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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
12, 2009 - MasterCard Becomes New Title Sponsor of Baltic Basketball
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
9, 2009 - Lokomotiv tabs James Gist
Lokomotiv Kuban re-enforced their front life by signing 23-year old
American power forward James Gist.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
6, 2009 - Gortat unhappy with playing time
Marcin Gortat is quite unhappy with his reduced playing time at Orlando
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.