The Wisemen Know, Volume 4

The title tells it all – basketball experts are going to tell you what they think of the Lithuanian team chances in the upcoming Euroleague games as well as a weekly question about European hoops in general. The panel will consist of well-respected coaches (Luka Bassin and Tane Spasev), scouts (Alejandro Gonzalez and Rafael Uehara)  and many different basketball writers (Arkadios Chasirides, Christophe Ney, Nick Gibson, Sebastian Komianos, Simon Jatsch) and even a pro basketball player Milan Prodanovic.  I can assure you that these clever minds will all surely have something interesting to share.

To make it even more interesting, there’s a catch involved as each of the experts had only one limitation in the process – the thoughts had to fit in a tweet (140 characters).


Alejandro Gonzalez: Siena is one of the toughest courts in Europe and the Italians a very solid team. I don’t see Lietuvos winning in the Tuscan. Siena ftw! 

Arkadios Chasirides: Siena will sing “these boots are made for walking” for Rytas. And that’s what they will do.

Christophe Ney: Rytas has no chance to beat Siena.

Luka Bassin: In general LR has no chance in Italy. Siena’s roster is deeper and better. The morale of LR is down. Siena will win easily!

Milan Prodanovic: Is this even a question? Siena easy.

Nick Gibson: Saras looked right at home last week…so that’s good news. But it’s getting a little late for small steps and moral victories. MPS takes it.

Rafael Uehara: Siena. McCallebb has been more involved lately and so far they’ve looked really solid. Rytas’s season is going to the tank.

Sebastian Komianos: Siena and it’s sad because I wanted to watch Saras in Top16.

Simon Jatsch: Siena. Very athletic and aggressive defense and refs let them play at home. Siena is 1st in EL in pts allowed per possession.

Tane Spasev:Siena is class and a half better than LR. Only way LR can make this interesting is if Siena underestimates LR a lot. Not the case. Siena by 17.


Alejandro Gonzalez: Hard one. I would go with a tie if I could but this is basketball so… I think red hot Maccabi will prevail, they’re in great shape.

Arkadios Chasirides: The Macca-bees shall have their honey stolen by Zalgiris bear.

Christophe Ney: Zalgiris may come up with a home win over Maccabi.

Luka Bassin: Close one in Kaunas. Maccabi is the hottest team, but Zalgiris plays good at home. It is time for Maccabi’s loss. Zalgiris and Mirza Begić.

Milan Prodanovic: Maccabi looks dangerous, while Zalgiris looked weak against Partizan. Maccabi gets the W.

Nick Gibson: Zalgiris has been great in Kaunas, but Maccabi is the best team in all the land. If Pocius can outplay Eidson, they have a shot. I got MTA.

Rafael Uehara: Zalgiris. Maccabi has impressed but the game is in Kaunas and I believe the atmosphere will be intense as this is a game for 1st place.

Sebastian Komianos: Zalgiris, don’t trust Maccabi away.

Simon Jatsch: Tough one. They didn’t handle the pressure well last time. Less turnovers this time? Maccabi is 1st in the league in steals. Zalgiris by 4.

Tane Spasev: It will be close, it can go either way. The winner will win by 3, have to choose, so Mac by 3.Blatt’s team looks solid! Stronger guards, decider.


Alejandro Gonzalez: Surprise? That’s easy. No one, on his/her wildest expectation would have imagined CSKA situation. UOL good performance in the positive side.

Arkadios Chasirides: CSKA has surprised me, in a bad way. And their opponents in a good way.

Christophe Ney: I would not have thought that Jonas Valanciunas has that much impact.

Luka Bassin: I have to say Union Olimpija. With lots of luck and fantastic home crowd. At the end only winning record counts. Who cares about debts 😦

Milan Prodanovic: Negative Surprise: CSKA and Dule Vujosevic. I wasn’t sure how well he would do in a new system, but I was not expecting a 1-5 record in EL.

Nick Gibson: Even more surprising than Union Olimpija’s success is the fact that Goran Jagodnik still has use of both legs. 36 years and still kickin’…

Rafael Uehara: CSKA’s implosion. Didn’t people believe they were the ones equipped to challenge Regal? Did they miss Sasha Kaun this bad?

Sebastian Komianos: Good surprise Olimpija! Bad surprise: CSKA. Olimpija because they make you love the sport. For CSKA, 2 names: Smodis and Dule.

Simon Jatsch: The way smaller teams (Cholet, Bamberg, Charleroi) and long forgotten ones (Olimpija) are competing. It’s a breath of fresh air.

Tane Spasev: Zalgiris,didn’t expect them to be 4-2.Also,U-Olimpija,same goes for them.Bojan Bogdanovic is playing great and that’s the surprise for me


The Wisemen Know, Volume 4

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