As you read earlier today Alessandro Gentile is expected to leave Panathinaikos BC. SDNA understands that this happened for the following reasons: A) Although the Greek Cup winners paid a large amount of money to sign the Italian superstar and despite getting a lot of playing time (he was often a starter), Gentile’s performance wearing Panathinaikos shirt wasn’t good. Xavi Pascual had a personal conversation with the 25-year old player, in which he made it clear that Alessandro will not get playing time anymore. “You can go to another team on loan if you want or you can stay and practice with us”, was his words.
One of the best young wingmen in European basketball switched Turkish Airlines EuroLeague teams on Monday when Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens announced the arrival of Alessandro Gentile for the remainder of the season. Gentile (2.01 meters, 24 years old) was averaging 10.8 points as an almost full-time starter for Milan through the first nine games of the Euroleague season. He returns to the Greek capital where Gentile spent part of his childhood when his father, Nando Gentile, suited up for Panathinaikos from 1998 through 2001 and helped the Greens win the EuroLeague title in 2000.
As Messina says: “Nowadays Teodosic is a far different player from who he was three years ago, and even more different, than six years ago… He is a more mature, a player who has finally won the Euroleague. He has improved himself it’s out of discussion that offensively he is read. The concerns are about his defense but he is a smart player and he knows how to avoid trouble. My opinion is that he could easily play at the NBA level, it’s up to him… Obviously, at least at the beginning, he won’t make the big money he is used to get in Europe but speaking in terms of talent, there is no doubt that he could compete at a high level”.