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November 23, 2012 Updates

Q: Was the plan always to come back to the NBA? Andrei Kirilenko: Yes. There was a real possibility for me to stay in Russia, but the reason I came back to Russia (to play for CSKA Moscow last season) was because of the lockout. That was the only reason. I never really thought about staying in Russia, even though I felt great because it was home. Everything was so comfortable. But the NBA is a different stage. You always want to play against the best guys in the world. Q: Where does the bronze medal from last summer's Olympics rank for you in your career? A: This was an unbelievable experience. My previous two Olympics, Sydney and Beijing, (were) unsuccessful. So I was really looking forward to this one. It might be my last Olympics, so I'm very happy that we got a bronze medal. ESPN.com

November 9, 2012 Updates

According to his agent, Baynes' performances have caught the eyes of several NBA general-managers. "There are two Western Conference teams closely following Aron, and after four rounds of Euroleague, there has been much more serious enquiries and interest shown," Moldovan commented. Specifying on what exactly attracts NBA teams to Baynes, Moldovan said, "they love the that he's a good free throw shooter (68% in Euroleague), which is rare for bigs in the NBA. Because Aron started playing ball so late, he is only now coming to his peak. Judging by the way he's playing now and the interest I'm getting -- the NBA is his next step -- it's now just a matter of finding the right fit for him," he said. Sportando

November 7, 2012 Updates

During camp with the Blazers, Morrison sounded reluctant about the idea of going back overseas if things didn't work out in Portland, but he has apparently softened that position. Morrison tested the foreign waters during the NBA lockout in 2011 with stints in Serbia and Turkey and shot better than 50% from the field and 40% from beyond the arc in both countries. The 28-year-old former Gonzaga star then returned to the United States and was a standout at the Vegas Summer League, averaging 20 points a game for the L.A. Clippers and routinely promtping MVP chants from fans. But his battle back to the league hit another road block when the Blazers let him go at the end of camp. "(At this point), Adam is open to whatever is the best move for his career, but he belongs in the NBA and that's his goal," Ames said. "If we don't have anything (from Europe) over the next few weeks, Adam will consider the D-League for call-up opportunities." Sportando

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Petteri Koponen: In the next future I see myself playing in the NBA but before, it is better to play a couple of seasons in Euroleague. I am not looking for the best financial proposal but for the team who can give me minutes where my role is important. I am going to talk with the Mavs too. If they have space for me from the coming season, I am going in the NBA. Of course, I don't want to go the NBA sitting on the bench. Italy? With the right offer I might stay in Italy as well. I love Bologna, it is my second home. I will be back in ten years as coach. And If I am not ready, I will start my experience as assistant coach' said Koponen. Sportando

May 14, 2012 Updates

Trailing by 19 points midway through the third quarter, Olympiakos looked doomed before Law took centre stage and inspired the stunning comeback with steely defense on CSKA's Serbian point guard Milos Teodosic. "Law is the unsung hero of our success because after the semi-final win over Barcelona on Friday, his ankle was in such a bad shape he couldn't walk down the stairs from his hotel room for meals," Olympiakos coach Dusan Ivkovic said. "He played through the pain and was instrumental in the fightback because CSKA's offence was ground to a halt when he came off the bench," said the 68-year old Serb who also coaches his country's national team. Chicago Tribune

"I am a European champion, I feel like I am on the top of the world now and no one can take that away from me," the 27-year-old told Reuters with a broad smile on his face after lifting the trophy. "It's something everyone has to respect and it will stay in my biography forever. "After the Partizan experience, I didn't know how I would fit in at Olympiakos but the coach made it easy for me because he is an expert in bringing the best out of players. "I knew Olympiakos was a talented team and the staff did a great job putting the pieces together." Chicago Tribune

May 10, 2012 Updates

The 31-year-old, who joined the Utah Jazz from CSKA as a raw talent in 2001, was unsure what to do when the July-December NBA lockout ended as many of the Euroleague’s imports from the world’s most popular league headed back across the Atlantic. “I had a lot of doubts but a number of factors came into the picture, most of all the fantastic team chemistry at CSKA and my desire to mould with the core of the Russian national team vying for an Olympic berth,” Kirilenko told reporters on Thursday. “In the end I decided to stay because the exertions in the Euroleague, where you are allowed to have a dip in form, are less demanding than those in the NBA where you sometimes play five games a week and have no time to recuperate. ”I am very excited to be back and after winning the 2007 European Championship with Russia, I now want to win Europe’s premier club competition too and especially so because this is something of an uncharted territory for me.“ 24 Hours Vancouver

April 18, 2012 Updates

The Euroleague Rising Star Trophy has a repeat winner for the first time! Real Madrid forward Nikola Mirotic, whose breakout a year ago earned him the vote of Turkish Airlines Euroleague head coaches, is the Rising Star Trophy winner once again after dramatically improving his output this season. If last season Mirotic rose from a prospect to an important contributor for Los Blancos, this season he took the next step as a full-time starter and bona fide star. It was a season full of firsts for the 21-year-old forward. After just 10 weeks, Mirotic had notched his first Euroleague double-double, his first weekly bwin MVP honor and his first bwin MVP of the month award, for December. Despite being its youngest regular player, Mirotic led Madrid in performance index rating, 14.6 per game, and ranked among the team's top three in scoring, shooting percentage from all ranges, rebounding, steals and fouls drawn. Moreover, he was the Euroleague's single best free throw shooter, making 56 of 61 tries for a 91.8% accuracy rate, while ranking ninth overall in performance index rating. Euroleague.net

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In which way do you think basketball in Europe has changed since you left? Sasha Vujacic: It has become a little bit faster, a little bit more physical that it used to be, but still not at the NBA. It’s very tactical. It changed in a good way. There are better players, better teams, better excitement. A lot of people that I’ve been talking to, they’ve been watching and following the Euroleague a lot. HoopsHype

Do you feel fortunate that your experience in the NBA took place for the most part in L.A. with the Lakers? SV: Yes. When I was younger, when I decided to go to the NBA, I always wished to play with the Lakers. That was the team that I was aiming, the team that was the best fit for me. I was fortunate that I had the best players and the best coaches, learning from them. They taught me a lot. Also winning a couple of championships… As fortunate as I was, it didn’t come for free – it took a lot of hard work. I love the organization, they’re my family and they treated like family when I went to New Jersey, so L.A. is home for me. HoopsHype

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