Every week I do a podcast with Rob Scott and George Rowland from EuroLeague Adventures. You can subscribe on iTunes and SoundCloud. If you like the show, we always appreciate positive ratings and reviews.
We also delve into more summertime shenanigans:
- Cory Higgins staying at CSKA Moscow, Milos ‘still TBC..?’
- Bigtime backcourt additions for noisy neighbours Khimki
- Just what is going on at Panathinaikos?
- Brock Motum Aussie-steps into Abdi Ipekci with Anadolu Efes
- Zalgiris’ new signings including Brandon Davies
A legend at Olympiacos and his current team CSKA Moscow, the three-time Euroleague champion and 2016 Best Defender talked with Austin Green about a wide range of topics:
- His continuing connection to Greece and Olympiacos
- Why he thinks there needs to be a players’ union
- The issues that players face in communicating with Euroleague and influencing decisions
- How he blazed the trail for small centres now sweeping the NBA
- The differences in player experience, from where he started in the Italian second division, to the very top
- His advice for American players going overseas
- Racism and the comments of the former Lietuvos Rytas chairman Gedvydas Vainauskas
- Family and life in Moscow
Rob Scott is joined as always by Austin Green and George Rowland to talk about which moves they like, love or hate. Featuring Olympiacos, CSKA Moscow, Maccabi Tel Aviv, Crvena Zvezda, Barcelona, Bamberg, Baskonia, Valencia and more…
Sam and Savaş send in their reactions from Sinan Erdem Dome, joined by Rob, Austin and George from afar, as Fenerbahçe became the first ever Turkish Euroleague champions, taking down Olympiacos 80 – 64. What a game, what a performance… and we’re only talking about Savaş holding it together long enough before joining the parade.
What a night of drama in Istanbul as Olympiacos took down CSKA Moscow for the fourth consecutive time at the Final Four, and hosts Fenerbahçe brutally put Real Madrid to bed with a display of power and efficiency. Ekpe Udoh had a near triple double, Nikola Kalinic was that monster in the mirror and Vassilis Spanoulis did what he does. Again.
We had Sam Meyerkopf and Savas Birdal in the arena, and they give us all of their takes on the night’s drama (and the post-game press conference), plus interviews with Fenerbahçe’s Bobby Dixon and Nikola Kalinic, and Patric Young of Olympiacos.
The Final Four returns to Istanbul five years after The Printezis Shot. We preview the semifinal matchups CSKA Moscow vs. Olympiacos and Fenerbahce vs. Real Madrid. We break down key matchups, talk about players to watch and make predictions.
Fenerbahçe took Game 2 in OAKA to go with their Game 1 victory, and became the first team in Euroleague history to go 2-0 up on the road in a playoff series. Rob, Austin and George went on the mic to chew it all over… once we picked our jaws up off the floor, that is. We also reacted to CSKA Moscow’s dramatic win on Kyle Hines’ free throws one second from the end to put the defending champs 2-0 up on Baskonia.
In our Playoff Preview Part Two we look at the rest of the series: #3 Olympiacos vs #6 Anadolu Efes and #1 Real Madrid vs #8 Darussafaka Dogus. Check out Part One for CSKA Moscow v Baskonia and Panathinaikos v Fenerbahçe.
IT’S PLAYOFF TIME! Yes, it’s finally here, and the podcast crew is right with you, to preview everything that’s about to go down as eight teams look to book their ticket to the Euroleague Final Four in Istanbul.
This is Part One, where Austin, George and Rob break down #2 CSKA Moscow vs #7 Baskonia Vitoria-Gastiez and #4 Panathinaikos vs #5 Fenerbahçe, and of course give our stone cold certain picks for each series.
Look out for Part Two dropping soon after for #3 Olympiacos vs #6 Anadolu Efes and #1 Real Madrid vs #Darussafaka Dogus.
We’re back with a dual focus edition this week – in the first half Austin reports live from the Nike Hoop Summit in Portland, Oregon, on young European NBA Draft prospects Isaiah Hartenstein, Kostja Mushidi, Tadas Sederkerskis, Felipe Dos Anjos and Borisa Simanic as they prepare to go up against a US team full of McDonalds’ All-Americans.
That takes you up to 28 minutes, then we dive into the Euroleague Regular Season’s final round and all the playoff possibilities: Daçka vs Crvena Zvezda in a play-in game for eighth, plus all the permutations on Panathinaikos, Baskonia, Anadolu Efes and Fenerbahçe.
Hey! It’s Spring, the best time of year. Stop pretending that you don’t care about college basketball, and get into March Madness Mode. We don’t know our Mo Wagner from our Mo Money Mo Problems, so we roped in our old friend and ELA co-founder Sam Meyerkopf, who definitely does. Sam is now a scouting advisor to teams up and down the European spectrum and since returning to the US a few years ago has really cornered the college circuit.
With Rob taking a holiday to Japan, Austin and George are joined by Euroleague TV play-by-play commentator Andy West. Discussion is centred around his recent trip to Moscow to contribute to the upcoming Euroleague documentary on CSKA’s Nando De Colo, we also discuss his thoughts on the candidates for end of season awards, Playoff & Final 4 contenders and whether Georgios Bartzokas or Luis Enrique will be bidding Adéu to FC Barcelona first.
The podcast crew of Rob, Austin and George return to focus attention on the top four teams in Euroleague and whether they are pulling away. Also: Luka Dončić and triple-double possibilities, whether Xavier Munford sans injury can push Barça into the playoffs, omissions-scandal at Volkswagen Arena (players omitting to pass), Coach of the Year, Crvena Zvezda and some fascinating statistical nuggets
After the great reaction to last week’s show we had to have another guest from Istanbul, so we drafted in Savaş Birdal of Courtside Diaries and general Twitter commentary fame, to focus in on Fenerbahçe, (a little) Galatasaray, Anadolu Efes and Darüşşafaka Doğuş. We also threw a bonus look at a resurgent Zalgiris Kaunas.
As everyone will be aware, Ermal played for Fenerbahçe, KK Split, Efes Pilsen, Valencia, Pivovarna Lasko, Galatasaray and others in a 20+ year pro career at the top of European hoops. Now an overseas scouting consultant with the Los Angeles Clippers, he shared his wealth of experience in the game as a player and now a talent evaluator, and has plenty to say on how European teams might be doing things wrong, and what they should do better.
After not exactly crushing the betting markets with their predictions last week, the podcast team move into calmer waters and react to last week’s goings on in and around Euroleague. Rob, Austin and George take a look back at the biggest games.
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