokomotiv-kuban https://www.talkbasket.net/91735-johnny-obryant-reportedly-in-advanced-talks-to-remain-with-lokomotiv-kuban#respond Mon, 08 Jun 2020 14:02:00 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=91735 Johnny O’Bryant is in advanced talks with Lokomotiv Kuban to extend his contract for another season, according to Emiliano Carchia of Sportando. O’Bryant averaged 13.8 points and 5.1 rebounds in the EuroCup this season.

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Johnny O’Bryant reportedly in advanced talks to remain with Lokomotiv Kuban

Johnny O’Bryant is in advanced talks with Lokomotiv Kuban to extend his contract for another season, according to Emiliano Carchia of Sportando.

O’Bryant averaged 13.8 points and 5.1 rebounds in the EuroCup this season.

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Errick McCollum ready to re-sign with UNICS Kazan https://www.talkbasket.net/91722-errick-mccollum-ready-to-re-sign-with-unics-kazan https://www.talkbasket.net/91722-errick-mccollum-ready-to-re-sign-with-unics-kazan#respond Mon, 08 Jun 2020 12:54:29 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=91722 Errick McCollum is ready to accept a salary cut and re-sign with UNICS Kazan. The president of the Russian club, Yevgeny Bogachev, confirmed the news while speaking to Izvestia. “We are in constant touch with his agent. He is ready to accept a salary cut. This is commendable, given the financial situation in European basketball,” Bogachev […]

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Errick McCollum ready to re-sign with UNICS Kazan

Errick McCollum is ready to accept a salary cut and re-sign with UNICS Kazan.

The president of the Russian club, Yevgeny Bogachev, confirmed the news while speaking to Izvestia.

“We are in constant touch with his agent. He is ready to accept a salary cut. This is commendable, given the financial situation in European basketball,” Bogachev said.

McCollum, who averaged 17.1 points, four assists, 3.1 rebounds and 1.1 steals in the EuroCup, will be a free agent in the summer.

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Miloš Teodosić with Virtus Bologna is the last Quarterfinalist https://www.talkbasket.net/73877-milos-teodosic-with-virtus-bologna-is-the-last-quarterfinalist https://www.talkbasket.net/73877-milos-teodosic-with-virtus-bologna-is-the-last-quarterfinalist#respond Thu, 05 Mar 2020 20:05:58 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=73877 Miloš Teodosić exploded in Štark Arena against Darussafaka and with Virtus Bologna became the last Quarterfinalist of the EuroCup. Due to a decision by the Turkish authorities to forbid entry of citizens from areas affected with coronavirus (COVID-19), Darussafaka was obligated to host Virtus Bologna in Štark Arena. Serbia agreed to be the host of […]

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Miloš Teodosić with Virtus Bologna is the last Quarterfinalist

Miloš Teodosić exploded in Štark Arena against Darussafaka and with Virtus Bologna became the last Quarterfinalist of the EuroCup.

Due to a decision by the Turkish authorities to forbid entry of citizens from areas affected with coronavirus (COVID-19), Darussafaka was obligated to host Virtus Bologna in Štark Arena.

Serbia agreed to be the host of the last and decisive match in Group E between the Turkish club and the Italian team. Both teams had the chance to be with 8 best teams in the EuroCup, but Miloš Teodosić and Virtus Bologna won 106:96 against Darussafaka behind closed doors.

The Serbian guard was the best with 21 points and was the best scorer in the team. Miloš Teodosić was 100% successful from behind the three-point line (4/4 for three). An interesting fact was that Miloš Teodosić and the company were 60% successful behind 6.75. On the other side, Darussafaka team was shooting with 48% for three. That was one of the reasons Virtus won in this “to be, or not to be” match.

Besides Miloš Teodosić, four more players scored 10 or more points for Aleksandar Đorđević’s squad. Giampaolo Ricci scored 17, Kyle Weems 15, and both Alessandro Pajola and Julian Gamble finished the match with 10 points.

For Darussafaka, three players scored 14 points each – Doron Lamb, Bonzie Colson, and Gary Browne. Johnathan Hamilton added 11 points and both Sinan Guler and Dogus Ozdemiroglu ended the game with 10.

While Darussafaka finished their European basketball tour, Miloš Teodosić and Virtus Bologna will face Monaco in the next round.

Besides Virtsu Bologna against Monaco, the other Quarterfinalists are Partizan and Unics, Unicaja and Venezia, Promiteas and Tofas. The games in Quarterfinals will be played on 17th, 20th and maybe 25th of March if necessary.

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Makis Giatras ready to write Patras club basketball most glorious chapter https://www.talkbasket.net/69605-makis-giatras-ready-to-write-patras-club-basketball-most-glorious-chapter https://www.talkbasket.net/69605-makis-giatras-ready-to-write-patras-club-basketball-most-glorious-chapter#respond Thu, 13 Feb 2020 14:07:31 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=69605 In the most recent survey among Eurocup GMs, Promitheas Patras head coach Makis Giatras was ranked as the competition’s third best coach, next to Andrea Trinchieri and Sasha Djordjevic. The voting took place a few days after his boys had secured a TOP 16 spot, but it seems more than certain that the 48-year-old would […]

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Makis Giatras ready to write Patras club basketball most glorious chapter

In the most recent survey among Eurocup GMs, Promitheas Patras head coach Makis Giatras was ranked as the competition’s third best coach, next to Andrea Trinchieri and Sasha Djordjevic. The voting took place a few days after his boys had secured a TOP 16 spot, but it seems more than certain that the 48-year-old would top the list if only the process had taken place a little bit later.

Greek League’s coach of the year for 2019 is sitting on the team’s bench for the third straight season, which can hold something special for Promitheas, since they have made the Greek Cup final for the first time in club history and are the favourite to win their TOP 16 Eurocup group, if only they play their cards right in the last game vs Oldenburg in Germany. Winning their very first title next Sunday (February 16) will not be easy, as the opponent, AEK Athens, has more experience and a handful of quality players (Nikos Zisis, Jonas Maciulis, Marcus Slaughter, Mario Chalmers). Last year, Promitheas were Greek League finalists, eliminating AEK Athens in the semifinals, while the current season has confirmed their upward trajectory: big road wins against Morabanc Andorra, Virtus Bologna and Reyer Venezia only serve to prove what coach Giatras is capable of.

He may not speak a word in English, but his work in one of the largest cities in Greece speaks volumes. TalkBasket.net sat with the gregarious coach for a ten-minute interview in Heraclion, Crete, where Giatras and some of his players had a refreshing Greek All-Star Game break.

“We spent a nice weekend in Crete, but now the difficult part of the season lies ahead. First, it’s the Greek Cup final next Sunday and our focus is inevitably on that particular competition. However, in a season with a lot of tension, many and non-stop games, it’s also important for us to find some time to relax”, says the man that Rick Pitino has called the Greek equivalent of West Virginia coach Bob Huggins.

This is the first season that the Patras club explicitly aims high. The goal is not just to be a contender, but to actually claim at least one title, be it in domestic or international competition. “I believe that every year we’re fortunate enough to surpass any goal that we set. This year, our first goal was to reach the Eurocup TOP 16 and we managed to do this quite early, sooner than any other team. We’d like to repeat last season in the Greek League, which was like a dream for Promitheas. As far as the Greek Cup goes, when we saw the draw that brought us up against Panathinaikos, we were disappointed. The fact that the game was in Patras, combined with our concentration and Panathinaikos’s bad day, gave us the chance to compete for the title. The mere fact that we beat Panathinaikos makes us believe that we can lift the trophy. Of course, it’s a difficult endeavor, not easily achievable every year. We will try to fight for it, without too much pressure or anxiety. We know ourselves very well and we’ll strive for the best result possible”.

Panathinaikos OPAP coach Rick Pitino (left) jokes with Promitheas Patras coach Makis Giatras in the Greek League finals press conference at the OAKA stadium in Athens, Greece. Photo Source: paobc.gr

Promitheas had been working on a three-year plan since the club was promoted from the second division in 2016. In the end of it, the Patras team were Greek League finalists and BCL participants. This seems to have been just the beginning for owner Evangelos Liolios and president Christos Milas, who have already elaborated and presented a new plan for the future.

“Our owner has put our goals in order, namely winning the Greek League and participating in the Euroleague”, Giatras confirms. “I’ve been working for the Promitheas organisation for many years. I have assumed different posts. It’s a team that I love and one that respects me. It’s always the management that sets the goals; and setting a goal may be perfectly permissible to anyone, but it does not mean that you’re going to achieve what you set out to do. In my first season with the team I said that dreams have no ceiling and it has become a catchphrase ever since. No one is entitled to prevent me from dreaming of playing in the Euroleague or winning the championship. After all, it’s my dream and I do whatever I want with it! Whether I will succeed or not, it’s something that only the future will show. It’s a blessing that -so far- we overachieve every year”.

Giatras is fully aware of the strides that his team has to take in order to get where everyone in the city wants: “There’s two ways to do that. Either you play the Eurocup finals or you receive a wild card, like Zenit Saint Petersburg and Villeurbanne did. If you ask me, I’d rather go to the Euroleague on purely sports merit, by reaching the Eurocup finals. On the other hand, I’m not sure how long it will take for that to happen. If you look at the Eurocup teams’ budgets, you’ll find out it’s crazy! Some of them are even bigger than Euroleague teams: Virtus Bologna, Umana Reyer Venezia, Monaco. Those are some of the teams that we have faced. They’re great organisations and Promitheas wants to be in the same boat”.

Making the Eurocup finals this year is in his view “something very difficult to achieve. If I were to say it in public, people would think I’m crazy and they might lock me in! We will make our effort and whoever underestimates us, will pay for it”.

Giatras favours the motto that “teams are built in the summer” and thus prefers to keep his rosters intact most of the time. This season has surely been an exception to that rule and he explains why:

“This year I made more changes than all of my previous years combined. When you start a season, consciously counting on ten professional athletes and five junior players, when problems come along that have to do with team chemistry and personalities that don’t match, some changes are inevitable. I’m not talking about replacing Octavius Ellis. Robert Lowery was a good player who couldn’t help us. Then, it was another very good player, Gerald Robinson, who could not adjust either. Bogris could not stick with the team. We were very fortunate to bring in two players like Mavrokefalidis and Mantzaris who are experienced and easy to get along. They needed their time, but eventually they managed to grasp our philosophy. We got Marvin Jones as a replacement for Octavius Ellis. He had played in the Greek League before and he showed in the game against Brescia that he can help us. We also signed James Bell as Robinson’s replacement. Despite not having played for quite some time, I think he will get better since he’s a player of quality”.

Losing Octavius Ellis in the middle of the season was not easy. Apart from his multi-faceted contribution on both sides of the court, the 26-year-old center left Patras for Olympiacos Piraeus in a flash, giving his former team almost no time to work things out. In this regard, the “Reds” head coach, Giorgos Bartzokas, went so far as to apologize to Promitheas for “grabbing” their player, one of the cornerstones of Giatras’s team.

“I don’t know if Olympiacos were interested in him last summer. There were some rumours, but I think that Ellis is rightfully playing in the Euroleague. He has worked hard, he’s a good person and all I can say is that he both helped us and was helped by the team”, he acknowledges. “I knew there was a buy-out clause in his contract, but I had no idea that he had signed with Olympiacos on Friday morning, one day before our game in Rhodes. It was an important development also because we had to register two new players (Jones, Bell) for the Eurocup, if we believed that we stood a chance of going to the next round. We had lost to Venezia at home and many people believed that we could not beat them in Venice, but we did it and that’s what gave us solid chance of qualifying”.

Recently, Evangelos Liolios launched a platform which aims to be a forum for discussion on a range of issues regarding Greek basketball: modus operandi of the National Federation, financial transparency, digital interconnection between Federation, local Unions and clubs, as well as the co-existence with the Greek Association of Professional Basketball Clubs. It’s no secret that the owner of Promitheas is eyeing the chair of the Greek Federation, with a view to becoming the person that will succeed Giorgos Vassilakopoulos after almost four decades.

“For changes to take place, some people need to step up”, comments Giatras. “However, it takes more than one person to make change possible. I’d say that if we join forces, we can make it happen. Promitheas can be a pole for change. I’ve known Mr. Liolios for many years and I can testify that he’s interested in amateur sport. If his effort can lead to more young players breaking through, it will be a blessing. I’m not a nihilist and thus I can easily admit that the persons in charge of the Federation have done a great job in the past. Cooperation is essential in order to take one step further”.

Talking about young Greek players, Promitheas has the good fortune to have some of them on its roster. Their progress is one of the factors that will determine the club’s future, provided that they live up to the expectations. “Mantzoukas is a 16-year-old kid and he’s already getting Greek League experience, which is very important at his age. The other guys (Bazinas, Kafezas, Kouroupakis, Kolios) are talented, but I don’t know if they’ll see much playing time since the team is constantly growing. For sure, Promitheas is giving them the chance to play”.

One pertinent issue here for all parties involved is to keep those youngsters grounded, so that they can trust the process and not be carried away by lucrative contracts offered to them by wealthier clubs. Giatras says that such a development is inevitable, since we are talking about professional sport:

“It’s unrealistic to assume that such a thing could never happen. If a club can pay a large amount to get a player, they won’t even bother to ask or let you know. A player’s development has largely got to do with himself, with how he feels being on the team. Trust and confidence are important, as well as the notion that the club’s programme can take you to the next step. If all the above is true, there’s nothing more to be done. No buy-outs are needed. On the other hand, there are different levels. Personally, if a player walked up to me saying that he no longer wished to stay with the team and wanted to go to the next level, I would not keep him”.

That last phrase of Promitheas’s boss raises the question about Georgios Bogris and the way he left Patras in order to return to Iberostar Tenerife, the Spanish side which recently won the Intercontinental Cup. In his statements, the Greek center implied that it was his decision to leave due to the lack of motivation. Evangelos Liolios said in an interview that the player “upset the team and that’s why we let him go”. When asked about the case, Makis Giatras openly picks the second version of the story:

“Our relationship with him has been analyzed a lot. I haven’t said anything. It was clearly our decision. It didn’t have to do with him wanting to play at another level”.

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Partizan qualified for the Quarterfinals of the EuroCup https://www.talkbasket.net/68028-partizan-qualified-to-quarterfinals-of-the-eurocup https://www.talkbasket.net/68028-partizan-qualified-to-quarterfinals-of-the-eurocup#respond Wed, 05 Feb 2020 22:14:46 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=68028 After beating Virtus Bologna with a score of 84:82, Partizan NIS qualified for the quarterfinals of the EuroCup before the match against Trento. There were totally different halves in Paladozza Arena Bologna. During the first 20 minutes of the match, Aleksandar Đorđević’s squad was dominating the home court. And in the second 20 minutes, even […]

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Partizan qualified for the Quarterfinals of the EuroCup

After beating Virtus Bologna with a score of 84:82, Partizan NIS qualified for the quarterfinals of the EuroCup before the match against Trento.

There were totally different halves in Paladozza Arena Bologna. During the first 20 minutes of the match, Aleksandar Đorđević’s squad was dominating the home court. And in the second 20 minutes, even without Nemanja Gordić, Partizan started its engines and turned around the game completely. Not even Miloš Teodosić and Stefan Marković were able to help their team against Andrea Trinchieri’s players in the second half.

Andrea Trinchieri again gave minutes to all his players and the man of the match was definitely Torrian Walden. The American guard finished the game with 29 points for an index rating of 33. Besides him, Rashawn Thomas was the only one with a double-digit score (10 points) in Partizan.

In Bologna, Miloš Teodosić dropped a double-double with 24 points and 10 assists (index rating of 30). Stefan Marković finished the match with 17 points (index rating of 23) and Julian Gamble added 11.

In the last 25 seconds of the match, Bologna was leading by 1 (82:81), but then Rade Zagorac stole the ball and scored for two. On the other side, Miloš Teodosić missed a three-point shot and Walden had defensive rebounds and was fouled afterwards. Torrian Walden was half-successful from the free-throw line. That was enough for Partizan to score its 4th win in the Top 16.

Before the last round of the Top 16 of the EuroCup, Partizan already has a spot in the quarterfinals and the home-court advantage.

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Selcuk Ernak: “Partizan has the best fans in Europe” https://www.talkbasket.net/66576-selcuk-ernak-partizan-has-the-best-fans-in-europe https://www.talkbasket.net/66576-selcuk-ernak-partizan-has-the-best-fans-in-europe#respond Thu, 30 Jan 2020 00:24:32 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=66576 The head coach of Darussafaka Selcuk Ernak praised Partizan’s fans after his team was defeated in Pionir (“Aleksandar Nikolić” Sports Hall). “The atmosphere was great, like always when we play against Partizan. They have the best fans in Europe, and we traveled a lot. The fans here know basketball and they know how to affect […]

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Selcuk Ernak: “Partizan has the best fans in Europe”

The head coach of Darussafaka Selcuk Ernak praised Partizan’s fans after his team was defeated in Pionir (“Aleksandar Nikolić” Sports Hall).

“The atmosphere was great, like always when we play against Partizan. They have the best fans in Europe, and we traveled a lot. The fans here know basketball and they know how to affect the game. They know the moment when they need to react, to help their team. And this atmosphere at the press conference is also proof of the great basketball culture,” coach Ernak started his press conference.

“Before the match, I told my players that Partizan is playing totally different at home. Not that they aren’t a good team, they are excellent ones, but in front of their own crowd is totally different Partizan. Defensively, my team did a good job, we stopped them at 69 points, but we were nervous offensively. I congratulate Partizan, wish them luck,” said Selcuk Ernak, who is hoping his team will make it to Top 8.

“I am hoping that Partizan will be first in the group and Dasska (Darussafaka) second,” he stated, as he knows that there is still a lot of work in front of his squad.

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Dragan Milosavljević: “Partizan deserves to be in the EuroLeague” https://www.talkbasket.net/66565-dragan-milosavljevic-partizan-deserves-euroleague https://www.talkbasket.net/66565-dragan-milosavljevic-partizan-deserves-euroleague#respond Wed, 29 Jan 2020 23:54:00 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=66565 Dragan Milosavljević of Unicaja Malaga, while recovering from injury, supported Partizan against Darussafaka in the “Aleksandar Nikolić” Sports Hall. Partizan won against the Turkish club with a score of 69:57 in the packed Pionir (“Aleksandar Nikolić” Sports Hall). And one of their supporters against Darussafaka was Dragan Milosavljević. “I’m thrilled to be part of this […]

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Dragan Milosavljević: “Partizan deserves to be in the EuroLeague”

Dragan Milosavljević of Unicaja Malaga, while recovering from injury, supported Partizan against Darussafaka in the “Aleksandar Nikolić” Sports Hall.

Partizan won against the Turkish club with a score of 69:57 in the packed Pionir (“Aleksandar Nikolić” Sports Hall). And one of their supporters against Darussafaka was Dragan Milosavljević.

“I’m thrilled to be part of this great atmosphere. It is nice to see packed Pionir. This season Partizan is playing great and they deserved this atmosphere. We are all hoping that they will succeed in getting into the EuroLeague, through the EuroCup or the ABA League. With how they play in the past few seasons, they deserve it,” said Milosavljević.

Milosavljević is still recovering from a knee injury, but his recovery process is coming to an end and he will soon start training with Unicaja Malaga.

“In few days I am going back to Spain and afterwards I will join my team.”

A journalist asked Dragan Milosavljević about how far Partizan can get in the EuroCup and his answer was clear.

“I honestly think they can get into Finals, and we will see afterwards. But, it is important to get to the Finals.”

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Nemanja Gordić: “Huge triumph for us” https://www.talkbasket.net/63927-nemanja-gordic-huge-triumph-for-us https://www.talkbasket.net/63927-nemanja-gordic-huge-triumph-for-us#respond Thu, 09 Jan 2020 20:18:09 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=63927 Nemanja Gordić talked about Partizan’s triumph against Virtus Bologna (99:81) in the first round of the EuroCup Top16. In the full-packed Štark Arena, Partizan scored an important home win against the team whose head coach is Aleksandar Đorđević. After the win, one of the best players on the court, Nemanja Gordić, shared his impressions about […]

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Nemanja Gordić: “Huge triumph for us”

Nemanja Gordić talked about Partizan’s triumph against Virtus Bologna (99:81) in the first round of the EuroCup Top16.

In the full-packed Štark Arena, Partizan scored an important home win against the team whose head coach is Aleksandar Đorđević. After the win, one of the best players on the court, Nemanja Gordić, shared his impressions about the game.

“The big triumph against an excellent opponent. More or less, we did everything we agreed to do, what we prepared during the last few days. And I think, that was the key to the excellent game. Also, I don’t want to forget about the support we had. Thanks to all our fans. I hope they will recognize the importance of the game against Cedevita on Saturday and that they’ll support us like against Virtus.

One of the reasons for the huge win against the Italian squad, Gordić saw in the tough practices before the match.

“Everything was on our side, but we practiced a lot during these past few days. We prepared very well, we knew what we are expecting. The first game was good, but it is only the beginning of the Top16. I hope we will use energy to continue with great games”, said Gordić whose team was able to stop one of the best players from Virtus BolognaMiloš Teodosić.

“We prepared as much as we could for Miloš (Teodosić). Teo is a virtuoso on the court, but we tried to limit his abilities in offense and defense. We managed as much as we could to do it. He had problems with personal faults and it was visible on the court. It was part of the plan and I am glad we executed it”.

During the whole game, especially in the second quarter, Partizan played excellent in offense as much as in defense.

“Our quality is the extended bench. We, more or less, all spend the same minutes on the court. And whoever steps on the court is ready to give his maximum. Every match some other player pops-up, and it is important to search that one and help him score”, said Gordić who would like to see Virtus Bologna with Aleksandar Đorđević again in Belgrade.

“It will be superb to see them again, both for us and them. And I would like to be like that”, finished Nemanja Gordić his interview after the big triumph.

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Aleksandar Đorđević: “The fun is only on the court” https://www.talkbasket.net/63839-aleksandar-dordevic-the-fun-is-only-on-the-court https://www.talkbasket.net/63839-aleksandar-dordevic-the-fun-is-only-on-the-court#respond Thu, 09 Jan 2020 00:35:23 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=63839 The head coach of Virtus Bologna, Aleksandar Đorđević, after his team’s defeat in Belgrade, said the fun is only on the court. Partizan NIS, in the first round of the Top 16 in the EuroCup, in an excellent atmosphere, celebrated against the Italian club with a score of 99:81. Aleksandar Đorđević started his press conference […]

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Aleksandar Đorđević: “The fun is only on the court”

The head coach of Virtus Bologna, Aleksandar Đorđević, after his team’s defeat in Belgrade, said the fun is only on the court.

Partizan NIS, in the first round of the Top 16 in the EuroCup, in an excellent atmosphere, celebrated against the Italian club with a score of 99:81.

Aleksandar Đorđević started his press conference by congratulating Partizan on an excellent game.

“First of all, congratulations to the winning team, I believe that Partizan was much better tonight. This was due to different reasons, objective and subjective. Yesterday, I made a question to my players. I was asking ‘who from you guys have ever come to Belgrade,’ and I just had three hands up. So this is a process of a team, of a club. We are trying to get to this level, and are trying to understand with these experiences what is needed to be played on this level of basketball to be competitive in the EuroCup. The words are not enough, or wishes, or commitments, or whatever. You have to play basketball, and definitely Partizan today was a better basketball team. Not in all 40 minutes, but in the second quarter, the key part of the game, where they hit 4 or 5 threes in a row and completely destroyed our confidence”, said Đorđević at the beginning of the press conference in Štark Arena.

One of the main teams for winning the EuroCup, according to fans and journalists, is Virtus Bologna, but their head coach thinks that Partizan is also the team that could win it.

“One of the teams that can win EuroCup is definitely Partizan. They play pretty well, they attacked the market like a storm, created a strong athletic squad. They have an excellent coach, management, they president Ostoja (Mijailović) is doing an amazing job. The sports director Lončar (Nikola), is proving himself in this field. With this crowd and this atmosphere. It is hard to play here. I told my players that I want to come back here. They have a task in front of them. We have to come back this year, in this competition, this year, on this court. And we can only do that in Finals,” explained Đorđević about his wishes.

Before the beginning of the game, when Đorđević entered the court, the crowd in packed Štark Arena welcomed him with a standing ovation. It was obvious that Virtus Bologna’s coach is still an enormous legend for all people in Partizan.

“I have barely managed to suppress my tears. I didn’t expect this, I am very grateful for the relationship that lasts, with fans, with the club, and all people that came to greet me. I was really surprised, thank you very much. We, from kids that started playing sports, became grownups because of the work ethic in Partizan, because of the principles we adopted here. I am still using those principles in sports and in life. I know that we, as players, received a lot from Partizan, and tonight I received much more that I gave”, said Đorđević, who is advising his players to play as many years as they can.

“I am telling my players to play as long as they can walk. After that nothing is important, all we others are spoilers of the big fun. And that big fun is only on the court. And today, I didn’t have fun at all.”

It is well-known that one of the main goals of Virtus Bologna is the participation in the EuroLeague, and this year the team from Italy has two ways to reach the goal, but Đorđević always thinks of the next step, and not about wishes.

“I can’t make plans for it. I can plan what is tomorrow’s practice, where is the next trip, what we will eat, how we will prepare, etc. That far I can’t go, because we lost ourselves in all those talks. There are a lot of aspects that lead one team to the winning team. There are even more aspects that create a championship team. One team, one club can win, but it can’t be a champion if it doesn’t have a leader. We brought our leaders this summer, and we created a plan and a program of all team with some famous names on the court. And that is the only thing that we can plan. Yes, it is our goal to reach the EuroLeague, both short-term and long-term goals. My opinion is that Virtus Bologna must put in front of itself, and we talk about it all the time, the task to be a constant member of the EuroLeague in the future. This is the only way to progress. For all of it, we need better infrastructure, the new arena, 18000 fantastic fans that exist here in Belgarde and in some other squads. These are our role-models, goals for which we are working every day. And what we wish, what we would love… curls, blond hair, but it doesn’t work like that,” finished Đorđević in his manner.

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Promitheas Patras officially signs Vangelis Mantzaris https://www.talkbasket.net/62937-promitheas-patras-officially-signs-vangelis-mantzaris https://www.talkbasket.net/62937-promitheas-patras-officially-signs-vangelis-mantzaris#respond Mon, 30 Dec 2019 15:38:58 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=62937 Promitheas Patras has officially signed Vangelis Mantzaris, as the club announced on Monday (30/12). A two-time EuroLeague champion, Mantzaris parted ways with UNICS Kazan and returned to Greece to join Promitheas. Mantzaris averaged 3.9 points, 2.5 assists and 2.3 rebounds with the Russians in the EuroCup. Promitheas has qualified for the Top 16 in the EuroCup.

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Promitheas Patras officially signs Vangelis Mantzaris

Promitheas Patras has officially signed Vangelis Mantzaris, as the club announced on Monday (30/12).

A two-time EuroLeague champion, Mantzaris parted ways with UNICS Kazan and returned to Greece to join Promitheas.

Mantzaris averaged 3.9 points, 2.5 assists and 2.3 rebounds with the Russians in the EuroCup.

Promitheas has qualified for the Top 16 in the EuroCup.

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Jordan Theodore signs with UNICS Kazan https://www.talkbasket.net/62590-jordan-theodore-signs-with-unics-kazan https://www.talkbasket.net/62590-jordan-theodore-signs-with-unics-kazan#respond Fri, 27 Dec 2019 17:44:25 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=62590 Jordan Theodore has officially joined UNICS Kazan, as the Russian club announced on Friday (27/12). Theodore parted ways with Besiktas earlier today and signed with the Russians for the remainder of the season. Theodore will make his debut in the EuroCup and the VTB League.

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Jordan Theodore signs with UNICS Kazan

Jordan Theodore has officially joined UNICS Kazan, as the Russian club announced on Friday (27/12).

Theodore parted ways with Besiktas earlier today and signed with the Russians for the remainder of the season.

Theodore will make his debut in the EuroCup and the VTB League.

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7DAYS EuroCup Regular Season MVP: Milos Teodosic, Virtus Bologna https://www.talkbasket.net/62092-7days-eurocup-regular-season-mvp-milos-teodosic-virtus-bologna https://www.talkbasket.net/62092-7days-eurocup-regular-season-mvp-milos-teodosic-virtus-bologna#respond Mon, 23 Dec 2019 13:32:47 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=62092 Euroleague Basketball announced that Milos Teodosic of Virtus Bologna has been chosen as the MVP of the 2019-20 7DAYS EuroCup Regular Season. Teodosic has dominated despite coming off his team’s bench, leading Virtus to first place in Group A and a share of the best regular-season record in the competition at 8-2. The legendary point guard […]

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7DAYS EuroCup Regular Season MVP: Milos Teodosic, Virtus Bologna

Euroleague Basketball announced that Milos Teodosic of Virtus Bologna has been chosen as the MVP of the 2019-20 7DAYS EuroCup Regular Season.

Teodosic has dominated despite coming off his team’s bench, leading Virtus to first place in Group A and a share of the best regular-season record in the competition at 8-2.

The legendary point guard led his team in scoring, assists and performance index ranking. He ranked second in the entire competition in points per 40 minutes (26.8).

The Serbian guard averaged 16.9 points and 5.6 assists over nine games in the competition.

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7DAYS EuroCup Top 16: The four groups have been decided https://www.talkbasket.net/61715-7days-eurocup-top-16-the-four-groups-have-been-decided https://www.talkbasket.net/61715-7days-eurocup-top-16-the-four-groups-have-been-decided#respond Thu, 19 Dec 2019 11:58:23 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=61715 Following the conclusion of the regular season in the 7DAYS EuroCup, the four groups of Top 16 have been decided. Group E: Segafredo Virtus Bologna (1A) | Partizan Nis Belgrade (2B) | Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul (3C) | Dolomiti Energia Trento (4D) Group F: Umana Reyer Venice (1B) | Germani Leonessa Brescia (2C) | EWE Baskets Oldenburg (3D) […]

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7DAYS EuroCup Top 16: The four groups have been decided

Following the conclusion of the regular season in the 7DAYS EuroCup, the four groups of Top 16 have been decided.

Group E: Segafredo Virtus Bologna (1A) | Partizan Nis Belgrade (2B) | Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul (3C) | Dolomiti Energia Trento (4D)

Group F: Umana Reyer Venice (1B) | Germani Leonessa Brescia (2C) | EWE Baskets Oldenburg (3D) | Promitheas Patras (4A)

Group G: UNICS Kazan (1C) | Galatasaray Doga Sigorta Istanbul (2D) | AS Monaco (3A) | Rytas Vilnius (4B)

Group H: Unicaja Malaga (1D) | MoraBanc Andorra (2A) | Tofas Bursa (3B) | Joventut Badalona (4C)

The games will start on January 8 and will be completed on March 4. The top two teams of each group will qualify for the quarterfinals.

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7DAYS EuroCup Round 9 MVP: Alessandro Gentile, Dolomiti Energia Trento https://www.talkbasket.net/60893-7days-eurocup-round-9-mvp-alessandro-gentile-dolomiti-energia-trento https://www.talkbasket.net/60893-7days-eurocup-round-9-mvp-alessandro-gentile-dolomiti-energia-trento#respond Thu, 12 Dec 2019 14:23:20 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=60893 Trento veteran forward Alessandro Gentile broke several records to earn the MVP of the Week honor for Round 9. Gentile led Trento to a 78-85 road win at Asseco Arka Gdynia with a career-high performance index rating of 39, which included a personal-best 37 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 9 drawn fouls. His point […]

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7DAYS EuroCup Round 9 MVP: Alessandro Gentile, Dolomiti Energia Trento

Trento veteran forward Alessandro Gentile broke several records to earn the MVP of the Week honor for Round 9.

Gentile led Trento to a 78-85 road win at Asseco Arka Gdynia with a career-high performance index rating of 39, which included a personal-best 37 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 9 drawn fouls.

His point total was the EuroCup’s highest since March of 2018 and his 13 two-pointers made in 20 attempts tied the competition’s highest total in almost five years. 

The penultimate round of the 7DAYS EuroCup Regular Season saw the number of Top 16 qualifiers rise to as many as 12 teams while others survived to fight for the same privilege into Round 10. 

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Virtus Bologna to reportedly participate in the 2020 FIBA Intercontinental Cup https://www.talkbasket.net/59697-virtus-bologna-to-reportedly-participate-in-the-2020-fiba-intercontinental-cup https://www.talkbasket.net/59697-virtus-bologna-to-reportedly-participate-in-the-2020-fiba-intercontinental-cup#respond Sat, 30 Nov 2019 12:20:50 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=59697 Virtus Bologna is expected to be among the teams that will compete in the 2020 FIBA Intercontinental Cup, per Eurohoops.net. According to the report, this year’s edition of the tournament will take place in Tenerife on February (7-9) and more details regarding the event will be announced soon. AEK Athens claimed the trophy in 2019.

