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Home - News archive December 2009

  News archive December 2009

December 30, 2009 - CITTÀ DI ROMA TOURNAMENT
The first team to punch its ticket to the Nike International Junior Tournament is none other than Zalgiris Kaunas, a 79-55 winner over Benetton Basket Treviso on Tuesday night.

December 29, 2009 - Murat Ozyer resigns Turk Telekom bench
A week before its first do-or-die Eurocup game of the season, Turk Telekom announced on Tuesday the resignation of head coach Murat Ozyer by mutual agreement. To fill in for Ozyer, assistant coach Merih Cakıroglu has been promoted.

December 28, 2009 - CSKA brings Sims for tryout
Looking ahead to the Top 16, already-qualified CSKA Moscow will try out a new center, Courtney Sims, in attempts to shore up its frontcourt. Sims (211, 26) arrives from the National Basketball Development League, where he was the MVP last season.

December 27, 2009 - Trifunovic, new Crvena Zvezda boss
Former Crvena Zvezda player and coach, Aleksandar Trifunovic, is back on the club’s bench. Trifunovic was introduced Sunday as Crvena Zvezda’s newest head coach. The veteran tactician started the season Spartak St. Petersburg, but resigned early in the year.

December 24, 2009 - Zalgiris tabs Ramunas Butautas as new boss
Zalgiris Kaunas took a page out of its own history on Thursday by hiring former Lithuanian national team boss Ramunas Butautas as the team's new head coach. Butautas arrives from BC Donetsk of Ukraine, where he coached the current season until last week, to replace Gintaras Krapikas.

December 22, 2009 - Cajasol adds Radenovic
Cajasol Seville signed young serbian power forward Ivan Radenovic (2'08, 1984) for the rest of the season. He comes from CSKA Moscow, where he was signed as a temporary replacement for injured Matjas Smodis. Now he will finish the season in sevillian team.

December 22, 2009 - Marko Jaric to Real Madrid
According to "Marca" Real Madrid is very close to concluding a deal which will see Marko Jaric in Madrid. And all this amidst intense rumours that Real Madrid could sign another player too, this time a forward, with Bostjan Nachbar being a possible name.

December 22, 2009 - Memi Becirovic, new coach for Slovenia
"By Christmas we will have a new coach" said the President of the Slovenian Federation. And so it is: the Slovenian Basketball Federation announced the agreement with Memi Becirovic who is currently with Base Oostende.

December 22, 2009 - Ahearn, Estudiantes part ways
Blake Ahearn was released by the Spanish club Estudiantes upon the player's wish. As the player said he does not feel happy in Spain and wants to leave.

December 21, 2009 - Israel discusses professional basketball
The second conference focused on Israeli basketball will be held next Tuesday, December 29, at the Hilton Hotel in Tel Aviv. After the successful first edition in 2005, time has come to sit again and discuss about the situation.

December 21, 2009 - Unicaja: Larry Lewis's contract ends
Unicaja announced on Monday that big man Larry Lewis's temporary contract with the team has ended.

December 21. 2009 - Sportingbet December MVP: Aleks Maric, Partizan Belgrade
Rarely in its six-year history has the Euroleague's monthly MVP award gone to a player whose team did not win all its games in that month. This time, however, an exception was more than appropriate in order to recognize a Euroleague rookie who has dominated a month like few players before him.

December 20, 2009 - Krapikas resigns as Zalgiris head coach
Gintaras Krapikas resigned as Zalgiris Kaunas head coach on Friday, the club announced on its web site. One day after the team dropped its seventh straight Euroleague game at Regal FC Barcelona, Krapikas decided to step down.

December 18, 2009 - Italian basketball mourns Barlera
Italian basketball finds itself mourning the premature loss of Paolo Barlera after a long struggle with leukemia. Barlera was born in September 8th 1982 and was just 27 years old.

