Comments for Euroleague Adventures The Euroleague Basketball Blog Wed, 18 Apr 2018 22:32:18 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on PODCAST: PAO Lays the Sm-OAKA-Down, CSKA Survives – Game One Reaction by PODCAST: Zalgiris Wins a Fever Dream in Piraeus – Euroleague Adventures Wed, 18 Apr 2018 22:32:18 +0000 […] up with our Game One Reaction pod to the CSKA vs Khimki and Panathinaikos vs Real Madrid series here. Fenerbahçe and Baskonia, we see you, and we’ll catch up after Game Two. And finally…. […]

Comment on Playoff Preview: Olympiacos vs Zalgiris Kaunas by Cos Mon, 16 Apr 2018 09:45:38 +0000 Since December Olympiacos have beaten Fener at home, PAO and Real away and only lost to CSKA…
likewise in the first round they only lost to PAO at home. Fener away, Real at home and CSKA at home…
Olympiacos don’t try with the smaller teams.
Add to that Papanikolaou’s injury for most of the 2nd round and you get Olympiacos’ sub-par form.
If Zalgiris get one of the first two games in Piraeus, there’s a chance for 5 games. If Olympiacos get the first two, then the series ends in Kaunas

Comment on PODCAST: Playoff Previews – Fenerbahçe vs Baskonia + Olympiacos vs Zalgiris Kaunas by Rob Scott Sun, 15 Apr 2018 20:38:10 +0000 A lot to get into here, but in short, yes, I think this is a real problem. It doesn’t bode well for the future.

Comment on The Inevitability of Spanoulis by Playoff Preview: Olympiacos vs Zalgiris Kaunas – Euroleague Adventures Sun, 15 Apr 2018 20:24:55 +0000 […] this guy who hits big shots in big games, you might have heard of him. The core of this 2012 squad is still here with Spanoulis – Printezis, Papanikolaou and […]

Comment on PODCAST: Playoff Previews – Fenerbahçe vs Baskonia + Olympiacos vs Zalgiris Kaunas by Cos Sat, 14 Apr 2018 03:51:24 +0000 Yay! Darussafaka, ASVEL and two years of Bayern Munich in the Euroleague… 6 fixtures no one will care about next year! And possibly no Zvezda. What an amazing job they are doing in creating interest in the league with falling attendances.
Adding more teams without fans and without rivals.

Comment on Overcoming Dončić Fatigue and The Truth by Rob Scott Tue, 27 Feb 2018 20:09:51 +0000 Thanks a lot, Bryant. I think Doncic is the most covered European prospect in recent years but as the Draft gets closer everyone will want to have their take, maybe not necessarily based on full context…. Hope the article will add to the discussion.

Comment on Overcoming Dončić Fatigue and The Truth by Bryant Mon, 26 Feb 2018 18:27:57 +0000 Fantastic article, Rob. Amazingly written and excellent context for a player who needs proper context. Standing ovation from me.

Comment on PODCAST: PAOXIT Cancelled (For Now?) Reds Rebound, Pesić Back in Barcelona by Overcoming Dončić Fatigue and The Truth – Euroleague Adventures Sun, 25 Feb 2018 11:35:30 +0000 […] how big your basketball IQ chart is, he’s off it. First of all, as Sam Meyerkopf said on our podcast recently, breaking down a set defense at the end of the shot clock as everyone else stands around […]

Comment on PODCAST: PAOXIT Cancelled (For Now?) Reds Rebound, Pesić Back in Barcelona by Cos Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:01:42 +0000 Euroleague rankings by local player minutes/points…

1. Olympiacos (51.4% / 47.7)
2. Zvezda (54.4% / 45.3%)
3. Zalgiris (46.1% / 44.8%)
4. Panathinaikos (33.8% / 40.2%)
5. Khimki (30.4% / 37.8%)
6. Valencia (33.3% / 30%)
7. Barcelona (27% / 26,1%)
8. Bamberg (27% / 25.9%)
9. CSKA (28.2% / 19.3%)
10. Real Madrid (17.7% / 18.7%)
11. Malaga (23.3% / 14.5%)
12. Fenerbahce (9.8% / 9,4%)
13. Maccabi (13.4% / 7.8%)
14. Milano (6.9% / 5%)
15. Baskonia (3% / 2.8%)
16. Efes (6.8% / 1.6%)

Comment on PODCAST: PAOXIT Cancelled (For Now?) Reds Rebound, Pesić Back in Barcelona by Cos Thu, 15 Feb 2018 13:01:59 +0000 I didn’t just call Pappas’ season, but Calathes’ too.
Also it’s not that I’m that sold on Pappas, but rather think that James trashed Panathinaikos’ season last year.
He’s a terrible influence both on and off the court.
He won’t fit into a role upon his return because the only role he knows is that of superstar.
That’s why the Suns cut him too. He may have been scoring, but they “felt that the ball stuck in his hands too much” and was hampering the development of the younger players.
Which is what he did last season for Panathinaikos too. Everybody had PAO ranked higher than Olympiacos at the beginning of last season. (Although not in Greece where consecutive years of having a Greek core automatically gives Olympiacos the edge in the perception of almost everyone)
Why were they so bad at the end and why are they so good this year? They got rid of Bouroussis’ stlye of play (not his mentality) and James’ EVERYTHING.
You guys also don’t watch the Greek league games. What you would have seen is that straight after the Fener series, PAO rallied to win the Greek league EASILY. Granted, both Printezis and Spanoulis were visibly tired, but we couldn’t score against them. It’s been the same way this year which is why I’m one of those whiney Olympiacos fans that want Sfairopoulos fired.
This is the most loaded Olympiacos roster I’ve seen since 2011 and PAO have beaten it 3 times already this season. No match was really close.
When I was talking about Pappas, the first game of the 3 had already been played.

Nice to hear you guys talking about the importance of having a local core. Especially “when money doesn’t necessarily get you talent”. This style is of course my preference, and I’d rather see another Zalgiris or Zvezda in the Euroleague than another Efes. But I also think it genuinely brings better results too.
This is where I agree with Giannakopoulos: The Euroleague doesn’t’ manage the image of the Euroleague very well and they have a problem with his instagram tarnishing its reputation???? 15 years in and the Euroleague is barely covering travel costs for the teams.
There has been a terrible choice of teams. Aiming at attracting big markets where basketball isn’t popular instead of focusing on markets such as Slovenia and Croatia, Serbia and Lithuania which all have loyal basketball fanbases. This has been a clear strategy (Final 4 in London, Paris and Berlin) and it has been a complete failure. Partizan, Olimpija, Cibona, Rytas, Aris, PAOK, AEK should be preferred over the likes of Efes, Khimki, Unics, Kuban, Galatasaray, Darussafaka, Nizhny, Karsiyaka and all the French teams! Too many Spanish teams too. 3 are enough.