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Virtus Bologna to reportedly participate in the 2020 FIBA Intercontinental Cup

Virtus Bologna is expected to be among the teams that will compete in the 2020 FIBA Intercontinental Cup, per Eurohoops.net.

According to the report, this year’s edition of the tournament will take place in Tenerife on February (7-9) and more details regarding the event will be announced soon.

AEK Athens claimed the trophy in 2019.

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“As beautiful as a Miloš dime” https://www.talkbasket.net/59567-as-beautiful-as-a-milos-dime https://www.talkbasket.net/59567-as-beautiful-as-a-milos-dime#respond Thu, 28 Nov 2019 13:14:40 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=59567 In soccer-mad Italy, the land of the four-time world champions, few things can rival the locals’ love for calcio. The game transcends its sporting nature and pervades nearly all facets of life. Need proof? Well, when a young man falls in love with a girl of his dreams, he expresses his affection by scribbling a graffiti on the […]

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“As beautiful as a Miloš dime”

In soccer-mad Italy, the land of the four-time world champions, few things can rival the locals’ love for calcio. The game transcends its sporting nature and pervades nearly all facets of life.

Need proof?

Well, when a young man falls in love with a girl of his dreams, he expresses his affection by scribbling a graffiti on the wall of her apartment building that reads, ”You’re as beautiful as a goal scored in the 90th minute!”

Translated into “plain English” this means, “Honey, you are the source of boundless joy!”

However, one man recently made the Italians forget about the football craze for a moment, and urged an unidentified Virtus Bologna fan to rephrase that message into “Sei bella come un assist di Miloš” (“You’re as beautiful as an assist by Miloš”).

The meme, apparently pasted onto the same building’s wall with the help of PhotoShop, was incendiary and the fire spread quickly across social media and beyond.

The marketing response was immediate – just days after the message hit cyberspace, the Bolognabasket website launched sales of a T-shirt bearing the same slogan.

The proverbial Miloš is Miloš Teodosić, the 32-year-old playmaking wizard wearing the number 44 jersey in one of Europe’s most storied basketball teams and two-time continental champions.

So far, Teodosić’s effort to restart his career in Europe after a string of injuries had marred his 17-month stint in the NBA, has been nothing short of spectacular.

He has led Virtus to a perfect 9-0 record in Lega Basket Serie A and an almost equally successful EuroCup campaign, delivering every night his flamboyant, eye-catching performances.

If the team, coached by Saša Đorđević, wins the next four games in the Italian league, it will have tied the club record for most consecutive victories (13), posted by Ettore Messina’s squad in the 1997/98 season. The all-time best start belongs to Montepaschi Siena, which won 19 in a row in the 2008/09 campaign.

Whether wearing the jersey of FMP – a Belgrade suburb club that had served as the launch pad to his stellar career, Olympiacos, CSKA, L.A. Clippers or the Serbian national team, Teodosić was a fan favorite everywhere. He has quickly won over the Virtus fans, too, with his exquisite passing, long three-pointers and buzzer-beating game winners.

The “Black V” faithful recognized him as their new hero, and Miloš inevitably drew comparisons with fellow Serb Predrag “Saša” Danilović, who earned the status of a Virtus legend after leading the team to its first ever European title in 1998. Today, Teodosić personifies the fans’ hopes for the rebirth of a franchise, which has struggled ever since to reclaim old glory.

Milos Teodosic Carpegna Prosciutto VL Basket Pesaro – Segafredo Virtus Bologna Legabasket Serie A 2019/2020 Pesaro, 13/10/2019 Foto M.Ceretti / Ciamillo-Castoria

Teo, as he is fondly called in his native Serbia, has all the tools to help his new team accomplish this goal. He’s a prolific scorer, a clutch shooter never shy of taking responsibility in decisive moments, an excellent reader of the game and a coach’s “extended hand” on the floor. Above all, he’s one of the best passers this sport has ever known.

When he was asked once why he preferred passing to scoring, Croatian great and three-time NBA champion Toni Kukoč quickly replied, “A basket makes one man happy, an assist – two.”

Despite being able to rain threes and score by bucketload, Teodosić apparently shares Kukoč’s philosophy and truly enjoys making his teammates better. A mixtape displaying his passing skills offers a myriad of ways to share the ball, and almost every single one of them is highly aesthetic. It’s a pity his arrival in the NBA was so late – had he jumped across the Atlantic in his prime and perfectly healthy, his footprint in the world’s top league would have been a lot deeper.

Teodosic Milos Virtus Segafredo Bologna – AS Monaco 7Days EuroCup – 2019/2020 Bologna, 30/10/2019 Foto Ciamillo

Back in Europe, he is his old self. Whether throwing a simple off-the-dribble pass, bounce, alley-oop, no look, behind-the-back, through-the-legs, full-court “quartberback style”, or ANYTHING else invented by man to get the ball to another man, Teodosić draws sighs of those watching, as he marries efficiency and precision with elegance and beauty.

His Serbian teammates surely missed him this past summer at the World Cup in China. Sidelined by injury, he had to skip the tournament that most analysts had tipped his nation to win. Then he had to watch painfully as those hopes were dashed after Serbia lost in the quarterfinals and had to settle for the fifth place. The team had many stars, but lacked its vocal leader who was never shy to raise his voice on the court or during timeouts (and even throw in an expletive or two) if he felt the effort and dedication were not there and the squad needed a verbal “shove” to get going.

Next June in Belgrade, with Miloš hopefully back in the squad, the “Eagles” will compete for a spot in the Tokyo Olympics basketball tournament. If they succeed, it will probably be Teodosić’s last appearance at the Games.

Meanwhile, he has a job to do in Bologna. His recent heroics in the black jersey indicate that the trophy drought at the legendary PalaDozza arena could soon be over. Twelve years have passed since Virtus celebrated its last domestic title, and the EuroCup effort seems even more important as the tournament finalists will earn promotion to the EuroLeague.

The Italian media went even as far as to predict that regardless of the outcome of Virtus’ EuroCup campaign, the Bologna-based team is highly likely to re-enter EuroLeague next fall as a wild card holder. Whether Virtus secures a return to Europe’s most prestigious club competition on the floor or in the boardroom, it’s a win-win situation for all those who admire Teodosić’s skills.

After all, the most creative artist should perform on the biggest stage, shouldn’t he?!          

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Sean Kilpatrick signs with Buducnost https://www.talkbasket.net/58545-sean-kilpatrick-signs-with-buducnost https://www.talkbasket.net/58545-sean-kilpatrick-signs-with-buducnost#respond Mon, 18 Nov 2019 13:08:53 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=58545 Sean Kilpatrick officially agreed to a deal with Buducnost, as the club announced on Monday (18/11). Kilpatrick, who spent the previous season with Panathinaikos (9.2 points in the EuroLeague), will remain with Buducnost until the end of the 2019/20 season.

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Sean Kilpatrick signs with Buducnost

Sean Kilpatrick officially agreed to a deal with Buducnost, as the club announced on Monday (18/11).

Kilpatrick, who spent the previous season with Panathinaikos (9.2 points in the EuroLeague), will remain with Buducnost until the end of the 2019/20 season.

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Lokomotiv Kuban to reportedly part ways with Luca Banchi https://www.talkbasket.net/58340-lokomotiv-kuban-to-reportedly-part-ways-with-luca-banchi https://www.talkbasket.net/58340-lokomotiv-kuban-to-reportedly-part-ways-with-luca-banchi#respond Fri, 15 Nov 2019 14:59:33 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=58340 Lokomotiv Kuban has agreed to part ways with head coach Luca Banchi, according to the Russian website Izvestia. Banchi took over the team in July, however Lokomotiv has made a poor start, especially in the EuroCup. The Russians have a 2-5 record in the EuroCup and a 3-2 in the VTB League, respectively. Per the […]

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Lokomotiv Kuban to reportedly part ways with Luca Banchi

Lokomotiv Kuban has agreed to part ways with head coach Luca Banchi, according to the Russian website Izvestia.

Banchi took over the team in July, however Lokomotiv has made a poor start, especially in the EuroCup. The Russians have a 2-5 record in the EuroCup and a 3-2 in the VTB League, respectively.

Per the report, Lokomotiv has already started searching for Banchi’s replacement.

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7DAYS EuroCup: Three teams advanced to the Top 16 https://www.talkbasket.net/58185-7days-eurocup-three-teams-advanced-to-the-top-16 https://www.talkbasket.net/58185-7days-eurocup-three-teams-advanced-to-the-top-16#respond Thu, 14 Nov 2019 12:13:03 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=58185 Virtus Bologna, Promitheas Patras and Unicaja Malaga became the first teams that advanced to the Top 16 of the EuroCup. For their part, Partizan Belgrade, UNICS Kazan and Joventut Badalona all missed chances to advance this week when they lost. As many as 11 teams could reach the Top 16 in Round 8 next week […]

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7DAYS EuroCup: Three teams advanced to the Top 16

Virtus Bologna, Promitheas Patras and Unicaja Malaga became the first teams that advanced to the Top 16 of the EuroCup.

For their part, Partizan Belgrade, UNICS Kazan and Joventut Badalona all missed chances to advance this week when they lost. As many as 11 teams could reach the Top 16 in Round 8 next week (19-20/11).

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Lokomotiv Kuban officially adds Mindaugas Kuzminskas https://www.talkbasket.net/57867-lokomotiv-kuban-officially-adds-mindaugas-kuzminskas https://www.talkbasket.net/57867-lokomotiv-kuban-officially-adds-mindaugas-kuzminskas#respond Mon, 11 Nov 2019 18:02:55 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=57867 Lokomotiv Kuban took to Twitter on Monday (11/11) and officially announced the addition of Mindaugas Kuzminskas. The Lithuanian forward signed a two-year contract with the Russians and will remain with the team until the end of the 2020/21 season. Kuzminskas started the season with Olympiacos, averaging 5.8 points and 2.2 rebounds in six EuroLeague games.

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Lokomotiv Kuban officially adds Mindaugas Kuzminskas

Lokomotiv Kuban took to Twitter on Monday (11/11) and officially announced the addition of Mindaugas Kuzminskas.

The Lithuanian forward signed a two-year contract with the Russians and will remain with the team until the end of the 2020/21 season.

Kuzminskas started the season with Olympiacos, averaging 5.8 points and 2.2 rebounds in six EuroLeague games.

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Norris Cole signs with Monaco https://www.talkbasket.net/57849-norris-cole-signs-with-monaco https://www.talkbasket.net/57849-norris-cole-signs-with-monaco#respond Mon, 11 Nov 2019 12:32:59 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=57849 Monaco took to Twitter on Monday (11/11) and announced the acquisition of two-time NBA champion Norris Cole. Cole, who spent the previous season with Buducnost, agreed to a deal with the French team for the remainder of the season.

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Norris Cole signs with Monaco

Monaco took to Twitter on Monday (11/11) and announced the acquisition of two-time NBA champion Norris Cole.

Cole, who spent the previous season with Buducnost, agreed to a deal with the French team for the remainder of the season.

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Mindaugas Kuzminskas reportedly close to a deal with Lokomotiv Kuban https://www.talkbasket.net/57775-mindaugas-kuzminskas-reportedly-close-to-a-deal-with-lokomotiv-kuban https://www.talkbasket.net/57775-mindaugas-kuzminskas-reportedly-close-to-a-deal-with-lokomotiv-kuban#respond Sun, 10 Nov 2019 19:26:22 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=57775 Mindaugas Kuzminskas is close to reaching an agreement with Lokomotiv Kuban, per Donatas Urbonas. The Lithuanian forward parted ways with Olympiacos on Saturday (09/11) and is expected to join the Russians.

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Mindaugas Kuzminskas reportedly close to a deal with Lokomotiv Kuban

Mindaugas Kuzminskas is close to reaching an agreement with Lokomotiv Kuban, per Donatas Urbonas.

The Lithuanian forward parted ways with Olympiacos on Saturday (09/11) and is expected to join the Russians.

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7DAYS EuroCup Round 6 MVP: Mitchell Watt, Umana Reyer Venice https://www.talkbasket.net/57562-7days-eurocup-round-6-mvp-mitchell-watt-umana-reyer-venice https://www.talkbasket.net/57562-7days-eurocup-round-6-mvp-mitchell-watt-umana-reyer-venice#respond Thu, 07 Nov 2019 16:09:15 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=57562 Mitchell Watt of Umana Reyer Venice was named the MVP of the sixth round in the 7DAYS EuroCup. With a near-perfect offensive performance, Watt propelled Reyer to a resounding 69-83 win over Partizan Belgrade at Stark Arena. The 2.08-meter center had career highs of 27 points, 5 assists and a 37 performance index rating while […]

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7DAYS EuroCup Round 6 MVP: Mitchell Watt, Umana Reyer Venice

Mitchell Watt of Umana Reyer Venice was named the MVP of the sixth round in the 7DAYS EuroCup.

With a near-perfect offensive performance, Watt propelled Reyer to a resounding 69-83 win over Partizan Belgrade at Stark Arena.

The 2.08-meter center had career highs of 27 points, 5 assists and a 37 performance index rating while pacing Reyer to victory.

His 11 two-point shots in 12 tries matched the most in the competition this season and set a club record for Reyer in the EuroCup. 

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Mitchell Watt: “We are building in the right direction” https://www.talkbasket.net/57413-mitchell-watt-we-are-building-in-the-right-direction https://www.talkbasket.net/57413-mitchell-watt-we-are-building-in-the-right-direction#respond Tue, 05 Nov 2019 23:03:54 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=57413 The hero of the first victory of Reyer Venezia over Partizan in the EuroCup Mitchell Watt said that his team is moving in the right direction. Partizan was defeated for the first time in the EuroCup this season. The team that won against Partizan was Reyer Venezia with a score of 83:69 in “Štark” Arena […]

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Mitchell Watt: “We are building in the right direction”

The hero of the first victory of Reyer Venezia over Partizan in the EuroCup Mitchell Watt said that his team is moving in the right direction.

Partizan was defeated for the first time in the EuroCup this season. The team that won against Partizan was Reyer Venezia with a score of 83:69 in “Štark” Arena in Belgrade. The MVP of the match, Mitchell Watt said for TalkBaket.net that his team is going in the right direction.

“I think we were just building our game slowly and slowly over the weeks. Game against Partizan and Lokomotiv were the two tough games to start the (European) season with, but tonight we showed we are building in the right direction”, said Watt after the match against Partizan.

The American power forward/center finished the game with 27 points (11/12 for 2 and 5/6 from the free-throw line), 5 rebounds and 5 assist for the index rating of 37.

“I went out there with a lot of confidence, my teammates helped me a lot. I just got things going early in the game and kept rolling. You know, the more shots that go in, the more confidence you got”, Mitchell Watt said before he complimented Partizan’s fans.

“The crowd here is amazing. You can tell that they really know basketball, they appreciate the game. With so many people here it was a beautiful place to play”, finished Mitchell Watt his interview.

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Milos Teodosic hits game-winning shot at the buzzer https://www.talkbasket.net/56830-milos-teodosic-hits-game-winning-shot-at-the-buzzer https://www.talkbasket.net/56830-milos-teodosic-hits-game-winning-shot-at-the-buzzer#respond Thu, 31 Oct 2019 10:27:38 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=56830 Milos Teodosic hit the game-winning two-pointer at the buzzer and Virtus Bologna edged Monaco at home (77-75). The Italians came back from a double-digit deficit and defeated the French to remain on top of Group A. Virtus improved to 4-1, whereas Monaco dropped to 3-2. For his part, Teodosic had a game-high 24 points and […]

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Milos Teodosic hits game-winning shot at the buzzer

Milos Teodosic hit the game-winning two-pointer at the buzzer and Virtus Bologna edged Monaco at home (77-75).

The Italians came back from a double-digit deficit and defeated the French to remain on top of Group A. Virtus improved to 4-1, whereas Monaco dropped to 3-2.

For his part, Teodosic had a game-high 24 points and seven assists.

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Stefan Markovic on TalkBasket: “This is a long road we have to pass to win the EuroCup” https://www.talkbasket.net/56296-stefan-markovic-on-talkbasket-this-is-a-long-road-we-have-to-pass-to-win-the-eurocup https://www.talkbasket.net/56296-stefan-markovic-on-talkbasket-this-is-a-long-road-we-have-to-pass-to-win-the-eurocup#respond Sat, 26 Oct 2019 11:33:40 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=56296 Stefan Markovic of Virtus Bologna stated that he and his teammates need to work harder if they want to win the EuroCup. Here is what the Serbian guard said in an interview with TalkBasket.net after the first loss of Virtus in the EuroCup (78-69 to Promitheas Patras): On the loss to the Greek team: “We […]

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Stefan Markovic on TalkBasket: “This is a long road we have to pass to win the EuroCup”

Stefan Markovic of Virtus Bologna stated that he and his teammates need to work harder if they want to win the EuroCup.

Here is what the Serbian guard said in an interview with TalkBasket.net after the first loss of Virtus in the EuroCup (78-69 to Promitheas Patras):

On the loss to the Greek team: “We made a slow start, they jumped on us until the first timeout (10-0), but then we came back with good defence.

Yet, the key was that we did not adjust to their small lineup, when they started switching everything. Compliments to them, they played really well and deserved to win.”

On whether the Italian team will need an adjustment period to reach its full potential: “This is the season, you need to earn every game you step on the floor. There are no victories in advance, just need to grow and fight.

This is a long season, a marathon. This was just one of the races, we did not compete well and did not deserve to win.”

On Virtus being one of the favourites to win the EuroCup: “We always have high goals, but it is too early to say stuff like this. For me, this is a long road we have to pass to get there. We have to earn as many victories as we can and finish on top of the group.”

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Kyle Weems on TalkBasket: “Everyone is still trying to figure out each other” https://www.talkbasket.net/56209-kyle-weems-on-talkbasket-everyone-is-still-trying-to-figure-out-each-other https://www.talkbasket.net/56209-kyle-weems-on-talkbasket-everyone-is-still-trying-to-figure-out-each-other#respond Fri, 25 Oct 2019 15:30:56 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=56209 Kyle Weems of Virtus Bologna stated that he and his teammates will need an adjustment period to reach their full potential. Here is what the American forward said in an interview with TalkBasket.net after the first loss of Virtus in the EuroCup (78-69 to Promitheas Patras): On what went wrong in the game against the […]

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Kyle Weems on TalkBasket: “Everyone is still trying to figure out each other”

Kyle Weems of Virtus Bologna stated that he and his teammates will need an adjustment period to reach their full potential.

Here is what the American forward said in an interview with TalkBasket.net after the first loss of Virtus in the EuroCup (78-69 to Promitheas Patras):

On what went wrong in the game against the Greek team: “We had to take our time on offense and not rush too much, we had to play a lit bit cleaner. This cost us a lot, but we have to give them (Promitheas) credit, they played well.”

On whether Virtus will need some time to be at its very best: “Sure. You don’t want to play your best basketball in October or November. Our focus is to be ready in the last part of the season (in March, April, May).

We have just got Milos (Teodosic) back from injury. Everyone is still trying to figure out each other. It is a long season.

The target is to win as many games as possible, but winning the EuroCup is definitely one of our goals.”

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Bobby Brown reportedly in advanced talks with Promitheas Patras https://www.talkbasket.net/55562-bobby-brown-reportedly-in-advanced-talks-with-promitheas-patras https://www.talkbasket.net/55562-bobby-brown-reportedly-in-advanced-talks-with-promitheas-patras#respond Fri, 18 Oct 2019 14:10:27 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=55562 Bobby Brown has been in advanced talks with Promitheas Patras, as reported by the Greek website Gazzetta.gr. If Brown joins the team, he will sign a contract for the remainder of the season and will replace Rob Lowery. Brown spent the previous season in China with Shanxi Zhongyu, averaging 25.8 points, 6.7 assists and 3.5 […]

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Bobby Brown reportedly in advanced talks with Promitheas Patras

Bobby Brown has been in advanced talks with Promitheas Patras, as reported by the Greek website Gazzetta.gr.

If Brown joins the team, he will sign a contract for the remainder of the season and will replace Rob Lowery.

Brown spent the previous season in China with Shanxi Zhongyu, averaging 25.8 points, 6.7 assists and 3.5 rebounds.

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Andrew Goudelock joins Umana Reyer Venice https://www.talkbasket.net/55555-andrew-goudelock-joins-umana-reyer-venice https://www.talkbasket.net/55555-andrew-goudelock-joins-umana-reyer-venice#respond Fri, 18 Oct 2019 12:47:14 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=55555 Andrew Goudelock took to Twitter and announced his signing with the 2019 Italian champions, Umana Reyer Venice. Goudelock spent the previous season in China with the Shandong Golden Starts, yet he suffered a serious patellar injury and played only in 19 games. However, he has now recovered and is ready for his return to action.

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Andrew Goudelock joins Umana Reyer Venice

Andrew Goudelock took to Twitter and announced his signing with the 2019 Italian champions, Umana Reyer Venice.

Goudelock spent the previous season in China with the Shandong Golden Starts, yet he suffered a serious patellar injury and played only in 19 games.

However, he has now recovered and is ready for his return to action.

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Klemen Prepelic beats the buzzer with insane full-court shot – EuroCup Round 3: Results and Highlights https://www.talkbasket.net/55361-klemen-prepelic-beats-the-buzzer-with-insane-full-court-shot-eurocup-round-3-results-and-highlights https://www.talkbasket.net/55361-klemen-prepelic-beats-the-buzzer-with-insane-full-court-shot-eurocup-round-3-results-and-highlights#respond Wed, 16 Oct 2019 22:42:59 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=55361 Klemen Prepelic’s insane full-court shot at the buzzer was the highlight of the third round of the EuroCup. The guard of Joventut Badalona beat the buzzer and gave his team the victory over Darussafaka at home (85-82). In the other matches, Maccabi Rishon defeated Monaco (77-72), Promitheas Patras survived Ratiopharm Ulm (67-70), Lokomotiv Kuban beat […]

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Klemen Prepelic beats the buzzer with insane full-court shot – EuroCup Round 3: Results and Highlights

Klemen Prepelic’s insane full-court shot at the buzzer was the highlight of the third round of the EuroCup.

The guard of Joventut Badalona beat the buzzer and gave his team the victory over Darussafaka at home (85-82).

In the other matches, Maccabi Rishon defeated Monaco (77-72), Promitheas Patras survived Ratiopharm Ulm (67-70), Lokomotiv Kuban beat Limoges (86-75) and Brescia edged Cedevita Olimpija (78-71).

In addition, UNICS Kazan prevailed over Nanterre (92-94), Trento rallied past Oldenburg (91-81) and Arka Gdynia prevailed over Buducnost (59-62).

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EuroCup Round 3 – Three teams remained undefeated https://www.talkbasket.net/55233-eurocup-round-3-three-teams-remained-undefeated https://www.talkbasket.net/55233-eurocup-round-3-three-teams-remained-undefeated#respond Tue, 15 Oct 2019 21:26:14 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=55233 The first day of the third round in the EuroCup saw Virtus Bologna, Unicaja Malaga and Partizan maintain their perfect records. The Italians rallied past Andorra at home (87-72), Partizan edged Rytas Vilnius in Lithuania (61-66) and Unicaja Malaga overpowered Galatasaray at home (88-83). The fourth game that took place on Tuesday (15/10) saw Venezia […]

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EuroCup Round 3 – Three teams remained undefeated

The first day of the third round in the EuroCup saw Virtus Bologna, Unicaja Malaga and Partizan maintain their perfect records.

The Italians rallied past Andorra at home (87-72), Partizan edged Rytas Vilnius in Lithuania (61-66) and Unicaja Malaga overpowered Galatasaray at home (88-83).

The fourth game that took place on Tuesday (15/10) saw Venezia earn its first victory in the competition, after defeating Tofas Bursa in Italy (76-65).

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Four more teams retained their perfect records – EuroCup Week 2 Roundup https://www.talkbasket.net/54783-four-more-teams-retained-their-perfect-records-eurocup-week-2-roundup https://www.talkbasket.net/54783-four-more-teams-retained-their-perfect-records-eurocup-week-2-roundup#respond Wed, 09 Oct 2019 22:21:12 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=54783 Virtus Bologna, Galatasaray, Unicaja Malaga and Monaco remained undefeated after the end of the second round in the EuroCup (2-0). The Italians dominated Maccabi Rishon at home (96-77), while the Turks rallied past Oldenburg in Istanbul (92-79). At the same time, the Spaniards defeated Arka Gdynia on the road (59-66) and the French edged Promitheas […]

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Four more teams retained their perfect records – EuroCup Week 2 Roundup

Virtus Bologna, Galatasaray, Unicaja Malaga and Monaco remained undefeated after the end of the second round in the EuroCup (2-0).

The Italians dominated Maccabi Rishon at home (96-77), while the Turks rallied past Oldenburg in Istanbul (92-79).

At the same time, the Spaniards defeated Arka Gdynia on the road (59-66) and the French edged Promitheas Patras in Greece (74-77).

In the other matches of the night, UNICS Kazan overpowered Oldenburg (80-67), Lokomotiv Kuban beat Reyer Venezia (77-63), Trento prevailed over Buducnost (68-77), Andorra decimated Ratiopharm Ulm (97-78) and Limoges crushed Rytas Vilnius (82-61).

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Partizan and Darussafaka remained undefeated – EuroCup Week 2 Roundup https://www.talkbasket.net/54741-partizan-and-darussafaka-remained-undefeated-eurocup-week-2-roundup https://www.talkbasket.net/54741-partizan-and-darussafaka-remained-undefeated-eurocup-week-2-roundup#respond Wed, 09 Oct 2019 00:49:08 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=54741 Partizan and Darussafaka protected their home courts and remained undefeated in the EuroCup (2-0). The Serbians came back from a 14-point deficit in the first half and rallied past Tofas Bursa (93-80), with Rade Zagorac exploding and scoring 26 points for the winners. At the same time, Darussafaka edged Nanterre in Istanbul (72-65), thanks to […]

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Partizan and Darussafaka remained undefeated – EuroCup Week 2 Roundup

Partizan and Darussafaka protected their home courts and remained undefeated in the EuroCup (2-0).

The Serbians came back from a 14-point deficit in the first half and rallied past Tofas Bursa (93-80), with Rade Zagorac exploding and scoring 26 points for the winners.

At the same time, Darussafaka edged Nanterre in Istanbul (72-65), thanks to a 9-4 run late in the fourth quarter.

Jarrod Jones scored 16 points for the winners, whereas Dallas Moore came off the bench to post 21 points for the losing squad.

In the third game of the day, Joventut Badalona earned its first victory in the competition since 2010, after overpowering Brescia at home (81-68).

Klemen Prepelic had a game-high 24 points for the winners, whereas Awudu Abass posted 15 points for the losing squad.

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Sasha Djordjevic on Milos Teodosic: “He comes from a long injury, we must not accelerate” https://www.talkbasket.net/54258-sasha-djordjevic-on-milos-teodosic-he-comes-from-a-long-injury-we-must-not-accelerate https://www.talkbasket.net/54258-sasha-djordjevic-on-milos-teodosic-he-comes-from-a-long-injury-we-must-not-accelerate#respond Thu, 03 Oct 2019 11:47:21 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=54258 Sasha Djordjevic addressed the injury of Milos Teodosic and stated the Serbian guard could return to action in the next few days. Here is what the head coach of Virtus Bologna said after the victory over Ratiopharm Ulm in the EuroCup opener (79-92), per Andrea Grossi: “Teodosic? He comes from a long injury, we must […]

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Sasha Djordjevic on Milos Teodosic: “He comes from a long injury, we must not accelerate”

Sasha Djordjevic addressed the injury of Milos Teodosic and stated the Serbian guard could return to action in the next few days.

Here is what the head coach of Virtus Bologna said after the victory over Ratiopharm Ulm in the EuroCup opener (79-92), per Andrea Grossi:

“Teodosic? He comes from a long injury, we must not accelerate. Maybe Sunday He could play a few minutes, we will decide between Friday and Saturday.”

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EuroCup Week 1 Roundup: Virtus Bologna victorious in opener https://www.talkbasket.net/54203-eurocup-week-1-roundup-virtus-bologna-victorious-in-opener https://www.talkbasket.net/54203-eurocup-week-1-roundup-virtus-bologna-victorious-in-opener#respond Wed, 02 Oct 2019 22:07:50 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=54203 The second day of the opening round of the EuroCup saw Virtus Bologna start its campaign with a victory over Ratiopharm Ulm (79-92). In the other matches, Promitheas Patras triumphed over Maccabi Rishon (55-88), Tofas Bursa defeated Limoges (84-71), Darussafaka beat Cedevita Olimpija (73-79), Brescia overpowered UNICS Kazan (84-75), Unicaja Malaga rallied past Buducnost (83-70) […]

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EuroCup Week 1 Roundup: Virtus Bologna victorious in opener

The second day of the opening round of the EuroCup saw Virtus Bologna start its campaign with a victory over Ratiopharm Ulm (79-92).

In the other matches, Promitheas Patras triumphed over Maccabi Rishon (55-88), Tofas Bursa defeated Limoges (84-71), Darussafaka beat Cedevita Olimpija (73-79), Brescia overpowered UNICS Kazan (84-75), Unicaja Malaga rallied past Buducnost (83-70) and Nanterre edged Joventut Badalona (85-78).

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2019/20 EuroCup Week 1 Roundup: Rytas Vilnius upset Lokomotiv Kuban https://www.talkbasket.net/54102-2019-20-eurocup-week-1-roundup-rytas-vilnius-upset-lokomotiv-kuban https://www.talkbasket.net/54102-2019-20-eurocup-week-1-roundup-rytas-vilnius-upset-lokomotiv-kuban#respond Tue, 01 Oct 2019 22:32:47 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=54102 The opening round of the 2019/20 EuroCup saw Rytas Vilnius defeat one of the favourites for the title, Lokomotiv Kuban (92-86). In the other matches, Partizan edged Venice on the road (63-66), Arka Gdynia beat Oldenburg (74-78), Galatasaray overpowered Trento (64-70) and Monaco rallied past Andorra (82-66).

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2019/20 EuroCup Week 1 Roundup: Rytas Vilnius upset Lokomotiv Kuban

The opening round of the 2019/20 EuroCup saw Rytas Vilnius defeat one of the favourites for the title, Lokomotiv Kuban (92-86).

In the other matches, Partizan edged Venice on the road (63-66), Arka Gdynia beat Oldenburg (74-78), Galatasaray overpowered Trento (64-70) and Monaco rallied past Andorra (82-66).

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Unicaja Malaga’s Axel Toupane to miss the EuroCup opener https://www.talkbasket.net/53999-unicaja-malagas-axel-toupane-to-miss-the-eurocup-opener https://www.talkbasket.net/53999-unicaja-malagas-axel-toupane-to-miss-the-eurocup-opener#respond Tue, 01 Oct 2019 10:22:33 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=53999 Unicaja Malaga announced that Axel Toupane will miss the team’s opening game in the EuroCup against Buducnost. Toupane is dealing with a right leg injury and will not be available for Wednesday’s (02/10) game.

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Unicaja Malaga’s Axel Toupane to miss the EuroCup opener

Unicaja Malaga announced that Axel Toupane will miss the team’s opening game in the EuroCup against Buducnost.

Toupane is dealing with a right leg injury and will not be available for Wednesday’s (02/10) game.

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Alessandro Gentile signs with Trento https://www.talkbasket.net/53589-alessandro-gentile-signs-with-trento https://www.talkbasket.net/53589-alessandro-gentile-signs-with-trento#respond Thu, 26 Sep 2019 10:46:22 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=53589 Alessandro Gentile has officially joined Trento, as announced by the Italian team on Thursday (26/09). Gentile signed a two-year contract with Trento and will remain with the Italians until the end of the 2020/21 season. Gentile, who averaged 15.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists with Estudiantes in the ACB last season, will play in […]

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Alessandro Gentile signs with Trento

Alessandro Gentile has officially joined Trento, as announced by the Italian team on Thursday (26/09).

Gentile signed a two-year contract with Trento and will remain with the Italians until the end of the 2020/21 season.

Gentile, who averaged 15.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists with Estudiantes in the ACB last season, will play in the EuroCup and the Italian League.

