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  News archive April 2011


April 29, 2011 - Lakers squash Hornets to march on
Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol exploded for 23 of Los Angeles' 29 points in the third quarter to propel the two-time defending NBA champions to a 98-80 victory over Western Conference rivals the New Orleans Hornets on Thursday, sending them into the next round of the playoffs.

April 29, 2011 - Fenerbahce eye James Gist
Partizan could be forced to let one of their leaders go once the season is over once again. Reports in Turkey suggest that Fenerbahce Ulker are seriously considering the addition of James Gist.

April 28, 2011 - Miljenovic, new member of the black and white team
One of the most perspective young players in our country Nenad Miljenovic is a new member of the club from Humska! Miljenovic was born on April 8, 1993, he is 194cm tall and he is a point guard.

April 28, 2011 - Zmago Sagadin to coach Olimpija
According to latest rumours, Zmago Sagadin could soon take charge of Olimpija Ljubljana following the resignation of Jure Zdovc who left the club due to personal reasons.

April 28, 2011 - Caja Laboral tabs Vladimir Dragicevic
Caja Laboral strengthened its roster ahead of ACB playoffs by signing Montenegrin forward Vladimir Dragicevic until the end of the season.

April 28, 2011 - Parker: I will be at EuroBasket 2011
Tony Parker is determined to return to French national team this summer after one-year break. 29-year-old NBA star confirmed his intention in a recent interview he gave to a French TV sports show 'Stade 2'.

April 28, 2011 - Printezis returns to Olympiacos
After spending almost two years in Spain with Unicaja Malaga Greek forward Giorgos Printezis returns to his previous club Olympiacos. The 26-year-old power forward saw limited time in Malaga and was looking for a way out.

April 28, 2011 - Turkish Airlines presents the Crazy Dunkers to soar into their second Final Four!
The high-flying Crazy Dunkers presented by Turkish Airlines have done it before and now they are back for a second time to thrill the fans at the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four 2011 Barcelona.

April 27, 2011 - Rick Pitino leaves Puerto Rico post
After just five months in charge, Rick Pitino has left his post as coach of the Puerto Rico national side. The Puerto Rican Basketball Federation (FBPR) announced late Tuesday that Louisville coach Rick Pitino will not lead their national team at the FIBA Americas Championship this summer due to complications with NCAA rules.

April 27, 2011 - Kurtinaitis sees Jankunas in his plans
Recently crowned VTB United League champion with Khimki, Rimas Kurtinaitis, shared his thoughts with the media about his success as a coach as well as some potential moves in the players' market.

April 27, 2011 - Fans choose Prokom squad as Official Cheerleaders of the Final Four
Cheerleaders Prokom, the cheerleading squad that supports Polish League champion and Euroleague regular Asseco Prokom Gdynia, will bring their dancing and cheering talents to the 2011 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four as the winners of the inaugural Efes Dance Squad Talent Contest.

April 26, 2011 - Real Madrid extends Mirotic through 2016
Just days before its first Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four appearance in 15 years, Real Madrid has announced a new agreement with forward Nikola Mirotic to extend his contract until the end of the 2015-16 season.

April 26, 2011 - Euroleague Final Four entertainment
Among other things, Catalonia is famous for its art, architecture and athletic feats. Nothing quite captures those three characteristics at once like the ‘castellers’, the region’s traditional man-made skyscrapers, an art form that has already been recognized by UNESCO on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

April 25, 2011 - EuroBasket 2011 game times confirmed
The game times for EuroBasket 2011 were confirmed. Since the tournament was expanded from 16 to 24 teams, there will be three games played in each group every day.

April 25, 2011 - Meet the 2011 Final Four teams!
Be sure to check out team, coach, player and legend profiles - plus season stats, bloggers and much, much more - for Maccabi Electra, Montepaschi Siena, Panathinaikos and Real Madrid, the star-studded teams of the 2011 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four!

