The Wisemen Know, Volume 11

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 GibsonOs DavisSebastian 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).

THE ODDS ARE EVEN

Alejandro Gonzalez: I think Zalgiris will win this one. Probably its only win in the top16. Maybe more due to a Fener bad game than Zalgiris excellence.

Arkadios Chasirides:Hellen prince Zouros shall kill Ottoman dragon in honour of Lithuanian independence day.

Christophe Ney: Fenerbahce.

John Hobbs: Fenerbahce on paper should win this, despite losing Turkcan but Zalgiris’ recent domestic Cup win will have them buzzing. The visitors by six.

Luka Bassin: Close one, I guess. Fenerbahce will win because they have more good and experienced players

Milan Prodanovic:Feberbahce.

Nick Gibson: Zalgiris misses Mirza, but not as much as Fenerbahçe misses Vidmar AND Turkcan. Zalgiris goes home happy tonight.

Os Davis: A break for Zalgiris, as the Turks haven’t replaced Mirsad Turkcan. Zalgiris exploits the frontcourt, wins game, keeps coach another week.

Rafael Uehara: Fenerbahçe.

Sebastian Komianos: I am crossing my fingers for Zalgiris and Rytas.

Simon Jatsch: Despite a magnificent performance from D.Collins (his normal level), Fenerbahce will walk away with the W.

Tane Spasev: First win of the second stage for Zalgiris…again, better match up defensively for Fenerbahce but the home court is decider. Zalgiris in OT.

THE BATTLE  OF THE UNPREDICTABLES (v2)

Alejandro Gonzalez: Unicaja is a different team now and still has a chance to advance to the next round. But they gotta play D!! In McIntyre we trust.

Arkadios Chasirides: It all depends on Unicajian Performance Fluctuation Syndrome aka UPFS. But I hope Vilnius braves crash Spanish floppers.

Christophe Ney: Rytas.

John Hobbs: I got Rytas by three here. That’s all I’m sayin’
Luka Bassin: Lietuvos Rytas will win and stay alive. But as always I made mistake on LR result 🙂

Milan Prodanovic:Rytas.

Nick Gibson: If Rytas puts Gecevicius on Gerald Fitch, he’ll do terrible, unthinkable things to young Martynas. Unicaja puts it together on the road.

Os Davis: Unicaja’s more rested after a week-plus off and looked good against Lietuvos Rytas the first time when tired. Visiting Unicaja Malaga wins.

Rafael Uehara: Rytas.

Sebastian Komianos: I am crossing my fingers for Zalgiris and Rytas.

Simon Jatsch: Difficult one … high score guaranteed. I’m going with Unicaja this time, they have improved behind McIntyre’s recovery.

Tane Spasev: They’ve been unpredictable all season long. I say they lose-they win…so now I think they’ll lose but I will vote for a win! LR by 3 pts!

QUESTION OF THE WEEK

Alejandro Gonzalez: I don’t like MVP races, gonna depend on what happens next in the season, when big moments come. But if you want names: Navarro & Diamantidis.

Arkadios Chasirides: Three dimensional Demetris Diamantidis, AKA 4D or Demetris Diamantidis Diamond Defense.

Christophe Ney: For me it is Dimitrios Diamantidis.

John Hobbs: Woah! For me that’s tough, I think so far, Huertas of Caja. Been very impressed with his gane in the Top-16. But there are so many to choose.

Luka Bassin: One and only: Juan Carlos Navarro. Other than that Huertas, Gregory, Thornton, Pargo…

Milan Prodanovic: Navarro!

Nick Gibson: When a defensive master gives you his best-ever offensive year at the age of 30, it’s MVP time. Dimitris Diamantidis.

Os Davis: As much as BiE’d love to argue Bojan Bogdanovic’s case, we’ll stay rational and go with Dimitris Diamantidis of Panathinaikos instead.

Rafael Uehara: IMHO it should be San Emeterio but it’s probably Diamantidis.

Sebastian Komianos: Diamantidis is clearly leading the MVP title race but the most important games are ahead..

Simon Jatsch: For me Diamantidis is the current MVP frontrunner, but in the long run, with the MVP surely coming from a F4 team, I’m going with Navarro.

Tane Spasev: Bo McCalebb was my favorite before he went down with an injury…now,it will probably be DIAMANTIDIS. Also,looking forward to see Anderson.

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The Wisemen Know, Volume 11

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