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Milos Teodosic to reportedly return to action in early October https://www.talkbasket.net/53007-milos-teodosic-to-reportedly-return-to-action-in-early-october https://www.talkbasket.net/53007-milos-teodosic-to-reportedly-return-to-action-in-early-october#respond Wed, 18 Sep 2019 15:03:52 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=53007 Milos Teodosic is expected to return to action in the first days of October, according to Pianeta Basket. Teodosic has been dealing with a plantar fascia injury over the past month, which he suffered during Serbia’s preparation for the Basketball World Cup. Therefore, he was forced to miss the tournament. “He will fully recover and […]

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Milos Teodosic to reportedly return to action in early October

Milos Teodosic is expected to return to action in the first days of October, according to Pianeta Basket.

Teodosic has been dealing with a plantar fascia injury over the past month, which he suffered during Serbia’s preparation for the Basketball World Cup. Therefore, he was forced to miss the tournament.

“He will fully recover and he will soon be on the court. He will not be available for the first game, but will be fully ready from the beginning of October,” the CEO of Virtus Bologna, Luca Baraldi said.

Teodosic signed a three-year contract with Virtus Bologna during the offseason.

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Sinan Guler officially signed with Darussafaka https://www.talkbasket.net/51286-sinan-guler-officially-signed-with-darussafaka https://www.talkbasket.net/51286-sinan-guler-officially-signed-with-darussafaka#respond Thu, 29 Aug 2019 17:16:08 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=51286 Sinan Guler officially joined Darussafaka, as announced by the Turkish team on Thursday (29/08), confirming prior reports. Guler signed a three-year contract with Darussafaka. The Turkish guard spent the previous two seasons with Fenerbahce, averaging 5.3 points, 1.9 rebounds, and 1.7 assists last year.

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Sinan Guler officially signed with Darussafaka

Sinan Guler officially joined Darussafaka, as announced by the Turkish team on Thursday (29/08), confirming prior reports.

Guler signed a three-year contract with Darussafaka. The Turkish guard spent the previous two seasons with Fenerbahce, averaging 5.3 points, 1.9 rebounds, and 1.7 assists last year.

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Sinan Guler reportedly close to joining Darussafaka https://www.talkbasket.net/51235-sinan-guler-reportedly-close-to-joining-darussafaka https://www.talkbasket.net/51235-sinan-guler-reportedly-close-to-joining-darussafaka#respond Thu, 29 Aug 2019 06:59:02 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=51235 According to Eurohoops.net, Sinan Guler is close to signing a three-year contract with Darussafaka. Guler spent the previous two seasons withe Fenerbahce, averaging 5.3 points, 1.9 rebounds, and 1.7 assists last year.

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Sinan Guler reportedly close to joining Darussafaka

According to Eurohoops.net, Sinan Guler is close to signing a three-year contract with Darussafaka.

Guler spent the previous two seasons withe Fenerbahce, averaging 5.3 points, 1.9 rebounds, and 1.7 assists last year.

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Virtus Bologna reportedly targeting Alessandro Gentile https://www.talkbasket.net/50681-virtus-bologna-reportedly-targeting-alessandro-gentile https://www.talkbasket.net/50681-virtus-bologna-reportedly-targeting-alessandro-gentile#respond Thu, 22 Aug 2019 11:46:10 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=50681 According to Bologna Basket, Virtus Bologna is interested in signing Alessandro Gentile. Per the report, the two sides are in talks, yet an agreement is not expected prior to the end of the Basketball World Cup. Gentile spent the previous season with Estudiantes, averaging 14 points and five rebounds in Liga Endesa.

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Virtus Bologna reportedly targeting Alessandro Gentile

According to Bologna Basket, Virtus Bologna is interested in signing Alessandro Gentile.

Per the report, the two sides are in talks, yet an agreement is not expected prior to the end of the Basketball World Cup.

Gentile spent the previous season with Estudiantes, averaging 14 points and five rebounds in Liga Endesa.

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Axel Toupane officially joins Unicaja Malaga https://www.talkbasket.net/50602-axel-toupane-officially-joins-unicaja-malaga https://www.talkbasket.net/50602-axel-toupane-officially-joins-unicaja-malaga#respond Wed, 21 Aug 2019 09:11:41 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=50602 Axel Toupane has officially signed with Unicaja Malaga, as announced by the Spanish club on Wednesday (21/08). Toupane will remain with the team until the end of the 2019/20 season, with an option for another year (1+1). The French forward spent the previous season with Olympiacos, averaging 4.8 points in the EuroLeague. He will be […]

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Axel Toupane officially joins Unicaja Malaga

Axel Toupane has officially signed with Unicaja Malaga, as announced by the Spanish club on Wednesday (21/08).

Toupane will remain with the team until the end of the 2019/20 season, with an option for another year (1+1).

The French forward spent the previous season with Olympiacos, averaging 4.8 points in the EuroLeague. He will be the replacement of Dragan Milosavljevic, who will be sidelined for eight to nine months, due to a serious knee injury.

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Unicaja Malaga reportedly in talks with Axel Toupane https://www.talkbasket.net/50448-unicaja-malaga-reportedly-in-talks-with-axel-toupane https://www.talkbasket.net/50448-unicaja-malaga-reportedly-in-talks-with-axel-toupane#respond Mon, 19 Aug 2019 09:52:37 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=50448 According to the Spanish website Encestando, Unicaja Malaga is in talks with the French forward Axel Toupane. The Spanish club is searching for the replacement of Dragan Milosavljevic, following the latter’s serious knee injury. Milosavljevic is expected to remain out of action for the next eight or nine months. Toupane spent the previous season with […]

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Unicaja Malaga reportedly in talks with Axel Toupane

According to the Spanish website Encestando, Unicaja Malaga is in talks with the French forward Axel Toupane.

The Spanish club is searching for the replacement of Dragan Milosavljevic, following the latter’s serious knee injury. Milosavljevic is expected to remain out of action for the next eight or nine months.

Toupane spent the previous season with Olympiacos, averaging 4.8 points in the EuroLeague.

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Lokomotiv Kuban officially acquired Johnny O’Bryant https://www.talkbasket.net/50085-lokomotiv-kuban-officially-acquired-johnny-obryant https://www.talkbasket.net/50085-lokomotiv-kuban-officially-acquired-johnny-obryant#respond Wed, 14 Aug 2019 12:37:04 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=50085 Lokomotiv Kuban took to Twitter on Wednesday (14/08) and announced the acquisition of Johnny O’Bryant. O’Bryant spent the previous season with Maccabi Te-Aviv, averaging 10.6 points and 5.9 rebounds in the EuroLeague.

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Lokomotiv Kuban officially acquired Johnny O’Bryant

Lokomotiv Kuban took to Twitter on Wednesday (14/08) and announced the acquisition of Johnny O’Bryant.

O’Bryant spent the previous season with Maccabi Te-Aviv, averaging 10.6 points and 5.9 rebounds in the EuroLeague.

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Johnny O’Bryant reportedly agrees to a deal with Lokomotiv Kuban https://www.talkbasket.net/50036-johnny-obryant-reportedly-agrees-to-a-deal-with-lokomotiv-kuban https://www.talkbasket.net/50036-johnny-obryant-reportedly-agrees-to-a-deal-with-lokomotiv-kuban#respond Tue, 13 Aug 2019 22:24:55 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=50036 According to Eurohoops.net, Johnny O’Bryant has reached an agreement with Lokomotiv Kuban. O’Bryant spent the previous season with Maccabi Te-Aviv, averaging 10.6 points and 5.9 rebounds in the EuroLeague. The official announcement is expected soon.

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Johnny O’Bryant reportedly agrees to a deal with Lokomotiv Kuban

According to Eurohoops.net, Johnny O’Bryant has reached an agreement with Lokomotiv Kuban.

O’Bryant spent the previous season with Maccabi Te-Aviv, averaging 10.6 points and 5.9 rebounds in the EuroLeague.

The official announcement is expected soon.

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Lokomotiv Kuban to reportedly sign Johnny O’Bryant https://www.talkbasket.net/49834-lokomotiv-kuban-to-reportedly-sign-johnny-obryant https://www.talkbasket.net/49834-lokomotiv-kuban-to-reportedly-sign-johnny-obryant#respond Sat, 10 Aug 2019 16:05:47 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=49834 Per Donatas Urbonas, Johnny O’Bryant is expected to reach an agreement with Lokomotiv Kuban and sign with the Russian club. O’Bryant spent the previous season with Maccabi Tel-Aviv, averaging 10.6 points and 5.9 rebounds in the 2018/19 EuroLeague.

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Lokomotiv Kuban to reportedly sign Johnny O’Bryant

Per Donatas Urbonas, Johnny O’Bryant is expected to reach an agreement with Lokomotiv Kuban and sign with the Russian club.

O’Bryant spent the previous season with Maccabi Tel-Aviv, averaging 10.6 points and 5.9 rebounds in the 2018/19 EuroLeague.

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JaJuan Johnson parted ways with Lokomotiv Kuban https://www.talkbasket.net/49832-jajuan-johnson-parted-ways-with-lokomotiv-kuban https://www.talkbasket.net/49832-jajuan-johnson-parted-ways-with-lokomotiv-kuban#respond Sat, 10 Aug 2019 15:57:46 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=49832 JaJuan Johnson will no longer play for Lokomotiv Kuban, as announced by the Russian club on Friday (09/08). The contract of the American power forward/center expired and Lokomotiv decided not to renew it. Johnson averaged 9.3 points and five rebounds in the 2018/19 EuroCup.

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JaJuan Johnson parted ways with Lokomotiv Kuban

JaJuan Johnson will no longer play for Lokomotiv Kuban, as announced by the Russian club on Friday (09/08).

The contract of the American power forward/center expired and Lokomotiv decided not to renew it.

Johnson averaged 9.3 points and five rebounds in the 2018/19 EuroCup.

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Virtus Bologna reportedly in talks with Alessandro Gentile https://www.talkbasket.net/49653-virtus-bologna-reportedly-in-talks-with-alessandro-gentile https://www.talkbasket.net/49653-virtus-bologna-reportedly-in-talks-with-alessandro-gentile#respond Wed, 07 Aug 2019 14:06:00 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=49653 Per Andrea Grossi of Sportando, Virtus Bologna is interested in signing Alessandro Gentile and is in talks with the player. If the two sides reach an agreement, then Gentile will return to the team after an one-year absence. The Italian forward spent the previous season with Estudiantes.

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Virtus Bologna reportedly in talks with Alessandro Gentile

Per Andrea Grossi of Sportando, Virtus Bologna is interested in signing Alessandro Gentile and is in talks with the player.

If the two sides reach an agreement, then Gentile will return to the team after an one-year absence.

The Italian forward spent the previous season with Estudiantes.

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Galatasaray re-signed Webster, Harrison and Auguste https://www.talkbasket.net/49647-galatasaray-re-signed-webster-harrison-and-auguste https://www.talkbasket.net/49647-galatasaray-re-signed-webster-harrison-and-auguste#respond Wed, 07 Aug 2019 11:53:30 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=49647 Galatasaray renewed the contracts of Tai Webster, Zach Auguste and Aaron Harrison, as the club announced on Wednesday (07/08). Webster (12.5 points, 4.1 assists in the 2018/19 EuroCup) and Harrison (13.1 points, 3.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists in the 2018/19 EuroCup) agreed to two-year deals (1+1). Auguste (10.4 points, 7 rebounds and 1.1 assists in the 2018/19 EuroCup) signed […]

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Galatasaray re-signed Webster, Harrison and Auguste

Galatasaray renewed the contracts of Tai Webster, Zach Auguste and Aaron Harrison, as the club announced on Wednesday (07/08).

Webster (12.5 points, 4.1 assists in the 2018/19 EuroCup) and Harrison (13.1 points, 3.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists in the 2018/19 EuroCup) agreed to two-year deals (1+1).

Auguste (10.4 points, 7 rebounds and 1.1 assists in the 2018/19 EuroCup) signed an one-year contract extension.

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Artsiom Parakhouski signed with Partizan https://www.talkbasket.net/49626-artsiom-parakhouski-signed-with-partizan https://www.talkbasket.net/49626-artsiom-parakhouski-signed-with-partizan#respond Wed, 07 Aug 2019 08:40:16 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=49626 Artsiom Parakhouski has officially joined Partizan, as the club announced on Wednesday (07/08). Parakhouski agreed to an one-year deal with the Serbians and will remain with the team until the end of the 2019/20 season. The 31-year-old center spent the previous season with Rytas Vilnius and averaged 13.8 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in […]

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Artsiom Parakhouski signed with Partizan

Artsiom Parakhouski has officially joined Partizan, as the club announced on Wednesday (07/08).

Parakhouski agreed to an one-year deal with the Serbians and will remain with the team until the end of the 2019/20 season.

The 31-year-old center spent the previous season with Rytas Vilnius and averaged 13.8 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in the 2018/19 EuroCup.

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Promitheas Patras officially signed Dimitris Agravanis https://www.talkbasket.net/49569-promitheas-patras-officially-signed-dimitris-agravanis https://www.talkbasket.net/49569-promitheas-patras-officially-signed-dimitris-agravanis#respond Tue, 06 Aug 2019 13:14:12 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=49569 Promitheas Patras has officially added Dimitris Agravanis to the roster, as announced by the team on Tuesday (06/08). The Greek power forward spent the previous six seasons with Olympiacos. He had been dealing with injuries over the past two years.

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Promitheas Patras officially signed Dimitris Agravanis

Promitheas Patras has officially added Dimitris Agravanis to the roster, as announced by the team on Tuesday (06/08).

The Greek power forward spent the previous six seasons with Olympiacos. He had been dealing with injuries over the past two years.

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Lokomotiv Kuban officially sign Sam Dekker https://www.talkbasket.net/49490-lokomotiv-kuban-officially-sign-sam-dekker https://www.talkbasket.net/49490-lokomotiv-kuban-officially-sign-sam-dekker#respond Mon, 05 Aug 2019 13:41:14 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=49490 Lokomotiv Kuban announced they have signed power forward Sam Dekker to a one-year deal. Dekker became an unrestricted free agent after the Washington Wizards declined to extend a $3.91 million qualifying offer. This past season, 25-year-old averaged 6.1 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game.

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Lokomotiv Kuban officially sign Sam Dekker

Lokomotiv Kuban announced they have signed power forward Sam Dekker to a one-year deal. Dekker became an unrestricted free agent after the Washington Wizards declined to extend a $3.91 million qualifying offer.

This past season, 25-year-old averaged 6.1 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game.

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Matt Lojeski signed with Tofas Bursa https://www.talkbasket.net/49472-matt-lojeski-signed-with-tofas-bursa https://www.talkbasket.net/49472-matt-lojeski-signed-with-tofas-bursa#respond Mon, 05 Aug 2019 11:31:48 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=49472 Matt Lojeski has agreed to a two-year deal with Tofas Bursa, as the Turkish club announced on Monday (05/08). Lojeski will remain with Tofas Bursa until the end of the 2019/20 season, with an option for one more year. Lojeski spent the previous two seasons with Panathinaikos. He averaged 6.5 points and 2.2 rebounds in […]

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Matt Lojeski signed with Tofas Bursa

Matt Lojeski has agreed to a two-year deal with Tofas Bursa, as the Turkish club announced on Monday (05/08).

Lojeski will remain with Tofas Bursa until the end of the 2019/20 season, with an option for one more year.

Lojeski spent the previous two seasons with Panathinaikos. He averaged 6.5 points and 2.2 rebounds in the 2018/19 EuroLeague.

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Mantas Kalnietis to reportedly sign with Lokomotiv Kuban https://www.talkbasket.net/49321-mantas-kalnietis-to-reportedly-sign-with-lokomotiv-kuban https://www.talkbasket.net/49321-mantas-kalnietis-to-reportedly-sign-with-lokomotiv-kuban#respond Fri, 02 Aug 2019 14:29:03 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=49321 According to Donatas Urbonas, Mantas Kalnietis is expected to play for Lokomotiv Kuban next season. The Lithuanian guard has agreed to a deal with the Russian club and the official announcement is expected soon. Kalnietis spent the previous season with ASVEL Villeurbanne, averaging 10.2 points and 5.7 assists in the 2018/19 EuroCup. UPDATE: Kalnietis has […]

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Mantas Kalnietis to reportedly sign with Lokomotiv Kuban

According to Donatas Urbonas, Mantas Kalnietis is expected to play for Lokomotiv Kuban next season.

The Lithuanian guard has agreed to a deal with the Russian club and the official announcement is expected soon.

Kalnietis spent the previous season with ASVEL Villeurbanne, averaging 10.2 points and 5.7 assists in the 2018/19 EuroCup.

UPDATE: Kalnietis has officially signed with Lokomotiv Kuban, as the Russian club announced.

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Stefan Markovic officially joined Virtus Bologna https://www.talkbasket.net/49319-stefan-markovic-officially-joined-virtus-bologna https://www.talkbasket.net/49319-stefan-markovic-officially-joined-virtus-bologna#respond Fri, 02 Aug 2019 14:12:35 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=49319 Stefan Markovic has officially signed with Virtus Bologna, as the Italian club announced on Friday (02/08). The Serbian guard spent the previous two seasons with Khimki. He averaged 6.2 points, 4.7 assists and 2.6 rebounds per game last season.

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Stefan Markovic officially joined Virtus Bologna

Stefan Markovic has officially signed with Virtus Bologna, as the Italian club announced on Friday (02/08).

The Serbian guard spent the previous two seasons with Khimki. He averaged 6.2 points, 4.7 assists and 2.6 rebounds per game last season.

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Promitheas Patras and Olympiacos to participate in the 2019 Gomelsky Cup https://www.talkbasket.net/49256-promitheas-patras-and-olympiacos-to-participate-in-the-2019-gomelsky-cup https://www.talkbasket.net/49256-promitheas-patras-and-olympiacos-to-participate-in-the-2019-gomelsky-cup#respond Thu, 01 Aug 2019 15:25:44 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=49256 Promitheas Patras announced their participation in the 2019 Gomelsky Cup, along with Olympiacos, UNICS Kazan and hosts CSKA Moscow. The tournament will take place in Moscow on September 24-25. Promitheas will face CSKA Moscow, while UNICS Kazan will clash with Olympiacos.

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Promitheas Patras and Olympiacos to participate in the 2019 Gomelsky Cup

Promitheas Patras announced their participation in the 2019 Gomelsky Cup, along with Olympiacos, UNICS Kazan and hosts CSKA Moscow.

The tournament will take place in Moscow on September 24-25. Promitheas will face CSKA Moscow, while UNICS Kazan will clash with Olympiacos.

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Giorgos Bogris officially joined Promitheas Patras https://www.talkbasket.net/48988-giorgos-bogris-officially-joined-promitheas-patras https://www.talkbasket.net/48988-giorgos-bogris-officially-joined-promitheas-patras#respond Mon, 29 Jul 2019 08:27:51 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=48988 Giorgos Bogris has officially signed with Promitheas Patras, as the club announced on Monday (29/07). Terms of the contract were not disclosed, yet the Greek center agreed to a three-year (1+1+1) deal with the Greek team, according to reports. Bogris spent the previous two seasons with Olympiacos.

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Giorgos Bogris officially joined Promitheas Patras

Giorgos Bogris has officially signed with Promitheas Patras, as the club announced on Monday (29/07).

Terms of the contract were not disclosed, yet the Greek center agreed to a three-year (1+1+1) deal with the Greek team, according to reports.

Bogris spent the previous two seasons with Olympiacos.

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Lokomotiv Kuban and Galatasaray reportedly making offers to Mantas Kalnietis https://www.talkbasket.net/48954-lokomotiv-kuban-and-galatasaray-reportedly-making-offers-to-mantas-kalnietis https://www.talkbasket.net/48954-lokomotiv-kuban-and-galatasaray-reportedly-making-offers-to-mantas-kalnietis#respond Sun, 28 Jul 2019 15:25:15 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=48954 According to Emiliano Carchia of Sportando, Lokomotiv Kuban and Galatasaray are interested in signing Mantas Kalnietis. Both teams have made their offers to the Lithuanian guard, who is expected to make his decision soon. Kalnietis spent the previous season with ASVEL Villeurbanne, averaging 10.2 points and 5.7 assists in the 2018/19 EuroCup.

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Lokomotiv Kuban and Galatasaray reportedly making offers to Mantas Kalnietis

According to Emiliano Carchia of Sportando, Lokomotiv Kuban and Galatasaray are interested in signing Mantas Kalnietis.

Both teams have made their offers to the Lithuanian guard, who is expected to make his decision soon.

Kalnietis spent the previous season with ASVEL Villeurbanne, averaging 10.2 points and 5.7 assists in the 2018/19 EuroCup.

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Stefan Markovic reportedly close to joining Virtus Bologna https://www.talkbasket.net/48952-stefan-markovic-reportedly-close-to-joining-virtus-bologna https://www.talkbasket.net/48952-stefan-markovic-reportedly-close-to-joining-virtus-bologna#respond Sun, 28 Jul 2019 15:11:42 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=48952 According to Nikos Varlas of Eurohoops.net, Stefan Markovic is close to signing with Virtus Bologna. The Serbian guard is expected to agree on a two-year (1+1) deal with the Italians. Markovic spent the previous two seasons with Khimki. He averaged 6.2 points, 4.7 assists and 2.6 rebounds per game last season.

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Stefan Markovic reportedly close to joining Virtus Bologna

According to Nikos Varlas of Eurohoops.net, Stefan Markovic is close to signing with Virtus Bologna.

The Serbian guard is expected to agree on a two-year (1+1) deal with the Italians.

Markovic spent the previous two seasons with Khimki. He averaged 6.2 points, 4.7 assists and 2.6 rebounds per game last season.

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Dimitris Agravanis reportedly signed with Promitheas Patras https://www.talkbasket.net/48895-dimitris-agravanis-reportedly-signed-with-promitheas-patras https://www.talkbasket.net/48895-dimitris-agravanis-reportedly-signed-with-promitheas-patras#respond Sat, 27 Jul 2019 22:42:15 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=48895 According to Nikos Varlas of Eurohoops.net, Dimitris Agravanis has joined Promitheas Patras. The Greek power forward/center has agreed to a three-year deal (1+1+1) and will make his debut in the EuroCup. Agravanis spent the previous six seasons with Olympiacos.

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Dimitris Agravanis reportedly signed with Promitheas Patras

According to Nikos Varlas of Eurohoops.net, Dimitris Agravanis has joined Promitheas Patras.

The Greek power forward/center has agreed to a three-year deal (1+1+1) and will make his debut in the EuroCup.

Agravanis spent the previous six seasons with Olympiacos.

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Virtus Bologna reportedly targeting Malcolm Delaney https://www.talkbasket.net/48772-virtus-bologna-reportedly-targeting-malcolm-delaney https://www.talkbasket.net/48772-virtus-bologna-reportedly-targeting-malcolm-delaney#respond Fri, 26 Jul 2019 14:37:46 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=48772 According to Christos Tsaltas of the Greek website SDNA.gr, Virtus Bologna is interested in signing Malcolm Delaney. Per the Greek journalist, the Italian team offers Delaney 1.7 – 1.8 million euros for the next season and is optimistic that the American guard will join the squad. Delaney reportedly had an offer from EuroLeague champions CSKA […]

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Virtus Bologna reportedly targeting Malcolm Delaney

According to Christos Tsaltas of the Greek website SDNA.gr, Virtus Bologna is interested in signing Malcolm Delaney.

Per the Greek journalist, the Italian team offers Delaney 1.7 – 1.8 million euros for the next season and is optimistic that the American guard will join the squad.

Delaney reportedly had an offer from EuroLeague champions CSKA Moscow, while he examines his options for a return to the NBA.

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Clevin Hannah signed with Andorra https://www.talkbasket.net/48469-clevin-hannah-signed-with-andorra https://www.talkbasket.net/48469-clevin-hannah-signed-with-andorra#respond Wed, 24 Jul 2019 12:23:47 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=48469 Clevin Hannah has officially joined Andorra, as the Spanish club announced on Wednesday (24/07). Hannah signed a three-year contract with Andorra and will remain with the team until the end of the 2021/22 season. The 31-year-old guard spent the previous season with Gran Canaria, averaging 9.3 points and 3.7 assists in the 2018/19 EuroLeague.

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Clevin Hannah signed with Andorra

Clevin Hannah has officially joined Andorra, as the Spanish club announced on Wednesday (24/07).

Hannah signed a three-year contract with Andorra and will remain with the team until the end of the 2021/22 season.

The 31-year-old guard spent the previous season with Gran Canaria, averaging 9.3 points and 3.7 assists in the 2018/19 EuroLeague.

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Virtus Bologna signed Vince Hunter https://www.talkbasket.net/48291-virtus-bologna-signed-vince-hunter https://www.talkbasket.net/48291-virtus-bologna-signed-vince-hunter#respond Mon, 22 Jul 2019 19:28:01 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=48291 Virtus Bologna took to Twitter on Monday (22/07) and announced the acquisition of Vince Hunter for the 2019/20 season. The American center averaged 18 points and 8.1 rebounds with AEK Athens in the 2018/19 Basketball Champions League. The Italian team also announced on Monday (22/07) the addition of center Julian Gamble to the roster. Gamble […]

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Virtus Bologna signed Vince Hunter

Virtus Bologna took to Twitter on Monday (22/07) and announced the acquisition of Vince Hunter for the 2019/20 season.

The American center averaged 18 points and 8.1 rebounds with AEK Athens in the 2018/19 Basketball Champions League.

The Italian team also announced on Monday (22/07) the addition of center Julian Gamble to the roster.

Gamble played for Nanterre last season, averaging 10.2 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.2 blocks.

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Unicaja Malaga reportedly targeting Vanja Marinkovic https://www.talkbasket.net/48138-unicaja-malaga-reportedly-targeting-vanja-marinkovic https://www.talkbasket.net/48138-unicaja-malaga-reportedly-targeting-vanja-marinkovic#respond Sun, 21 Jul 2019 14:11:18 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=48138 According to Emiliano Carchia of Sportando and Nikos Varlas of Eurohoops.net, Unicaja Malaga is interested in signing Vanja Marinkovic. The 22-year-old player is under contract with Partizan until the summer of 2020 and there is a buy-out of 200.000. Marinkovic was selected by the Sacramento Kings with the 60th overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. […]

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Unicaja Malaga reportedly targeting Vanja Marinkovic

According to Emiliano Carchia of Sportando and Nikos Varlas of Eurohoops.net, Unicaja Malaga is interested in signing Vanja Marinkovic.

The 22-year-old player is under contract with Partizan until the summer of 2020 and there is a buy-out of 200.000.

Marinkovic was selected by the Sacramento Kings with the 60th overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. He averaged 12.4 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists in the 2018/19 EuroCup.

Per Carchia, Valencia is also interested in acquiring Marinkovic.

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Vince Hunter to reportedly sign with Virtus Bologna https://www.talkbasket.net/48131-vince-hunter-to-reportedly-sign-with-virtus-bologna https://www.talkbasket.net/48131-vince-hunter-to-reportedly-sign-with-virtus-bologna#respond Sun, 21 Jul 2019 13:31:50 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=48131 According to Alessandro Maggi of Sportando, Vince Hunter has eventually agreed to a deal with Virtus Bologna. Even though it seemed that Hunter wouldn’t join the Italian team, things changed today (21/07) and the American center will sign with Virtus. The official announcement is expected soon.

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Vince Hunter to reportedly sign with Virtus Bologna

According to Alessandro Maggi of Sportando, Vince Hunter has eventually agreed to a deal with Virtus Bologna.

Even though it seemed that Hunter wouldn’t join the Italian team, things changed today (21/07) and the American center will sign with Virtus.

The official announcement is expected soon.

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Kyle Weems signed with Virtus Bologna https://www.talkbasket.net/48007-kyle-weems-signed-with-virtus-bologna https://www.talkbasket.net/48007-kyle-weems-signed-with-virtus-bologna#respond Sat, 20 Jul 2019 10:34:58 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=48007 Kyle Weems will play for Virtus Bologna next season, as the club officially announced on Saturday (20/07). The 29-year-old forward signed an one-year contract with the Italians and will remain with the team until the end of the 2019/20 season. Weems spent the previous season with Tofas Bursa, averaging 13.6 points in the 2018/19 EuroCup.

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Kyle Weems signed with Virtus Bologna

Kyle Weems will play for Virtus Bologna next season, as the club officially announced on Saturday (20/07).

The 29-year-old forward signed an one-year contract with the Italians and will remain with the team until the end of the 2019/20 season.

Weems spent the previous season with Tofas Bursa, averaging 13.6 points in the 2018/19 EuroCup.

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Vaggelis Mantzaris officially joined UNICS Kazan https://www.talkbasket.net/48001-vaggelis-mantzaris-officially-joined-unics-kazan https://www.talkbasket.net/48001-vaggelis-mantzaris-officially-joined-unics-kazan#respond Sat, 20 Jul 2019 10:09:46 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=48001 Vaggelis Mantzaris has officially signed with UNICS Kazan, as the club announced on Saturday (20/07). The Greek guard will play for the Russians until the end of the 2019/20 season, with an option for one more year (1+1). Mantzaris spent the previous eight seasons with Olympiacos, winning two EuroLeague titles (2012, 2013).

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Vaggelis Mantzaris officially joined UNICS Kazan

Vaggelis Mantzaris has officially signed with UNICS Kazan, as the club announced on Saturday (20/07).

The Greek guard will play for the Russians until the end of the 2019/20 season, with an option for one more year (1+1).

Mantzaris spent the previous eight seasons with Olympiacos, winning two EuroLeague titles (2012, 2013).

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Josh Adams signed with Unicaja Malaga https://www.talkbasket.net/47918-josh-adams-signed-with-unicaja-malaga https://www.talkbasket.net/47918-josh-adams-signed-with-unicaja-malaga#respond Fri, 19 Jul 2019 13:51:52 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=47918 Josh Adams has officially joined Unicaja Malaga, as the Spanish club announced on Friday (19/07) via Twitter. The 25-year-old guard will remain with the Spaniards until the end of the 2019/20 season. Adams spent the first part of the 2018/19 season in China, playing for the Shanxi Brave Dragons and averaging 26.4 points, 5.4 rebounds, […]

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Josh Adams signed with Unicaja Malaga

Josh Adams has officially joined Unicaja Malaga, as the Spanish club announced on Friday (19/07) via Twitter.

The 25-year-old guard will remain with the Spaniards until the end of the 2019/20 season.

Adams spent the first part of the 2018/19 season in China, playing for the Shanxi Brave Dragons and averaging 26.4 points, 5.4 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.4 steals per game.

He then joined the Raptors 905 of the G-League, averaging 15.6 points, 4.4 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 1.1 steals.

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Milos Teodosic: “I believe Virtus Bologna must be part of the EuroLeague” https://www.talkbasket.net/47734-milos-teodosic-i-believe-virtus-bologna-must-be-part-of-the-euroleague https://www.talkbasket.net/47734-milos-teodosic-i-believe-virtus-bologna-must-be-part-of-the-euroleague#respond Wed, 17 Jul 2019 21:01:30 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=47734 Milos Teodosic joined Virtus Bologna a few days ago and stated his target is to bring the team back to the EuroLeague. Here is what the Serbian guard told reporters during his official presentation: On leading Virtus back to the EuroLeague: “The Euroleague is another of the reasons I am here. I believe that this […]

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Milos Teodosic: “I believe Virtus Bologna must be part of the EuroLeague”

Milos Teodosic joined Virtus Bologna a few days ago and stated his target is to bring the team back to the EuroLeague.

Here is what the Serbian guard told reporters during his official presentation:

On leading Virtus back to the EuroLeague: “The Euroleague is another of the reasons I am here. I believe that this club must be part of this competition.

We must get there as soon as possible, starting from the EuroCup, by being the finalists. Virtus deserves it because of its tradition.”

On the warm welcome he received from the Italian team’s fans: “I did not expect such a warm welcome. I arrived in a big club, with an important story; but I’m here to push Virtus even higher.

It will be a great season, I want to win wearing this shirt. You will see, we will take away a lot of satisfaction. I am very calm, I left the injuries behind me. Now I’m fine, I’ve been training all summer and I’m ready to go with the national team in the FIBA World Cup.”

On the head coach of Virtus Bologna and the national team of Serbia, Sasha Djordjevic: “The first time I spoke to him about Virtus was last February; It took a couple of hours, I didn’t need to be convinced to play here in Bologna.

The first Final Four I watched in my life was with Virtus playing and having in the roster great champions like Nesterovic, Danilovic, and Ginobili. I want to restore this team to its past glory.”

