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, John Hobbs, Nick Gibson, Os Davis, 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).
OLY TO GET THE FIRST TOP 16 WIN
Alejandro Gonzalez:Although I can imagine Olympiacos losing two in a row (but still advancing), it still seems to unlikely to me. Oly wins!
Arkadios Chasirides: Mark my words. Zalgiris.
Christophe Ney: Zalgiris.
John Hobbs: Going for Olympiacos by double-digits again.
Luka Bassin: It’s do or die game for both teams. Quality and experience go with Olympiacos, home crowd and passion with Zalgiris. Olympiacos in close game.
Milan Prodanovic: I think Olympiacos is a little too strong.
Nick Gibson: I’m all for giving folks their fair shots, but find a line-up and stick with it Señor Zouros. Anyone miss Mirza Begic yet? Ivkovic gets a W.
Rafael Uehara: Olympiacos. After getting upset by Fenerbahçe at home, I believe Ivković will get his message across. Expect sense of urgency by Piraeus.
Sebastian Komianos: Zouros brings enthusiasm in the Kaunas side but I doubt Olympiacos will lose just because of that.
Simon Jatsch: Uff. Difficult. Both teams cannot afford to lose. Olympiacos has been disappointing away from home (2W/3L). I’m going with Oly, but close.
Tane Spasev: Olympiacos had a bad game last week…not gona happen twice. Olympiacos win, by 8.
WEEK 1, WEEK 2 – NO WIN FOR RYTAS
Alejandro Gonzalez:No hope for Lietuvos in Vitoria. Caja Laboral should win without major troubles.
Arkadios Chasirides: Rytas front line will be so hardly abused by Caja that EL is considering 18+ rate the game.
Christophe Ney: Caja Laboral.
John Hobbs: If Rytas play like they did last week, it’ll be a long night for them. Hosts comfortably.
Luka Bassin: Even Caja Laboral is not in top shape, everything beside home win would be biiiig surprise. No surprise – Caja Laboral will win.
Milan Prodanovic: Upset city! Rytas gets a big dub.
Nick Gibson: Lietuvos Rytas snuck into the Top 16, and already they’re looking they hardly belong. Caja got their hiccups out early. Vitorian victory.
Rafael Uehara: Caja Laboral. Baskonia’s defense is still something to keep an eye on but they are just more talented than Rytas. Game’s in Vitoria too.
Sebastian Komianos: Same regarding Strawberry, Rytas. It’s going to be Caja.
Simon Jatsch: Caja Laboral. After Saras’ departure, I just don’t see Rytas having the quality to get an away win in this group.
Tane Spasev: Zalgiris surprised Caja, not gonna happen with Rytas…. easy win for Caja. Caja by 22.
QUESTION OF THE WEEK
Alejandro Gonzalez: What a Q! I’m gonna say same thing I’d say if you ask me about my bosonic string theory approximation: no freaking idea, but I like #5
Arkadios Chasirides: More than you would expect…
Christophe Ney: Until the end of the regular season in Lithuania, playoffs will see a new coach.
John Hobbs: Hard to say really. He didn’t make great subs last week, and didn’t look confident. ‘Till the end of the season, maybe?
Luka Bassin: Obviously it’s up to GM’s mood at certain moment. Have no idea…
Milan Prodanovic: A tough question. A successful finish to the EL will certainly help his chances. Even though in European basketball, nothing is certain.
Nick Gibson: I think he’ll make it through the rest of the sea–wait a minute–what’s that? Damn. He just got fired mid-Tweet. He had a good run though..
Os Davis: Until February 25, when the home loss to PE Valencia mathematically eliminates Žalgiris from a Euroleague Top 16 bid. Seriously. Bank it.
Rafael Uehara: Great question. If they fall to Olympiacos at home & start the TOP 16 0-2, I don’t doubt Romanov goes crazy. Does anybody at this point?
Sebastian Komianos: As for how long is Zouros going to be Zalgiris’ coach..nobody but “Mad Vlad” knows.Personally I would like to see him there next season too.
Simon Jatsch: 2 1/2 years.
Tane Spasev: I hope he stays there for a while. Zalgiris needs stable coaching situation. They have a solid team and stability can help them a lot. Two seasons.