December 18, 2009 - Obradovic: It was 5 against 8
Zeljko Obradovic turned against the referees of the game against Real Madrid, acusing them of coming to Athens with an agenda while also saying that his team was playing against 8.

December 18, 2009 - Milicic: It's 100% certain that I will return to Europe
Darko Milicic talked to the New York Post and confirmed that he has made up his mind and return to Europe for sure this summer.

December 18, 2009 - EL Week 8 MVP: Aleks Maric
For the third time in a month, Partizan Belgrade center Aleks Maric earned MVP honors by amassing the highest individual performance index rating for regular season Week 8 despite his team's close Group B road loss against Entente Orleanaise.

December 17, 2009 - Golemac officially in Berlin
It was rumored a couple of days ago and now it is official: Jurica Golemac will continue his career with Alba Berlin.

December 17, 2009 - Caja Laboral, Micov part ways
Vladimir Micov, who came to fill in for the various injured players of Caja Laboral, agreed with the management of the club that his last game will be the one against Real Madrid on Saturday.

December 17, 2009 - Pianigiani, new coach for Italy
Following the stepping down of Carlo Recalcati as Italy's coach, the new man at the helm of the national team will be Simone Pianigiani. The 40-year-old coach will be in charge of the national team until July 2011.

December 17, 2009 - Cajasol releases Asselin
Cajasol Seville released today american center Josh Asselin (2'11, 1978). He was supposed to be the starting power-forward of the team, but after some very bad games, Maurice Ager took his place in the roster.

December 15, 2009 - Golemac out of Panathinaikos, heading to Berlin?
According to the Greek website gazzetta.gr, Jurica Golemac will leave Panathinaikos within the following days as players are piling up in the green frontline.

December 15, 2009 - Draw results for the 2010 FIBA World Championship
Here are draw results for the groups for the First Round:

Group A: Serbia, Argentina, Australia, Jordan, Germany, Angola
Group B: Croatia, Brazil, Tunisia, Slovenia, Iran, USA
Group C: China, Turkey, Russia, Puerto Rico, Ivory Coast, Greece
Group D: Lithuania, Lebanon, France, Spain, Canada, New Zealand

December 14, 2009 - Lottomatica brings in Matteo Boniciolli
The chance to turn around Lottomatica Roma's season as soon as this week has been given to new head coach Matteo Boniciolli, the club announced on Monday. Boniciolli, 47, signed a contract until the end of the current season. He is the first new head coach to be hired during the Euroleague season and replaces Nando Gentile, who resigned over the weekend.

December 14, 2009 - Giannakis: Von Wafer was simply not up for it
After Olympiacos-Trikala game, the day after his club released Von wafer Giannakis was asked for the reasons the player left Greece and headed back to NBA.

December 14, 2009 - 2010 World Championship draw seedings announced
FIBA will be helding the 2010 World Championship Groups draw next Tuesday in Turkey and the seedings of the teams are set. USA, Spain, Greece and Argentina will be placed in the first pot and will be head of the four groups. Check out all seedings.

December 13, 2009 - Nowitzki: I will be in Turkey
As you know, FIBA handed out four wild cards yesterday, and one of the naitons who received one was Germany. And of course when one mentions Germany and basketball in one sentence one names comes to his mind, that of Dirk Nowitzki. the German NBA super-star stated that he will play for Germany NT in WC 2010.

December 13, 2009 - FIBA gives Azovmash an ultimatum
In a letter personally signed by its president Patrick Baumann, FIBA has given Ukrainian club Azovmash Mariupol a deadline until December 21st, 2009 to compensate their former player Remon Van de Hare in full or else they could be even kicked out of Eurocup.

December 13, 2009 - Enes Kanter with a superb start
Enes Kanter, the 1992-born Turkish prospect who is currently competing in the highschool championship in the US as a fifth-year senior with Stoneridge Prep, is enjoying a great start of the season, averaging 32 points and 18 rebounds.