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Vaggelis Mantzaris agrees to a deal with UNICS Kazan https://www.talkbasket.net/47694-vaggelis-mantzaris-agrees-to-a-deal-with-unics-kazan https://www.talkbasket.net/47694-vaggelis-mantzaris-agrees-to-a-deal-with-unics-kazan#respond Wed, 17 Jul 2019 12:58:12 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=47694 Vaggelis Mantzaris has agreed to a deal with UNICS Kazan, as confirmed by the president of the Russian club, Yevgeny Bogachev. Bogachev told the Russian website Izvestia that the team has completed the signing of the Greek guard. “We agreed with Mantzaris. The coach really wanted him for the new season,” he said. Per Izvestia, […]

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Vaggelis Mantzaris agrees to a deal with UNICS Kazan

Vaggelis Mantzaris has agreed to a deal with UNICS Kazan, as confirmed by the president of the Russian club, Yevgeny Bogachev.

Bogachev told the Russian website Izvestia that the team has completed the signing of the Greek guard. “We agreed with Mantzaris. The coach really wanted him for the new season,” he said.

Per Izvestia, Mantzaris had one year left on his contract with Olympiacos, but parted ways with the Greek team and will join UNICS as a free agent.

Mantzaris spent the previous eight seasons with the “Reds”. The official announcement is now expected.

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2019/20 EuroCup calendar announced https://www.talkbasket.net/47628-2019-20-eurocup-calendar-announced https://www.talkbasket.net/47628-2019-20-eurocup-calendar-announced#respond Tue, 16 Jul 2019 17:11:17 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=47628 The 2019/20 EuroCup schedule was officially announced on Tuesday (16/07), with the competition beginning in the first days of October. For the first time in the history of the competition, both the champion and the runner-up team will gain spots to the 2020/21 EuroLeague. According to EuroCup Basketball: “The opening round of a historic 7DAYS […]

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2019/20 EuroCup calendar announced

The 2019/20 EuroCup schedule was officially announced on Tuesday (16/07), with the competition beginning in the first days of October.

For the first time in the history of the competition, both the champion and the runner-up team will gain spots to the 2020/21 EuroLeague.

According to EuroCup Basketball:

“The opening round of a historic 7DAYS EuroCup season will begin in the first week of October with great expectations and unprecedented opportunity for all 24 teams, former champions and newcomers alike.

For the first time in the competition’s history, two teams – the eventual champion and the other finalist – will qualify to play in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague in the 2020-21 season.

A loaded field of historic teams features seven former EuroCup champions, and two of them – Rytas Vilnius and Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar – will square off in Round 1.

All three former champions in Group C – UNICS Kazan, Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul and Joventut Badalona – open their campaigns on the road, as does Galatasaray Doga Sigorta Istanbul in Group D.

In the same group, Unicaja Malaga, the 2016 EuroCup champion, opens its journey at home against Buducnost VOLI Podgorica.

Group A, the only one of the four groups without a former champion, will see AS Monaco welcome the last year’s semifinalist MoraBanc Andorra.

In the same group, the competition’s only two newcomers, Maccabi Rishon LeZion and Promitheas Patras, face each other, guaranteeing that one of them will debut with a victory, making history to start the season in Round 1!”

You can view the full calendar here:

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Nikos Zisis officially signed with Badalona https://www.talkbasket.net/47478-nikos-zisis-officially-signed-with-badalona https://www.talkbasket.net/47478-nikos-zisis-officially-signed-with-badalona#respond Mon, 15 Jul 2019 12:13:36 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=47478 Nikos Zisis officially joined Badalona for the next two years, as the club announced on Monday (15/07). The Greek guard will remain with the Spanish club until the end of the 2020/21 season. Zisis returns to Spain for the first time since 2013. The 35-year-old player spent the previous four seasons with Brose Bamberg and […]

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Nikos Zisis officially signed with Badalona

Nikos Zisis officially joined Badalona for the next two years, as the club announced on Monday (15/07).

The Greek guard will remain with the Spanish club until the end of the 2020/21 season. Zisis returns to Spain for the first time since 2013.

The 35-year-old player spent the previous four seasons with Brose Bamberg and won two German League titles (2016, 2017), the 2015 German SuperCup and the 2017 German Cup. He also became the captain of the squad.

Badalona will play in the 2019/20 EuroCup.

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Virtus Bologna GM on Milos Teodosic: “He will get a bonus if we go to the EuroLeague” https://www.talkbasket.net/47470-virtus-bologna-gm-on-milos-teodosic-he-will-get-a-bonus-if-we-go-to-the-euroleague https://www.talkbasket.net/47470-virtus-bologna-gm-on-milos-teodosic-he-will-get-a-bonus-if-we-go-to-the-euroleague#respond Mon, 15 Jul 2019 10:52:32 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=47470 The General Manager of Virtus Bologna, Luca Baraldi, referred to the acquisition of Milos Teodosic and the contract of the Serbian guard. Here is what Baraldi told the Italian newspaper La Repubblica, per Bologna Basket. “The Teodosic negotiation. Harsh. A delicate negotiation. We were talking to him for two months, just after Sasha Djordjevic became […]

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Virtus Bologna GM on Milos Teodosic: “He will get a bonus if we go to the EuroLeague”

The General Manager of Virtus Bologna, Luca Baraldi, referred to the acquisition of Milos Teodosic and the contract of the Serbian guard.

Here is what Baraldi told the Italian newspaper La Repubblica, per Bologna Basket.

“The Teodosic negotiation. Harsh. A delicate negotiation. We were talking to him for two months, just after Sasha Djordjevic became our head coach. He told us to go talk with him and he spoke with Milos.

He will get just over five million in salaries plus a bonus if we go to the EuroLeague. This, however, is marginal. I think the pay package is already rewarding.”

Milos Teodosic spent the previous two seasons with the LA Clippers and was a free agent since February.

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Unicaja Malaga introduced Aleksa Avramović https://www.talkbasket.net/47367-unicaja-malaga-introduced-aleksa-avramovic https://www.talkbasket.net/47367-unicaja-malaga-introduced-aleksa-avramovic#respond Sun, 14 Jul 2019 11:32:18 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=47367 Unicaja Malaga introduced Serbian player Aleksa Avramović, who signed a two-year contract with the Spanish club earlier this summer. The former guard of Openjobmetis Varese came to Spain for his presentation as the new player of the club, which will compete in the EuroCup in the 2019/20 season, with his teammate from the national team […]

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Unicaja Malaga introduced Aleksa Avramović

Unicaja Malaga introduced Serbian player Aleksa Avramović, who signed a two-year contract with the Spanish club earlier this summer.

The former guard of Openjobmetis Varese came to Spain for his presentation as the new player of the club, which will compete in the EuroCup in the 2019/20 season, with his teammate from the national team Dragan Milosavljević (who renewed his contract with Unicaja Malaga this summer).

“I am ready to continue with my progress in the club with a such an excellent organization and that has a big history. I am very happy that Unicaja Malaga contacted me. Dragan Milosavljević already told me everything about the city and the club, so I am very thrilled to be here,” said Avramović during his introduction.

This summer Aleksa Avramović is on the preliminary list of the Serbian national team for the World Cup in China and he will start preparations in the upcoming week.

“It will be hard to win a place in the team because there are a lot of players on my position who will fight for the same place, but I trust myself. I will give my best to be part of the team for the World Cup in China,” said the new Unicaja Malaga player during his presentation.

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Milos Teodosic officially joined Virtus Bologna https://www.talkbasket.net/47359-milos-teodosic-officially-joined-virtus-bologna https://www.talkbasket.net/47359-milos-teodosic-officially-joined-virtus-bologna#respond Sun, 14 Jul 2019 00:28:21 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=47359 Milos Teodosic has officially signed his three-year contract with Virtus Bologna, as the club announced on Saturday (13/07). The Serbian guard returns to Europe after spending the previous two years with the LA Clippers in the NBA. Teodosic parted ways with the Clippers in February and was a free agent since then. The 30-year-old player […]

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Milos Teodosic officially joined Virtus Bologna

Milos Teodosic has officially signed his three-year contract with Virtus Bologna, as the club announced on Saturday (13/07).

The Serbian guard returns to Europe after spending the previous two years with the LA Clippers in the NBA. Teodosic parted ways with the Clippers in February and was a free agent since then.

The 30-year-old player will remain with the Italians until the end of the 2021/22 season.

Virtus Bologna will compete in the EuroCup next year and will attempt to win the title and secure its spot in the 2020/21 EuroLeague.

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Vince Hunter to reportedly join Virtus Bologna https://www.talkbasket.net/47282-vince-hunter-to-reportedly-join-virtus-bologna https://www.talkbasket.net/47282-vince-hunter-to-reportedly-join-virtus-bologna#respond Sat, 13 Jul 2019 13:13:39 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=47282 Per Christos Tsaltas of sdna.gr, Vince Hunter is expected to leave AEK Athens and sign with Virtus Bologna. The American center spent the previous season with the Greek club, averaging 18 points and 8.1 rebounds in the Basketball Champions League.

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Vince Hunter to reportedly join Virtus Bologna

Per Christos Tsaltas of sdna.gr, Vince Hunter is expected to leave AEK Athens and sign with Virtus Bologna.

The American center spent the previous season with the Greek club, averaging 18 points and 8.1 rebounds in the Basketball Champions League.

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Alex Tyus officially joined UNICS Kazan https://www.talkbasket.net/47275-alex-tyus-officially-joined-unics-kazan https://www.talkbasket.net/47275-alex-tyus-officially-joined-unics-kazan#respond Sat, 13 Jul 2019 11:08:45 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=47275 Alex Tyus has officially signed with UNICS Kazan, as the club announced on Saturday (13/07). The American center left Maccabi Tel-Aviv and agreed on a two-year deal (1+1) with the Russian club. Tyus averaged 7.3 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.1 blocks with the Israelis in the 2018/19 EuroLeague.

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Alex Tyus officially joined UNICS Kazan

Alex Tyus has officially signed with UNICS Kazan, as the club announced on Saturday (13/07).

The American center left Maccabi Tel-Aviv and agreed on a two-year deal (1+1) with the Russian club.

Tyus averaged 7.3 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.1 blocks with the Israelis in the 2018/19 EuroLeague.

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Report: Milos Teodosic joins Virtus Bologna on a three-year deal https://www.talkbasket.net/47267-report-milos-teodosic-joins-virtus-bologna-on-a-three-year-deal https://www.talkbasket.net/47267-report-milos-teodosic-joins-virtus-bologna-on-a-three-year-deal#respond Sat, 13 Jul 2019 09:27:47 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=47267 The future of Milos Teodosic appears to be set. According to Nikos Varlas of Eurohoops, the Serbian point guard will sign a three-year deal with Italian side Virtus Bologna. Teodosic was a free agent after being waived by the Los Angeles Clippers on February 7, 2019. The 32-year-old veteran has attracted interest of several EuroLeague […]

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Report: Milos Teodosic joins Virtus Bologna on a three-year deal

The future of Milos Teodosic appears to be set. According to Nikos Varlas of Eurohoops, the Serbian point guard will sign a three-year deal with Italian side Virtus Bologna.

Teodosic was a free agent after being waived by the Los Angeles Clippers on February 7, 2019. The 32-year-old veteran has attracted interest of several EuroLeague sides, among them Maccabi Tel Aviv but eventually chose EuroCup side.

He will re-join Serbia National Team head coach Sasha Djordjevic in Bologna. Reigning FIBA Basketball Champions League champions are currently aiming to return to its glory days.

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Andrea Trinchieri after the EuroCup Draw: “We got the toughest group” https://www.talkbasket.net/47242-andrea-trinchieri-after-the-eurocup-draw-we-got-the-toughest-group https://www.talkbasket.net/47242-andrea-trinchieri-after-the-eurocup-draw-we-got-the-toughest-group#respond Fri, 12 Jul 2019 22:15:13 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=47242 The head coach of Partizan NIS Andrea Trinchieri said after the 2019/20 EuroCup season Draw that his team is in the toughest group. “We got the toughest from all four groups. Our opponents are clubs that have rich history and strong teams. Besides that, we are expecting difficult trips. But we will go step by […]

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Andrea Trinchieri after the EuroCup Draw: “We got the toughest group”

The head coach of Partizan NIS Andrea Trinchieri said after the 2019/20 EuroCup season Draw that his team is in the toughest group.

“We got the toughest from all four groups. Our opponents are clubs that have rich history and strong teams. Besides that, we are expecting difficult trips. But we will go step by step through out the competition,” said Trinchieri after finding out the names of the clubs his team will face in the upcoming season in EuroCup.

Partizan NIS will compete in Group B and its opponents are: Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar, Rytas Vilnius, Tofas Bursa, Limoges CSP and Umana Reyer Venezia.

The Serbian team will play its first game against Umana Reyer in Venezia and it will be on October 2nd 2019.

Andrea Trinchieri is busy finding new players for the next season and Partizan has already signed Nemanja Gordić (point guard, played in Budućnost from 2016 till 2019), who played for The Black-Whites during the 2012/2013 season, and Rashawn Thomas. The American forward came from Dinamo Sassari and signed two-year deal with Serbian team.

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2019/20 EuroCup Regular Season: Draw https://www.talkbasket.net/47215-2019-20-eurocup-regular-season-draw https://www.talkbasket.net/47215-2019-20-eurocup-regular-season-draw#respond Fri, 12 Jul 2019 16:29:28 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=47215 The 2019/20 EuroCup season officially started on Friday (12/07), with the draw for the regular season taking place. Here are the four groups that were created, consisting of six teams each: Group A: Promitheas Patras, Maccabi Rishon, Ratiopharm Ulm, MoraBanc Andorra, AS Monaco, Segafredo Virtus Bologna Group B: Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar, Rytas Vilnius, Tofas Bursa, Limoges CSP, Partizan, Umana […]

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2019/20 EuroCup Regular Season: Draw

The 2019/20 EuroCup season officially started on Friday (12/07), with the draw for the regular season taking place.

Here are the four groups that were created, consisting of six teams each:

Group A: Promitheas Patras, Maccabi Rishon, Ratiopharm Ulm, MoraBanc Andorra, AS Monaco, Segafredo Virtus Bologna

Group B: Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar, Rytas Vilnius, Tofas Bursa, Limoges CSP, Partizan, Umana Reyer Venezia

Group C: Darussafaka, Unics Kazan, Cedevita Olimpija, Joventut Badalona, Germani Brescia Leonessa, Nanterre 92

Group D: Unicaja Malaga, Galatasaray, Buducnost, EWE Baskets, Dolomiti Energia Trento, Asseco Arka Gdynia

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Kim Tillie joined Monaco https://www.talkbasket.net/46866-kim-tillie-joined-monaco https://www.talkbasket.net/46866-kim-tillie-joined-monaco#respond Mon, 08 Jul 2019 20:02:58 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=46866 Kim Tillie will play for Monaco in the 2019/20 season, as the club announced on Monday (08/07). The French power forward signed an one-year contract with the French team and will remain with Monaco until June 2020. Tillie spent the previous season with Gran Canaria, averaging 6.5 points and 2.7 rebounds in the 2018/19 EuroLeague.

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Kim Tillie joined Monaco

Kim Tillie will play for Monaco in the 2019/20 season, as the club announced on Monday (08/07).

The French power forward signed an one-year contract with the French team and will remain with Monaco until June 2020.

Tillie spent the previous season with Gran Canaria, averaging 6.5 points and 2.7 rebounds in the 2018/19 EuroLeague.

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Lokomotiv Kuban parted ways with McLean, Wright and Randle https://www.talkbasket.net/46845-lokomotiv-kuban-parted-ways-with-mclean-wright-and-randle https://www.talkbasket.net/46845-lokomotiv-kuban-parted-ways-with-mclean-wright-and-randle#respond Mon, 08 Jul 2019 16:32:55 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=46845 Lokomotiv Kuban took to Twitter on Monday (08/07) and announced that Jamel McLean, Dorrell Wright and Jerome Randle have left the club. The contracts of the aforementioned players expired and the Russian team decided not to renew them. McLean averaged 9.2 points per game last season, Wright 11.1 points and Randle 9.5 points, respectively.

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Lokomotiv Kuban parted ways with McLean, Wright and Randle

Lokomotiv Kuban took to Twitter on Monday (08/07) and announced that Jamel McLean, Dorrell Wright and Jerome Randle have left the club.

The contracts of the aforementioned players expired and the Russian team decided not to renew them.

McLean averaged 9.2 points per game last season, Wright 11.1 points and Randle 9.5 points, respectively.

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Luca Banchi officially took over Lokomotiv Kuban https://www.talkbasket.net/46523-luca-banchi-officially-took-over-lokomotiv-kuban https://www.talkbasket.net/46523-luca-banchi-officially-took-over-lokomotiv-kuban#respond Fri, 05 Jul 2019 14:59:53 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=46523 Luca Banchi has officially become the head coach of Lokomotiv Kuban, as announced by the club on Friday (05/07). The two sides were in advanced talks and reached an agreement, with the Italian coach signing an one-year contract with the Russian club. Banchi parted ways with AEK Athens a few weeks ago.

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Luca Banchi officially took over Lokomotiv Kuban

Luca Banchi has officially become the head coach of Lokomotiv Kuban, as announced by the club on Friday (05/07).

The two sides were in advanced talks and reached an agreement, with the Italian coach signing an one-year contract with the Russian club.

Banchi parted ways with AEK Athens a few weeks ago.

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Luca Banchi reportedly in advanced talks with Lokomotiv Kuban https://www.talkbasket.net/46497-luca-banchi-reportedly-in-advanced-talks-with-lokomotiv-kuban https://www.talkbasket.net/46497-luca-banchi-reportedly-in-advanced-talks-with-lokomotiv-kuban#respond Fri, 05 Jul 2019 10:13:31 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=46497 Per Donatas Urbonas, Luca Banchi is in advanced with Lokomotiv Kuban in order to become the head coach of the club. The Italian coach parted ways with AEK Athens a few weeks ago, but he now looks ready to take over the Russian team.

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Luca Banchi reportedly in advanced talks with Lokomotiv Kuban

Per Donatas Urbonas, Luca Banchi is in advanced with Lokomotiv Kuban in order to become the head coach of the club.

The Italian coach parted ways with AEK Athens a few weeks ago, but he now looks ready to take over the Russian team.

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UNICS Kazan re-signed four players for the 2019/20 season https://www.talkbasket.net/46429-unics-kazan-re-signed-four-players-for-the-2019-20-season https://www.talkbasket.net/46429-unics-kazan-re-signed-four-players-for-the-2019-20-season#respond Thu, 04 Jul 2019 14:25:14 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=46429 UNICS Kazan announced they have re-signed Errick McCollum, Jamar Smith, Raymar Morgan and Kostas Kaimakoglou for another year. All four players will remain with the Russian club until the end of the 2019/20 season. UNICS finished third in the VTB League, while they reached the semi-finals in the EuroCup.

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UNICS Kazan re-signed four players for the 2019/20 season

UNICS Kazan announced they have re-signed Errick McCollum, Jamar Smith, Raymar Morgan and Kostas Kaimakoglou for another year.

All four players will remain with the Russian club until the end of the 2019/20 season.

UNICS finished third in the VTB League, while they reached the semi-finals in the EuroCup.

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EuroCup Board proposes team list for 2019-20 season https://www.talkbasket.net/45665-eurocup-board-proposes-team-list-for-2019-20-season https://www.talkbasket.net/45665-eurocup-board-proposes-team-list-for-2019-20-season#respond Tue, 25 Jun 2019 16:20:57 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=45665 After a meeting of the EuroCup Board on Tuesday, the list of teams that will take part in the 7DAYS EuroCup for the 2019-20 season was sent for recommendation to the pertinent Euroleague Basketball bodies for approval.  The team list is comprised of 25 club names because a wildcard will be chosen from among them […]

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EuroCup Board proposes team list for 2019-20 season

After a meeting of the EuroCup Board on Tuesday, the list of teams that will take part in the 7DAYS EuroCup for the 2019-20 season was sent for recommendation to the pertinent Euroleague Basketball bodies for approval. 

The team list is comprised of 25 club names because a wildcard will be chosen from among them to compete in the 2019-20 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague.

When that happens, the number of candidates for the EuroCup season will sit at the required 24. Participation of all teams is pending the approval by the ECA Shareholders Meeting in July. 

The list includes clubs from 13 different countries. Together they represent one of the strongest group of teams in competition history.

Four former EuroLeague champions – Partizan NIS Belgrade (1992), Limoges CSP (1993), Divina Seguros Joventut Badalona (1994) and Segafredo Virtus Bologna (1998, 2001) – are among the teams.

Seven recent EuroCup champions – Rytas Vilnius (2005, 2009), Divina Seguros Joventut Badalona (2008), Unics Kazan (2011), Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar (2013), Galatasaray Doga Sigorta Istanbul (2016), Unicaja Malaga (2017) and Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul (2018) – are included.

After three seasons without a Greek club in the competition, the market is back in the EuroCup thanks to Promitheas Patras, current runner-up of the Greek League, making its debut in the competition.

Israel is back after a one-season absence with the participation of Maccabi Rishon LeZion, current runner-up of the Israeli League. 

The teams are as follows: 

AS Monaco 
Asseco Arka Gdynia 
Buducnost VOLI Podgorica 
Cedevita Olimpija Ljubljana 
Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul 
Divina Seguros Joventut Badalona 
Dolomiti Energia Trento 
EWE Baskets Oldenburg 
Galatasaray Doga Sigorta Istanbul 
Germani Brescia Leonessa 
Limoges CSP 
Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar 
Maccabi Rishon LeZion 
MoraBanc Andorra 
Nanterre 92 
Partizan NIS Belgrade 
Promitheas Patras 
ratiopharm Ulm 
Rytas Vilnius 
Segafredo Virtus Bologna 
Tofas Bursa 
Umana Reyer Venice 
Unicaja Malaga 
UNICS Kazan 
Zenit St. Petersburg 

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ECA to reportedly announce wild cards for EuroLeague and EuroCup on June 27 https://www.talkbasket.net/45451-eca-to-reportedly-announce-wild-cards-for-euroleague-and-eurocup-on-june-27 https://www.talkbasket.net/45451-eca-to-reportedly-announce-wild-cards-for-euroleague-and-eurocup-on-june-27#respond Sat, 22 Jun 2019 14:58:14 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=45451 Per Emiliano Carchia of Sportando, ECA will announce the wild cards for the EuroLeague and EuroCup on June 27. Zenit St Petersburg and Partizan are the favourites to receive the wild card and play in the 2019/20 EuroLeague.

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ECA to reportedly announce wild cards for EuroLeague and EuroCup on June 27

Per Emiliano Carchia of Sportando, ECA will announce the wild cards for the EuroLeague and EuroCup on June 27.

Zenit St Petersburg and Partizan are the favourites to receive the wild card and play in the 2019/20 EuroLeague.

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Lokomotiv Kuban reportedly making an offer to Xavi Pascual https://www.talkbasket.net/45450-lokomotiv-kuban-reportedly-making-an-offer-to-xavi-pascual https://www.talkbasket.net/45450-lokomotiv-kuban-reportedly-making-an-offer-to-xavi-pascual#respond Sat, 22 Jun 2019 14:47:53 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=45450 Per Eurohoops.net, Lokomotiv Kuban has made an offer to former Panathinaikos head coach, Xavi Pascual. According to the report, the talks between the two sides are in an early stage and the Catalan coach will explore all options before making his decision. Pascual left Panathinaikos on December 20 and has not joined any team since […]

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Lokomotiv Kuban reportedly making an offer to Xavi Pascual

Per Eurohoops.net, Lokomotiv Kuban has made an offer to former Panathinaikos head coach, Xavi Pascual.

According to the report, the talks between the two sides are in an early stage and the Catalan coach will explore all options before making his decision.

Pascual left Panathinaikos on December 20 and has not joined any team since then.

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Promitheas Patras to play in the EuroCup next season https://www.talkbasket.net/45377-promitheas-patras-to-play-in-the-eurocup-next-season https://www.talkbasket.net/45377-promitheas-patras-to-play-in-the-eurocup-next-season#respond Fri, 21 Jun 2019 10:36:30 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=45377 Via an official press release, Promitheas Patras announced on Friday (21/06) that they will play in the EuroCup next season. Promitheas spent the previous season competing in the Basketball Champions League, where the team reached the first knockout stage (Round of 16). Per the team’s official press release: “It brings us great pleasure to announce […]

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Promitheas Patras to play in the EuroCup next season

Via an official press release, Promitheas Patras announced on Friday (21/06) that they will play in the EuroCup next season.

Promitheas spent the previous season competing in the Basketball Champions League, where the team reached the first knockout stage (Round of 16).

Per the team’s official press release:

“It brings us great pleasure to announce that Promitheas Patras will compete in the 7DAYS EuroCup next season.

Our club will make every possible effort to succeed in its new tournament, while promoting Promitheas’ values around Europe and aiming to make our fans in Western Greece and Peloponnese proud.”

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Maurice Ndour parted ways with UNICS Kazan https://www.talkbasket.net/45358-maurice-ndour-parted-ways-with-unics-kazan https://www.talkbasket.net/45358-maurice-ndour-parted-ways-with-unics-kazan#respond Fri, 21 Jun 2019 09:42:01 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=45358 UNICS Kazan took to Twitter and announced that the contract of Maurice Ndour expired and the player left the club. The 27-year-old power forward, who joined UNICS in 2017, averaged 9.6 points and 4.1 rebounds in the EuroCup.

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Maurice Ndour parted ways with UNICS Kazan

UNICS Kazan took to Twitter and announced that the contract of Maurice Ndour expired and the player left the club.

The 27-year-old power forward, who joined UNICS in 2017, averaged 9.6 points and 4.1 rebounds in the EuroCup.

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KK Crvena Zvezda extended Billy Baron https://www.talkbasket.net/45088-kk-crvena-zvezda-extended-billy-baron https://www.talkbasket.net/45088-kk-crvena-zvezda-extended-billy-baron#respond Tue, 18 Jun 2019 14:29:21 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=45088 KK Crvena Zvezda announced they have signed a contract extension with guard Billy Baron for the next season. Baron was named ABA League Finals MVP. Last season, the 28-year-old averaged 12.9 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game in the 7DAYS EuroCup.

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KK Crvena Zvezda extended Billy Baron

KK Crvena Zvezda announced they have signed a contract extension with guard Billy Baron for the next season. Baron was named ABA League Finals MVP.

Last season, the 28-year-old averaged 12.9 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game in the 7DAYS EuroCup.

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Unicaja Malaga signed Deon Thompson https://www.talkbasket.net/45014-unicaja-malaga-signed-deon-thompson https://www.talkbasket.net/45014-unicaja-malaga-signed-deon-thompson#respond Mon, 17 Jun 2019 18:19:29 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=45014 Unicaja Malaga announced they have signed a two-year deal with forward Deon Thomspon. The 2018-2019 season, Thompson started with Spanish club San Pablo Burgos. On January 2019, he left Burgos and signed a contract with Zalgiris Kaunas until the end of the season. Last season, the 30-year-old averaged 4.7 points and 3.1 rebounds per game […]

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Unicaja Malaga signed Deon Thompson

Unicaja Malaga announced they have signed a two-year deal with forward Deon Thomspon.

The 2018-2019 season, Thompson started with Spanish club San Pablo Burgos. On January 2019, he left Burgos and signed a contract with Zalgiris Kaunas until the end of the season.

Last season, the 30-year-old averaged 4.7 points and 3.1 rebounds per game in the EuroLeague.

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Dragan Milosavljevic re-signed with Unicaja Malaga https://www.talkbasket.net/44573-dragan-milosavljevic-re-signed-with-unicaja-malaga https://www.talkbasket.net/44573-dragan-milosavljevic-re-signed-with-unicaja-malaga#respond Wed, 12 Jun 2019 14:03:30 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=44573 Unicaja Malaga announced on Wednesday (12/06) that Dragan Milosavljevic will remain with the club for another two years. The Spaniards reach an agreement with the Serbian guard/forward, who will play for Unicaja Malaga until the end of the 2020-21 season. Milosavljevic averaged 6.2 points and 2.6 assists in 19 games in the EuroCup last season, […]

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Dragan Milosavljevic re-signed with Unicaja Malaga

Unicaja Malaga announced on Wednesday (12/06) that Dragan Milosavljevic will remain with the club for another two years.

The Spaniards reach an agreement with the Serbian guard/forward, who will play for Unicaja Malaga until the end of the 2020-21 season.

Milosavljevic averaged 6.2 points and 2.6 assists in 19 games in the EuroCup last season, helping his team reach the quarterfinals.

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Jaime Fernandez renewed his contract with Unicaja Malaga https://www.talkbasket.net/44570-jaime-fernandez-renewed-his-contract-with-unicaja-malaga https://www.talkbasket.net/44570-jaime-fernandez-renewed-his-contract-with-unicaja-malaga#respond Wed, 12 Jun 2019 13:29:53 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=44570 Unicaja Malaga announced on Tuesday (11/06) that Jaime Fernandez will remain with the club for another three years. Fernandez agreed to a contract extension with Unicaja and will play for the Spaniards until the end of the 2021/22 season. Fernandez averaged 12.0 points (on 41.7% three-point shooting) and 4.6 assists in 16 games in the […]

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Jaime Fernandez renewed his contract with Unicaja Malaga

Unicaja Malaga announced on Tuesday (11/06) that Jaime Fernandez will remain with the club for another three years.

Fernandez agreed to a contract extension with Unicaja and will play for the Spaniards until the end of the 2021/22 season.

Fernandez averaged 12.0 points (on 41.7% three-point shooting) and 4.6 assists in 16 games in the EuroCup last season.

The 26-year-old guard helped Unicaja reach the EuroCup Quarterfinals and the Spanish League playoffs.

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Luke Sikma re-signed with ALBA Berlin https://www.talkbasket.net/44563-luke-sikma-re-signed-with-alba-berlin https://www.talkbasket.net/44563-luke-sikma-re-signed-with-alba-berlin#respond Wed, 12 Jun 2019 12:34:13 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=44563 ALBA Berlin announced on Wednesday (12/06) that Luke Sikma extended his contract with the club for another four years. Sikma, who was named the MVP of the 2018/19 EuroCup, will remain with the Germans until the end of the 2022/23 season. He averaged 11.3 points and 6.6 rebounds in 24 games in the EuroCup.

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Luke Sikma re-signed with ALBA Berlin

ALBA Berlin announced on Wednesday (12/06) that Luke Sikma extended his contract with the club for another four years.

Sikma, who was named the MVP of the 2018/19 EuroCup, will remain with the Germans until the end of the 2022/23 season.

He averaged 11.3 points and 6.6 rebounds in 24 games in the EuroCup.

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Gianni Petrucci: “Virtus Bologna will play in the EuroCup” https://www.talkbasket.net/44404-gianni-petrucci-virtus-bologna-will-play-in-the-eurocup https://www.talkbasket.net/44404-gianni-petrucci-virtus-bologna-will-play-in-the-eurocup#respond Mon, 10 Jun 2019 19:16:11 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=44404 The president of the Italian Basketball Federation Gianni Petrucci said Virtus Bologna will play in the EuroCup next season. Here is what Petrucci told Gazzetta Dello Sport: “I’m sorry and disappointed. Nullifying a contract to play in the Champions League also next year, Virtus slapped both FIBA and FIP, which is a part in the […]

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Gianni Petrucci: “Virtus Bologna will play in the EuroCup”

The president of the Italian Basketball Federation Gianni Petrucci said Virtus Bologna will play in the EuroCup next season.

Here is what Petrucci told Gazzetta Dello Sport:

“I’m sorry and disappointed. Nullifying a contract to play in the Champions League also next year, Virtus slapped both FIBA and FIP, which is a part in the reason of that agreement.

One year ago, Bologna acquired a wild card with our mediation so as to re-join the cups. Only two months before winning the cup, and without the certainty of being able to participate there next year, Virtus acquired a second wild card.

Along with that success, they cashed in an one million euros reward, but now they want to move to another table despite a signed contract.

No, we cannot take measures against clubs for such incidents. I will not ask Virtus for anything, they are the ones to act with common sense. In this case, FIBA should think about protecting themselves.”

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Monaco, Limoges and Nanterre to reportedly play in the 2019/20 EuroCup https://www.talkbasket.net/44258-monaco-limoges-and-nanterre-to-reportedly-play-in-the-2019-20-eurocup https://www.talkbasket.net/44258-monaco-limoges-and-nanterre-to-reportedly-play-in-the-2019-20-eurocup#respond Fri, 07 Jun 2019 20:04:20 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=44258 Per the French newspaper L’Equipe, Monaco, Nanterre and Limoges will compete in the 2019/20 EuroCup. At the same time, Dijon, Strasbourg and Pau-Lacq-Orthez will play in the Basketball Champions League. The official announcement is expected to come in the next few weeks, after the EuroCup board confirms the teams that will participate in the competition.

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Monaco, Limoges and Nanterre to reportedly play in the 2019/20 EuroCup

Per the French newspaper L’Equipe, Monaco, Nanterre and Limoges will compete in the 2019/20 EuroCup.

