Following 335 NBA games, Nik Stauskas moved to EuroLeague and KIROLBET Baskonia last summer. He admittedly did not know what to expect, but a few months in his European career has spotted significant differences between the way of play in the Old Continent and the NBA. “The games here are very competitive” he said talking to gathered journalists ahead of the EuroLeague Regular Season Round 8 home match versus Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv, “I feel the defense here is a lot better.”
KIROLBET Baskonia picked up Nik Stauskas ahead of the 2019-20 edition of EuroLeague, the Spanish team announced on Thursday. The 25-year-old Canadian guard is set to introduce himself to the fans of Europe’s premier competition.
For the first time in his career, Darrun Hilliard will play in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague competition for Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz. As Eurohoops had reported, the two sides were near a deal on Sunday night, and on Monday it has been made official that the 25-year old American guard will play for the Spanish team.
Hilliard has played in 91 NBA games, for two teams. The Detroit Pistons and the San Antonio Spurs. In his short career on the other side of the Atlantic, he averaged 3.2 points and 0.8 assists per game. Last year, Hilliard played in the G-League for the Austin Spurs and had an impressive outing, as he posted 20.7 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.8 assists per contest.
Marcelo Huertas had a rough run with the L.A. Lakers … and now he’s clapping back at his former team and the NBA for how they coddle their superstars. “In the NBA, players are babies … everyone is afraid of dealing with the athletes,” Huertas told Brazilian hoops blog Bala na Cesta.
“That’s not a thing in Europe. If you step over the line, you’re punished athletically, financially, you’re thrown out, suspended, whatever the hell. That doesn’t exist in the NBA. I would see things and say, ‘There’s no way this is possible.”‘