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Notes & Numbers 04-10-2012

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(sJacas)

  • Nikola Mirotic, I suspected, is in for a MVP-type season in both ACB and Euroleague. Yesterday’s statline did little to change that: 26 points (6/7 2FG, 4/4 3FG), 10 rebounds, 3 steals, 3 blocks) against Valladolid (highlights). A performance of historical proportions, though not quite like this one. Paving the way for Mirotic’s MVP candidacy is Real Madrid’s lack of depth on power forward: only Felipe Reyes is backing Mirotic up, and even he can move to center, depending on matchups. 26 to 28 minutes per game allow you to score, rebound and assist in decent enough volumes – 20 minutes per game, not so much.


    Click for Valladolid highlights (Photo: acb.com)
  • CSKA won their season opener far, far east, in Vladivostok. Milos Teodosic watch: 7 shot attempts, 5 assists, zero turnovers. Unics meanwhile lost their PBL season opener to Novgorod 73-86, including a 24-42 second half. Khimki defeated Triumph 76-72 despite a 23 points, 7 rebounds performance by 1993-born playmaker Sergey Karasev.
  • The German BBL season is on its way, and here’s who to watch. Maik Zirbes (22 points, 3 blocks), Daniel Theis (18/10 rebounds) and Dennis Schröder (9/5/3 assists) were all exceptional in their respective season debuts. Both Euroleague participants, Brose Baskets and ALBA Berlin (highlights), tipped their season off with victories. ALBA GM Marco Baldi had been rather clear on his team’s priorities before the game: “On Wednesday we play one of the most improved teams in the country, and three days later circus is in town.”
  • There are plenty of young players out there already getting significant playing time: In Italy, Matteo Imbrò (’94), one of the under-18 EC’s top backcourt players, is playing double-digit minutes for Bologna. Riccardo Cervi (’91) is swatting shots for Reggio Emilia. Multitalented Greek forward Linos Chrysikopoulos (’92) can hopefully find into rhythm in Biella. In Spain, promising post center Guillermo Hernangómez (’94), among others, made his ACB debut for Real Madrid. For Partizan, Dejan Musli (’91) appears to finally be getting the opportunity to shine in a center-dependent system where he will get plenty of touches.
  • Bayern München lost their much anticipated season opener 61-80 to Oldenburg (highlights) in a game where they trailed by 30 points two minutes before the third quarter buzzer. Afterwards, club president Uli Hoeneß claimed that Dirk Bauermann had left behind a poorly conditioned, indisciplined roster, that he had lost his sense for reality (“[Bauermann] thought his position in German basketball was so dominant that he didn’t think we would even consider firing him – he was wrong”) and that Bauermann’s relationship with Marko Pesic was a “catastrophe” in months prior to the sacking.

    Conclusion: Bauermann may still be the country’s most influential basketball persona – but there are far more influential football people. The dismantling of a nine-times BBL championship coach on live television is both unrivaled and unprecedented.

    The sheer ridiculousness of some of Hoeneß’ (“we’re not good in set pieces – like three point shots and free throws – but that we can improve in practice”) and Bernd Rauch’s (“there are two systems in basketball – one offensive, one defensive”) statements, meanwhile, make for excellent entertainment. Thanks.

  • Same procedure as every year in Greece: bargaining for television contracts and league start postponements. The Russian PBL, it appears, may also be facing trouble to the extent that it may not be played at all. The Russian championship would then be played for in the VTB League.
  • In case you missed it: the annual player similarity map.
  • The Adriatic League has a fine page with game highlights and even full game tapes. (Hat tip: Luka Bassin)

Written by sJacas

October 4th, 2012 at 10:52 am

  • rubmasta

    thanks for your regular summing-ups. i love ‘em

  • http://www.in-the-game.org sJacas

    Pleased to hear that, and congrats to finally having an entertaining basketball team again.

    I haven’t seen anything more than five minutes highlights so far, but the amount of extra-passing & active defense are surely encouraging signs. Looks like they are having fun out there, too, which may be the difference to the more mathematical, methodical approach Luka Pavicevic (who I still liked a lot, and who did a lot for German basketball, imo) was taking.

  • rubmasta

    well uhm thanks for the congrats. XD
    You’re right, something special seems to rise up in Berlin this season, though still a lot of this new spirit is springing from an older one connected to the name of Sasa Sale Obradovic, who was part of the legendary team of the mid 90ies (KoracCup ’95 and begin of the Alba dynasty with 7 national titles in a row). But yes, the game against Artland Dragons gave you the first sweet taste of an exciting season. A lot of fighting team spirit together with the state of art of Euroball is finally back in town.

    regarding Pavicevic: i still got a lot of respect for him as well. For sure he is a real expert of the game, a great strategist and we also have seen a lot of high quality basketball on the court. But still …something was missing. for me it was mainly a lack of accordance between the self-image of the club, the coach and the team itself. But on all sides there was a change in the last years . Alba is not the head and shoulders above the rest in Germany anymore. After Brose and Bayern they are more the challenging hunters, what seems to fit this actual team perfectly.
    Pavicevic was still very important for german basketball as you said. He stired up the league with words like these: “The BBL is actually not an european league.” And i think you can already see the impact of these words these days.

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