At the same time, Dijon, Strasbourg and Pau-Lacq-Orthez will play in the Basketball Champions League.

The official announcement is expected to come in the next few weeks, after the EuroCup board confirms the teams that will participate in the competition.

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Dragan Milosavjlevic to reportedly renew his contract with Unicaja Malaga https://www.talkbasket.net/44256-dragan-milosavjlevic-to-reportedly-renew-his-contract-with-unicaja-malaga https://www.talkbasket.net/44256-dragan-milosavjlevic-to-reportedly-renew-his-contract-with-unicaja-malaga#respond Fri, 07 Jun 2019 19:39:08 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=44256 Per the Spanish website Diario Sur, Dragan Milosavjlevic will remain with Unicaja Malaga for another two years. There is no official announcement yet, but the Serbian guard/forward is expected to re-sign with the club until the end of the 2020/2021 season. Milosavjlevic joined Unicaja Malaga in 2017, while he averaged 6.2 points, 2.6 rebounds and […]

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Dragan Milosavjlevic to reportedly renew his contract with Unicaja Malaga

Per the Spanish website Diario Sur, Dragan Milosavjlevic will remain with Unicaja Malaga for another two years.

There is no official announcement yet, but the Serbian guard/forward is expected to re-sign with the club until the end of the 2020/2021 season.

Milosavjlevic joined Unicaja Malaga in 2017, while he averaged 6.2 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists in the EuroCup last year.

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Partizan to play in Belgrade’s Stark Arena for the next five years https://www.talkbasket.net/44251-partizan-to-play-in-belgrades-stark-arena-for-the-next-five-years https://www.talkbasket.net/44251-partizan-to-play-in-belgrades-stark-arena-for-the-next-five-years#respond Fri, 07 Jun 2019 19:04:48 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=44251 Partizan announced on Friday (07/06) that the “Stark Arena” in Belgrade will be the team’s home-court for the next five years. This development helps Partizan improve its chances to receive a wild card and play in the 2019/20 EuroLeague. If this does not happen, though, the team will play in the EuroCup.

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Partizan to play in Belgrade’s Stark Arena for the next five years

Partizan announced on Friday (07/06) that the “Stark Arena” in Belgrade will be the team’s home-court for the next five years.

This development helps Partizan improve its chances to receive a wild card and play in the 2019/20 EuroLeague.

If this does not happen, though, the team will play in the EuroCup.

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Sani Becirovic reportedly the main candidate to become the GM of Cedevita Olimpija https://www.talkbasket.net/44111-sani-becirovic-reportedly-the-main-candidate-to-become-the-gm-of-cedevita-olimpija https://www.talkbasket.net/44111-sani-becirovic-reportedly-the-main-candidate-to-become-the-gm-of-cedevita-olimpija#respond Wed, 05 Jun 2019 12:37:03 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=44111 Per Basketball Sphere, Sani Becirovic is the main candidate to become the GM of Cedevita Olimpija. The merge of Petrol Olimpija and Cedevita Zagreb became official on Tuesday (04/06) and now Becirovic looks ready to become the GM of Cedevita Olimpija. Becirovic currently manages his own basketball academy According to Sanja Modric, Cedevita Olimpija will […]

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Sani Becirovic reportedly the main candidate to become the GM of Cedevita Olimpija

Per Basketball Sphere, Sani Becirovic is the main candidate to become the GM of Cedevita Olimpija.

The merge of Petrol Olimpija and Cedevita Zagreb became official on Tuesday (04/06) and now Becirovic looks ready to become the GM of Cedevita Olimpija. Becirovic currently manages his own basketball academy

According to Sanja Modric, Cedevita Olimpija will compete in the EuroCup and the ABA League next season.

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UNICS Kazan re-signed Dimitris Priftis https://www.talkbasket.net/44059-unics-kazan-re-signed-dimitris-priftis https://www.talkbasket.net/44059-unics-kazan-re-signed-dimitris-priftis#respond Tue, 04 Jun 2019 15:20:01 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=44059 UNICS Kazan announced on Tuesday (04/06) that head coach Dimitris Priftis has renewed his contract with the club. The Greek coach will remain with the team for at least one more year, while there is an option to extend his contract until the end of the 2020/21 season. Priftis has coached UNICS for the last […]

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UNICS Kazan re-signed Dimitris Priftis

UNICS Kazan announced on Tuesday (04/06) that head coach Dimitris Priftis has renewed his contract with the club.

The Greek coach will remain with the team for at least one more year, while there is an option to extend his contract until the end of the 2020/21 season.

Priftis has coached UNICS for the last two seasons, helping the Russian team reach the EuroCup semifinals this year. Priftis also took UNICS to the VTB League’s semifinals in each of the last two seasons. 

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Promitheas Patras reportedly interested in competing in the EuroCup https://www.talkbasket.net/43751-promitheas-patras-reportedly-interested-in-competing-in-the-eurocup https://www.talkbasket.net/43751-promitheas-patras-reportedly-interested-in-competing-in-the-eurocup#respond Thu, 30 May 2019 08:41:04 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=43751 Per Gazzetta.gr, Promitheas Patras has officially expressed its interest to play in the 2019/20 EuroCup. According to the report, the Greek team has sent the preliminary documents in order to join the competition, however this does not make its participation guaranteed. It remains to be seen what the next steps will be in order for […]

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Promitheas Patras reportedly interested in competing in the EuroCup

Per Gazzetta.gr, Promitheas Patras has officially expressed its interest to play in the 2019/20 EuroCup.

According to the report, the Greek team has sent the preliminary documents in order to join the competition, however this does not make its participation guaranteed.

It remains to be seen what the next steps will be in order for the Greek club to play in the EuroCup next season.

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Promitheas Patras interested in joining the EuroCup https://www.talkbasket.net/41591-promitheas-patras-interested-in-joining-the-eurocup https://www.talkbasket.net/41591-promitheas-patras-interested-in-joining-the-eurocup#respond Thu, 18 Apr 2019 12:44:28 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=41591 After a successful season in the Basketball Champions League, Promitheas Patras is in talks with ULEB and the EuroLeague in order to move to the EuroCup. “It’s no secret we contacted ULEB. We are discussing about the club’s future determined for Promitheas’ best interests. We will soon make our final decision,” the Greek club’s chairman, […]

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Promitheas Patras interested in joining the EuroCup

After a successful season in the Basketball Champions League, Promitheas Patras is in talks with ULEB and the EuroLeague in order to move to the EuroCup.

“It’s no secret we contacted ULEB. We are discussing about the club’s future determined for Promitheas’ best interests. We will soon make our final decision,” the Greek club’s chairman, Christos Milas, told the Greek website pelop.gr.

Promitheas Patras will become the first Greek team to join the EuroCup since the creation of the Basketball Champions League in 2016.

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EuroCup Finals Game 3: Mini-movie https://www.talkbasket.net/41558-eurocup-finals-game-3-mini-movie https://www.talkbasket.net/41558-eurocup-finals-game-3-mini-movie#respond Wed, 17 Apr 2019 13:51:40 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=41558 EuroLeague Basketball created a mini-movie with the best moments of the third game between Valencia and ALBA Berlin in the EuroCup Finals. The Spaniards dominated the Germans (89-63), won the series 2-1 and claimed the EuroCup title for a fourth time in their history. Valencia also clinched its spot to the 2019/20 EuroLeague. All major […]

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EuroCup Finals Game 3: Mini-movie

EuroLeague Basketball created a mini-movie with the best moments of the third game between Valencia and ALBA Berlin in the EuroCup Finals.

The Spaniards dominated the Germans (89-63), won the series 2-1 and claimed the EuroCup title for a fourth time in their history.

Valencia also clinched its spot to the 2019/20 EuroLeague.

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Valencia is the 2019 EuroCup champion https://www.talkbasket.net/41472-valencia-is-the-2019-eurocup-champion https://www.talkbasket.net/41472-valencia-is-the-2019-eurocup-champion#respond Mon, 15 Apr 2019 21:34:53 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=41472 Valencia dominated ALBA Berlin at home (89-63) and won the best-of-three series (2-1) to claim the EuroCup title. This is the fourth time that Valencia wins the title, while the Spaniards also secured their ticket to the 2019/20 EuroLeague. ALBA made a better start to the game (0-11), but Valencia took over after that. Not […]

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Valencia is the 2019 EuroCup champion

Valencia dominated ALBA Berlin at home (89-63) and won the best-of-three series (2-1) to claim the EuroCup title.

This is the fourth time that Valencia wins the title, while the Spaniards also secured their ticket to the 2019/20 EuroLeague.

ALBA made a better start to the game (0-11), but Valencia took over after that. Not only were they in front by 13 at halftime (46-33), but led by as many as 28 points to cruise to an easy victory (84-56).

Matt Thomas led the winners with a game-high 19 points (16 of them in the first half). Bojan Dubljevic and Fernando San Emeterio added 18 points apiece.

Rokas Giedraitis (19 points) and Peyton Siva (14 points, four assists) were the only players that scored in double figures for the losing squad.

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Aito Garcia Reneses: “We played with better confidence in ourselves” https://www.talkbasket.net/41302-aito-garcia-reneses-we-played-with-better-confidence-in-ourselves https://www.talkbasket.net/41302-aito-garcia-reneses-we-played-with-better-confidence-in-ourselves#respond Sat, 13 Apr 2019 09:46:18 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=41302 ALBA Berlin head coach Aito Garcia Reneses praised his players for their performance in the win over Valencia in Game 2 of the EuroCup Finals (95-92). All major sporting events are on ESPN+. Sign up here for a free one-week trial and enjoy the top teams and athletes in action only on ESPN+ Here is […]

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Aito Garcia Reneses: “We played with better confidence in ourselves”

ALBA Berlin head coach Aito Garcia Reneses praised his players for their performance in the win over Valencia in Game 2 of the EuroCup Finals (95-92).

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Here is what the experienced coach said in the post-game press conference:

“For the moment I’m happy because I wanted mainly to compete and we competed. If we lost I’d be happy because we competed. To play in front of this Mercedes Benz Arena, full of people enjoying the game, is very good for our team.

Perhaps we played with better confidence in ourselves, with the difficulty that in front of us there was a team like Valencia scoring every time from long distance, but in the final plays we had faith in winning the game.”

Game 3 will be played in Spain on Monday (15/04). The winner will claim the EuroCup title.

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ALBA Berlin forced Game 3 in the EuroCup Finals https://www.talkbasket.net/41291-alba-berlin-forced-game-3-in-the-eurocup-finals https://www.talkbasket.net/41291-alba-berlin-forced-game-3-in-the-eurocup-finals#respond Fri, 12 Apr 2019 22:38:57 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=41291 ALBA Berlin stepped up in Game 2 and defeated Valencia at home in overtime (95-92), forcing a Game 3 in the EuroCup Finals. All major sporting events are on ESPN+. Sign up here for a free one-week trial and enjoy the top teams and athletes in action only on ESPN+ Even though the visitors had […]

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ALBA Berlin forced Game 3 in the EuroCup Finals

ALBA Berlin stepped up in Game 2 and defeated Valencia at home in overtime (95-92), forcing a Game 3 in the EuroCup Finals.

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Even though the visitors had the lead, with three minutes to go (66-71), the hosts saw Peyton Siva turn things around and force an overtime (83-83).

In the extra period, the Germans were in front by six (89-83), but the Spaniards cut the deficit to one, 54 seconds before the end of the game (93-92).

Luke Sikma sealed the deal for ALBA, though, with a pair of free throws, as Matt Thomas missed the game-tying three-pointer at the buzzer.

Four players scored in double figures for the winners, with Rokas Giedraitis having a team-high 17 points.

Sam Van Rossom (22 points), Fernando San Emeterio (16 points) and Will Thomas (15 points) were the best players of the losing squad.

Game 3 will be played in Spain on Monday (15/04). The winner will claim the title and will secure its spot to the 2019/20 EuroLeague.

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Valencia one step away from the EuroCup title https://www.talkbasket.net/41105-valencia-one-step-away-from-the-eurocup-title https://www.talkbasket.net/41105-valencia-one-step-away-from-the-eurocup-title#respond Tue, 09 Apr 2019 22:25:31 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=41105 In Game 1 of the EuroCup Finals, Valencia rallied past ALBA Berlin at home on Tuesday night (89-75) and is very close to claiming the title. All major sporting events are on ESPN+. Sign up here for a free one-week trial and enjoy the top teams and athletes in action only on ESPN+ At the sold-out Pabellon Fuente […]

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Valencia one step away from the EuroCup title

In Game 1 of the EuroCup Finals, Valencia rallied past ALBA Berlin at home on Tuesday night (89-75) and is very close to claiming the title.

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At the sold-out Pabellon Fuente de San Luis, the German visitors remained competitive until the first minutes of the third quarter (20-13, 41-38, 49-49).

Since then, though, the Spanish hosts took over. They went on a 14-0 run to take a 14-point lead (63-49) and never look back. After that, they extended their lead to 18 points (71-53) and sealed the deal.

Four players scored in double figures for the winners, with Will Thomas leading the way with a game-high 22 points.

Peyton Siva had a team-high 17 points for the losing squad, while Martin Hermannsson added 16.

Valencia now has the upper hand in the best-of-three series, with Game 2 taking place on Friday (12/04) in Berlin.

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Guillem Vives to miss the EuroCup Finals https://www.talkbasket.net/40985-guillem-vives-to-miss-the-eurocup-finals https://www.talkbasket.net/40985-guillem-vives-to-miss-the-eurocup-finals#respond Sun, 07 Apr 2019 19:06:17 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=40985 Valencia announced that Guillem Vives will miss the upcoming EuroCup Finals against ALBA Berlin, due to an adductor injury on his right leg. All major sporting events are on ESPN+. Sign up here for a free one-week trial and enjoy the top teams and athletes in action only on ESPN+ Vives got injured during the Spanish ACB […]

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Guillem Vives to miss the EuroCup Finals

Valencia announced that Guillem Vives will miss the upcoming EuroCup Finals against ALBA Berlin, due to an adductor injury on his right leg.

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Vives got injured during the Spanish ACB League game against Andorra and is expected to not play against ALBA. Game 1 will take place on Tuesday, April 9.

Vives has been averaging 4.4 points, 2.5 assists and 1.5 rebounds in 18 EuroCup Games this season.

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2018-19 7DAYS EuroCup MVP: Luke Sikma https://www.talkbasket.net/40887-2018-19-7days-eurocup-mvp-luke-sikma https://www.talkbasket.net/40887-2018-19-7days-eurocup-mvp-luke-sikma#respond Fri, 05 Apr 2019 13:07:02 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=40887 ALBA Berlin power forward Luke Sikma led his team to the EuroCup Finals and was named the MVP of the competition. All major sporting events are on ESPN+. Sign up here for a free one-week trial and enjoy the top teams and athletes in action only on ESPN+ Sikma averaged 11.9 points, 6.6 rebounds, 4.3 assists and […]

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2018-19 7DAYS EuroCup MVP: Luke Sikma

ALBA Berlin power forward Luke Sikma led his team to the EuroCup Finals and was named the MVP of the competition.

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Sikma averaged 11.9 points, 6.6 rebounds, 4.3 assists and a PIR of 17.3 during the season.

ALBA Berlin will face Valencia in the Finals and Game 1 will be played on Tuesday, April 9.

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2018/19 All-7DAYS EuroCup First Team https://www.talkbasket.net/40821-2018-19-all-7days-eurocup-first-team https://www.talkbasket.net/40821-2018-19-all-7days-eurocup-first-team#respond Wed, 03 Apr 2019 15:52:44 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=40821 EuroLeague Basketball honors the best players of this season as members of the All-7DAYS EuroCup First Team. Each member of the first team had both a brilliant individual campaign and team success. Andrew Albicy of MoraBanc Andorra, Errick McCollum of UNICS Kazan, Rokas Giedraitis and Luke Sikma of ALBA Berlin, and Bojan Dubljevic of Valencia […]

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2018/19 All-7DAYS EuroCup First Team

EuroLeague Basketball honors the best players of this season as members of the All-7DAYS EuroCup First Team.

Each member of the first team had both a brilliant individual campaign and team success.

Andrew Albicy of MoraBanc Andorra, Errick McCollum of UNICS Kazan, Rokas Giedraitis and Luke Sikma of ALBA Berlin, and Bojan Dubljevic of Valencia Basket are the best five players of the competition.

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7DAYS EuroCup Coach of the Year: Aito Garcia Reneses https://www.talkbasket.net/40789-7days-eurocup-coach-of-the-year-aito-garcia-reneses https://www.talkbasket.net/40789-7days-eurocup-coach-of-the-year-aito-garcia-reneses#respond Tue, 02 Apr 2019 14:25:43 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=40789 Aito Garcia Reneses of ALBA Berlin, a dean of his profession and the architect of one of the best offenses in 7DAYS EuroCup history, is the Coach of the Year for the 2018-19 season. All major sporting events are on ESPN+. Sign up here for a free one-week trial and enjoy the top teams and athletes in […]

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7DAYS EuroCup Coach of the Year: Aito Garcia Reneses

Aito Garcia Reneses of ALBA Berlin, a dean of his profession and the architect of one of the best offenses in 7DAYS EuroCup history, is the Coach of the Year for the 2018-19 season.

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The 72-year-old Coach Aito, as he is known throughout European basketball, was chosen by Euroleague Basketball from among many deserving candidates after he led ALBA to the EuroCup Finals for the first time since 2010.

Under his guidance, ALBA finished first in its Top 16 group and downed playoffs rivals Unicaja Malaga and MoraBanc Andorra to reach the finals.

In his two seasons in Berlin, Garcia Reneses has led ALBA to four finals – two in the German Cup, last season’s German League playoff finals, and now the EuroCup Finals – by letting his team play really attractive basketball.

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EuroCup Semi-finals MVP: Peyton Siva https://www.talkbasket.net/40187-eurocup-semi-finals-mvp-peyton-siva https://www.talkbasket.net/40187-eurocup-semi-finals-mvp-peyton-siva#respond Mon, 25 Mar 2019 15:26:03 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=40187 Peyton Siva was unstoppable against Andorra and led ALBA Berlin to the EuroCup Finals for the first time since 2010, earning the Semi-finals MVP Award. All major sporting events are on ESPN+. Sign up here for a free one-week trial and enjoy the top teams and athletes in action only on ESPN+ The 28-year-old guard averaged 19.5 points, […]

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EuroCup Semi-finals MVP: Peyton Siva

Peyton Siva was unstoppable against Andorra and led ALBA Berlin to the EuroCup Finals for the first time since 2010, earning the Semi-finals MVP Award.

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The 28-year-old guard averaged 19.5 points, six assists and a PIR of 23.5 per game in the semi-finals, leading all players in points scored and performance index rating.

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Valencia to face ALBA Berlin in the EuroCup Finals https://www.talkbasket.net/39979-valencia-to-face-alba-berlin-in-the-eurocup-finals https://www.talkbasket.net/39979-valencia-to-face-alba-berlin-in-the-eurocup-finals#respond Sat, 23 Mar 2019 00:01:34 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=39979 Valencia and ALBA Berlin swept their respective series (2-0) and will now face each other in the EuroCup Finals. All major sporting events are on ESPN+. Sign up here for a free one-week trial and enjoy the top teams and athletes in action only on ESPN+ Valencia became the first team that defeated UNICS Kazan at home (73-79) […]

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Valencia to face ALBA Berlin in the EuroCup Finals

Valencia and ALBA Berlin swept their respective series (2-0) and will now face each other in the EuroCup Finals.

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Valencia became the first team that defeated UNICS Kazan at home (73-79) and qualified to the EuroCup Finals for a record sixth time. This was the 14th straight win for the Spaniards in the competition.

In a close game in Russia (36-39, 52-49), the visitors went on an 1-13 run and never looked back. They took an eight-point lead (54-62) and sealed the deal.

Matt Thomas and Sam Van Rossom led the winners, with 15 points apiece. On the other hand, four players scored in double figures for the winners, as Errick McCollum had a team-high 13 points.

ALBA Berlin endured Andorra’s late rally and beat the Spaniards for a second straight time (81-87).

The Germans secured their place to the Finals for the first time since 2010, while they became the first team that prevails over Andorra at home.

ALBA closed the first half in front by nine (42-51), but the hosts reacted and went on a 12-2 run to take the lead (54-53). The visitors, though, stepped up and turned things around, behind an 11-28 run of their own (65-81).

But, Andorra again fought back and cut the deficit to three (80-83), yet ALBA made some big shots and sealed the deal.

Peyton Siva and Rokas Giedraitis were the best players of the winners, with 21 and 14 points, respectively. On the other hand, Andrew Albicy (20 points) and Jerome Jordan (17 points) stood out for the losing squad.

The 2019 EuroCup Finals between Valencia and ALBA will be a rematch from the 2010 series. This time, though, it will be a best-of-three format in which Valencia has the home-court advantage, starting with Game 1 on Tuesday, April 9.

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EuroCup semi-finals: Valencia and ALBA Berlin victorious in Game 1 https://www.talkbasket.net/39759-eurocup-semi-finals-valencia-and-alba-berlin-victorious-in-game-1 https://www.talkbasket.net/39759-eurocup-semi-finals-valencia-and-alba-berlin-victorious-in-game-1#respond Wed, 20 Mar 2019 10:11:24 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=39759 Valencia and ALBA Berlin made the first step towards the EuroCup Finals, after defeating UNICS Kazan and Andorra in the first game of the semi-finals. In a close game at Pabellon Fuente De San Luis, Valencia came back from an eight-point deficit and edged UNICS Kazan (69-64) to earn their 13th straight victory in the […]

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EuroCup semi-finals: Valencia and ALBA Berlin victorious in Game 1

Valencia and ALBA Berlin made the first step towards the EuroCup Finals, after defeating UNICS Kazan and Andorra in the first game of the semi-finals.

In a close game at Pabellon Fuente De San Luis, Valencia came back from an eight-point deficit and edged UNICS Kazan (69-64) to earn their 13th straight victory in the competition.

The Russians missed the chance to claim a big road win, as they came up short in the fourth quarter, which featured five lead changes and two ties.

Fernando San Emeterio and Mike Tobey led the winners, with 14 points apiece. On the other hand, Errick McCollum had a game-high 16 points for the losing squad.

Game 2 will be played in Kazan on Friday (22/03).

In an offensive showdown in Germany, ALBA Berlin stepped up in the fourth quarter and prevailed over Andorra (102-97).

The visitors came back from a 19-point deficit, but failed to escape from Berlin with a big win. This was the sixth time this season that ALBA scores more than 100 points.

Luke Sikma had 20 points, seven rebounds and six assists for the winners, while Peyton Siva added 18 points and nine assists.

Six players scored in double figures for the losing squad, as David Jelinek posted a game-high 16 points.

Game 2 will be played in Spain on Friday (22/03).

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EuroCup semi-finals are now set https://www.talkbasket.net/39359-eurocup-semi-finals-are-now-set https://www.talkbasket.net/39359-eurocup-semi-finals-are-now-set#respond Wed, 13 Mar 2019 22:28:49 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=39359 Unics Kazan, ALBA Berlin and Andorra joined Valencia in the EuroCup semi-finals, as the four teams are ready to fight for the qualification to the Finals. Unics edged Lokomotiv Kuban in a hard-fought battle in Kazan (69-65) and advanced to the semi-finals, where they will face Valencia. Furthermore, ALBA Berlin came back from a 13-point […]

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EuroCup semi-finals are now set

Unics Kazan, ALBA Berlin and Andorra joined Valencia in the EuroCup semi-finals, as the four teams are ready to fight for the qualification to the Finals.

Unics edged Lokomotiv Kuban in a hard-fought battle in Kazan (69-65) and advanced to the semi-finals, where they will face Valencia.

Furthermore, ALBA Berlin came back from a 13-point deficit in the third quarter and defeated Unicaja Malaga (79-75), securing its place in the quarter-finals.

The Germans will play against Andorra, with the Spaniards making the surprise and beating ASVEL Villeurbanne on the road to claim the final ticket to the semi-finals (80-82).

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Valencia advanced to the semi-finals – EuroCup Game 2 recap https://www.talkbasket.net/39021-valencia-advanced-to-the-semi-finals-eurocup-game-2-recap https://www.talkbasket.net/39021-valencia-advanced-to-the-semi-finals-eurocup-game-2-recap#respond Sat, 09 Mar 2019 01:37:31 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=39021 The second game of the EuroCup quarter-finals saw Valencia qualify to the semi-finals for a record eighth time, while the other three series will be decided in Game 3 on Wednesday (13/03). Rytas Vilnius vs Valencia (56-71) Despite losing by six at halftime (39-33), Valencia turned things around to earn a double-digit lead (50-64) and […]

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Valencia advanced to the semi-finals – EuroCup Game 2 recap

The second game of the EuroCup quarter-finals saw Valencia qualify to the semi-finals for a record eighth time, while the other three series will be decided in Game 3 on Wednesday (13/03).

Rytas Vilnius vs Valencia (56-71)

Despite losing by six at halftime (39-33), Valencia turned things around to earn a double-digit lead (50-64) and never look back. The Spaniards crushed their opponents (56-71) and will play in the semi-finals.

Mike Tobey led the winners with 18 points, as Fernando San Emeterio added 11. On the other hand, Martynas Echodas had 11 points for the losing squad.

Lokomotiv Kuban vs UNICS Kazan (68-59)

Lokomotiv Kuban played excellent defence, allowing UNICS Kazan to score 26 fewer points than its season average (85.2), and tied the series to force a Game 3 (68-59).

Dmitry Kulagin led the way for the winners, with 26 points, whereas Errick McCollum was the only player that scored in double figures for the losing squad (11).

Andorra vs ASVEL Villeurbanne (98-79)

Andorra dominated ASVEL Villeurbanne and remained undefeated at home, forcing a Game 3 next week (98-79).

The Spaniards were in front from the opening tip and never looked back, as the series will return to France for a must-win game.

Rafa Luz led the winners, with 17 points, while Dylan Ennis had 15 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals.

Theo Maledon was the best player of the losing squad, with 16 points and five assists, as AJ Slaughter added 14 points and Miro Bilan 12.

Unicaja Malaga vs ALBA Berlin (81-101)

ALBA Berlin was unstoppable and decimated Unicaja Malaga on the road (81-101) to bring the home-court advantage back to Germany.

The visitors were in front by 13 (45-58), but the Spaniards went on an 11-0 run to cut the deficit to two (56-58). Yet, the Germans stood tall and brought their lead back to double digits to seal the deal (75-92).

Five players scored in double figures for the winners, as Rokas Giedraitis had a game-high 23 points.

Five players also scored in double figures for the losing squad, as Giorgi Shermadini posted a team-high 15 points.

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ASVEL Villeurbanne and Valencia protected their home court https://www.talkbasket.net/38760-asvel-villeurbanne-and-valencia-protected-their-home-court https://www.talkbasket.net/38760-asvel-villeurbanne-and-valencia-protected-their-home-court#respond Tue, 05 Mar 2019 22:31:23 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=38760 ASVEL Villeurbanne and Valencia defeated Andorra and Rytas Vilnius, respectively, and now are one win away from the semi-finals of the EuroCup. Villeurbanne came back from a 10-point deficit in the first half (34-44) and took the upper hand. Although the Spaniards attempted to turn things around, they did not reclaim the lead and they […]

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ASVEL Villeurbanne and Valencia protected their home court

ASVEL Villeurbanne and Valencia defeated Andorra and Rytas Vilnius, respectively, and now are one win away from the semi-finals of the EuroCup.

Villeurbanne came back from a 10-point deficit in the first half (34-44) and took the upper hand. Although the Spaniards attempted to turn things around, they did not reclaim the lead and they were defeated (79-75).

Captain Charles Kahudi led the winners with a game-high 21 points, whereas Moussa Diagne had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the losing squad.

Game 2 will take place in Spain on Friday (08/03).

In the other match, Valencia outscored Rytas Vilnius 49-34 in the second half and rallied past their opponents at home (75-64).

Matt Thomas led the winners with 15 points and Fernando San Emeterio, Alberto Abalde and Aaron Doornekamp scored 10 points apiece.

D.J. Seeley and Deividas Sirvydis had 11 points apiece for the losing squad, with Artsiom Parakhouski and Mindaugas Girdziunas posting 10 points each for the Lithuanians.

Game 2 will be played in Vilnius on Friday (08/03).

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Mathias Lessort and Unicaja Malaga stunned ALBA Berlin https://www.talkbasket.net/38756-mathias-lessort-and-unicaja-malaga-stunned-alba-berlin https://www.talkbasket.net/38756-mathias-lessort-and-unicaja-malaga-stunned-alba-berlin#respond Tue, 05 Mar 2019 20:52:29 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=38756 Mathias Lessort scored the game-winning shot and Unicaja Malaga shocked ALBA Berlin on the road and stole the home-court advantage (90-91). On the other end, Rokas Giedratis missed the three-pointer for the Germans hosts, with Niels Giffey making the tip-in. But, the basket didn’t count and the visitors escaped from Berlin with a big win. […]

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Mathias Lessort and Unicaja Malaga stunned ALBA Berlin

Mathias Lessort scored the game-winning shot and Unicaja Malaga shocked ALBA Berlin on the road and stole the home-court advantage (90-91).

On the other end, Rokas Giedratis missed the three-pointer for the Germans hosts, with Niels Giffey making the tip-in. But, the basket didn’t count and the visitors escaped from Berlin with a big win.

Lessort had a game-high 18 points and seven rebounds for the winners, while Adam Waczynski added 17 points.

On the other hand, Peyton Siva scored 14 points and dished out seven assists in his return to action in the EuroCup. Giffey (13 points) and Martin Hermannsson (13 points and 10 assists) also stood out for ALBA.

Game 2 will be played on Friday (08/03) in Malaga.

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UNICS Kazan crushed Lokomotiv Kuban https://www.talkbasket.net/38748-unics-kazan-crushed-lokomotiv-kuban https://www.talkbasket.net/38748-unics-kazan-crushed-lokomotiv-kuban#respond Tue, 05 Mar 2019 19:40:35 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=38748 UNICS Kazan made the first step towards the semi-finals of the EuroCup, after dominating Lokomotiv Kuban at home (86-66). After a close game in the first half (41-38), the hosts took control and outscored their opponents 45-28 in the last 20 minutes to cruise to an easy victory. Errick McCollum led the winners with a […]

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UNICS Kazan crushed Lokomotiv Kuban

UNICS Kazan made the first step towards the semi-finals of the EuroCup, after dominating Lokomotiv Kuban at home (86-66).

After a close game in the first half (41-38), the hosts took control and outscored their opponents 45-28 in the last 20 minutes to cruise to an easy victory.

Errick McCollum led the winners with a game-high 32 points, with Pierria Henry adding 18 points, nine assists and six rebounds.

On the other hand, Dmitry Kulagin had a team-high 17 points for the losing squad.

Game 2 will be played on Friday at Krasnodar.

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Sasa Obradovic takes over Monaco https://www.talkbasket.net/38363-sasa-obradovic-takes-over-monaco https://www.talkbasket.net/38363-sasa-obradovic-takes-over-monaco#respond Mon, 25 Feb 2019 21:38:39 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=38363 Monaco took to Twitter and announced that Sasa Obradovic is the new head coach of the club. The 50-year-old coach spent the previous two seasons in Lokomotiv Kuban’s bench and parted ways with the Russian club four months ago. Obradovic was named the head coach of the year for the 2017/18 EuroCup.

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Sasa Obradovic takes over Monaco

Monaco took to Twitter and announced that Sasa Obradovic is the new head coach of the club.

The 50-year-old coach spent the previous two seasons in Lokomotiv Kuban’s bench and parted ways with the Russian club four months ago.

Obradovic was named the head coach of the year for the 2017/18 EuroCup.

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Jaime Fernandez out at least two months https://www.talkbasket.net/37543-jaime-fernandez-out-at-least-two-months https://www.talkbasket.net/37543-jaime-fernandez-out-at-least-two-months#respond Sat, 16 Feb 2019 11:20:59 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=37543 Unicaja Malaga announced that Jaime Fernandez will be sidelined for the next two months (at least), with a right foot injury. Fernandez suffered a femoral biceps rupture during the quarter-final against Tenerife on Thursday (14/02). He will remain out of action for at least eight weeks and is expected to miss the rest of the […]

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Jaime Fernandez out at least two months

Unicaja Malaga announced that Jaime Fernandez will be sidelined for the next two months (at least), with a right foot injury.

Fernandez suffered a femoral biceps rupture during the quarter-final against Tenerife on Thursday (14/02). He will remain out of action for at least eight weeks and is expected to miss the rest of the EuroCup season.

Fernandez has been averaging 12 points, 4.6 assists and 2.6 rebounds in 15 EuroCup games in the season so far.