December 13, 2009 - Maric to play for Serbian NT?
According to statements Aleks Maric made to Serbian press, the Australian-born center wishes to play for the Serbian NT. The problem for this situation to evolve, could be however that Maric has already participated in youth tournaments wearing the jersey of his native Australia.

December 12, 2009 - Russia, Lithuania, Germany and Lebanon get wild cards
FIBA has decided the four nations who will receive the wild cards for 2010 World Championship in Turkey. Lithuania, Russia, German and Lebanon!

December 12, 2009 - Trikala released Giorgi Tsintsadze
In a surprise move Trikala agreed to release Georgian itnernational Giorgi Tsintsadze upon the request of the player himself.

December 12, 2009 - Gentile resigns from Roma
As it was announced by the club itself, head coach Nando Gentile decided to resign from Roma after a meeting with the club's president Toti, last night.

December 12, 2009 - MasterCard Becomes New Title Sponsor of Baltic Basketball League
MasterCard Europe today announced that it will become the new title sponsor of the Baltic Basketball League (BBL), the top sporting competition in the region.

December 11, 2009 - Regular Season Week 7 MVP: Aleks Maric, Partizan
It was a game to remember for Partizan center Aleks Maric, who is already in the record books in just his seventh Euroleague game and keeps getting better week after week. The amazing rookie shined brighter than ever with a brilliant 34-point, 16-rebound performance as Partizan outlasted Efes Pilsen in a thrilling clash in the Serbian capital.

December 11, 2009 - Lokomotiv adds Gerald Green
In a surprise move Lokomotiv Kuban signed former NBA player Gerald Green to its squad. Although it was heavily rumoured that Green was close to signing with Benetton Treviso, it was Lokomotiv who announned his signing today.

December 11, 2009 - Jonas Jerebko impressing in NBA
Jonas Jerebko, the first NBA player from Sweden, has been on a tear as of late. In the last six games, the 22-year old rookie has averaged 13.7 points on 52.6% from the field, 7.7 rebounds and has recorded three games of double-doubles.

December 10, 2009 - Polish League wants to learn from ACB
A delegation of the Spanish League (ACB) travels departs for Poland today for a series of meetings with executives of the Polish League (PLK).

December 10, 2009 - Milojevic will keep playing
Apparently Dejan Milojević's career had ended two months ago, but he is willing to comeback. The Serbian will end his active years playing for Beovuk of the Serbian second division.

December 9, 2009 - Milano loses Acker long-term
Armani Jeans Milano will try to survive the Euroleague regular season without any more help from one of its top off-season signings, swingman Alex Acker, who will miss the next two months with a muscle tear.

December 9, 2009 - Tragedy for Kambala
Kaspars Kambala is going through a personal tragedy after he lost his five-months old daughter last night. Kambala was informed about his daughter's death minutes before the game against Belgacom for Eurochallenge.

December 9, 2009 - Lokomotiv tabs James Gist
Lokomotiv Kuban re-enforced their front life by signing 23-year old American power forward James Gist.

December 8, 2009 - Noah fined for striking photographer
It must have been a frustrating evening for the Bulls as they lost to the Toronto Raptors with a 32-point margin at home. Midway in the third period Bulls-center Joakim Noah threw the ball into the stands striking a photographer.

December 8, 2009 - PAOK lands Milisavljevic
PAOK Thessaloniki found the replacement of William Avery who was cut a few days ago. Old acquaintance Branko Milisavljevic arrives in the city midnight to sign his contract, which will keep him with the club until the end of the season.

December 8, 2009 - WADA visits Olympiacos
Olympiacos had a surprise visitor in the SEF arena in last evening's training session as WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) agents appeared there to collect samples for Anti-Doping tests.

December 8, 2009 - Money might not be enough to get a wild card
Lithuanian Basketball Federation (LKF) managed to find a sponsor that will pay 500K euros, the required amount by FIBA to bid for a wild card for World Championships 2010 but that might mean nothing. Sergei Chernov, the president of Russian Basketball Federation, visited Kaunas on Sunday as he attended a legendary battle between Zalgiris and CSKA Moscow.

