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Thursday, 11 March 2010 12:52

Beno Udrih was a bench player for the deep Spurs teams he played for, averaging 12 minutes a game in his first 3 NBA seasons. The Kings gave the Slovenian guard new life, as he took advantage of an injury to starter Mike Bibby, and put very good stats up, enough to get a big money deal from the Kings. After a so-so 2nd year in Sacramento, Udrih has  been putting up good numbers this season,  he is averaging, 12.4 pts., 3.9 AS., in 62 games thus far, and shooting 40.6% from 3 point range, with a career high 50.1% from the field. Last night against the Raptors, Beno scored 24 pts., 8 assists, on 10-14 FG, in 35 minutes of a 113-90 win. The trade of Carl Landry, gives the Kings more of a post-game at power forward, and gives 2nd year player Jason Thompson, a chance to score against bench players, as he finds his game at power forward in the NBA. Beno Udrih is a fine combo-guard, that can help the Kings, with 25 to 30 minutes at guard in a 3 guard rotation, but the Kings are missing a veteran guy who can help rookie sensation Tyreke Evans (who had his 1st NBA triple-double last night 19 PT.,10 AS.,10 RB.). I bring up 29 year old free-agent Greek guard Dimitri Diamantidis, who would bring a defensive mindset, and can also hit clutch 3 point shots, and set-up the younger big-men for easy dunks.


Last Updated on Thursday, 11 March 2010 14:24
Tuesday, 09 March 2010 12:50

Danilo Gallinari went for 27 points against a good Atlanta Hawks team last night, on 9-14 FG, and 4-5 from 3 point land, in 43 minutes of play, of a 99-98 win. His NBA game thus far, is different from his game in Italy, he has become a 3 point threat, much more than he was in Italy, where he was a set-up guy like Tony Kukoc or Dejan Bodiroga, using his 6' 10" frame, to use his version of the (Bodiroga cross-over) to set other players up, something I would love to see more of ,from the Knicks coaching staff, because at his size, he is a tough cover at the top of the key using that unique dribble. At 21 years of age, he along with Andrea Bargnani, and Marco Belinelli are the key members of bringing the Italian national team back to the status of the 2004 Olympic squad. 

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Manu Ginobili has won an Olympic Gold medal, Euroleague title, Italian league title, and NBA Championships, it is AMAZING that he lasted until the 2ND Round of the NBA draft after looking at his Italian highlights. 

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Last Updated on Friday, 12 March 2010 03:25
Sunday, 28 February 2010 23:56



Panathinaikos has had a rocky year this season, as they lost their chance to repeat as Euroleague champs, going 0-4 in the round of 16 play, and losing twice already to Greek rival Olympiacos, in last weeks Greek Cup and earlier in Greek leauge play. After 3 big loses, 1 to Olympiacos in the Greek Cup , and 2 at the hands of FC Barcelona, the next game could not come quick enough for the veteran Panathinaikos squad, that has deep pride, and has read too many articles of how they might be old and content of their past glory. The 3 guard rotation that has been so good for Panathinaikos in past Championship years, was on hand again today, but instead of Milos Vujanic or Sarunas Jasikevicius being the 3rd man it was Drew Nicholas ,who came up with a major 27 point effort on 7-12 from the 3 point line. Vasillis Spanoulis had 22 points in 27 minutes, but it was the Dimitrios Diamantidis who had his usual good game on defese, holding Milos Teodosic to 6 points on 2-9 shooting from the field, and also playing good defense on Theo Papaloukas, who torched Panathinaikos with 4-4 on 3 point shots, in the previous contest, of Greek league play, but this game Theo only had 2 points on 1-4 shooting. Diamantidis scored 26 points on 9-10 field goals, 4-5 from 3 point range, while breaking down the Olympiacos defense for 11 assists, finding open 3 point shooters, Nicholas and Spanoulis. Olympiacos, who was dominated bt Nikola Pekovic last season, at the center position, this time held Pekovic to 6 points in 9 minutes, as he again got into foul trouble, and Mike Batiste only had 10 points in 24 minutes, while Olympiacos got 18 points out of Big Sofo and 15 points from Nicola Vujcic. The inside play has to get better, if Panathinaikos, will repeat as Greek league Champioins, because the amazing 15-32 shooting from 3 point land, will not be there for a long tough series, they must get the dominant inside play back to beat Olympiacos, who was without 2 key players, Linas Kleiza and Ioannis Bourousis. This may be the last time the vetran Panathinaikos players will be together, and Spanoulis, Batiste and Diamantidis, will not give up their Greek title without a good fight as was shown today.