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ALBA Berlin acquired Derrick Walton https://www.talkbasket.net/37383-alba-berlin-acquired-derrick-walton https://www.talkbasket.net/37383-alba-berlin-acquired-derrick-walton#respond Thu, 14 Feb 2019 11:19:54 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=37383 ALBA Berlin announced the addition of Derrick Walton to the team’s roster for the remainder of the season. Walton will replace injured Stefan Peno. The American guard averaged 4.6 points and 2.5 assists in 17 EuroLeague games with Zalgiris Kaunas this season. He also had 8.4 points and a team-high 4.4 assists in 15 games […]

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ALBA Berlin acquired Derrick Walton

ALBA Berlin announced the addition of Derrick Walton to the team’s roster for the remainder of the season. Walton will replace injured Stefan Peno.

The American guard averaged 4.6 points and 2.5 assists in 17 EuroLeague games with Zalgiris Kaunas this season. He also had 8.4 points and a team-high 4.4 assists in 15 games in the Lithuanian League. Walton parted ways with Zalgiris on Tuesday.

ALBA Berlin has advanced to the EuroCup quarterfinals where they will face Unicaja Malaga. In the German League, they are fourth, at 14-4.

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7DAYS EuroCup Quarter-finals: The four match-ups https://www.talkbasket.net/36611-7days-eurocup-quarter-finals-the-four-match-ups https://www.talkbasket.net/36611-7days-eurocup-quarter-finals-the-four-match-ups#respond Wed, 06 Feb 2019 23:40:58 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=36611 The Top 16 of the 7DAYS EuroCup came to an end on Wednesday (06/02), with eight teams securing their place in the playoffs. The quarter-finals will see exciting matches take place. More specifically, ALBA Berlin will face Unicaja Malaga, ASVEL will fight against Andorra, Valencia will battle Rytas Vilnius and Unics Kazan will play against Russian rivals Lokomotiv Kuban. […]

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7DAYS EuroCup Quarter-finals: The four match-ups

The Top 16 of the 7DAYS EuroCup came to an end on Wednesday (06/02), with eight teams securing their place in the playoffs.

The quarter-finals will see exciting matches take place. More specifically, ALBA Berlin will face Unicaja Malaga, ASVEL will fight against AndorraValencia will battle Rytas Vilnius and Unics Kazan will play against Russian rivals Lokomotiv Kuban.

ALBA, ASVEL, Valencia and UNICS will have the home-court advantage and all four series will be best-of-three ones. The games will be played from March 5 to March 13.

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ALBA Berlin crushed Partizan https://www.talkbasket.net/36479-alba-berlin-crushed-partizan https://www.talkbasket.net/36479-alba-berlin-crushed-partizan#respond Wed, 06 Feb 2019 00:51:40 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=36479 A 29-11 run in the second quarter was enough for ALBA Berlin to dominate Partizan in the final round of the Top 16 (97-74). Six players scored in double figures for the winners, with Rokas Giedraitis leading the way with 19 points. Vanja Marinkovic had 18 points for the losing squad, as Jock Landale added […]

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ALBA Berlin crushed Partizan

A 29-11 run in the second quarter was enough for ALBA Berlin to dominate Partizan in the final round of the Top 16 (97-74).

Six players scored in double figures for the winners, with Rokas Giedraitis leading the way with 19 points.

Vanja Marinkovic had 18 points for the losing squad, as Jock Landale added 11 points and six rebounds and Aleksej Nikolic contributed 10 points. 

ALBA Berlin finished the Top 16 with a 5-1 record and qualified to the quarter-finals. On the other hand, Partizan dropped to 2-4 and was eliminated.

In the other two matches, Crvena Zvezda rallied past Unicaja Malaga (105-89) at home. The Serbians failed to advance to the quarter-finals (2-4), whereas the Spaniards had already qualified prior to the game (3-3).

For their part, already-eliminated Ratiopharm Ulm (3-3) handed ASVEL Villeurbanne its first loss in the Top 16 (86-68), yet the French team had already secured its place in the quarter-finals (5-1).

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Unics Kazan advanced to the quarter-finals https://www.talkbasket.net/36030-unics-kazan-advanced-to-the-quarter-finals https://www.talkbasket.net/36030-unics-kazan-advanced-to-the-quarter-finals#respond Wed, 30 Jan 2019 23:14:23 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=36030 Unics Kazan rallied past Zenit St Petersburg on the road (67-82) and secured its ticket to the quarter-finals of the EuroCup. The visitors took the lead from the opening quarter (15-24) and closed the first half in front by 11 (29-40). The hosts cut the deficit to four (42-46), but Unics reacted and brought their […]

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Unics Kazan advanced to the quarter-finals

Unics Kazan rallied past Zenit St Petersburg on the road (67-82) and secured its ticket to the quarter-finals of the EuroCup.

The visitors took the lead from the opening quarter (15-24) and closed the first half in front by 11 (29-40).

The hosts cut the deficit to four (42-46), but Unics reacted and brought their lead back to double digits and never looked back (50-62). They led by as many as 21 points and cruised to an easy victory (50-71).

Errick McCollum led the winners with 19 points, with Jamar Smith and Raymar Morgan adding 15 and 12 points, respectively.

Jarrod Uthoff had a team-high 13 points for the losing squad. Philip Scrubb and Jalen Reynolds posted 10 apiece.

Unics Kazan improved to 4-1 and qualified to the quarter-finals, whereas Zenit dropped to 1-4 and were officially eliminated.

In the other matches, ASVEL Villeurbanne (5-0) remained undefeated in the Top 16, after their win over Lokomotiv Kuban (3-2) at home (72-61). Both teams have already advanced to the quarter-finals.

For their part, Andorra (5-0) edged Cedevita (0-5) and claimed their eighth straight win at home (87-81), while Ratiopharm Ulm (2-3) dominated Fraport Skyliners (0-5) on the road (68-83).

Last but not least, Valencia (5-0) survived Unicaja Malaga (3-2) (69-72), as both teams have secured their place in the quarter-finals.

Furthermore, Artsiom Parakhouski made the game-winning shot and Rytas Vilnius (2-3) eliminated Partizan (2-3) from the knockout stage (77-78).

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Alpha Kaba out at least three months https://www.talkbasket.net/36004-alpha-kaba-out-at-least-three-months https://www.talkbasket.net/36004-alpha-kaba-out-at-least-three-months#respond Wed, 30 Jan 2019 09:58:02 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=36004 ASVEL Villeurbanne center Alpha Kaba will be sidelined for at least three months, with a left ankle injury. Although his injury does not require surgery, his foot will have to be immobilised for at least six weeks and will not return to practice for at least three months. This is the second time Kaba suffers […]

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Alpha Kaba out at least three months

ASVEL Villeurbanne center Alpha Kaba will be sidelined for at least three months, with a left ankle injury.

Although his injury does not require surgery, his foot will have to be immobilised for at least six weeks and will not return to practice for at least three months.

This is the second time Kaba suffers a serious injury, as he remained out of action from late August until early December with an elbow injury.

Kaba is expected to miss the rest of the season in the EuroCup, where he played in just six games, averaging 9.2 points and 8.2 rebounds.

Villeurbanne has already advanced to the quarter-finals of the competition.

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Limoges eliminated Crvena Zvezda from the EuroCup quarter-finals https://www.talkbasket.net/35982-limoges-eliminated-crvena-zvezda-from-the-eurocup-quarter-finals https://www.talkbasket.net/35982-limoges-eliminated-crvena-zvezda-from-the-eurocup-quarter-finals#respond Wed, 30 Jan 2019 00:21:37 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=35982 Limoges came back from a 13-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat Crvena Zvezda (72-71) and eliminate them from the EuroCup quarter-finals. Jonathan Rousselle made the game-winning two-pointer, with 14 seconds to go. Stratos Perperoglou missed the three-pointer at the buzzer and the French team got the win. The Serbians outscored their opponents 8-25 […]

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Limoges eliminated Crvena Zvezda from the EuroCup quarter-finals

Limoges came back from a 13-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat Crvena Zvezda (72-71) and eliminate them from the EuroCup quarter-finals.

Jonathan Rousselle made the game-winning two-pointer, with 14 seconds to go. Stratos Perperoglou missed the three-pointer at the buzzer and the French team got the win.

The Serbians outscored their opponents 8-25 in the third quarter to take a double-digit lead (48-60).

The visitors retained their advantage early in the final quarter (51-64), but the hosts turned things around and closed the game on a 21-7 run to earn their first win in the Top 16 (72-71).

Jerry Boutsiele (13 points and 13 rebounds) and Isaiah Miles (13 points) were the best players of the winners.

Joe Ragland had 15 points and six assists for the losing squad, with Billy Baron and Ognjen Dobric posting 12 and 10, respectively.

Both teams now have identical records and have been eliminated (1-4), as Unicaja Malaga (3-1) and Valencia (4-0) secured their place in the quarterfinals.

In the other match of the night, ALBA Berlin dominated Monaco on the road (61-75) and advanced to the quarter-finals of the competition.

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EuroCup Top 16 Round 4 MVP: Bojan Dubljevic https://www.talkbasket.net/35660-eurocup-top-16-round-4-mvp-bojan-dubljevic https://www.talkbasket.net/35660-eurocup-top-16-round-4-mvp-bojan-dubljevic#respond Thu, 24 Jan 2019 16:38:02 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=35660 Valencia power forward/center Bojan Dubljevic was named the MVP of the fourth round in EuroCup Top 16. The 27-year-old player had 24 points (on 10/16 shooting), eight rebounds, five assists, one steal and a PIR of 29 and led his team past Crvena Zvezda on Wednesday (23/01). Valencia edged the Serbians on the road (81-82) and […]

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EuroCup Top 16 Round 4 MVP: Bojan Dubljevic

Valencia power forward/center Bojan Dubljevic was named the MVP of the fourth round in EuroCup Top 16.

The 27-year-old player had 24 points (on 10/16 shooting), eight rebounds, five assists, one steal and a PIR of 29 and led his team past Crvena Zvezda on Wednesday (23/01).

Valencia edged the Serbians on the road (81-82) and advanced to the quarter-finals of the competition.

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Valencia edges Crvena Zvezda to qualify to the EuroCup quarter-finals https://www.talkbasket.net/35629-valencia-edges-crvena-zvezda-to-qualify-to-the-eurocup-quarter-finals https://www.talkbasket.net/35629-valencia-edges-crvena-zvezda-to-qualify-to-the-eurocup-quarter-finals#respond Wed, 23 Jan 2019 23:42:41 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=35629 Sam Van Rossom made a two-pointer, with 3.4 seconds remaining, and Valencia beat Crvena Zvezda (81-82) to advance to the playoffs. It was a late thriller in Belgrade, as the Serbians came close to a big victory at home, thanks to Joe Ragland’s two-pointer, with 15 seconds to go (81-80). The hosts had come back […]

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Valencia edges Crvena Zvezda to qualify to the EuroCup quarter-finals

Sam Van Rossom made a two-pointer, with 3.4 seconds remaining, and Valencia beat Crvena Zvezda (81-82) to advance to the playoffs.

It was a late thriller in Belgrade, as the Serbians came close to a big victory at home, thanks to Joe Ragland’s two-pointer, with 15 seconds to go (81-80).

The hosts had come back from a six and seven-point deficit in the third quarter (48-55, 58-64), yet Van Rossom and the visitors stood tall and beat their opponents to clinch a playoff spot.

Bojan Dubljevic had 24 points and eight rebounds for the winners, with Will Thomas adding 11 points.

Stratos Perperoglou posted a game-high 26 points for the losing squad, as three more players scored in double figures.

Valencia remained undefeated in the Top 16 (4-0), whereas Crvena Zvezda dropped to 1-3.

In the other matches, Andorra (4-0) defeated Zenit St Petersburg (1-3) (86-74) and advanced to the playoffs, Unics Kazan (3-1) dominated Cedevita (0-4) on the road (83-100), Unicaja Malaga (3-1) survived Limoges (0-4) (77-78) and Lokomotiv Kuban (3-1) rallied past Ratiopharm Ulm (1-3) to reach the quarter-finals (88-76).

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Partizan triumphed over Monaco https://www.talkbasket.net/35576-partizan-triumphed-over-monaco https://www.talkbasket.net/35576-partizan-triumphed-over-monaco#respond Tue, 22 Jan 2019 23:18:56 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=35576 Partizan claimed a big victory on the road against Monaco (68-71) and boosted its chances to qualify to the quarter-finals. The Serbians led for the majority of the game, but the French team still has the tie-breaker, thanks to its win last week (68-72). It was a close game for three quarters (17-23, 41-38, 52-53), […]

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Partizan triumphed over Monaco

Partizan claimed a big victory on the road against Monaco (68-71) and boosted its chances to qualify to the quarter-finals.

The Serbians led for the majority of the game, but the French team still has the tie-breaker, thanks to its win last week (68-72).

It was a close game for three quarters (17-23, 41-38, 52-53), but the visitors went on a 2-9 run early in the fourth quarter to take the lead and never look back (54-62).

However, Sergii Gladyr made three free throws, with 4.3 seconds remaining, and saved the day for the hosts regarding the tie-breaker (68-71).

Alex Renfroe led the winners with 20 points, six rebounds and five assists, while Vanja Marinkovic added 13 points and seven boards.

Paul Lacombe had a game-high 23 points and seven rebounds for the losing squad, with Derek Needham and Elmedin Kikanovic posting 10 points apiece.

Both teams now have identical records (2-2).

In the other two matches, ALBA Berlin (3-1) edged Rytas Vilnius (1-3) at home (87-85), while ASVEL Villeurbanne (4-0) dominated Fraport Skyliners (0-4) (75-52).

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Valencia dominated Crvena Zvezda https://www.talkbasket.net/35274-valencia-dominated-crvena-zvezda https://www.talkbasket.net/35274-valencia-dominated-crvena-zvezda#respond Wed, 16 Jan 2019 23:32:09 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=35274 Valencia rallied past Crvena Zvezda at home (92-76) and remained undefeated in the Top 16 of the EuroCup (3-0). It was a close game in the first half (21-23, 30-23, 42-37), with the visitors being down by one early in the third quarter (53-52). Yet, the hosts took control of the game and went on […]

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Valencia dominated Crvena Zvezda

Valencia rallied past Crvena Zvezda at home (92-76) and remained undefeated in the Top 16 of the EuroCup (3-0).

It was a close game in the first half (21-23, 30-23, 42-37), with the visitors being down by one early in the third quarter (53-52).

Yet, the hosts took control of the game and went on a 15-3 run to extend their lead to 12 points (67-55).

The Serbians attempted to turn things around, but the Spaniards never looked back and led by as many as 15 points (83-68) to win the game.

Bojan Dubljevic, who became the all-time leader in offensive rebounds in this game, led the winners with 14 points and eight rebounds, while Will Thomas had 13 points.

Joe Ragland scored 21 points for the losing squad and Billy Baron added 11.

Valencia maintained its perfect record in the Top 16 (3-0) and also extended its winning streak to seven games. On the other hand, Crvena Zvezda dropped to 1-2.

In the other matches, Villeurbanne defeated Fraport Skyliners (0-3) (58-70) and claimed its third straight win (3-0), Lokomotiv Kuban (2-1) survived Ratiopharm Ulm (1-2) on the road (81-84).

ALBA Berlin (2-1) prevailed over Rytas Vilnius (1-2) (86-94) and Unics Kazan (2-1) decimated Cedevita (0-3) at home (105-70).

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Monaco victorious over Partizan in Belgrade https://www.talkbasket.net/35247-monaco-victorious-over-partizan-in-belgrade https://www.talkbasket.net/35247-monaco-victorious-over-partizan-in-belgrade#respond Wed, 16 Jan 2019 00:08:06 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=35247 Monaco endured Partizan’s comeback and claimed the first victory on the road in Group E (68-72). The visitors took control from the opening tip (13-21, 17-28) and were in front by 14 at halftime (26-40). Monaco kept playing very well on both ends (28-45) and led by as many as 21. But, the hosts attempted […]

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Monaco victorious over Partizan in Belgrade

Monaco endured Partizan’s comeback and claimed the first victory on the road in Group E (68-72).

The visitors took control from the opening tip (13-21, 17-28) and were in front by 14 at halftime (26-40). Monaco kept playing very well on both ends (28-45) and led by as many as 21.

But, the hosts attempted to turn things around and cut the deficit to five (64-69), with two minutes remaining.

Yet, Derek Needham (10 point, six assists) made a clutch three and sealed the deal for the French squad.

Jarrod Jones led the winners with 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Paul Lacombe added 12 points and Eric Buckner 11 points and seven boards.

Aleksej Nikolic had 16 points and five assists for the Serbians, with Jock Landale adding 14 points and seven rebounds.

Monaco improved to 2-1, whereas Partizan dropped to 1-2.

In the other two matches, Unicaja Malaga (2-1) kept Limoges winless in the Top 16 (0-3), thanks to a 79-72 win at home, while Andorra (3-0) rallied past Zenit St Petersburg (1-2) on the road (71-80).

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Andorra snapped Unics Kazan’s winning streak https://www.talkbasket.net/35008-andorra-snapped-unics-kazans-winning-streak https://www.talkbasket.net/35008-andorra-snapped-unics-kazans-winning-streak#respond Wed, 09 Jan 2019 23:57:56 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=35008 Andorra edged Unics Kazan at home (86-80) to remain perfect in the Top 16 (2-0) and put an end to the Russians’ seven-game winning streak. Unics made a great start to the game (0-12), but Andorra quickly took control of the game and had a 12-point lead early in the second half (54-42). Yet, the […]

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Andorra snapped Unics Kazan’s winning streak

Andorra edged Unics Kazan at home (86-80) to remain perfect in the Top 16 (2-0) and put an end to the Russians’ seven-game winning streak.

Unics made a great start to the game (0-12), but Andorra quickly took control of the game and had a 12-point lead early in the second half (54-42).

Yet, the Russians went on a 6-21 run to turn things around (60-63). The hosts reacted and brought the lead back to double digits (79-69) to seal the deal, despite the visitors’ late effort to come back (79-74, 81-77).

Andrew Albicy and John Shurna were the best players of the winners, with 21 and 12 points, respectively.

Regular Season MVP Pierria Henry had 17 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals for the losing squad, as Melvin Ejim added 15 points.

Andorra remained undefeated in the Top 16 (2-0), whereas Unics Kazan dropped to 1-1.

In the other matches, Zenit St Petersburg dominated Cedevita (98-84), Valencia defeated Limoges (74-79), Monaco survived Rytas Vilnius (75-70) and Partizan rallied past ALBA Berlin (78-66).

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Unicaja Malaga edged Crvena Zvezda https://www.talkbasket.net/34955-unicaja-malaga-edged-crvena-zvezda https://www.talkbasket.net/34955-unicaja-malaga-edged-crvena-zvezda#respond Wed, 09 Jan 2019 00:18:24 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=34955 A 26-13 run in the first quarter helped Unicaja Malaga defeat Crvena Zvezda at home (79-74) and earn its first win in Top 16. The hosts had a 14-point lead in the first half (51-37), yet the visitors turned things around in the second half and attempted to make a come-back. Despite being down by […]

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Unicaja Malaga edged Crvena Zvezda

A 26-13 run in the first quarter helped Unicaja Malaga defeat Crvena Zvezda at home (79-74) and earn its first win in Top 16.

The hosts had a 14-point lead in the first half (51-37), yet the visitors turned things around in the second half and attempted to make a come-back.

Despite being down by 18 (57-39), the Serbians went on a 16-33 run and cut the deficit to one point (73-72), with 64 seconds to go.

Yet, the Spaniards stood tall and sealed their victory from the free-throw line.

Six players scored in double figures for the winners, as Mathias Lessort had a team-high 16 points.

Stratos Perperoglou had a game-high 23 points (7/11 shooting) for the losing squad, with Ognjen Dobric adding 13 points.

Both teams now have identical records (1-1).

In the other two matches, Villeurbanne survived Ulm at home (93-89) and Lokomotiv Kuban dominated Fraport Skyliners on the road (69-92).

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Isaiah Whitehead parted ways with Lokomotiv Kuban https://www.talkbasket.net/34897-isaiah-whitehead-parted-ways-with-lokomotiv-kuban https://www.talkbasket.net/34897-isaiah-whitehead-parted-ways-with-lokomotiv-kuban#respond Mon, 07 Jan 2019 19:03:49 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=34897 Lokomotiv Kuban announced they have waived Isaiah Whitehead and are now looking for his replacement. The American guard averaged 11 points in the EuroCup and 11.6 points in the VTB League.

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Isaiah Whitehead parted ways with Lokomotiv Kuban

Lokomotiv Kuban announced they have waived Isaiah Whitehead and are now looking for his replacement.

The American guard averaged 11 points in the EuroCup and 11.6 points in the VTB League.

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Isaiah Whitehead to reportedly leave Lokomotiv Kuban https://www.talkbasket.net/34830-isaiah-whitehead-to-reportedly-leave-lokomotiv-kuban https://www.talkbasket.net/34830-isaiah-whitehead-to-reportedly-leave-lokomotiv-kuban#respond Sat, 05 Jan 2019 14:05:38 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=34830 Per Emiliano Carchia of Sportando, Isaiah Whitehead could part ways with Lokomotiv Kuban soon. The American guard has averaged 11 points in the EuroCup and 11.6 points in the VTB League.

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Isaiah Whitehead to reportedly leave Lokomotiv Kuban

Per Emiliano Carchia of Sportando, Isaiah Whitehead could part ways with Lokomotiv Kuban soon.

The American guard has averaged 11 points in the EuroCup and 11.6 points in the VTB League.

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ALBA Berlin victorious over Monaco in Top 16 opener https://www.talkbasket.net/34720-alba-berlin-victorious-over-monaco-in-top-16-opener https://www.talkbasket.net/34720-alba-berlin-victorious-over-monaco-in-top-16-opener#respond Fri, 04 Jan 2019 00:16:53 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=34720 ALBA Berlin endured the come-back of Monaco from a double-digit deficit and started Top 16 with a big win at home (83-74). The Germans had control of the game from the opening tip (18-15, 44-38) and closed the third quarter in front by 12 (65-53). The visitors attempted to turn things around (70-66), yet the […]

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ALBA Berlin victorious over Monaco in Top 16 opener

ALBA Berlin endured the come-back of Monaco from a double-digit deficit and started Top 16 with a big win at home (83-74).

The Germans had control of the game from the opening tip (18-15, 44-38) and closed the third quarter in front by 12 (65-53).

The visitors attempted to turn things around (70-66), yet the hosts stood tall and brought the lead back to double digits (80-68) to seal the deal.

Five players scored in double figures for the winners, with Luke Sikma leading the way with 17 points.

Elmedin Kikanovic (26 points, eight rebounds) and Paul Lacombe (20 points, 10 boards) stood out for the losing squad.

ALBA Berlin opened Top 16 in a successful way (1-0), whereas Monaco dropped to 0-1 in Group E.

In Group F, Ratiopharm Ulm edged Fraport Skyliners at home (70-63) and extended their winning streak to three games, as they had won their last two regular season matches.

Javonte Green (20 points) and Patrick Miller (15 points and eight assists) were the best players of the winners.

Jason Clark had 18 points (4/6 from beyond the arc) and eight rebounds for the losing squad, which played without six players. Quantez Robertson scored 13 and grabbed eight boards.

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Valencia rallied past Unicaja Malaga in the Spanish derby https://www.talkbasket.net/34671-valencia-rallied-past-unicaja-malaga-in-the-spanish-derby https://www.talkbasket.net/34671-valencia-rallied-past-unicaja-malaga-in-the-spanish-derby#respond Thu, 03 Jan 2019 01:09:27 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=34671 In a rematch from the 2017 Finals, Valencia cruised to an easy victory over Unicaja Malaga at home (85-74). The hosts had control of the game from the opening tip and never looked back (22-13, 45-38). In the second half, the visitors attempted to turn things around, but Valencia retained its lead close to double […]

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Valencia rallied past Unicaja Malaga in the Spanish derby

In a rematch from the 2017 Finals, Valencia cruised to an easy victory over Unicaja Malaga at home (85-74).

The hosts had control of the game from the opening tip and never looked back (22-13, 45-38).

In the second half, the visitors attempted to turn things around, but Valencia retained its lead close to double digits (66-58) and earned the victory.

Will and Matt Thomas posted 18 points apiece for the winners, with Alberto Abalde adding 14 points and seven rebounds.

Jaime Fernandez had 13 points for the losing squad, as three more players scored in double figures.

Valencia started the Top 16 in a successful way in Group G (1-0), whereas Unicaja Malaga dropped to 0-1.

In the other match of Group G, Crvena Zvezda defeated Limoges at home (83-71), with five players scoring in double figures for the winners.

In the Russian derby, Unics Kazan survived Zenit St Petersburg in a late thriller (68-67) and earned its first win in Group H.

Gal Mekel made two free throws to give the hosts the lead (68-67). Evgeny Voronov had the chance to give Zenit the victory, but missed the three-pointer on the final possession.

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ASVEL Villeurbanne shocked Lokomotiv Kuban in Top 16 opener https://www.talkbasket.net/34663-asvel-villeurbanne-shocked-lokomotiv-kuban-in-top-16-opener https://www.talkbasket.net/34663-asvel-villeurbanne-shocked-lokomotiv-kuban-in-top-16-opener#respond Thu, 03 Jan 2019 00:43:37 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=34663 In a late thriller in Krasnodar, ASVEL Villeurbanne stood tall and edged Lokomotiv Kuban to claim a big win on the road (65-67). It was a close game from the opening tip, as no team could take a significant advantage (15-15, 34-34, 52-51). Alpha Kaba gave the visitors a six-point lead (61-67), but Dmitry Kulagin […]

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ASVEL Villeurbanne shocked Lokomotiv Kuban in Top 16 opener

In a late thriller in Krasnodar, ASVEL Villeurbanne stood tall and edged Lokomotiv Kuban to claim a big win on the road (65-67).

It was a close game from the opening tip, as no team could take a significant advantage (15-15, 34-34, 52-51).

Alpha Kaba gave the visitors a six-point lead (61-67), but Dmitry Kulagin cut the deficit to two, with 40 seconds to go (65-67).

ASVEL made the turnover and Lokomotiv had the chance to win the game, but Vitaly Fridzon missed the shot from downtown at the buzzer and the hosts were defeated.

Kaba led the winners with 16 points and a career-high 13 rebounds, as David Lighty and Amine Noua added 15 and 13 points, respectively.

On the other hand, Jamel McLean had 17 points and eight boards for the losing squad, with Mateusz Ponitka posting 13 points and Kulagin 12, respectively.

ASVEL now is at 1-0 in Group F, whereas Lokomotiv dropped to 0-1.

In Group E, Dominique Sutton led Rytas Vinius past Partizan (80-74), with 21 points and five rebounds.

At the same time, Andorra endured the comeback of Cedevita from a 14-point deficit (59-73) and earned its first win in Group H (81-87), with Andrew Albicy having 22 points and eight assists.

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Nikola Jankovic signed with Partizan https://www.talkbasket.net/34658-nikola-jankovic-signed-with-partizan https://www.talkbasket.net/34658-nikola-jankovic-signed-with-partizan#respond Wed, 02 Jan 2019 15:42:49 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=34658 Partizan bolstered its frontcourt by acquiring Nikola Jankovic for the remainder of the season. The 24-year-old center started the season in Spain, where he played for Estudiantes, averaging 8.5 points and 4.2 rebounds as a starter in the Spanish League. Partizan will face Rytas Vilnius tonight (02/01) in the opening round of EuroCup Top 16.

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Nikola Jankovic signed with Partizan

Partizan bolstered its frontcourt by acquiring Nikola Jankovic for the remainder of the season.

The 24-year-old center started the season in Spain, where he played for Estudiantes, averaging 8.5 points and 4.2 rebounds as a starter in the Spanish League.

Partizan will face Rytas Vilnius tonight (02/01) in the opening round of EuroCup Top 16.

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Andorra signs Jerome Jordan https://www.talkbasket.net/34632-andorra-signs-jerome-jordan https://www.talkbasket.net/34632-andorra-signs-jerome-jordan#respond Tue, 01 Jan 2019 14:44:44 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=34632 Andorra bolstered its roster ahead of the start of the Top 16 in the EuroCup, by signing center Jerome Jordan for the remainder of the season. The 32-year-old player started the season with Breogan, averaging 10.5 points and 5.6 rebounds in the Spanish League. Jordan will make his return to the EuroCup after a seven-year […]

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Andorra signs Jerome Jordan

Andorra bolstered its roster ahead of the start of the Top 16 in the EuroCup, by signing center Jerome Jordan for the remainder of the season.

The 32-year-old player started the season with Breogan, averaging 10.5 points and 5.6 rebounds in the Spanish League.

Jordan will make his return to the EuroCup after a seven-year absence. 

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Alexis Ajinca joined ASVEL Villeurbanne https://www.talkbasket.net/34473-alexis-ajinca-joined-asvel-villeurbanne https://www.talkbasket.net/34473-alexis-ajinca-joined-asvel-villeurbanne#respond Fri, 28 Dec 2018 17:26:35 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=34473 ASVEL Villeurbanne officially announced the addition of Alexis Ajinca to the club’s roster for the remainder of the season. The 30-year-old center was waived by the L.A. Clippers in September and hadn’t signed with any team until now. Ajinca missed the entire 2017-2018 season, due to a patellar tendon surgery.

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Alexis Ajinca joined ASVEL Villeurbanne

ASVEL Villeurbanne officially announced the addition of Alexis Ajinca to the club’s roster for the remainder of the season.

The 30-year-old center was waived by the L.A. Clippers in September and hadn’t signed with any team until now.

Ajinca missed the entire 2017-2018 season, due to a patellar tendon surgery.

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Carlos Delfino to leave FIAT Torino due to “violent behavior” https://www.talkbasket.net/34467-carlos-delfino-to-leave-fiat-torino-due-to-violent-behavior https://www.talkbasket.net/34467-carlos-delfino-to-leave-fiat-torino-due-to-violent-behavior#respond Fri, 28 Dec 2018 17:09:30 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=34467 Carlos Delfino is expected to part ways with Fiat Torino, after the club’s vice president Francesco Forni accused him of “violent behavior”. Here is what Forni told Basket Universo: “There was a normal confrontation with the players who were put in front of their responsibilities after the loss to Sidigas Avellino. Delfino was the only […]

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Carlos Delfino to leave FIAT Torino due to “violent  behavior”

Carlos Delfino is expected to part ways with Fiat Torino, after the club’s vice president Francesco Forni accused him of “violent behavior”.

Here is what Forni told Basket Universo:

“There was a normal confrontation with the players who were put in front of their responsibilities after the loss to Sidigas Avellino. Delfino was the only one who didn’t want to accept criticism.

He had a behavior at the limit of violence towards me. Given his disproportionate reaction, we have decided to cut him immediately.”

The Italian team also parted ways with Larry Brown on Thursday (27/12), following the squad’s poor record in the EuroCup (0-10) and the Italian League (4-8).

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FIAT Turin parted ways with Larry Brown https://www.talkbasket.net/34449-fiat-turin-parted-ways-with-larry-brown https://www.talkbasket.net/34449-fiat-turin-parted-ways-with-larry-brown#respond Fri, 28 Dec 2018 11:29:13 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=34449 FIAT Turin announced that Larry Brown has left the team and his assistant Paolo Galbiati has taken over. The Italian team had made a poor start to the season. They were the only winless team in the EuroCup (0-10), while they had a 4-8 record in the Italian League. Turin decided to part ways with […]

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FIAT Turin parted ways with Larry Brown

FIAT Turin announced that Larry Brown has left the team and his assistant Paolo Galbiati has taken over.

The Italian team had made a poor start to the season. They were the only winless team in the EuroCup (0-10), while they had a 4-8 record in the Italian League.

Turin decided to part ways with coach Brown after “carefully analyzing the situation of the team” and “to the interest of both parties”.

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Partizan officially signs Alex Renfroe https://www.talkbasket.net/34386-partizan-officially-signs-alex-renfroe https://www.talkbasket.net/34386-partizan-officially-signs-alex-renfroe#respond Wed, 26 Dec 2018 21:47:34 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=34386 Partizan president Ostoja Mijailovic announced the addition of Alex Renfroe to the club’s roster for the remainder of the season. The 32-year-old point guard started the 2018/19 season in Spain, playing for Manresa. In 13 games in the ACB, Renfroe averaged 14 points, six assists and four rebounds.

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Partizan officially signs Alex Renfroe

Partizan president Ostoja Mijailovic announced the addition of Alex Renfroe to the club’s roster for the remainder of the season.

The 32-year-old point guard started the 2018/19 season in Spain, playing for Manresa.