April 24, 2011 - Khimki claim VTB United League title
Russian side Khimki claimed its first title in several years after defeating CSKA Moscow 66-64 in VTB United League final. Meanwhile the hosts of the Final Four, Unics Kazan, had settle with the third place.

April 24, 2011 - Bojan Bogdanovic to Fenerbahce?
Croatian international Bojan Bogdanovic could be on his way to Fenerbahce Ulker. The reports on basketball.ru quote Jonathan Givony stating that the player already agreed on a deal with the Turkish side for the next season.

April 23, 2011 - Partizan tabs prospect Nenad Miljenovic
Serbian giants Partizan Belgrade continue the tradition of snapping young talents and turning them into stars. The most recent example of such strategy is Czech forward Jan Vesely who could be leaving the club in summer for NBA or European powerhouse.

April 23, 2011 - Ivkovic to coach Serbia as volunteer
Dusan Ivkovic is back as the head coach of Serbia, and he'll do the job as a volunteer. The new Serbian Basketball Federation (KSS) president Dragan Djilas, who is the mayor of Belgrade, announced this week that Ivkovic was going to lead the team.

April 23, 2011 - Lakers take 2-1 series lead with win over Hornets
The New Orleans Hornets didn't expect Pau Gasol to toss up a 3-pointer from the corner any more than the Lakers star's growing chorus of critics expected him to make it. Gasol stunned them all by draining the shot, then scored twice more during a key fourth-quarter surge that helped secure a 100-86 victory Friday night and put Los Angeles in control of the first-round playoff series.

April 23, 2011 - Zdovc leaves Olimpija
Jure Zdovc decided to break the contract with Union Olimpija and leave the club. He was head coach of Union Olimpija from December 2008. He decided to take this move due to personal reasons and made his decision clear to everyone on today's evening practice.

April 22, 2011 - Undisputed champions!!!
Best two teams in the region met in Stozice hall in the final game and a game for the trophy. Championship ring went to black and whites, after a big and exciting struggle they beat Olimpija with a score: (23:26, 16:17, 19:22, 16:12).

April 22, 2011 - 2010-11 All-Euroleague nominees
The wait is over, Turkish Airlines Euroleague fans. Here are your nominees for the 2010-11 All-Euroleague team! Fans and media members have voted to nominate 10 players to the All-Euroleague team, producing a top-level list of nominees for what has been an incredible 2010-11 season.

April 22, 2011 - Adriatic League, Final Four, final: April 21, 2011
Partizan mt:s held on to edge Union Olimpija 74-77 on Thursday at Stozice Arena in Ljubljana to win the Adriatic League for the fifth season in a row. Curtis Jerrells made 5 free throws in the final minute to help Partizan hold off the host club.

April 21, 2011 - Partizan won Adriatic NLB league
In great atmosphere in very well crowded Stozice Arena in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Partizan mt:s Belgrade beat Union Olimpija Ljubljana and won Adriatic NLB league title for 2010/2011 season. It is fifth title for Partizan mt:s in this competition in 10 years history.

April 21, 2011 - Real Madrid's Nikola Mirotic chosen 2011 Rising Star
After transforming himself from little-used teenage reserve at the start of the season to a decisive force in his team's drive to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four, forward Nikola Mirotic of Real Madrid has been voted the 2011 Rising Star Trophy winner in a ballot of Euroleague head coaches.

April 21, 2011 - Euroleague For Life promotes "Basketball for Everyone" at Turkish Airlines Final Four Barcelona 2011
For the second consecutive season, Euroleague Basketball is using the biggest stage of European professional basketball, the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four Barcelona 2011, to promote the Special Olympics movement and the rights of people with intellectual disabilities to be accepted, respected and included in the game of basketball.

April 20, 2011 - LKF sets goal for the national team
Lithuanian Basketball Federation (LKF) has set the goals for the men's national team in the upcoming EuroBasket 2011. The team is expected to reach the final and get a direct qualification for London Olympics.

