David Weiner: Any idea if Papanikolaou is scheduled to play? He’s technically under contract, although he’s likely trade bait. Jonathan Feigen: He is not. He is summering with the Greek National Team.: 9 more rumors
Calvin Watkins: Not only was Kostas Papanikolaou’s option picked up by the Rockets, he’ll play for Greece National Team this summer.
Emiliano Carchia: Igor Kokoskov is the front runner for Panathinaikos head coaching job for next season, according to sources
Aris Barkas: What will be the ideal situation for you? Xavier Silas: “I just want to play for a great coach in a great team, either in the NBA, or in Europe. Somewhere where I can win! Winning is the most important thing and it helps everybody. I just want to be part of something great”.
Aris Barkas: What was the thing that surprised you the most in Europe? Xavier Silas: “The first thing and the biggest thing was that I believed that basketball is the same all over the world.But now I see that European basketball is totally different. I don’t think that one style is better than the other, but they are different. And the other thing were the great players that are here and people in the States have never heard of, because they have the NBA. To see how good they really are and to watch them it was a revelation. It’s not that easy for Americans to beat the Europeans right now”.
Aris Barkas: Your end goal probably remains the NBA, but all this means you are more open than ever to Europe? Xavier Silas: “Growing up it was always only the NBA, because I am from the States and that was all I knew, but being here and understanding Euroleague and all the great players from Europe my views changes. I spend a lot of time here watching a lot of film. I am talking about Theo Papaloukas, Spanoulis, Diamantidis, Juan Carlos Navarro and Sergio Rodriguez. Now my end goal is to be one of the best players in the world. I can do that in the NBA and I can do that in Europe also. If you had asked me this four years ago, I would say to you that my end goal is the NBA. Period. Now I understand that there are great players everywhere”.
According to the book, Drazen had decided to return to Europe and his first choice was Panathinaikos, even if he had many more offers. He wanted to stay for one or two seasons in Greece and then return to the NBA in order to sign with the Celtics. It’s been said that he had a soft spot for teams which had the shamrock as their emblem, like Panathinaikos, Notre Dame and the Celtics.
Nikos Varlas: According to the book the plan of Petrovic was to sign with Panathinaikos, play in Greece and then sign with the Boston Celtics eurohoops.net/?p=98790
Emiliano Carchia: Real Madrid beat Olympiacos 78-59 to win their ninth Euroleague Title #F4Glory http://t.co/9QmSgTMBmF
In their old Athens neighborhood of Sepolia Giannis and Thanasis Antetokounmpo played once again a pick up basketball game in the open gym of Triton, where they learned the sport. Dozens of local residents gathered around them and also had the chance to play with them, like their old friends and teammates Sokratis Psaropoulos and Kanelos Garbis. After the game which was announced by the brothers themselves via social media, Giannis said: “I want to thank every one and all the kids who came to see us. We will try to do it every year in order to have fun with out friends and remember old times. I will always miss my neighborhood. Two days after the playoffs I am back here. That says everything”.
David ‘Dubi’ Pick: Kenyon Martin isn’t signing deal overseas, a source said. Talks with Panathinaikos are dead.
Kenyon Martin will not join Panathinaikos. The former NBA forward asked more time to decide but Panathinaikos needs to sign someone before the Monday’s deadline. The Greens will announce DJ Cooper and Raymar Morgan.
Giannis Antetokounmpo: “What I feel now is that I want to play in the national team. Maybe at some point my legs won’t hold. Maybe I’ll feel a lot of wear and tear, have injury problems. You can never know what condition you are going to be in every time when the years are going by. For as long as I feel that I can endure, though, I’ll always be present. I know that one day, I’ll be an important part of the national team and that the team will need me. Then and now, I have to live up to the expectations and act exactly like the old guys who have honored this jersey so much.”
David ‘Dubi’ Pick: Kenyon Martin has offer in Greece. His brother played in Athens in 2011, Bucks teammate was Greek Freak. Hhmmm.
Now, you got back at Beograd. Which is the next goal of yours? Are you talking with European teams? You prefer to try and find again a contract in the NBA? There are some rumors that a greek team approached you? Is it true? My next goal is to heal my ankle totally so I can be ready for whatever comes next. That is most important thing for me right now. I didn’t talk directly to European teams (Greek teams too) but they showed some interest in me although I was waiting to see how situation with the Wolves will end up. It ended like you all know, but I decided that my health is most important. I will see when my recovery will end up and I’ll try to choose what is best for me in that moment. That means quality of team and time I got until the end of the season that team is in.
Xavier Silas is officially a new player of Nea Kifissia. The former NBA player started last season with Maccabi Ashdod and then moved to Quimsa in Argentina where he recorded more than 20 points per game.
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Pops Mensah-Bonsu has taken his time and finally he decided. The next stop of his career will be AEK Athens, as the two sides have reached an understanding and the British forward will be the big addition of the ambitious Greek club. According to Eurohoops sources the side of the player decided that for the time being AEK is an opportunity that can be passed.
Panionios announced the signing of 2013 NCAA champion Luke Hancock, who conquered the title in Louisville with Rick Pitino. The player ended his senior year averaging 12.3 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. He was cut by the Grizzlies’ training camp.
AEK Athens is going to sign American center Derrick Caracter. Caracter has signed just one month ago for Flamengo and with the Brazilian club he won the Intercontinental Cup against Maccabi Tel-Aviv. Caracter will substitute Vernon Goodridge.