In 13 games in the ACB, Renfroe averaged 14 points, six assists and four rebounds.

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Pierria Henry claimed the EuroCup Regular Season MVP Award https://www.talkbasket.net/34303-pierria-henry-claimed-the-eurocup-regular-season-mvp-award https://www.talkbasket.net/34303-pierria-henry-claimed-the-eurocup-regular-season-mvp-award#respond Mon, 24 Dec 2018 13:42:20 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=34303 Pierria Henry led Unics Kazan to the Top 16 of the 7DAYS EuroCup and was the named the MVP of the regular season. Henry led his team in assists, rebounds and steals, while his PIR was the second-best in the competition. He averaged 12.2 points, 4.9 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 1.7 steals in the regular […]

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Pierria Henry claimed the EuroCup Regular Season MVP Award

Pierria Henry led Unics Kazan to the Top 16 of the 7DAYS EuroCup and was the named the MVP of the regular season.

Henry led his team in assists, rebounds and steals, while his PIR was the second-best in the competition.

He averaged 12.2 points, 4.9 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 1.7 steals in the regular season.

Unics finished the regular season with a 9-1 record.

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Joan Plaza takes over Zenit St Petersburg https://www.talkbasket.net/34238-joan-plaza-takes-over-zenit-st-petersburg https://www.talkbasket.net/34238-joan-plaza-takes-over-zenit-st-petersburg#respond Sat, 22 Dec 2018 14:06:30 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=34238 Zenit St Petersburg announced that Joan Plaza is the new head coach of the club and will replace Vasily Karasev. The Spanish coach returns to the bench after parting ways with Unicaja Malaga, where he spent the last five seasons. Plaza is the only coach to reach the EuroCup Finals with three different teams [Real […]

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Joan Plaza takes over Zenit St Petersburg

Zenit St Petersburg announced that Joan Plaza is the new head coach of the club and will replace Vasily Karasev.

The Spanish coach returns to the bench after parting ways with Unicaja Malaga, where he spent the last five seasons.

Plaza is the only coach to reach the EuroCup Finals with three different teams [Real Madrid (2007), Sevilla (2011) and Unicaja (2017)]. 

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Vasily Karasev parted ways with Zenit St Petersburg https://www.talkbasket.net/34235-vasily-karasev-parted-ways-with-zenit-st-petersburg https://www.talkbasket.net/34235-vasily-karasev-parted-ways-with-zenit-st-petersburg#respond Sat, 22 Dec 2018 13:52:26 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=34235 Zenit St Petersburg announced today that head coach Vasily Karasev has left the club after six years. The Russian coach started his career as an assistant coach in 2010 and took over as head coach in 2012. Karasev led Zenit to the Top 16 of the EuroCup, where the club will face Unics Kazan, Cedevita […]

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Vasily Karasev parted ways with Zenit St Petersburg

Zenit St Petersburg announced today that head coach Vasily Karasev has left the club after six years.

The Russian coach started his career as an assistant coach in 2010 and took over as head coach in 2012.

Karasev led Zenit to the Top 16 of the EuroCup, where the club will face Unics Kazan, Cedevita and Andorra.

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Larry Brown: “I’ve always been impressed with the way basketball has been played in Europe” https://www.talkbasket.net/34149-larry-brown-ive-always-been-impressed-with-the-way-basketball-has-been-played-in-europe https://www.talkbasket.net/34149-larry-brown-ive-always-been-impressed-with-the-way-basketball-has-been-played-in-europe#respond Fri, 21 Dec 2018 15:40:41 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=34149 Legendary coach Larry Brown praised European Basketball and the high quality of EuroCup, following FIAT Turin’s winless record. Here is what the great coach said, after his team’s loss to Unicaja Malaga, as FIAT Turin ended the regular season with a 0-10 record: On his team’s record: “We didn’t win a game so I have a […]

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Larry Brown: “I’ve always been impressed with the way basketball has been played in Europe”

Legendary coach Larry Brown praised European Basketball and the high quality of EuroCup, following FIAT Turin’s winless record.

Here is what the great coach said, after his team’s loss to Unicaja Malaga, as FIAT Turin ended the regular season with a 0-10 record:

On his team’s record: “We didn’t win a game so I have a lot of respect for the players and teams we played against. The level of play is very, very good. We’ve played some EuroLeague teams, but I think Kazan and Unicaja are every bit as good as them.

On why he joined FIAT Turin: “I came to Europe because I’ve always been impressed with the way the game’s been played here, and since I’ve been here my respect and admiration has only grown.

They play the right way – they share the ball, they defend, and I love this style of play because I think everybody accepts their roles.”

On his European experience so far: “I think the game is meant to have five guys playing together on defense and offense, and what I’ve found in Europe is that all the teams emphasize that. I came here to teach, but I’m the one who’s learning.”

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Alex Renfroe to reportedly sign with Partizan https://www.talkbasket.net/34139-alex-renfroe-to-reportedly-sign-with-partizan https://www.talkbasket.net/34139-alex-renfroe-to-reportedly-sign-with-partizan#respond Fri, 21 Dec 2018 14:33:22 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=34139 Per Basketball Sphere, Alex Renfroe will join Partizan and will strengthen the team’s roster ahead of the Top 16 in the EuroCup. The 32-year-old guard started the 2018/19 season in Manresa, having signed an one-year contract with the Spanish club during the summer. He averaged 14.5 points, 5.8 assists and 3.2 rebounds in the ACB.

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Alex Renfroe to reportedly sign with Partizan

Per Basketball Sphere, Alex Renfroe will join Partizan and will strengthen the team’s roster ahead of the Top 16 in the EuroCup.

The 32-year-old guard started the 2018/19 season in Manresa, having signed an one-year contract with the Spanish club during the summer.

He averaged 14.5 points, 5.8 assists and 3.2 rebounds in the ACB.


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EuroCup Top 16 Groups https://www.talkbasket.net/34074-eurocup-top-16-groups https://www.talkbasket.net/34074-eurocup-top-16-groups#respond Thu, 20 Dec 2018 11:57:34 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=34074 With the regular season of the EuroCup coming to an end, 16 teams secured their place in the Top 16. Here are the new groups that were created, with the top two teams from each group advancing to the quarter-finals. Group E: Monaco, ALBA Berlin, Partizan NIS, Vilnius Rytas Group F: Lokomotiv Kuban, ASVEL Villeurbanne, […]

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EuroCup Top 16 Groups

With the regular season of the EuroCup coming to an end, 16 teams secured their place in the Top 16.

Here are the new groups that were created, with the top two teams from each group advancing to the quarter-finals.

Group E: Monaco, ALBA Berlin, Partizan NIS, Vilnius Rytas

Group F: Lokomotiv Kuban, ASVEL Villeurbanne, ratiopharm Ulm, Fraport Skyliners

Group G: Valencia, Unicaja Malaga, Crvena Zvezda, Limoges

Group H: Unics Kazan, Morabanc Andorra, Cedevita, Zenit St. Petersburg

Top 16 starts on January 2nd and the top two teams of each group will play in the quarterfinals.

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Ratiopharm Ulm advances to the Top 16 https://www.talkbasket.net/34037-ratiopharm-ulm-advances-to-the-top-16 https://www.talkbasket.net/34037-ratiopharm-ulm-advances-to-the-top-16#respond Wed, 19 Dec 2018 23:46:12 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=34037 Thanks to a 0-18 run in the first quarter, Ratiopharm Ulm dominated Brescia on the road (80-97) and qualified to the Top 16. Brescia made a better start to the game (12-8), but Ulm went on a 0-18 run and closed the first quarter in front by 11 (17-28). The visitors were tremendous on both […]

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Ratiopharm Ulm advances to the Top 16

Thanks to a 0-18 run in the first quarter, Ratiopharm Ulm dominated Brescia on the road (80-97) and qualified to the Top 16.

Brescia made a better start to the game (12-8), but Ulm went on a 0-18 run and closed the first quarter in front by 11 (17-28).

The visitors were tremendous on both ends of the floor to extend their lead to 21 points (17-38) and never look back.

Since then, the hosts didn’t get closer than 14 points and, consequently, they were defeated.

Patrick Miller posted 23 points, seven assists and five steals for the winners, with Dwayne Evans and Ismet Akpinar adding 17 and 16 points, respectively.

On the other hand, Jordan Hamilton was unstoppable for the losing squad, with 30 points and seven boards, as Jared Cunningham contributed 18.

Ratiopharm Ulm ended the regular season with a 5-5 record, whereas Brescia dropped to 3-7.

Ulm will play in the Top 16 for the fifth time in the last six years.


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EuroCup Round 10: Qualification possibilities https://www.talkbasket.net/34032-eurocup-round-10-qualification-possibilities https://www.talkbasket.net/34032-eurocup-round-10-qualification-possibilities#respond Wed, 19 Dec 2018 16:25:31 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=34032 With 13 teams having already secured their place in the Top 16, six clubs are now fighting for the last three spots. Here are the qualification possibilities, per the official website of EuroCup: “GROUP A Tuesday, Dec 18: MoraBanc Andorra 87-80 AS MonacoWednesday, Dec 19: Galatasaray Istanbul vs. Crvena Zvezda mts BelgradeWednesday, Dec 19: Germani […]

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EuroCup Round 10: Qualification possibilities

With 13 teams having already secured their place in the Top 16, six clubs are now fighting for the last three spots.

Here are the qualification possibilities, per the official website of EuroCup:

“GROUP A

Tuesday, Dec 18: MoraBanc Andorra 87-80 AS Monaco
Wednesday, Dec 19: Galatasaray Istanbul vs. Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade
Wednesday, Dec 19: Germani Brescia Leonessa vs. ratiopharm Ulm

Ulm (4-5) qualifies with a victory; with an one-point loss in regulation time; or if it reaches overtime and already-qualified Zvezda (5-4) has already defeated Galatasaray (3-6).

Brescia (3-6) qualifies with a two-point win in regulation time; or with any victory if Galatasaray has won.

GROUP B

Tuesday, Dec 18: Cedevita Zagreb 92-96 Tofas Bursa
Wednesday, Dec 19: ALBA Berlin vs Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar
Wednesday, Dec 19: Limoges CSP vs Arka Gdynia

Limoges (3-6) qualifies with a win.

Tofas qualifies with a loss by Limoges.

The winner of ALBA (7-2) vs Lokomotiv (8-1) finishes first and the loser finishes second.

GROUP C

Tuesday, Dec 18: Zenit St. Petersburg 81-84 LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne
Tuesday, Dec 18: Dolomiti Energia Trento 83-95 Valencia Basket
Wednesday, Dec 19: Partizan NIS Belgrade vs Turk Telekom Ankara

Turk Telekom (4-5) qualifies with a victory, a loss in overtime or a loss by one (1) point in regulation time.

Partizan qualifies with a victory of two (2) points or more in regulation time.

GROUP D:

Wednesday, Dec 19: Rytas Vilnius vs Mornar Bar
Wednesday, Dec 19: Fraport SkylinersFrankfurt vs UNICS Kazan
Wednesday, Dec 19: Unicaja Malaga vs Fiat Turin

All Top 16 berths and final places have been decided in Group D.”

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Artsiom Parakhouski joins Rytas Vilnius https://www.talkbasket.net/34030-artsiom-parakhouski-joins-rytas-vilnius https://www.talkbasket.net/34030-artsiom-parakhouski-joins-rytas-vilnius#respond Wed, 19 Dec 2018 16:08:32 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=34030 Rytas Vilnius announced the acquisition of former Maccabi Tel-Aviv center, Artsiom Parakhouski. The 31-year-old player will be available to play for the Lithuanian club in EuroCup’s Top-16. Parakhouski spent the previous season with the Israeli powerhouse, averaging 7.6 points, 3.9 rebounds and one block in 30 EuroLeague games. He also has plenty of EuroLeague experience […]

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Artsiom Parakhouski joins Rytas Vilnius

Rytas Vilnius announced the acquisition of former Maccabi Tel-Aviv center, Artsiom Parakhouski.

The 31-year-old player will be available to play for the Lithuanian club in EuroCup’s Top-16.

Parakhouski spent the previous season with the Israeli powerhouse, averaging 7.6 points, 3.9 rebounds and one block in 30 EuroLeague games.

He also has plenty of EuroLeague experience (Maccabi, Unics Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod) and has made a total of 82 appearances, averaging  10.4 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.4 blocks. 

Parakhouski will be in attendance on tonight’s last regular season game of his team, but he will be available to play from Top 16 onwards.

Rytas Vilnius has already secured its qualification to the Top-16 from fourth place in Group D.

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Tofas survived Cedevita, remained alive in the qualification race https://www.talkbasket.net/33996-tofas-survived-cedevita-remained-alive-in-the-qualification-race https://www.talkbasket.net/33996-tofas-survived-cedevita-remained-alive-in-the-qualification-race#respond Wed, 19 Dec 2018 01:08:50 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=33996 Tofas Bursa endured the come-back of Cedevita and claimed a crucial win at home (92-96) to retain its chances to advance to the Top-16. The visitors outscored their opponents 14-24 in the second quarter to end the first half in front by 13 (37-50).  The hosts reacted, though, and went on a 34-23 run to […]

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Tofas survived Cedevita, remained alive in the qualification race

Tofas Bursa endured the come-back of Cedevita and claimed a crucial win at home (92-96) to retain its chances to advance to the Top-16.

The visitors outscored their opponents 14-24 in the second quarter to end the first half in front by 13 (37-50). 

The hosts reacted, though, and went on a 34-23 run to cut the deficit to two (71-73).

Since then, it was a close derby, but Tofas stood tall and claimed the win.

Five players scored in double figures for the winners, with Diante Garrett having a team-high 20 points.

Elgin Cook was unstoppable for the losing squad, with a game-high 32 points, as Jacob Pulen added 16.

Tofas improved to 4-6, whereas Cedevita dropped to 5-5.

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Crvena Zvezda crushed Brescia and advanced to the Top 16 https://www.talkbasket.net/33725-crvena-zvezda-crushed-brescia-and-advanced-to-the-top-16 https://www.talkbasket.net/33725-crvena-zvezda-crushed-brescia-and-advanced-to-the-top-16#respond Thu, 13 Dec 2018 01:37:49 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=33725 Crvena Zvezda decimated Brescia at home (103-67) and secured its qualification to the Top 16. The Serbians were unstoppable from the opening tip (31-14) and closed the first half in front by 43 points (65-22) to never look back and earn the victory. Four players scored in double figures for the winners, with Joe Ragland […]

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Crvena Zvezda crushed Brescia and advanced to the Top 16

Crvena Zvezda decimated Brescia at home (103-67) and secured its qualification to the Top 16.

The Serbians were unstoppable from the opening tip (31-14) and closed the first half in front by 43 points (65-22) to never look back and earn the victory.

Four players scored in double figures for the winners, with Joe Ragland having 16 points and 10 assists.

Bryon Allen had 17 points for the losing squad.

Crvena Zvezda improved to 5-4, whereas Brescia dropped to 3-6.


In the other matches, Unics Kazan (8-1) edged Unicaja Malaga (7-2) (87-84) to secure the top spot in Group D, Lokomotiv Kuban (8-1) survived Cedevita (5-4) (80-76) and Turk Telekom (4-5) beat Trento (3-6) at home (84-77).

In addition, Fraport Skyliners (6-3) defeated Mornar Bar (2-7) on the road (83-87), while Monaco (7-2) prevailed over Galatasaray (3-6) (76-71).

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Partizan edged ASVEL Villeurbanne, stayed alive in the qualification race https://www.talkbasket.net/33681-partizan-edged-asvel-villeurbanne-stayed-alive-in-the-qualification-race https://www.talkbasket.net/33681-partizan-edged-asvel-villeurbanne-stayed-alive-in-the-qualification-race#respond Wed, 12 Dec 2018 00:57:26 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=33681 Partizan stood tall in France and defeated ASVEL Villeurbanne (75-78) to retain its chances to advance to the Top 16. Five players scored in double figures for the winners, with Marcus Paige, Jock Landale and Aleksej Nikolic posting 15 points apiece. On the other hand, Miro Bilan had 17 points and seven rebounds for the […]

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Partizan edged ASVEL Villeurbanne, stayed alive in the qualification race

Partizan stood tall in France and defeated ASVEL Villeurbanne (75-78) to retain its chances to advance to the Top 16.

Five players scored in double figures for the winners, with Marcus Paige, Jock Landale and Aleksej Nikolic posting 15 points apiece.

On the other hand, Miro Bilan had 17 points and seven rebounds for the losing squad.

It was a close game from the opening tip, with the visitors taking the upper hand in the first half (12-17, 32-37).

In the second half, the hosts played very well offensively (25 points in the third quarter) and took the lead (57-56).

The Serbians stood tall, though, and claimed a big victory on the road. 

Partizan improved to 3-6, whereas Villeurbanne (who have already qualified) dropped to 6-3.

In the other matches, Limoges (3-6) beat Tofas Bursa (3-6) on the road (92-98), Ratiopharm Ulm (4-5) were victorious over Andorra (5-4) (88-80) and ALBA Berlin (7-2) prevailed over Arka Gdynia (1-8) (64-76).

Valencia (7-2) rallied past Zenit (4-5) at home (97-89) and Rytas Vilnius (4-5) escaped from Italy with a big victory over FIAT Turin (0-9) (96-101).

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Monaco acquired Eric Buckner https://www.talkbasket.net/33580-monaco-acquired-eric-buckner https://www.talkbasket.net/33580-monaco-acquired-eric-buckner#respond Sun, 09 Dec 2018 12:57:40 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=33580 Monaco announced the addition of American forward/center Eric Buckner to the team’s roster. The 28-year-old player joined the French team until the end of the season. Buckner left ASVEL Villeurbanne last week and decided to sign with Monaco. He averaged 7.7 points and 3.9 rebounds in 22 minutes of action in seven EuroCup games.

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Monaco acquired Eric Buckner

Monaco announced the addition of American forward/center Eric Buckner to the team’s roster.

The 28-year-old player joined the French team until the end of the season.

Buckner left ASVEL Villeurbanne last week and decided to sign with Monaco.

He averaged 7.7 points and 3.9 rebounds in 22 minutes of action in seven EuroCup games.

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Larry Brown makes his return to FIAT Turin https://www.talkbasket.net/33331-larry-brown-makes-his-return-to-fiat-turin https://www.talkbasket.net/33331-larry-brown-makes-his-return-to-fiat-turin#respond Sun, 02 Dec 2018 09:55:57 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=33331 FIAT Turin announced that head coach Larry Brown has returned to Italy and is ready to take over again. Coach Brown took advantage of the FIBA “windows” break and went to the United States, as he is still dealing with health issues. Per the club’s press release: “After a week of individual trainings, directed by […]

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Larry Brown makes his return to FIAT Turin

FIAT Turin announced that head coach Larry Brown has returned to Italy and is ready to take over again.

Coach Brown took advantage of the FIBA “windows” break and went to the United States, as he is still dealing with health issues.

Per the club’s press release: “After a week of individual trainings, directed by assistant coaches Paolo Galbiati and Stefano Comazzi, which were attended by some players in the recovery phase, new roster additions, Dallas Moore and Darington Hobson, captain Peppe Poeta and center Marco Cusin, Fiat Torino resumed the team trainings led by Larry Brown, who came back to Turin this morning.”

Turin has won only twice this season and has made a poor start in both the Legabasket (2-6) and the EuroCup (0-8). They will now face Trento for the Italian League on December 8.

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Patric Young reportedly a target for Partizan https://www.talkbasket.net/33209-patric-young-reportedly-a-target-for-partizan https://www.talkbasket.net/33209-patric-young-reportedly-a-target-for-partizan#respond Wed, 28 Nov 2018 11:34:10 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=33209 Per Mozzart Sport, Andrea Trinchieri and Partizan are in talks with former Olympiacos center, Patric Young. The club and the Italian coach are considering the 26-year-old center as their best option to strengthen their front-line. Partizan wants Young to join the team during the break for the WC Qualifiers in order to adapt as quickly […]

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Patric Young reportedly a target for Partizan

Per Mozzart Sport, Andrea Trinchieri and Partizan are in talks with former Olympiacos center, Patric Young.

The club and the Italian coach are considering the 26-year-old center as their best option to strengthen their front-line.

Partizan wants Young to join the team during the break for the WC Qualifiers in order to adapt as quickly as possible to Trinchieri’s tactics and playing style.

What remains to be seen is whether the Serbians will make the deal official in the upcoming days.

If Young, who had suffered a torn ACL in November 2015, joins Partizan, he will return to action for the first time since June 2017.

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Jordan Crawford failed medical tests, will not play for ALBA Berlin https://www.talkbasket.net/33064-jordan-crawford-failed-medical-tests-will-not-play-for-alba-berlin https://www.talkbasket.net/33064-jordan-crawford-failed-medical-tests-will-not-play-for-alba-berlin#respond Thu, 22 Nov 2018 12:44:14 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=33064 ALBA Berlin announced that Jordan Crawford failed the medical tests and will not play for the German team. Although the club had officially announced the acquisition of the 30-year-old guard, Crawford will not join ALBA Berlin eventually. Der geplante Wechsel von Jordan Crawford kommt nicht zustande: Der US-Guard, der die verletzungsgeplagten Albatrosse für einen Monat […]

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Jordan Crawford failed medical tests, will not play for ALBA Berlin

ALBA Berlin announced that Jordan Crawford failed the medical tests and will not play for the German team.

Although the club had officially announced the acquisition of the 30-year-old guard, Crawford will not join ALBA Berlin eventually.

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Valencia defeats Partizan, qualifies to the Top 16 https://www.talkbasket.net/33028-valencia-defeats-partizan-qualifies-to-the-top-16 https://www.talkbasket.net/33028-valencia-defeats-partizan-qualifies-to-the-top-16#respond Thu, 22 Nov 2018 00:26:10 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=33028 Valencia edged Partizan on the road (61-69) and secured their ticket to the Top 16 of the 7DAYS EuroCup. It was all about defence for the Spaniards, who conceded just 25 points in the second half and escaped from Belgrade with a big victory. The hosts remained competitive for three quarters (18-22, 36-34, 48-52), but […]

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Valencia defeats Partizan, qualifies to the Top 16

Valencia edged Partizan on the road (61-69) and secured their ticket to the Top 16 of the 7DAYS EuroCup.

It was all about defence for the Spaniards, who conceded just 25 points in the second half and escaped from Belgrade with a big victory.

The hosts remained competitive for three quarters (18-22, 36-34, 48-52), but couldn’t turn things around in the end and were defeated.

Sam Van Rossom led the winners with a game-high 20 points, as Bojan Dubljevic had 12 points and 12 rebounds.

On the other hand, Vanja Marinkovic had a team-high 15 points for the losing squad, with Jock Landale adding 14.

This was the sixth victory for Valencia (6-2), whereas Partizan suffered their sixth defeat (2-6).

The eighth round of the EuroCup saw Cedevita and Fraport Skyliners also advance to the Top 16.

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Cedevita reached EuroCup Top 16 after beating Arka Gdynia https://www.talkbasket.net/33026-cedevita-reached-eurocup-top-16-after-beating-arka-gdynia https://www.talkbasket.net/33026-cedevita-reached-eurocup-top-16-after-beating-arka-gdynia#respond Wed, 21 Nov 2018 22:26:15 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=33026 Cedevita scored a home win against Arka Gdynia in the eighth round of the EuroCup. The Croatian side reached the next phase, with five wins and three losses. The Polish visitors dropped to 1-7. Slaven Rimac’s team has found its rhythm, while they secured their fifth win in a row. The final score of the […]

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Cedevita reached EuroCup Top 16 after beating Arka Gdynia

Cedevita scored a home win against Arka Gdynia in the eighth round of the EuroCup. The Croatian side reached the next phase, with five wins and three losses. The Polish visitors dropped to 1-7.

Slaven Rimac’s team has found its rhythm, while they secured their fifth win in a row. The final score of the game was 94-87.

Jacob Pullen and Justin Cobbs showed some clutch performance by leading Cedevita’s 19-7 run, just four minutes before the end, which was the key moment of the game.

Despite the Croatian team being up by 10 points at halftime, the visitors managed to complicate the game in the fourth quarter.

Cobbs finished the game with a season-high 28 points and seven assists. Jacob Pullen scored 18 points, while Andrija Stipanovic and Marko Banic added 12 points and six rebounds each.

Joshua Bostic led the losing side with 28 points.

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Monaco and ASVEL Villeurbanne advanced to the Top 16 https://www.talkbasket.net/32991-monaco-and-asvel-villeurbanne-advanced-to-the-top-16 https://www.talkbasket.net/32991-monaco-and-asvel-villeurbanne-advanced-to-the-top-16#respond Tue, 20 Nov 2018 23:15:24 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=32991 Monaco and Villeurbanne defeated Ratiopharm Ulm and Turk Telekom, respectively, and secured their ticket to the Top 16. Monaco came back from a double-digit deficit in the first quarter (16-27) and edged Ratiopharm Ulm at home (84-81), thanks to a 26-16 run in the fourth quarter. Elmedin Kikanovic and Yakuba Ouattara scored 22 points apiece […]

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Monaco and ASVEL Villeurbanne advanced to the Top 16

Monaco and Villeurbanne defeated Ratiopharm Ulm and Turk Telekom, respectively, and secured their ticket to the Top 16.

Monaco came back from a double-digit deficit in the first quarter (16-27) and edged Ratiopharm Ulm at home (84-81), thanks to a 26-16 run in the fourth quarter.

Elmedin Kikanovic and Yakuba Ouattara scored 22 points apiece for the winners, with Paul Lacombe adding 21.

On the other hand, Javonte Green and Isaac Fotu had 18 and 15 points, respectively, for the losing squad.

Monaco improved to 6-2 and qualified to the Top 16, whereas Ulm dropped to 3-5.

Although they were down by nine at the end of the first quarter (25-16), ASVEL Villeurbanne went on a 13-29 run in the second quarter and never looked back, as they beat Turk Telekom on the road (78-83).

Miro Bilan led the winners with 23 points, as four more players scored in double figures. On the other hand, Reggie Redding had 19 points for the losing squad.

Villeurbanne claimed its sixth win in eight games (6-2), whereas Turk Telekom dropped to 3-5.

In the other match, Andorra defeated Crvena Zvezda (91-80) and overcame the Serbians in the standings.

The Spaniards are now 5-3 after eight games, with Zvezda suffering its fourth defeat (4-4).

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Brandon Jennings left Zenit St Petersburg https://www.talkbasket.net/32976-brandon-jennings-left-zenit-st-petersburg https://www.talkbasket.net/32976-brandon-jennings-left-zenit-st-petersburg#respond Tue, 20 Nov 2018 20:03:06 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=32976 Zenit St Petersburg announced today they have parted ways with former NBA player, Brandon Jennings. The 29-year-old guard averaged nine points, four rebounds and seven assists in five games in the 7DAYS EuroCup so far. Zenit has a 4-3 record in seven games in the competition. «Зенит» и разыгрывающий Брендон Дженнингс достигли договоренности о досрочном […]

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Brandon Jennings left Zenit St Petersburg

Zenit St Petersburg announced today they have parted ways with former NBA player, Brandon Jennings.

The 29-year-old guard averaged nine points, four rebounds and seven assists in five games in the 7DAYS EuroCup so far. Zenit has a 4-3 record in seven games in the competition.

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Larry Brown headlines the first EuroLeague Insider https://www.talkbasket.net/32932-larry-brown-headlines-the-first-euroleague-insider https://www.talkbasket.net/32932-larry-brown-headlines-the-first-euroleague-insider#respond Mon, 19 Nov 2018 15:44:28 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=32932 The legendary Larry Brown, head coach of EuroCup club, FIAT Turin, will be the first guest of the Insider EuroLeague Documentary Series. The full documentary will be released on Monday, November 26. Per the competition’s press release: “The legendary Larry Brown, the only basketball coach ever to win both NBA and NCAA titles, embraced a […]

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Larry Brown headlines the first EuroLeague Insider

The legendary Larry Brown, head coach of EuroCup club, FIAT Turin, will be the first guest of the Insider EuroLeague Documentary Series.

The full documentary will be released on Monday, November 26.

Per the competition’s press release:

“The legendary Larry Brown, the only basketball coach ever to win both NBA and NCAA titles, embraced a new challenge this season, taking the reins at 7DAYS EuroCup club FIAT Turin at the age of 78.

Brown’s life-long passion for basketball and his bold move abroad in his fifth decade as a coach inspire The Learning Master, which opens The Insider Documentary Series, part of the Euroleague Basketball Originals long-form content platform, for this season. The full documentary will be released on Monday, November 26.

The Learning Master goes inside Brown’s late-career debut in European basketball and the motivations behind it. The Insider accompanies Coach Brown on his journey and hears first-hand his views on European basketball, his adaptation to it, and his coaching philosophy. The documentary also talks with his current and former colleagues and players about what drives this Hall of Famer.

“I think I’ve always been willing to learn and appreciate great coaching,” Brown says as the documentary starts. “Now, it’s a whole different anxiety because it’s almost like learning a new sport. There’s a little nervousness here.”

Born in 2015, The Insider Documentary Series goes beyond the glare of game nights and digs into the personal stories of the biggest European basketball stars. The Insider cameras capture the intimacy behind the spotlights and provide full access to the protagonists and the people who know them best. Past Insider Documentaries have profiled coaches like Zeljko Obradovic, players like Luka Doncic and Vassilis Spanoulis, and cities such as Istanbul and Belgrade — all taking viewers to the heart of what makes basketball a sport that moves people so deeply.

The Insider Documentary Series will continue later this season with two more fascinating subjects:

– Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv’s back-to-back champions from 2004 and 2005, reunited to talk about their memorable accomplishment.

– Nick Calathes, the adopted son of Greek basketball who is holding up that country’s tradition of elite point guards.

The Insider EuroLeague Documentary Series exemplifies a commitment to the premium, long-form content on the Euroleague Basketball Originals platform, which was enhanced by the recent debut of The Journey, an eight-month series that takes fans behind the scenes from opening day to this season’s championship game with their heroes from five different EuroLeague teams.”

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Jordan Crawford to reportedly join ALBA Berlin https://www.talkbasket.net/32914-jordan-crawford-to-reportedly-join-alba-berlin https://www.talkbasket.net/32914-jordan-crawford-to-reportedly-join-alba-berlin#respond Mon, 19 Nov 2018 00:16:53 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=32914 Per Michael Scotto of the Athletic, former NBA player Jordan Crawford will sign with ALBA Berlin until the end of the season. The 30-year-old shooting guard played in just five games for the Pelicans last season, averaging 6.6 points and 2.6 assists. Crawford has spent the previous five seasons in the NBA as a member […]

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Jordan Crawford to reportedly join ALBA Berlin

Per Michael Scotto of the Athletic, former NBA player Jordan Crawford will sign with ALBA Berlin until the end of the season.

The 30-year-old shooting guard played in just five games for the Pelicans last season, averaging 6.6 points and 2.6 assists.

Crawford has spent the previous five seasons in the NBA as a member of the Atlanta Hawks, the Washington Wizards, the Boston Celtics and the Golden State Warriors.

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Limoges acquired Jordan Taylor https://www.talkbasket.net/32816-limoges-acquired-jordan-taylor https://www.talkbasket.net/32816-limoges-acquired-jordan-taylor#respond Fri, 16 Nov 2018 13:01:49 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=32816 As the club announced today, former Galatasaray guard Jordan Taylor joined Limoges and will replace London Perrantes. The 29-year-old player was a member of Galatasaray last season, averaging 5.8 points, 2.8 assists and 1.6 rebounds in 12 EuroCup matches. On the other hand, Perrantes leaves the club after just seven games in the EuroCup, where […]

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Limoges acquired Jordan Taylor

As the club announced today, former Galatasaray guard Jordan Taylor joined Limoges and will replace London Perrantes.

The 29-year-old player was a member of Galatasaray last season, averaging 5.8 points, 2.8 assists and 1.6 rebounds in 12 EuroCup matches.

On the other hand, Perrantes leaves the club after just seven games in the EuroCup, where he averaged 3.6 points, 4.6 assists and one rebound per game.

Limoges are making changes to their roster, as they are trying to put an end to a five-game losing streak in all competitions (three in the EuroCup, two in the French League).