December 7, 2009 - Zalgiris extends Brown
Marcus Brown (Higher Vision Sports) was just named the VTB MVP of group round 3 last week after exploding for 37 points and guess what he might get another MVP after scoring 26 points, grabbing 7 boards and getting a valuable victory against CSKA Moscow last night.

December 7, 2009 - CSKA willing to loan out Zabelin
Some days ago CSKA loaned out their biggest prospect Alexey Shved to Dynamo Moscow and according to the club's President Mr. Vatutin they are willing to hear any offers to loan Artem Zabelin too.

December 6, 2009 - Kleiza down with swine flu
Linas Kleiza, Olympiacos' undisputed MVP so far in the season was diagnosed with H1N1 virus, commonly known as swine flu.

December 6, 2009 - Gortat unhappy with playing time
Marcin Gortat is quite unhappy with his reduced playing time at Orlando Magic.

December 6, 2009 - Keravnos sacked Azoulay
Keravnos Nicosia sacked Israeli coach Adi Azoulay after some bad results lately. The team will now travel to Kiev for their Eurochallenge game against BC Kiev with former assistant coach Panayiotis Yannaras as serving coach.

December 5, 2009 - Turow appoints Urlep as new coach
PGE Turow Zgorzelec named Andrej Urlep its new head coach on Thursday. Urlep, who takes over from Sasa Obradovic, is expected to be on the sidelines for Saturday’s Polish League contest against Anwil Wloclawek.

December 5, 2009 - Cholet tabs Tatum
Cholet Basket signed point guard Jamaal Tatum to a short-term deal to help replace the injured Thomas Larrouquis, who could miss six weeks with an ankle problem.

December 5, 2009 - Coleman to Biella
Lauretana Biella addressed a hole in its backcourt created by an injury to Fred Jones by signing Dominique Coleman, who arrives from Belgian side Dexia Mons-Hainau.

December 4, 2009 - ACB honours Fernando Martín
Twenty years ago, on Sunday December 3rd, 1989, Real Madrid center Fernando Martín died in a car crash in Madrid while driving to the arena. He was 27 years old at the moment. That evening, his team had to play a Liga ACB match versus CAI Zaragoza.

December 3, 2009 - Olimpija gets Curtis Millage
Union Olimpija announced the signing of American point gurd Curtis Millage to cover for Vlado Ilievski who has been struck by injuries and is unknown when he will return to action.

December 3, 2009 - Shved loaned out to Dynamo
CSKA Moscow has decided to loan out Alexey Shved to another Moscow team, Dynamo. The decision was taken in order for the promising youngster to get significant playing time this season.

December 2, 2009 - FIBA Europe Player Of The Year Award Nominees Announced
FIBA Europe has announced the nominees for its annual Player of the Year awards for 2009. Awards will be given in four different categories: Men, Young Men, Women and Young Women. Check all the candidates and find find out where you can vote.

December 1, 2009 - Velickovic ACB MVP of November
What a start of a season for young Novica Velickovic! First the transfer to Messina's Real Madrid, then a starting role in the team and now MVP of the strongest domestic league in the continent.

December 1, 2009 - Avery history for PAOK
PAOK made it known to William Avery and his agent that he is no longer needed by the team and are now looking for a new foreign point guard.

December 1, 2009 - Mavrokefalidis recovers from injury
More good news for Olympiacos after their win over Panathinaikos as their dynamic Greek power forward Loukas Mavrokefalidis returned to training after being sidelined for some time due to a waist injury.

December 1, 2009 - Jasikevicius 100% fit for his comeback
Zeljko Obradovic and Sarunas Jasikevicius have decided that the time for the Lithuanian's super star comeback is just right and Saras is expected to make the 12-men Panathinaikos roster for the "Greens" game against AJ Milano.

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