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There was no Andrei Kirilenko for CSKA Moscow last night but that didn’t matter against Krasny Oktyabr as Nando de Colo scored 33 points along with grabbing 6 boards and dishing 5 assists in an 88-101 road win. CSKA sit at the top of the VTB League at 21-3.
Week 22 of the VTB League is in the books, check out the top 5 plays from the latest round of games.
The decision by the ABA Liga to change its playoff format is the latest in a string of moves around Europe’s leagues that should make it far easier to understand what’s going on this season. Final fours are fun. Everything is at stake in a terribly short and sudden format. A year’s preparation rests entirely […]
The withdrawal of the Lithuanian clubs from the VTB United League, following on from the departure of Ukrainian clubs, has left the pan-national league looking essentially like Russia and fodder but this may not be all that bad, writes Emmet Ryan. From day one money was the main motivation behind the VTB United League and […]
Episode #44 of the BallinEurope/heinnews co-produced “Taking the Charge” podcast series is now available online or via iTunes. This week’s podcast pays homage to the axiom that, when in doubt about what to talk about in European basketball, simply go to Lithuania. And who better to discuss Team Lithuania’s chances in Eurobasket 2013, Linas Kleiza’s […]
Podcast: Talking Miami Heat with Hot Hot Hoops, Bayern Munich business with club GM; reviewing underrated basketball movie classic He Got Game
Episode #37 of the BallinEurope/heinnews co-produced “Taking the Charge” podcast series is now available online or via iTunes. After the usual patter on Euroleague rumors (especially this one) and VTB United League playoffs, the good stuff starts happening. First up to guest on the show is Bayern Munich general manager Marko Pesic, who chats up […]
Flawed, top-heavy and not exactly consistent in attendance it may be, but the VTB United League still garners BallinEurope’s attention – particularly come playoff time when ages-old rivalries add new chapters to stories first begun in the days of the Soviet Union. Besides, who needs an excuse to run another YouTube highlight clip…? From the […]
With the sad departure of Tremmell Darden and the mathematical probability of Euroleague advancement very low, things can’t get much worse for Zalgiris Kaunas. Or maybe they can. Just before midnight yesterday, Lithuania-based basketball website Krepsinis.net reported that Ksystof Lavrinovic has received offers to jump ship from more than one Russian team and “will soon […]
All right, so BallinEurope has been considering the case of this season’s Zalgiris Kaunas — a team that went 17-2 in European competition in calendar year 2012 but has since shown a distinctly alarming propensity for losing close ones — all weekend to the ultimate result of 1,200 words or so coming to no concrete […]
The conversations BallinEurope has with peers in the European basketball blogosphere lately tend to drift toward one team: Žalgiris Kaunas, the hardest luck team in Euroleague basketball. No, wait, strike that. Let’s start over. The conversations BallinEurope has with peers in the European basketball blogosphere lately tend to drift toward one team: Žalgiris Kaunas, a […]
Just because the Euroleague is off this week, it doesn’t mean the media is closed for business and CSKA Moscow leader Ettore Messina gave international news a little to chew over during the bye. The coach wants you all to know a few things: He’s not a mad scientist animating cadavers, nor can he get […]