April 20, 2011 - Dimitris Diamantidis wins sixth Best Defender Trophy
After letting it slip from his grip for just one season, Panathinaikos point guard Dimitris Diamantidis once again owns the Best Defender Trophy after dominating a vote by Turkish Airlines Euroleague head coaches. This marks the sixth time in seven seasons since its inception that Diamantidis has won the award.

April 20, 2011 - Black and whites in the finals in the last moments
Semifinal game between Buducnost from Podgorica and current champion of NLB league Partizan m:ts resolved in the finish of the game. Black and whites were more concentrated and have won a very important match that leads them to the finals. Vlade Jovanovic’s team overcame excellent Buducnost with a score 62:58 (14:16, 16:13, 7:16, 25:13).

April 19, 2011 - Adriatic League, Final Four Semifinals: April 19, 2011
Partizan and Union Olimpija reached the Adriatic League final! Both teams survived their respective semifinal games at Stozice Arena in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and will face each other in the final on Thursday.

April 19, 2011 - Olimpija joined Partizan in final
Now we have both participants for Thursdays final game for Adriatic NLB league champion. In second semifinal game, Olimpija Ljubljana downed Krka Novo Mesto 67:57.

April 19, 2011 - Partizan in Adriatic final
Partizan mt:s won in very dramatic and exciting game against Buducnost Podgorica, in first semifinal game of Adriatic NLB league final four.

April 19, 2011 - Officials for 2011 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four announced
The names of the eight referees who will work the 2011 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four in Barcelona have been announced by Euroleague Basketball. The referees selected come from eight different countries and boast a wealth of experience. Two have previously officiated in a continental final and five have refereed the Euroleague Final Four.

April 19, 2011 - Alphonso Ford Top Scorer Trophy: Igor Rakocevic, Efes Pilsen
The first Turkish Airlines Euroleague post-season award, the Alphonso Ford Top Scorer Trophy, given annually to the Euroleague player with the most points averaged over a minimum number of games, has been won by Igor Rakocevic of Efes Pilsen.

April 19, 2011 -  Adriatic NLB league Final four start today
Today in Stozice Arena, Ljubljana, Slovenia will start Adriatic NLB league Final four. Partizan mt:s Belgrade, Buducnost Podgorica, Olimpija Ljubljana and Krka Novo Mesto will fight for 2010/2011 Adriatic NLB league trophy.

April 19, 2011 - Rose scores 36, Bulls beat Pacers 96-90
The way this series is going for the Chicago Bulls, Derrick Rose wasn't sure if he should feel relieved or concerned. "It's kind of both," he said. The 2-0 lead sure looks good. How they got it, though, is a different matter.

April 18, 2011 - Eurocup clubs commission meets in Treviso
Seven clubs representing 2010-11 Eurocup teams met Sunday in Treviso, Italy on the occasion of the Eurocup Finals to discuss the current status of the competition and to propose improvements for future editions. Topics discussed included the competition system, commercialization of audiovisual rights, and the geographic coordination of regular season groups.

April 17, 2011 - Eurocup Finals MVP, Marko Popovic of Unics
Unics won its first Eurocup title and also earned a first appearance in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague thanks to the leadership on court by veteran guard Marko Popovic, who was elected MVP of the Eurocup Finals.
April 17, 2011 -  Unics, a huge, 92-77 title-game winner over Cajasol Sevilla
Unics Kazan dominated Cajasol Sevilla 92-77 to finish the 2011 season as the Eurocup champion. Maciej Lampe scored 26 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and Marko Popovic added 18 points and set a Eurocup Finals record with 11 assists to lead Unics to a historic win at the Palaverde in Treviso, Italy.

