By Nick Gibson of EuroleagueAdventures.com
BARCELONA – With the NBA set to resume labor talks on Tuesday, only one thing’s for sure: there will be a Euroleague box score from Monday night for the sides to check out, if they so choose, in their respective caucus rooms. It will include the names Ty Lawson, Andrei Kirilenko, Sonny Weems, Nenad Krstic and DeJuan Collins.
The Euroleague opens Monday night with CSKA Moscow playing Zalgiris Kaunas, and Wednesday there are four more contests before six on Thursday. On Friday, a little dessert: Bilbao vs. Olympiacos. Mmm…my favorite.
The story lines are aplenty—does the addition of Marcelinho Huertas make Barcelona invincible? Can Olimpia Milano turn their wildcard bid into a Final Four? Will Olympiacos’ new, cheaper model run like the high-priced machines we’re used to?—these are the three most worth watching.
1. Will They Stay Or Will They Go Now?
Nikola Pekovic is to Partizan what Kevin Love is to Minnesota: a wide-bodied beast on the boards and his team’s most productive player.
The problem is, Nemanja Besovic is to Partizan what Nikola Pekovic is to Minnesota. A decent back-up. An expendable, but decent, back-up.
But neither David Kahn nor Stern cares about Partizan. Not about their run at a fifth straight Serbian League title, a sixth straight Adriatic League crown and certainly not about their chances of making it past Real Madrid and… Continue Reading.