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News archive January 2010
|January 29, 2010 -
Jasikevicius left out of Greek A1!
In a rather
decision Zeljko Obradovic decided to let Sarunas Jasikevicius out of
Panathinaikos' roster for Greek domestic competitions and registered
newly signed Marcus Haislip instead.
January 29, 2010 - Top 16, Week 1 tri-MVPs: Siskauskas, Javtokas, San
The first week of
the Top 16
was so exciting and evenly matched that three players will share the
weekly MVP honor after having posted performance index ratings of 29
each. Robertas Javtokas of BC Khimki Moscow Region and Ramunas
Siskauskas of CSKA Moscow led their teams to key home victories to open
the Top 16, while Fernando San Emeterio of Caja Laboral shined in a
January 27, 2010 - EuroCup, Last 16 Game 1 co-MVPs: Marko Popovic,
Unics and Julius Jenkins, Alba Berlin
The Eurocup Last
with best individual performances among winning teams in Week 1 coming
from Julius Jenkins of Alba Berlin and Marko Popovic of Unics, each
with a 26 index rating.
January 24, 2010 - CAJA LABORAL: Taquan Dean comes aboard
backcourt ahead of the Top 16 by signing shooter Taquan Dean to a
one-month deal. Dean (193, 26) joins Caja Laboral days after he left
Unicaja, with who he began the season.
January 24, 2010 - Panathinaikos agrees with Haislip
terms with American power-forward Marcus Haislip and everything is set
for the final signatures in a matter of days. The Greens were after a
big deal after the injury of Kostas Tsartsaris and the tough schedule
they will have to deal with in February.
January 23, 2010 - Panathinaikos star Batiste starts Top 16 hurt
champion Panathinaikos will start the Top 16 without one of its top
stars, big man Mike Batiste, after he tore a calf muscle in a domestic
game. Batiste, 33, was injured during a Greek Cup semifinal game on
January 23, 2010 - ALBA BERLIN brings in shooting star Lucca Staiger
strengthened its backcourt over the weekend by signing shooting guard
Lucca Staiger to a two-and-a-half year contract. Staiger (194, 21)
arrives from US college Iowa State University.
January 21, 2010 - Euroleague stars lead effort to help Haiti
To start the most
part of the basketball season, the Euroleague family of clubs, coaches,
players and fans is ready to put devotion into action by mobilizing
donations on behalf of the earthquake victims in Haiti.
January 21, 2010 - New all-white basketball league set to start in the
of news has reached us from the other side of the Atlantic, that of the
start of a new basketball league in the United States, a league
different than any other as it is an "all-white league". The league
which will consist of 12 teams will start next June and only players
whose both parents are of Caucasian race will be eligible to compete.
January 20, 2010 - UNICAJA adds playmaker Zab Dowdell
agreement with playmaker Zabian Dowdell on a deal for the remainder of
the season, the club confirmed Tuesday. Unicaja has an option to extend
the deal until the end of the 2010-11 season. Dowdell (191, 25) arrives
from Tulsa of the NBDL.
January 20, 2010 - EuroLeague Top 16, Group E protagonists
A lot of familiar
come together in Top 16 Group E, all with the same goals of advancing
to the Quarterfinal Playoffs. Group E not only boasts defending
champion Panathinaikos, but along with Regal FC Barcelona, it is the
only group with two teams from the 2009 Final Four and the only group
with two Euroleague champs from the past decade.
January 20, 2010 - EuroCup Last 16, Group I rundown
Group I features
that were in the Euroleague Qualifying Round before the start of this
2009-10 Eurocup season - Aris BSA, Alba Berlin and Le Mans - plus a
former competition champion, none other than DKV Joventut, that lifted
the then-called ULEB Cup trophy in 2008.
January 19, 2010 - Efes Pilsen tabs Bojan Popovic from Rytas
Efes Pilsen on
improved its roster for the upcoming Top 16 by inking point guard Bojan
Popovic, the Euroleague's regular season steals leader, for the
remainder of the season, the club announced Tuesday. Efes also got an
option to keep Popovic until the end of the 2010-11 season. Read more here.
January 19, 2010 - BENETTON appoints Repesa as new boss
Jasmin Repesa signed a multi-year deal for the veteran coach guide the
Italian powerhouse, the club announced Monday. Repesa, 49, has coached
in Italy in each of the last seven seasons. He has also led the
Croatian national team since 2007.
January 19, 2010 - REAL MADRID signs Ante Tomic for 3.5 years
signed young center Ante Tomic to a multi-year deal through the end of
the 2012-13 season, the club announced Monday. Tomic (217, 22) arrives
from KK Zagreb, where he has been the team's brightest star in recent
January 19, 2010 - Panathinaikos: Tsartsaris to miss Top 16
power forward Kostas Tsartsaris was injured for the second time this
season and will be out of action until the end of February, missing the
entire Top 16. Tsartsaris, 30, was sidelined this time by a broken bone
in his left hand that he suffered during a Greek League game against
AEK over the weekend.
January 18, 2010 - VOTE FOR ALL-DECADE EUROLEAGUE TEAM!
basketball competition marches dramatically in the heart of its tenth
season, fans and media alike are invited to take part, during the Top
16, in a very special survey to name the Euroleague All-Decade Team!
January 17, 2010 - Aris makes David Blatt head coach
Two days after
coach this season resigned, Aris BSA 2003 has landed another big name
for its bench, David Blatt, who arrived in Thessaloniki on Friday
afternoon to sign his contract and take command of the Yellows. Blatt
arrives to Aris after having led another team, Dynamo Moscow, to the
Eurocup Final Eight last season.