April 17, 2011 - Cedevita beat Benetton in 3rd place game
Cedevita Zagreb finished the 2010-11 Eurocup with a prestigious win by downing Benetton Basket Bwin in the Third Place Game at Palaverde in Treviso, Italy on Sunday. Cedevita pleased its fans that traveled for the Finals with a marquee victory to end its first season in the Eurocup with style.

April 16, 2011 - Cajasol ousted Benetton 63-75
Cajasol Sevilla has made it to the Eurocup final! Cajasol advanced to the title game and will fight for its first Eurocup title - and the right to play in the 2011-12 Euroleague - by downing Benettom Basket Bwin 63-75 in the second semifinal at Palaverde in Treviso, Italy on Saturday night.

April 16, 2011 - Unics, a 87-66 winner over Cedevita
Unics made it to the Eurocup final! Unics confirmed its status as a solid candidate to lift the Eurocup trophy by downing Cedevita Zagreb 87-66 in the first semifinal at Palaverde in Treviso, Italy on Saturday.

April 15, 2011 - Eurocup Finals: Official press conference
The Eurocup Finals got off to an official start Friday morning in a beautiful setting with representatives of all four semifinal teams meeting for the opening press conference in the Sala Affreschi (Room of Frescoes) at the Palazzo Rinaldi in Treviso, Italy.

April 15, 2011 - Eurocup Semifinal preview: Unics vs. Cedevita
The Eurocup Finals gets underway with a duel between Unics Kazan and Cedevita Zagreb at 18:00 CET on Saturday. The teams meet for the third time this season, but this time the prize is much greater: a spot in the 2011 Eurocup championship game.

April 15, 2011 - Eurocup Semifinal preview: Benetton vs. Cajasol
A fight to reach the Eurocup title game sees two of the best teams in the competition battling again in the second semifinals, as Benetton Basket Bwin takes Cajasol Sevilla in Treviso, Italy on Saturday at 20:45 CET.

April 14, 2011 - Maccabi invited to join VTB United League
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv, the Israeli runners-up that already got an invitation to the Adriatic league for the next season received another invitation this time from the VTB league.

April 14, 2011 - Greek League, Regular Season, Game 24: April 13, 2011
Panathinaikos pounded Ikaros 92-70 for its 11th straight win in the Greek League, though it remains in second place behind undefeated Olympiacos. The Greens dominated early with a 21-4 start en route to a victory that took its record to 22-1.

April 13, 2011 - Cedevita Zagreb remained undefeated
Cedevita Zagreb remained undefeated in the Croatian League by beating Zadar 69-60 Tuesday in its last game before heading to Italy for the Eurocup Finals.

April 12, 2011 - ECA board meets in Barcelona
At a meeting in Barcelona on Monday, the Euroleague Commercial Assets executive board presided over a review of developments in the current season while looking ahead to potential changes in future years. The board heard about financial, attendance, audience and similar results for the ongoing 2010-11 season, which culminates with the 2011 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four in Barcelona, Spain from May 6 to 8.

April 11, 2011 - Sportingbet MVP for March: Jeremy Pargo, Maccabi Electra
There was no shortage of heroes as the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Playoffs proved over the last three weeks to be as unpredictable and dramatic as elite pro basketball can get. When the dust settled on 17 games that thrilled fans everywhere, one of those heroes stood out tallest, Jeremy Pargo of Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv, who is Euroleague Basketball's choice as Sportingbet Monthly MVP for March.

April 11, 2011 - Madrid: Llull out three weeks
Days after his team made a historic return to the Final Four after 15 years, Real Madrid has announced that guard Sergio Llull will be sidelined three weeks due to a leg injury. Llull was re-injured in his team's Spanish League showdown against archrivals Regal FC Barcelona on Saturday.

April 11, 2011 - Trifunovic fired, Maskoliunas takes hot seat
Lietuvos Rytas fired head coach Aleksandar Trifunovic after the club surprisingly lost in BBL semi-final and had to work hard to claim the third place. It was the second spell of Serbian coach in Vilnius as he has coached Rytas in 2006-2008.

