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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.
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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”.
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“I would like to return to the NBA and work again with Dave Joerger, the coach I had in the Memphis Grizzlies who is now on the bench of the Sacramento Kings”, said the Greek point guard to Sport24.gr. “The NBA is the highest level of basketball on the planet and remains a big dream for me. The Kings’ interest honors me, and I want to thank them for that”. He then added that, “I must also respect the fact that Panathinaikos wanted me to return playing for them in the upcoming season. After all these, I am 100% devoted in leading the efforts of Panathinaikos to return on the top of Greece and Europe”.
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