January 17, 2010 - Katsikaris lands on Bilbao bench
Two days after he
resigned the bench on one Eurocup regular season group winner, head
coach Fotis Katsikaris will take up with another, specifically Bilbao
Basket, the club announced on Friday.
January 15, 2010 - Week 10 co-MVPs: Rubio, Siskauskas
ended with a former Euroleague MVP and a rising star of world
basketball sharing the honor for Week 10's top individual performance.
Ramunas Siskauskas of CSKA and Ricky Rubio of Regal FC Barcelona each
posted performance index ratings of 33, leading their teams to finish
first in their respective groups.
January 15, 2010 - Cibona adds veteran Udrih
celebrated its passage to the Top 16 on Thursday by adding experience
to the roster in the person of swingman Sam Udrih, who has played one
previous season in the Euroleague. Udrih (195, 30) arrives from half a
season at his original club, KK Polzela in Slovenia.
January 14, 2010 - Unicaja lands guard Juan Dixon
One day after the
end of the
regular season, Unicaja announced the addition of guard Juan Dixon
(191, 31) for theremainder of the season. Dixon arrived from Aris BSA
2003, where he was playing until last month. In Eurocup action, Dixon
averaged 14.3 points, 4.3 boards and 2.8 assists in 4 appearances in
over 27 minutes per game.
January 14, 2010 - Aris head coach Katsikaris resigns
Aris BSA 2003
Wednesday that head coach Fotis Katsikaris resigned his post, citing
personal reasons. After a lengthy meeting with the coach, club
management accepted his resignation.
January 13, 2010 - EuroCup Regular season Week 6 MVP: Mike Taylor,
regular season came to an end with the best individual performances of
all winning teams on Tuesday coming from Mike Taylor of Crvena Zvezda
with a 35 index rating. Although Terrell Lyday of Unics tied for the
same index rating, Taylor is the MVP because his team was victorious in
Week 6 while Lyday's was not.
January 13, 2010 - Zalgiris inks prospect Mario Delas
taking its last chance to get into the Top 16, Zalgiris Kaunas
announced on Wednesday morning the addition of young forward Mario
Delas for the next three-and-a-half seasons. Delas (207, 20) arrives
from KK Split in his native Croatia, where he was averaging 9.9 points
and 3.7 rebounds through 10 domestic games this seasion.
January 11, 2010 - Top 16 Draw procedure
A Top 16 Draw to
determine the groups that make up the Euroleague's second phase of
competition will be held on Monday, January 18 in Barcelona, Spain. The
Top 16 Draw will begin at 13:00 CET and will be broadcast through live
streaming video on Euroleague.net. The draw marks a new step on the
road to the 2010 Euroleague Final Four, which will take place in Paris,
January 8, 2010 - Week 9 co-MVPs: Milos Teodosic and Chuck Eidson
Two players in
big roles this
season for historic clubs shared the Week 9 MVP honor while leading
their respective teams to important victories for position in the Top
16. Olympiacos rising star Milos Teodosic and Chuck Eidson of Maccabi
Electra, last season's Eurocup MVP, recorded performance index ratings
of 34 each to earn the weekly MVP award for the first time in their
January 8, 2010 - Zalgiris interested in Jeremiah Massey
injury of Travis Watson, who will be out of action for three weeks,
Zalgiris started looking for a replacement. Lrytas.lt got a
confirmation from Zalgiris Sports Director Algirdas Brazys who said
that Jeremiah Massey is on the list of the players that the club is
January 5, 2010 - Fenerbahce Ulker announces agreement with Ukic
starting point guard, Fenerbahce Ulker has moved to add backcourt
strength by signing Roko-Leni Ukic, a former double-digit scorer in the
Euroleague. Although Fenerbahce is still in a tight race to reach the
Top 16 from Group A, Ukic apparently will not be registered to play in
Wednesday's road game at Montepaschi Siena.
January 5, 2010 - BENETTON brings in big man Tyrone Grant
injury problems in its frontcourt by signing big man Tyrone Grant to a
one-month deal. The club reserves an option to extend the deal. Grant
(202, 32) has extensive experience in the Italian League, playing in
the past for Livorno, Avellino, Teramo, Milano, Bologna and Veroli.
January 4, 2010 - BILBAO BASKET signs Axel Hervelle
switched Spanish teams, as Bizkaia Bilbao Basket reached an agreement
with power forward Axel Hervelle to sign a contract for the remainder
of the season, the club confirmed Monday.
January 4, 2010 - Brittney Griner dunks twice!!!
Basketball has a
new star. Brittney Griner from Baylor University dunks twice in game
against Texas State. Her team won by 99:18, and she had 26 points,
eight rebounds and three blocked shots. The blocks gave Griner the
Baylor record for blocks in a season with 87, just 14 games in.
January 3, 2010 - ARIS BSA 2003 adds big man Dragan Labovic
Aris BSA 2003
midseason shakeup by signing big man Dragan Labovic on Saturday through
the summer of 2012, the club announced on its website. Labovic (207,
22) arrives from Serbian side FMP.
January 3, 2010 - Scoonie Penn returns
into its recent past to add depth and experience to its backcourt by
signing guard James "Scoonie" Penn for the remainder of the season.
Penn (180, 33) started the current season with Virtus Bologna and
returns to Piraeus after three years to replace Von Wafer, who was
released three weeks ago.
January 1, 2010 - PROKOM signs Ratko Varda for one month
Asseco Prokom Gdynia
bulked up its
frontline by signing veteran center Ratko Varda to a one-month contract
with an option to extend it for the rest of the season. He returns to
the Euroleague after playing two games for Zalgiris last season.
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