April 11, 2011 - Zalgiris take BBL crown for 2010/2011
Tadas Klimavicius has put in a man of the match performance to lead Zalgiris Kaunas to a 75-67 victory in the final of the Mastercard BBL elite division.

April 11, 2011 - Easy win for black and whites in Pionir
Basketball players of Partizan mt:s won in 6th round of Superleague. Game with Mega Vizura finished with result 100:82 (30:26, 19:15, 25:25, 26:16).

April 10, 2011 - Trajan Langdon to be replaced by Martynas Pocius
CSKA Moscow is planning to rebuild the team after the worst season for the club in decades. The club wants to replace veterans with younger players.

April 10, 2011 - Pargo, Maccabi unable to agree on new deal
Israeli champions Maccabi Tel Aviv are facing a tough task of securing the services of Jeremy Pargo for another season.

April 10, 2011 - Serbian League, second phase, Game 6: April 8-9, 2011
Partizan mt:s, Hemofarm Stada and Radnicki tie atop the Serbian League standings, each with a 5-1 record. Partizan defeated Mega Vizura 100-82 in Belgrade on Saturday.

April 10, 2011 - Barca targeting Milos Teodosic
After failing to qualify for the Euroleague Final Four Barcelona is already thinking about the next season. According to various sources, current Euroleague title holders are showing serious interest in Milos Teodosic of Olympiacos.

April 10, 2011 - Lawson hits 10 3s in Nuggets' 130-106 win
Ty Lawson made his first 10 3-pointers Saturday night and scored a career-high 37 points in leading the short-handed Denver Nuggets to a 130-106 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

April 8, 2011 - 2011 Eurocup Finals referees announced
Euroleague Basketball has announced the names of the officials will work the games of the 2011 Eurocup Finals in Treviso, Italy on April 16 and 17. The list of referees for that weekend's two semifinal, third-place and title games features a mix of experience and youth.

April 8, 2011 - Sportingbet Playoffs Game 5 MVP: Dusko Savanovic, Power Electronics
Power Electronics Valencia forward Dusko Savanovic put his best foot forward on Thursday despite his team’s 66-58 loss at Real Madrid that send the latter to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four and ended his team’s season.

April 7, 2011 - Real Madrid will make its first Euroleague Final Four appearance in 15 years
Real Madrid stormed back from a double-digit first half deficit to beat Power Electronics Valencia 66-58 on Thursday at Caja Magica in the Spanish capital to win their Quarterfinal Playoffs series 3-2 and earn the club’s first Euroleague Final Four berth in 15 years.

April 7, 2011 - History on the march in Game 5!
One of the most intriguing roads ever taken to the Final Four will end with a one true battle as the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Playoffs conclude with a winner-take-all Game 5 between host Real Madrid and Power Electronics Valencia at Caja Magica arena in the Spanish capital on Thursday.
April 7, 2011 - 2010-11 Eurocup MVP: Dontaye Draper, Cedevita Zagreb
Euroleague Basketball is proud to announce that Dontaye Draper of Cedevita Zagreb has been chosen as the 2010-11 Eurocup MVP. In his debut season, Draper has led Cedevita all the way from the Qualifying Round to the Eurocup Finals as the team’s undisputed floor general and star.

April 7, 2011 - Pietrus, in Valencia until end of season
As announced by the club the same day of the decisive Game 5 of the Playoff series that could grant it the first participation in a Final Four ever, Power Electronics Valencia and forward Florent Pietrus have reached an agreement to extend the player's contract until the end of the season.

April 6, 2011 - Countdown to Eurocup Finals in Treviso
With 10 days left until the Eurocup finals, the host city of Treviso, Italy rolled out the welcome mat for fans with a press conference on Wednesday to promote the event. The Eurocup Finals, featuring teams from four different countries, will be played on Saturday, April 16 and Sunday, April 17 at Palaverde in Treviso.