Last Updated on Friday, 12 March 2010 04:00
Monday, 08 March 2010 02:08

FC BARCELONA 73 VALLADOLID 59--Terence Morris led the way, with 20 points, in 22 minutes, and teammate Erazem Lorbek scored 17 points, as ACB league leader FC Barcelona pushed their record to 22-2. Lamont Barnes led Valladolid with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

CAJA LABORAL 104 DKV JOVENTUT 79-- Carl English scored 27 points, on 7-12 from 3 point range, and was followed by Pau Ribas, with 21 points on 5-7 from beyond the arc. Caja Laboral, is in 2nd place of the ACB, with a 20-4 record. DKV Joventut, inserted NBA 1st round pick, Christian Eyenga, into the starting lineup, and got 5 points in 22 minutes of play from him, on 2-5 field goal attempts.

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PANATHINAIKOS 82 PAOK 74-- Drew Nicholas and Mike Batiste, both scored 15 points, to lead them to an 18-1 record in Greek league play. PAOK was paced by Chris Monroe, with 24 points on 4-5 from 3 point land. Lazaros Papadopoulos had 13 for PAOK.
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OLYMPIACOS 101 Ilysiakos 60-- Loukas Mavrokefalidis scored 17 points, on 7-8 from the field, and Yotam Halperin had 14 points, on 4-8 from 3 point range, to help Olympiacos increase their record to 16-3, and 2nd place of the Greek league. Sofoklis Schortsianitis added 14 points, on 6-6 from the field in 12 minutes. Veteran player, Vonteego Cummings led Ilysiakos, with 13 points in this blowout.

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MONTEPASCHI 71 FERRARA 63-- Romain Sato, paced the Italian leaders with 17 points and 8 rebounds, and David Hawkins added 13 points, to help Siena, to a 20-0  Italian league leading record. Ferrara was led by Sharrod Ford with 17 points.

PEPSI CASERTA 89 SCAVOLINI 83-- Jumaine Jones led Caserta, with 23 points on 7-8 from 3 point range, to keep them in 2nd place of the Italian league, with a 15-6 record. Michael Hicks paced Scavolini, with 21 points.

LEMANS 97 CHALON 64-- DeWarrick Spencer, led 5 double-figure scorers, with 21 points in the blowout, to push LeMans to a French league leading record, of 17-4. Maxime Zianveni led Chalon with 12 points.

CHOLET 98 STRASBOURG 85-- John Linehan led the way, with 19 points and 10 assists, to keep Cholet in 2nd place of the French league. David Simon was Strasbourg's leading scorer with 25 points.

FENERBAHCE 84 PINAR 73-- Erden Semih led 6 double-figure scorers on Fenerbahce, with 14 points, to help them go 18-3 in Turkish league play and tie with Efes Pilsen, for 1st place. David Holston led Pinar with 18 points.

GALATASARAY 89 EFES PILSEN 76-- Siman Jasaitis led 5 double-figure scorers on Galatasaray, with 24 points to upset Efes Pilsen who fell into a tie with Fenerbache. Efes Pilsen was led by Mario Kasun with 17 points.


Last Updated on Sunday, 14 March 2010 14:52
Saturday, 27 February 2010 15:16

The dominance that Panathinaikos showed last season, has not been the same this year, as they lost their chance at repeating as Euroleague champions. One of the most high profile teams in Europe, is 0-4 in Group play of the final 16 , as they have lost to fellow Greek league team, Maroussi 80-78, Partizan 64-59, and 2 times to Spanish heavyweight FC Barcelona, 83-71 on the road and last game at home 70-67. Last season the Greens, won all 3 trophies, winning the Greek Cup and Greek league title over rival Olympiacos, and also won the Euroleague crown for the 2nd time in in 3 years, beating Russian power CSKA Moscow in both title games. This season, injuries have taken a toll on Panathinaikos getting into a good rythm, as 4 key players of past glory, have been out. Mike Batiste, who does much of the  damage inside was out, along with Costas Tsartsaris, who is like a coach on the floor, doing alot of the dirty work of setting good screens and rotating properly on the defensive end, he will not wow you on the box score, but his overall game was missed by the veteran squad. Also the guard rotation, was never intact, like the 2 previous Euroleague championship years. Panathinaikos, always has had a good 3 guard rotation, with Milos Vujanic in 2007 , and with Spanoulis, Diamantidis and Sarunas Jasikevicius last year, but with defensive ace Diamantidis being out early in the year and Sarunas Jasikevicius out most of the season, Panathinaikos, was out of sync and has had a tough time catching up all year. FC Barcelona, is loaded this year with good young players and veteran players that have been playing well all season, with no major injuries and after taking the initial Panathinaikos punch, being down 17-5, veteran players, Roger Grimau, Jaka Lakovic and Juan Carlos Navarro pulled away 70-67 to dash the hopes of the Panathinaikos players and their loud fans. Panathinaikos is 0-2 versus Olympiacos this year, and has the Greek league playoffs left to salvage this season. Milos Teodosic has picked his play up this season, to a level almost equal of how he played at Eurobasket 2009 for Serbia, but veteran players on Panathinaikos have major pride in them, which means a Greek league Championship of Olympiacos vs. Panathinaikos should be a classic, if both get by other worthy Greek challengers, like Maroussi and other tough teams.

Last Updated on Friday, 12 March 2010 04:08

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