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EuroCup Round 7: Lokomotiv Kuban, ALBA Berlin and Unicaja Malaga advanced to the Top 16 https://www.talkbasket.net/32739-eurocup-round-7-lokomotiv-kuban-alba-berlin-and-unicaja-malaga-advanced-to-the-top-16 https://www.talkbasket.net/32739-eurocup-round-7-lokomotiv-kuban-alba-berlin-and-unicaja-malaga-advanced-to-the-top-16#respond Thu, 15 Nov 2018 02:59:43 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=32739 The second day of the seventh round in the EuroCup saw Lokomotiv Kuban, ALBA Berlin and Unicaja Malaga secure their place in the Top 16. The Russians beat Limoges on the road (64-72), thanks to a 27-39 run in the second half. Lokomotiv claimed their sixth win (6-1), whereas the French team suffered its fifth […]

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EuroCup Round 7: Lokomotiv Kuban, ALBA Berlin and Unicaja Malaga advanced to the Top 16

The second day of the seventh round in the EuroCup saw Lokomotiv Kuban, ALBA Berlin and Unicaja Malaga secure their place in the Top 16.

The Russians beat Limoges on the road (64-72), thanks to a 27-39 run in the second half. Lokomotiv claimed their sixth win (6-1), whereas the French team suffered its fifth defeat (2-5).

ALBA Berlin lost to Cedevita at home (102-109), yet they officially qualified to the Top-16 (5-2). On the other hand, the Croatians, who played excellent in the game (11-32, 38-61, 63-79) came one step closer to clinching their place in the Top-16 (4-3).

For their part, Unicaja Malaga (6-1) defeated Fraport Skyliners (4-3) on the road (78-84) and became the fourth team, after Lokomotiv Kuban, ALBA Berlin and Unics Kazan, which advanced to the Top-16.

In the other matches, Monaco (5-2) dominated Crvena Zvezda (4-3) in Belgrade (75-91) and climbed on top of the standings in Group A, while Zenit St Petersburg handed Andrea Trinchieri his first defeat as the head coach of Partizan (75-71).

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EuroCup Round 7: Unics Kazan survived Rytas Vilnius, advanced to the Top 16 https://www.talkbasket.net/32640-eurocup-round-7-unics-kazan-survived-rytas-vilnius-advanced-to-the-top-16 https://www.talkbasket.net/32640-eurocup-round-7-unics-kazan-survived-rytas-vilnius-advanced-to-the-top-16#respond Wed, 14 Nov 2018 00:41:41 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=32640 The first day of the seventh round in the EuroCup saw Unics Kazan escape from Vilnius with a big win over Rytas (81-87). Errick McCollum and Pierria Henry led the way for the winners, with 26 (9/13 shooting) and 18 points, respectively. On the other hand, five players scored in double figures for the losing […]

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EuroCup Round 7: Unics Kazan survived Rytas Vilnius, advanced to the Top 16

The first day of the seventh round in the EuroCup saw Unics Kazan escape from Vilnius with a big win over Rytas (81-87).

Errick McCollum and Pierria Henry led the way for the winners, with 26 (9/13 shooting) and 18 points, respectively. On the other hand, five players scored in double figures for the losing squad, yet they couldn’t give their team the victory.

Unics came back from an eight-point deficit in the first half (43-35) and outscored their opponents 38-52 in the second half to win the game.

The Russians improved to 6-1 and qualified to the Top 16, whereas the Lithuanians dropped to 3-4.

In the other matches, Tofas Bursa beat Arka Gdynia on the road (77-87), while Trento edged Villeurbanne at home (79-77).

 

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Stipcevic reportedly signed with Rytas Vilnius https://www.talkbasket.net/32411-stipcevic-reportedly-signed-with-rytas-vilnius https://www.talkbasket.net/32411-stipcevic-reportedly-signed-with-rytas-vilnius#respond Thu, 08 Nov 2018 13:20:14 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=32411 Rok Stipcevic reportedly agreed terms with Rytas Vilnius. The Croatian point guard will join the Lithuanian team with an one-year contract. The Croatian point guard has played for Dinamo Sassari over the past three seasons. The experienced playmaker parted ways with the Italian team last summer. Stipcevic averaged 8.2 points and 4.4 assists in the […]

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Stipcevic reportedly signed with Rytas Vilnius

Rok Stipcevic reportedly agreed terms with Rytas Vilnius. The Croatian point guard will join the Lithuanian team with an one-year contract.

The Croatian point guard has played for Dinamo Sassari over the past three seasons. The experienced playmaker parted ways with the Italian team last summer.

Stipcevic averaged 8.2 points and 4.4 assists in the Italian Serie A.

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Ratiopharm Ulm upsets Crvena Zvezda at home https://www.talkbasket.net/32390-ratiopharm-ulm-upsets-crvena-zvezda-at-home https://www.talkbasket.net/32390-ratiopharm-ulm-upsets-crvena-zvezda-at-home#respond Wed, 07 Nov 2018 23:51:37 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=32390 Thanks to a 29-16 run in the second quarter, Ratiopharm Ulm dominated Crvena Zvezda at home (95-80). The Serbians were down by 17 at halftime (50-33) and were unable to make a come-back (73-57), as they played very badly defensively and let their opponents cruise to an easy victory. Dwayne Evans had 23 points and […]

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Ratiopharm Ulm upsets Crvena Zvezda at home

Thanks to a 29-16 run in the second quarter, Ratiopharm Ulm dominated Crvena Zvezda at home (95-80).

The Serbians were down by 17 at halftime (50-33) and were unable to make a come-back (73-57), as they played very badly defensively and let their opponents cruise to an easy victory.

Dwayne Evans had 23 points and 11 rebounds for the winners, with Patrick Miller and Javonte Green adding 20 and 16 points, respectively.

Ognjen Dobric posted a team-high 21 points for Crvena Zvezda and Stratos Perperoglou contributed 10.

This was the third win in six games for Ulm (3-3), whereas the Serbians suffered their second loss, but remained on top of Group A (4-2).

In the other matches, ALBA Berlin survived Tofas Bursa in overtime (101-106), Cedevita decimated Limoges at home (91-71), Brescia escaped from Monaco with a big victory (80-86) and Andorra defeated Galatasaray at home (95-87).

In addition, Lokomotiv dominated Arka Gdynia at home (96-72), Unics had no problem to beat Mornar Bar (90-73) and Unicaja Malaga crushed Rytas Vilnius in Spain (95-76).

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Easy home win for Cedevita over Limoges https://www.talkbasket.net/32388-easy-home-win-for-cedevita-over-limoges https://www.talkbasket.net/32388-easy-home-win-for-cedevita-over-limoges#respond Wed, 07 Nov 2018 22:40:43 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=32388 Cedevita reached its third victory after beating Limoges at home, in Dom sportova, in a 7DAYS EuroCup Round 6 game. The Croatian side dominated for the whole 40 minutes, as they come close to reaching the next phase of the competition. The final score was 91-71. Elgin Cook turned on his “shooting mode” and created […]

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Easy home win for Cedevita over Limoges

Cedevita reached its third victory after beating Limoges at home, in Dom sportova, in a 7DAYS EuroCup Round 6 game.

The Croatian side dominated for the whole 40 minutes, as they come close to reaching the next phase of the competition. The final score was 91-71.

Elgin Cook turned on his “shooting mode” and created Cedevita’s 11-3 dream start. The home team’s backup players kept the difference safe during the first half. Jacob Pullen, with 8 points in the second quarter, led his new team to a 14 points difference.

The guests came close at the end of the third quarter (58-53), but Justin Cobbs and Ivan Ramljak joined Elgin Cook with the “mini-series” 9-2 and broke the resistance of the French team.

Cook led the game with 19 points and 5 rebounds. Justin Cobbs scored 17 with 6 assists, while Jacob Pullen added 17 points off the bench. On the losing side, Axel Bouteille scored 13 points.

Standings

Group B W L PTS+ PTS- +/-
1. Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar 5 1 513 445 68
2. ALBA Berlin 5 1 539 494 45
3. Cedevita Zagreb 3 3 482 466 16
4. Tofas Bursa 2 4 526 551 -25
5. Limoges CSP 2 4 477 511 -34
6. Arka Gdynia 1 5 440 510 -70

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Andrea Trinchieri: “We have to work on shot selection and concentration” https://www.talkbasket.net/32381-andrea-trinchieri-we-have-to-work-on-shot-selection-and-concentration https://www.talkbasket.net/32381-andrea-trinchieri-we-have-to-work-on-shot-selection-and-concentration#respond Wed, 07 Nov 2018 14:59:57 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=32381 Partizan head coach, Andrea Trinchieri, spoke with the media following the team’s victory over Trento at home (76-71). Here is what the Italian coach said: On his players’ performance: “I think that the tall lineup decided the game, we have a lot of work ahead of us. I noticed some players wanted to score for […]

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Andrea Trinchieri: “We have to work on shot selection and concentration”

Partizan head coach, Andrea Trinchieri, spoke with the media following the team’s victory over Trento at home (76-71).

Here is what the Italian coach said:

On his players’ performance: “I think that the tall lineup decided the game, we have a lot of work ahead of us. I noticed some players wanted to score for themselves.

The ball says Partizan, not the name of one player. We have to work on shot selection and concentration.”

On what bothered him in the game: “One thing itches me: I got angry because we put the crowd to sleep at one moment. But’s ok, this is a young team. We go one step forward, then a bit backward and then again forward.”

On the club’s home court, the “Hala Pionir”: “I got a message last night: ‘Get ready for Pionir‘. It was really amazing, I want many more of these nights in my life.“

On his overall thoughts after his first days in Partizan’s bench: “It looks bad, but it tastes great.”

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ASVEL Villeurbanne climbs to the top of Group C https://www.talkbasket.net/32342-asvel-villeurbanne-climbs-to-the-top-of-group-c https://www.talkbasket.net/32342-asvel-villeurbanne-climbs-to-the-top-of-group-c#respond Tue, 06 Nov 2018 23:36:02 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=32342 ASVEL Villeurbanne edged Valencia at home (73-69) and now are on top of the standings in Group C (5-1). DeMarcus Nelson led the winners in scoring, with 20 points (on 9/14 shooting), with A.J Slaughter adding 14 and Mantas Kalnietis 11, along with six assists. Louis Labeyrie had 17 points and nine rebounds for the […]

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ASVEL Villeurbanne climbs to the top of Group C

ASVEL Villeurbanne edged Valencia at home (73-69) and now are on top of the standings in Group C (5-1).

DeMarcus Nelson led the winners in scoring, with 20 points (on 9/14 shooting), with A.J Slaughter adding 14 and Mantas Kalnietis 11, along with six assists.

Louis Labeyrie had 17 points and nine rebounds for the losing squad, as Mike Tobey posted 13 points and eight boards.

It was a close game in the first half, as no team could take a significant advantage (20-17, 37-37). Later, the hosts played very well offensively (23 points in the third quarter) and earned a six-point lead (60-54).

The visitors tried to come back, but they came up short and, consequently, they were defeated.

Villeurbanne claimed their fifth win in six matches (5-1), whereas Valencia lost for the second time in the EuroCup (4-2).

In the other matches, Turk Telekom defeated Zenit St Petersburg at home (81-75) to earn their third straight voctory, Partizan prevailed over Trento in the return of head coach Andrea Trinchieri to the EuroCup and Fraport Skyliners escaped from Italy with a big win over Turin (75-85).

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Partizan breaks Trento’s resistance https://www.talkbasket.net/32340-partizan-breaks-trentos-resistance https://www.talkbasket.net/32340-partizan-breaks-trentos-resistance#respond Tue, 06 Nov 2018 22:20:51 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=32340 Partizan NIS beat Dolomiti Energia Trento at home in the sixth round of the 7DAYS EuroCup. Final score was 76-71, so the Serbian side marked its second win and left Trento on the 6th place of Group C. Andrea Trinchieri’s new team started very well. The home team left their opponents with only seven points […]

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Partizan breaks Trento’s resistance

Partizan NIS beat Dolomiti Energia Trento at home in the sixth round of the 7DAYS EuroCup. Final score was 76-71, so the Serbian side marked its second win and left Trento on the 6th place of Group C.

Andrea Trinchieri’s new team started very well. The home team left their opponents with only seven points in the first quarter (22-7). Nikola Jovanovic struck back and Partizan was up by only four points after the first half (36-32).

Partizan took initiative again in the second half, but never managed to break Trento’s resistance. The guests came close (72-69) with only 40 seconds left, but Vanja Marinkovic showed no mercy from the free throw line.

Jock Landale led the home team with 18 points. Marcus Paige added 16 points and 6 assists, while Nikola Jovanovic was better than the other Trento players, with 20 points and 6 rebounds.

Standings

Group C W L PTS+ PTS- +/-
1. LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne 5 1 472 423 49
2. Valencia Basket 4 2 484 443 41
3. Zenit St Petersburg 3 3 513 492 21
4. Turk Telekom Ankara 3 3 449 471 -22
5. Partizan NIS Belgrade 2 4 459 480 -21
6. Dolomiti Energia Trento 1 5 417 485 -68

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Trento brings back Aaron Craft https://www.talkbasket.net/32286-trento-brings-back-aaron-craft https://www.talkbasket.net/32286-trento-brings-back-aaron-craft#respond Mon, 05 Nov 2018 17:10:11 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=32286 Trento announced the acquisition of former Buducnost player, Aaron Craft, for the remainder of the season. The 27-year-old guard returns to the Italian club, after an one-year absence. Craft played for Trento during the 2016/17 season, averaging 10.3 points and 4.8 assists in 44 Italian League games. Craft started the 2018/19 season as a member of […]

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Trento brings back Aaron Craft

Trento announced the acquisition of former Buducnost player, Aaron Craft, for the remainder of the season.

The 27-year-old guard returns to the Italian club, after an one-year absence. Craft played for Trento during the 2016/17 season, averaging 10.3 points and 4.8 assists in 44 Italian League games.

Craft started the 2018/19 season as a member of Buduncost, but he played in just four EuroLeague games, averaging 1.5 points and 2.3 assists.

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Sasa Obradovic parted ways with Lokomotiv Kuban https://www.talkbasket.net/32225-sasa-obradovic-parted-ways-with-lokomotiv-kuban https://www.talkbasket.net/32225-sasa-obradovic-parted-ways-with-lokomotiv-kuban#respond Sun, 04 Nov 2018 15:54:06 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=32225 Lokomotiv Kuban announced today that head coach Sasa Obradovic was let go and the team will start looking for his replacement. The club’s assistant coach, Vlada Jovanovic, is expected to take over as an interim coach. Obradovic spent the previous two years with the Russian squad, leading the team to the EuroCup semi-finals in 2017 […]

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Sasa Obradovic parted ways with Lokomotiv Kuban

Lokomotiv Kuban announced today that head coach Sasa Obradovic was let go and the team will start looking for his replacement.

The club’s assistant coach, Vlada Jovanovic, is expected to take over as an interim coach.

Obradovic spent the previous two years with the Russian squad, leading the team to the EuroCup semi-finals in 2017 and the Finals in 2018. The Serbian coach won the 2018 EuroCup Coach of the Year Award.

The club also claimed the fourth place in the VTB League in 2017 and the fifth one last season.

Coach Obradovic thanked the team for their collaboration.

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Partizan officially hires Andrea Trinchieri https://www.talkbasket.net/32044-partizan-officially-hires-andrea-trinchieri https://www.talkbasket.net/32044-partizan-officially-hires-andrea-trinchieri#respond Thu, 01 Nov 2018 17:36:38 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=32044 Partizan Belgrade announced that Andrea Trinchieri will be the head coach of the club for the next three years. The Italian coach will make his debut on Saturday against Mega Leks in the ABA League. Trinchieri returns to coaching action for the first time since February, when he left Brose Bamberg. The 50-year-old coach will […]

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Partizan officially hires Andrea Trinchieri

Partizan Belgrade announced that Andrea Trinchieri will be the head coach of the club for the next three years.

The Italian coach will make his debut on Saturday against Mega Leks in the ABA League.

Trinchieri returns to coaching action for the first time since February, when he left Brose Bamberg. The 50-year-old coach will make his debut in the ABA League and returns to the EuroCup after a three-year absence.

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Bobby Brown inks with Mornar Bar https://www.talkbasket.net/32011-bobby-brown-inks-with-mornar-bar https://www.talkbasket.net/32011-bobby-brown-inks-with-mornar-bar#respond Thu, 01 Nov 2018 10:59:06 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=32011 Mornar Bar announced the signing of former Olympiacos player, Bobby Brown. The experienced guard signed a monthly contract with the Eurocup team. There is also a release clause, so Brown can opt out in case of a EuroLeague team offer or if the team fails to reach the EuroCup next phase. ABA league’s team signed […]

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Bobby Brown inks with Mornar Bar

Mornar Bar announced the signing of former Olympiacos player, Bobby Brown.

The experienced guard signed a monthly contract with the Eurocup team. There is also a release clause, so Brown can opt out in case of a EuroLeague team offer or if the team fails to reach the EuroCup next phase.

ABA league’s team signed the experienced point guard, who most recently played for Olympiacos. He is also a well known name in the Euroleague. Back in 2013, he won the Alphonso Ford Top Scorer Trophy.

He also played in Germany, Italy, Poland, Turkey, China and the NBA (LA Clippers, New Orleans Hornets, Minnesota Timberwolves, Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets).

 

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ALBA Berlin ended Lokomotiv Kuban’s undefeated record https://www.talkbasket.net/31993-alba-berlin-ended-lokomotiv-kubans-undefeated-record https://www.talkbasket.net/31993-alba-berlin-ended-lokomotiv-kubans-undefeated-record#respond Thu, 01 Nov 2018 00:15:30 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=31993 ALBA Berlin made a consistent performance on the road and handed Lokomotiv Kuban their first loss in the season (75-83). Luke Sikma led the winners in scoring with 18 points, whereas Isaiah Whitehead and Dorell Wright had 16 and 15 points, respectively, for the losing squad. Moustapha Fall also contributed 14 points and six rebounds […]

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ALBA Berlin ended Lokomotiv Kuban’s undefeated record

ALBA Berlin made a consistent performance on the road and handed Lokomotiv Kuban their first loss in the season (75-83).

Luke Sikma led the winners in scoring with 18 points, whereas Isaiah Whitehead and Dorell Wright had 16 and 15 points, respectively, for the losing squad. Moustapha Fall also contributed 14 points and six rebounds for the Russians.

ALBA Berlin took control of the game from the beginning (17-25) and played very well offensively to end the first half in front by 10 (39-49). Later, Lokomotiv tried to come back, but the Germans stood tall, were solid and claimed a crucial victory on the road.

Both teams now have identical records and are on top of the standings in Group B (4-1).

In the other matches, Monaco earned their first home win in the EuroCup, as they beat Andorra (81-73). Unics Kazan survived Fraport Skyliners at home (83-80), Tofas Bursa edged Cedevita (94-89) and Turk Telekom prevailed over Partizan (77-72).

In addition, Rytas Vilnius dominated Mornar Bar on the road (69-92), Arka Gdynia defeated Limoges at home (87-78) and Unicaja Malaga escaped from Italy with a big win over Turin (104-105).

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Jacob Pullen signed with Cedevita https://www.talkbasket.net/31976-jacob-pullen-signed-with-cedevita https://www.talkbasket.net/31976-jacob-pullen-signed-with-cedevita#respond Wed, 31 Oct 2018 16:14:30 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=31976 Jacob Pullen signed with his former team – Cedevita Zagreb. Due to a bad season start, the Croatian champions decided to make squad changes. Augusto Lima and Josh Magette were left out by coach Slaven Rimac for the Eurocup game against Tofas Bursa. New Cedevita’s management wanted to improve the backourt line with an experienced […]

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Jacob Pullen signed with Cedevita

Jacob Pullen signed with his former team – Cedevita Zagreb.

Due to a bad season start, the Croatian champions decided to make squad changes. Augusto Lima and Josh Magette were left out by coach Slaven Rimac for the Eurocup game against Tofas Bursa. New Cedevita’s management wanted to improve the backourt line with an experienced player.

Pullen ended last season with Afyon Belediye (Turkish BSL), where he helped the team win promotion after winning the play-off finals. The new destination is well known for the player, as he was part of Cedevita’s EuroLeague team back in the 2015-2016 season.

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Crvena Zvezda crushed Galatasaray, improved to 4-1 https://www.talkbasket.net/31930-crvena-zvezda-crushed-galatasaray-improved-to-4-1 https://www.talkbasket.net/31930-crvena-zvezda-crushed-galatasaray-improved-to-4-1#respond Tue, 30 Oct 2018 23:34:44 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=31930 Crvena Zvezda dominated Galatasaray from the opening tip and cruised to a 30-point victory (87-57) to remain on top (4-1). Joe Ragland led the winners in scoring with 21 points, while Billy Baron added 16 and Maik Zirbes 15 points, respectively. Tai Webster posted 16 points for the losing squad, with Zach Auguste contributing 14 […]

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Crvena Zvezda crushed Galatasaray, improved to 4-1

Crvena Zvezda dominated Galatasaray from the opening tip and cruised to a 30-point victory (87-57) to remain on top (4-1).

Joe Ragland led the winners in scoring with 21 points, while Billy Baron added 16 and Maik Zirbes 15 points, respectively.

Tai Webster posted 16 points for the losing squad, with Zach Auguste contributing 14 and nine rebounds.

The Serbians made a great start to the game and never looked back (26-13). They extended their lead to 18 at halftime (44-26) and triumphed over their opponents, who were unable to turn things around.

The Turks suffered their third defeat in five games (2-3).

In the other matches, Valencia decimated Trento at home (87-66), ASVEL Villeurbanne rallied past Zenit St Petersburg (89-68) and Rathiopharm Ulm survived Brescia (83-82).

 

 

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Andrea Trinchieri ready to sign with Partizan https://www.talkbasket.net/31912-andrea-trinchieri-ready-to-sign-with-partizan https://www.talkbasket.net/31912-andrea-trinchieri-ready-to-sign-with-partizan#respond Tue, 30 Oct 2018 12:17:05 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=31912 Andrea Trinchieri seems to be one step away from becoming the new head coach of Partizan. The Italian coach met with the team’s president, Ostoja Mijailovic, in Belgrade, with the latter taking to Twitter to confirm this meeting. As a result, Trinchieri is expected to sign a contract with Partizan in the following days and […]

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Andrea Trinchieri ready to sign with Partizan

Andrea Trinchieri seems to be one step away from becoming the new head coach of Partizan.

The Italian coach met with the team’s president, Ostoja Mijailovic, in Belgrade, with the latter taking to Twitter to confirm this meeting.

As a result, Trinchieri is expected to sign a contract with Partizan in the following days and replace former head coach Nenad Canak, who resigned on Friday.

If Trinchieri joins Partizan, he will make his return to coaching action for the first time since February, when he left Brose Bamberg.

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Manny Harris parted ways with Rytas Vilnius https://www.talkbasket.net/31896-manny-harris-parted-ways-with-rytas-vilnius https://www.talkbasket.net/31896-manny-harris-parted-ways-with-rytas-vilnius#respond Mon, 29 Oct 2018 23:49:36 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=31896 Rytas Vilnius announced earlier today that Manny Harris has agreed to leave the team, just three weeks after his arrival. Per Donatas Urbonas, the GM of the club, Linas Kleiza, stated that Harris had issues with acclimatization, while the team couldn’t provide him the role he expected. The Lithuanian squad will now start looking for […]

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Manny Harris parted ways with Rytas Vilnius

Rytas Vilnius announced earlier today that Manny Harris has agreed to leave the team, just three weeks after his arrival.

Per Donatas Urbonas, the GM of the club, Linas Kleiza, stated that Harris had issues with acclimatization, while the team couldn’t provide him the role he expected.

The Lithuanian squad will now start looking for the replacement of the 29-year-old guard.

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Peyton Siva to miss several weeks due to injury https://www.talkbasket.net/31803-peyton-siva-to-miss-several-weeks-due-to-injury https://www.talkbasket.net/31803-peyton-siva-to-miss-several-weeks-due-to-injury#respond Sat, 27 Oct 2018 13:48:26 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=31803 ALBA Berlin announced that Peyton Siva will remain out of action for several weeks, due to an injury he suffered. The 28-year-old point guard has to deal with a fractured rib and a lung injury, as he got injured during ALBA’s game against Ludwigsburg in the German BBL. Siva had made a great start to […]

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Peyton Siva to miss several weeks due to injury

ALBA Berlin announced that Peyton Siva will remain out of action for several weeks, due to an injury he suffered.

The 28-year-old point guard has to deal with a fractured rib and a lung injury, as he got injured during ALBA’s game against Ludwigsburg in the German BBL.

Siva had made a great start to the EuroCup, averaging 16.3 points and 10.3 assists in the first four games.

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Andrea Trinchieri reportedly close to joining Partizan https://www.talkbasket.net/31802-andrea-trinchieri-reportedly-close-to-joining-partizan https://www.talkbasket.net/31802-andrea-trinchieri-reportedly-close-to-joining-partizan#respond Sat, 27 Oct 2018 13:22:40 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=31802 Per the Serbian website Sporski Zurnal, Andrea Trichieri is the number one favourite to take over Partizan. The Italian coach is expected to sign with the team in the next few days and replace former head coach Nenad Canak, who resigned on Friday. Trinchieri hasn’t coached any team since February, when he parted ways with Brose […]

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Andrea Trinchieri reportedly close to joining Partizan

Per the Serbian website Sporski Zurnal, Andrea Trichieri is the number one favourite to take over Partizan.

The Italian coach is expected to sign with the team in the next few days and replace former head coach Nenad Canak, who resigned on Friday.

Trinchieri hasn’t coached any team since February, when he parted ways with Brose Bamberg. The 50-year-old coach was reportedly in talks with the Toronto Raptors during the summer, yet he wasn’t hired as an assistant coach.

If Trinchieri joins Partizan, he will return to the EuroCup for the first time since 2015, when he coached Bamberg in the competition. The Italian coach also led Unics Kazan to the EuroCup Finals in 2014 and won the Coach of the Year Award.

 

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Nenad Canak resigned as Partizan head coach https://www.talkbasket.net/31799-nenad-canak-resigned-as-partizan-head-coach https://www.talkbasket.net/31799-nenad-canak-resigned-as-partizan-head-coach#respond Sat, 27 Oct 2018 12:53:36 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=31799 Following five straight losses in the EuroCup and the ABA League, head coach of Partizan, Nenad Canak, decided to resign. Partizan suffered five consecutive losses to Mornar Bar, KRKA, Zadar, Valencia and ASVEL Villeurbanne, respectively, and the 42-year-old coach took full responsibility for the club’s unfortunate results. Consequently, he decided to resign and leave the […]

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Nenad Canak resigned as Partizan head coach

Following five straight losses in the EuroCup and the ABA League, head coach of Partizan, Nenad Canak, decided to resign.

Partizan suffered five consecutive losses to Mornar Bar, KRKA, Zadar, Valencia and ASVEL Villeurbanne, respectively, and the 42-year-old coach took full responsibility for the club’s unfortunate results.

Consequently, he decided to resign and leave the team.

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Cedevita parted ways with Sito Alonso https://www.talkbasket.net/31716-cedevita-parted-ways-with-sito-alonso https://www.talkbasket.net/31716-cedevita-parted-ways-with-sito-alonso#respond Thu, 25 Oct 2018 14:57:57 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=31716 Cedevita Zagreb announced that head coach Sito Alonso was let go and Slaven Rimac will be his replacement. Alonso, the former coach of Baskonia and Barcelona, was the head coach of Cedevita for just four games in the EuroCup (2-2) and four in the ABA League (1-3), respectively. On the other hand, Rimac was the head coach […]

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Cedevita parted ways with Sito Alonso

Cedevita Zagreb announced that head coach Sito Alonso was let go and Slaven Rimac will be his replacement.

Alonso, the former coach of Baskonia and Barcelona, was the head coach of Cedevita for just four games in the EuroCup (2-2) and four in the ABA League (1-3), respectively.

On the other hand, Rimac was the head coach of Cedevita’s squad in the Croatian League (Cedevita B) and now wants to bring the team back to winning track.

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Lokomotiv Kuban remained the only undefeated team in the EuroCup https://www.talkbasket.net/31686-lokomotiv-kuban-remained-the-only-undefeated-team-in-the-eurocup https://www.talkbasket.net/31686-lokomotiv-kuban-remained-the-only-undefeated-team-in-the-eurocup#respond Wed, 24 Oct 2018 23:04:32 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=31686 Lokomotiv Kuban edged Cedevita on the road (81-85) and maintained its perfect start to the season (4-0). The Russian team now is the only unbeaten club in the competition, as Valencia and Crvena Zvezda lost to Zenit St Petersburg (104-93) and Brescia (69-61), respectively. Moreover, Unics Kazan were also defeated by Unicaja Malaga on Tuesday […]

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Lokomotiv Kuban remained the only undefeated team in the EuroCup

Lokomotiv Kuban edged Cedevita on the road (81-85) and maintained its perfect start to the season (4-0).

The Russian team now is the only unbeaten club in the competition, as Valencia and Crvena Zvezda lost to Zenit St Petersburg (104-93) and Brescia (69-61), respectively. Moreover, Unics Kazan were also defeated by Unicaja Malaga on Tuesday (82-80).

Lokomotiv Kuban saw Cedevita come back from a 14-point deficit in the first half (37-51) and take a three-point lead at the end of the third quarter (63-60). The Croatians outscored their opponents 26-9.

But, the visitors enhanced their performance, played very well offensively (25 points) and regain the lead to edge the hosts (81-85).

Dmitry Kulagin led the winners in scoring with 25 points, with Jamel McLean adding 14. For Cedevita, who suffered their second defeat in the season (2-2), five players scored in double figures, with Josh Magette having a team-high 16.

Apart from the losses of Valencia and Crvena Zvezda, the other EuroCup matches saw Monaco survive Galatasaray (85-86), Rytas beat Turin (85-79), Andorra defeat Ratiopharm Ulm (103-95) and Fraport Skyliners decimate Mornar Bar (98-75).

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Unicaja Malaga ends Unics Kazan’s undefeated streak in overtime https://www.talkbasket.net/31641-unicaja-malaga-ends-unics-kazans-undefeated-streak-in-overtime https://www.talkbasket.net/31641-unicaja-malaga-ends-unics-kazans-undefeated-streak-in-overtime#respond Tue, 23 Oct 2018 22:27:10 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=31641 Unicaja Malaga survived Unics Kazan in overtime (82-80) and put an end to the Russians’ undefeated streak in the EuroCup. An 8-0 run in the overtime gave the Spaniards their straight victory in the competition. Both teams now have identical records (3-1). Jaime Fernandez led the winners in scoring with a career-high 23 points, as […]

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Unicaja Malaga ends Unics Kazan’s undefeated streak in overtime

Unicaja Malaga survived Unics Kazan in overtime (82-80) and put an end to the Russians’ undefeated streak in the EuroCup.

An 8-0 run in the overtime gave the Spaniards their straight victory in the competition. Both teams now have identical records (3-1).

Jaime Fernandez led the winners in scoring with a career-high 23 points, as Brian Roberts added 14. On the other hand, Pierria Henry had a team-high 21 points, along with seven rebounds, for Unics Kazan, with Trent Lockett contributing 18 points and Maurice Ndour 14.

It was a close game from the opening tip, as neither Unicaja nor Unics could take a significant advantage (16-16, 36-33).

Later, the visitors went on a 14-24 run to take a seven-point lead (50-57). But, the hosts responded and saw Mathias Lessort make two free throws to tie the game, with 8.3 seconds to go, and force an overtime (70-70).

Unicaja had the momentum on their side in the extra time and edged their opponents to earn a crucial victory.

In the other matches, Limoges defeated Tofas Bursa at home (89-81), Alba Berlin cruised to a 14-point win over Arka Gdynia (82-68), ASVEL Villeurbanne escaped from Belgrade with a big victory over Partizan (79-89) and Turk Telekom prevailed over Trento on the road (77-81).

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Kostas Kaimakoglou extended his contract with Unics Kazan https://www.talkbasket.net/31634-kostas-kaimakoglou-extended-his-contract-with-unics-kazan https://www.talkbasket.net/31634-kostas-kaimakoglou-extended-his-contract-with-unics-kazan#respond Tue, 23 Oct 2018 16:09:34 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=31634 Unics Kazan announced that Kostas Kaimakoglou will remain with the team until the end of the 2018/19 season. “We have a deal with Kostas. We have suffered a series of injuries with Melvin Ejim and Pierria Henry and we needed one more import player. That’s why we picked Kaimakoglou. He knows the plays, he was […]

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Kostas Kaimakoglou extended his contract with Unics Kazan

Unics Kazan announced that Kostas Kaimakoglou will remain with the team until the end of the 2018/19 season.

“We have a deal with Kostas. We have suffered a series of injuries with Melvin Ejim and Pierria Henry and we needed one more import player. That’s why we picked Kaimakoglou. He knows the plays, he was training with us during the pre-season and will not need any time to adapt,” said the club’s president, Evgeny Bogachev.

The Greek forward joined the Russians in 2012, when he decided to leave Panathinaikos.

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