April 6, 2011 - Euroleague Basketball establishes Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four schedule
After careful study and consultation with all clubs and partners involved, Euroleague Basketball establishes the definitive schedule of games at the 2011 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four taking into consideration the legal concerns of one of the qualified teams, Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv.

April 6, 2011 - 2010-11 All-Eurocup first, second teams announced
After 152 games were played this season on the road to the Eurocup Finals and a new champion of the competition, Euroleague Basketball has chosen 10 deserving stars to make up the All-Eurocup first and second teams for the 2010-11 season.

April 5, 2011 - 2010-11 Eurocup Coach of the Year: Aleksandar Petrovic, Cedevita Zagreb
Euroleague Basketball is honored to announce that Aleksandar Petrovic of Cedevita Zagreb, who took his team all the way from the Qualifying Round to the Eurocup Finals, has been chosen as the 2010-11 Eurocup Coach of the Year. In his second season on Cedevita's bench, Petrovic has already led the club to its best results ever.

April 5, 2011 - 2010-11 Eurocup Rising Star Trophy winner: Donatas Motiejunas, Benetton Bwin
With a great mix of size, talent and know-how, one of the world's top prospects became the real deal this season by leading his team into the Eurocup Finals. For his key role in that achievement and for his impact on Eurocup courts all around the continent, versatile center Donatas Motiejunas of Benetton Basket Bwin has been chosen by Euroleague Basketball as the Eurocup Rising Star Trophy winner for 2010-11.

April 5, 2011 - Arvydas Sabonis enters NBA Hall of Fame
One of the greatest player to ever play the game, Arvydas Sabonis, has finally been picked for NBA Hall of Fame. He was on the list of candidates several times before but only now Sabas received a well deserved recognition.
April 4, 2011 - Euroleague Basketball evaluates Maccabi situation
Euroleague Basketball announced on Monday that it has received from Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv documentation that outlines the club's official posture concerning its participation in the 2011 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four.

April 4, 2011 - Cedevita hammered Cibona 64-80
Cedevita hammered Cibona 64-80 Sunday to remain undefeated through three games in the second phase of the Croatian League. Marino Bazdaric scored 17 and Dontaye Draper added 14 for Cedevita, which led 33-44 at halftime and took the lead to 20 after three quarters en route to the victory.

April 4, 2011 - Wallace has 19 and Blazers down Mavs 104-96
Gerald Wallace scored 19 points and the Portland Trail Blazers took advantage of the road-weary Dallas Mavericks for a 104-96 victory on Sunday night. LaMarcus Aldridge added 18 points for the Blazers, who have won eight straight at home.

April 3, 2011 - European bigs rated high in NBA Draft 2011
Jan Vesely has already made a name for himself in Europe by his powerful dunks. The 20-year-old versatile Czech forward led Partizan last season to Euroleague Final Four by shocking entire continent. Will he be making highlights on the other side of the pond next season? According to many experts, the chances are good that the answer is 'Yes'.

April 3, 2011 - Bilbao Basket shocks Palau Blaugrana with a huge win!
Bizkaia Bilbao Basket came up with a historical win at Palau Blaugrana, where they lost each and every time they played against the current European champions.

April 1, 2011 - Ostende to host EuroChallenge Final Four
The EuroChallenge Final Four follows less than 20 days after the EuroLeague Women Final Four, which will take place in Ekaterinburg, Russia from 8 to 10 April. The host club was founded in 1970 and is considered a powerhouse of Belgian basketball, having conquered 12 domestic league titles and an equal number of Belgian cup competitions.

April 1, 2011 - Sportingbet Playoffs Game 4 MVP: Malik Hairston, Montepaschi
One week after reviving his team after a record loss, Malik Hairston topped himself by putting on another Sportingbet MVP performance in Game 4 of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Playoffs to send Montepaschi Siena to the Final Four with its third victory in a row over Olympiacos Piraeus, 88-76.


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