By: Nick Gibson / @euro_adventures
A former Tiger goes Greek, one shooter’s career goes south and Big K.R.I.T. goes home. It’s Daily Tapas time.
Joey Dorsey Says Farewell Dusko, Hello Dusan
His shoulders had more breadth than his game had depth and he had never played overseas. “Hey, let’s dump him off with taskmaster Dusko Ivanovic!” said someone on back-alley drugs.
Turns out the back-alley drugs guy hadn’t really thought it through, and things didn’t really work out between Caja Laboral and Dorsey. The former Memphis Tiger accumulated just 12 points and 16 boards in six Euroleague games and wasn’t much better in seven ACB games.
The slow transition—if we’re to believe one ever took place—was partially due to a hand injury Dorsey suffered before the Euroleague season started, so we can’t blame the big guy entirely. It’s not easy to land in Dusko’s good graces when you’re full strength, much less when you’re banged up.
Now, Dorsey’s heading for Piraeus to play for Olympiacos and another coaching superstar in Dusan Ivkovic, whose old age has not sapped him of passion.
Let’s see if the American will have more success under the Serbian, who will probably look at Dorsey and think “He’s tall. That’s good.”
One would also assume that this squashes all talk of DJ Mbenga to Olympiacos.
Wisniewski to Spirou? Rako Likes It.
With Demond Mallet to Maccabi, the reigning Belgian champions have a leading scorer, assist man and minute eater to replace. Andrew Wisniewski might just be the guy for the job according to Sportando.
If Andy can land the gig, he’s got at least one high profile fan:
Antoine Wright Not A Star Student
That’s why Estudiantes let him go today. The 15th pick (Nets) out of Texas A&M in 2005 still hasn’t learned to share, or help his team any other way than chucking. Then chucking some more.
And a few more times, just to be sure.
Wright will leave behind quite the legacy of one-dimensional mediocrity in the ACB, most readily on display during an October 12th contest against Barcelona: Zero shots made in 10 attempts, zero rebounds, zero assists, five fouls and an historically miserable -19 ranking.
You will be missed Antoine, if only by opponents in need of a defensive stop.
Arroyo Boogies, Besiktas Still Perfect
-Besiktas remained undefeated in EuroChallenge play, beating Parbudice 78-70. Carlos Arroyo had 17 points, 5 assists and four boards in his EuroChallenge debut with the Istanbul club. Not bad for a reggaeton icon.
-Marijonas Petravicius won’t play for Azovmash after all, after the Lithuanian big man was rumored to be headed for Ukraine. The big guy has suffered from a rash of injuries over the past few years after leading Lietuvos Rytas to a EuroCup Championship with Chuck Eidson back in 2009.
-The answer to the Wizards’ little winless problem? Jan Vesely’s sticky fingers. The Czech forward played in his second NBA game after missing the first seven with a hip problem, and his five steals in 16 minutes helped John Wall & Co. to their first victory of the young season.
Next on the agenda: making sure Jan becomes a bigger part of the “& Co.” than Andray Blatche.
-Ricky Rubio dished out another 12 assists as his Timberwolves fell to the Chicago Bulls 111-100. It’s his third double-digit assist game in his last five, and his 7.9 assists/game puts him seventh in the NBA.
What was David Kahn thinking, right?
-Last up, we’ve got a column by Vladimir Stankovic over at Euroleague.net, where he writes that Oscar Schmidt is one of the three best scorers in the history of basketball. A strong assertion, but he makes a strong case as well.
Canción del Día (Song of the Day)
Big K.R.I.T. - Hometown Hero. The Boobie Miles banter at the front end makes it a worthy listen in itself. The augmented Adele sample only beefs it up further. Enjoy.
Hasta mañana, folks.