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).
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Alejandro Gonzalez: This should be the easiest pick of the season involving Lietuvos Rytas. Anything but a solid Greek win will surprise me. PAO.
Arkadios Chasirides: Panathinaikos.
Christophe Ney: Pana.
John Hobbs: Panathinaikos, purely for home-court advantage. Rytas will struggle.
Luka Bassin: I believe that LR has no chances in Athens. Clear win for Panathinaikos…
Milan Prodanovic: Panathinaikos.
Nick Gibson: Rytas plays better when Brad Newley is aggressive. Period. If he can play Romain Sato to a stalemate, I like Rytas’ chances. Pana…by 5.
Sebastian Komianos: Panathinaikos, no idea how they can lose a home game against Rytas.
Simon Jatsch: Panathinaikos, but closer than expected.
Tane Spasev: Pao by 20…we can talk and analyse but the deference in class is obvious.
ZALGIRIS FAVORED FOR THE HOME WIN
Alejandro Gonzalez: Tough pick. Anything could happen and could be key for wisemen standings! I’m going with Valencia and I’ll keep my fingers crossed.
Arkadios Chasirides: Zalgiris.
Christophe Ney: Zalgiris.
John Hobbs: Close game, but I’m going with Zalgiris.
Luka Bassin: Tough one. Close to overtimes, maybe. This time I’ll go with Lithuanians. Zalgiris, do not screw this one!
Milan Prodanovic: Valencia.
Nick Gibson: Nando de Colo continues to be the most singly disappointing player in this Top16 and Trent Plaisted has proven he belongs. Zalgiris by 7.
Sebastian Komianos: Zalgiris, they need to use the momentum.
Simon Jatsch: Damn difficult I thought. But then I realised that D.Collins is playing for the hosts. Hence it is an easy choice: Zalgiris by 23.
Tane Spasev: Now this is the game that I like. Zalgiris by 7. I like this match-up for Zalg. Have in mind though,Valencia picked up form. Pesic is great.
QUESTION OF THE WEEK
Alejandro Gonzalez: This season or just the best one coaching in Euroleague right now? Messina is my favorite but I love Pianigiani job in Siena.
Arkadios Chasirides: Zeljko.
Christophe Ney: Difficult to say as I have never worked with one of them, so i go results –> Zeljko Obradovic.
John Hobbs: Obradovic. I’m a fan of him, so being bias.
Luka Bassin: Lot of good coaches. Trophies are the sign…so Obradović, Ivković…For me – Ettore Messina.
Milan Prodanovic: Close race between Pesic and Blatt, I’ll be biased and go with Pesic. Bring Valencia back was impressive. Also, Blatt has more to work with.
Nick Gibson: Obradovic. Messina. Ivkovic. All great. But if I’m starting a team give me Jure Zdovc. His loyalty and leadership can’t be bested in the EL.
Sebastian Komianos: I hate “who’s the best” questions as I find them really subjective. Pesic really transformed Valencia though, you can’t ignore that. Also keeping an eye on Olimpija’s Zdovc.
Simon Jatsch: Damn difficult. Maybe still Messina, if you give him full authorisation over roster management.
Tane Spasev: I like a lot of coaches..every one unique in their own way.Hard to choose.Scariolo(not in EL now) Pesic, Obradovic…I choose not to answer! Who’s doing the best coaching job so far? Blatt. Knowing how Maccabi played last year and how they play now.