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    Has somebody of our Latvian guys been yesterday to the match Barons - Zalgiris in Riga? Our press praises the atmosphere of Riga arena and that it was finally filled with 11.000 people + 1,500 who wanted to get in, but did not manage to

    Something of an unbelievlable sort as far as basketball is concerned in Latvia lately! What would be happening if Euroleague comes one day to Riga?.. Or was it only because of Ainars's issues with Barons and Zalgiris' brand??

    Imo, Riga has a great potential for basketball development! I somehow get an impression that there are not too many choices of sports event for Latvian fans - no true international club competition in Latvia on weekly basis in other popular sports like football or ice hockey, so basketball can realy be an attractive option!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Civilis
    Yes, it is the only printed weekly basketball journal, but no other country in europe has a WEEKLY newspaper or journal on basketball
    Polish "Basket" magazine is produced every week, even if every week I am worrying that it will broke down. But it's still on the market.
    I would guess than Spain for sure have AT LEAST one weekly basketball magazine, but maybe I'm wrong...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Civilis
    Imo, Riga has a great potential for basketball development! I somehow get an impression that there are not too many choices of sports event for Latvian fans - no true international club competition in Latvia on weekly basis in other popular sports like football or ice hockey, so basketball can realy be an attractive option!
    11000 it was but only because of these Barons cards that have been given to many fans- you can go to Barons games for free with these cards.
    Riga actually has a potential- football clubs are two there- one 7th in the Latvian league, second ''Skonto'' only 3rd and football is still more russian then latvian sport in Riga.
    In ice hockey we are now also playing only in our domestic championship and the level is not high (mostly because young talents from U-20, u-18 teams go to prove themselves in canadian, russian, american and other junior leagues)
    Volleyball our teams play in one league with Estonians but it isn't the top sport.
    Basketball is getting better now in Riga, more money, better players, new Arena and eventually people will come. After ASK-Rytas there were up to 6000 spectators in a game ASK-Tartu.

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    Rytas continue their string of unconvincing performances in the BBL - this time winning 77:79 away at Tartu after an overtime.

    And the start of ULEB Cup is approaching fast - the first guests from Vršac are coming to Vilnius on 31 October. One week to get ready.

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    i already lost most of my hopes after seeing a few games live, there's no decent pg (Stelmahers - too old, has one injury after another), Blum has to go back from where he came from and Pakamanis is too average, C's and Pf's, Zukauskas - i very much doubt that he will ever recover, leaving us with average Petravicius, Batista - who's very inconsistent and still has to adapt to european game... Nielsen is the only bright stop to me(though i dont understand the jew guys, why are they giving him only 15-20 min a game... sometimes even less...), Sg's and Sf's are even a bigger mess, Emmet is just like Batista - very talented, but no brains at all, Ivory... why on earth was this guy bought, he would be good enough for Barons, Tartu, etc. but he's just not good enough, Delininkaitis is a mistery to me as he always was, Lukauskis and Jomantas are the 2nd and 3rd bright spots on this team.... The Jew guys are some kind of a huge missunderstanding and our beloved GM seems to have some problems with drugs again....... so far i see no reason why i should waste my money buying tickets to see the most boring team ever (dont judge me too quickly, Rytas is, and will always be my most favourite team).... hopefully all this will miraculously change soon, or the season is lost - bye bye "Rytas back in Euroleague next season" and MEIN GOD what a hardcore raping awaits us in LKL finals...
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    Quote Originally Posted by pablonis
    i already lost most of my hopes after seeing a few games live, there's no decent pg (Stelmahers - too old, has one injury after another), Blum has to go back from where he came from and Pakamanis is too average, C's and Pf's, Zukauskas - i very much doubt that he will ever recover, leaving us with average Petravicius, Batista - who's very inconsistent and still has to adapt to european game... Nielsen is the only bright stop to me(though i dont understand the jew guys, why are they giving him only 15-20 min a game... sometimes even less...), Sg's and Sf's are even a bigger mess, Emmet is just like Batista - very talented, but no brains at all, Ivory... why on earth was this guy bought, he would be good enough for Barons, Tartu, etc. but he's just not good enough, Delininkaitis is a mistery to me as he always was, Lukauskis and Jomantas are the 2nd and 3rd bright spots on this team.... The Jew guys are some kind of a huge missunderstanding and our beloved GM seems to have some problems with drugs again....... so far i see no reason why i should waste my money buying tickets to see the most boring team ever (dont judge me too quickly, Rytas is, and will always be my most favourite team).... hopefully all this will miraculously change soon, or the season is lost - bye bye "Rytas back in Euroleague next season" and MEIN GOD what a hardcore raping awaits us in LKL finals...
    You know, similar things could be heard from Rytas fans (and anti-fans) after a couple of initial Euroleague games (versus Cibona and AJ Milano) the previous season. But then everything changed miraculously with that game in Barcelona.

    But well - I'm not so sure the situation is very similar for Drucker, as it was for Spahija. The Croatian had the core of the ULEB Cup winning team. And he had Javtokas + Jasaitis + House - the trio that allowed him to cement a most suffocating team defence. I have to say I didn't see at that time the "right things" that Spahija did, forecasting what was to come after, so what do I know... Maybe Drucker is also brewing some magic potion. Though I wouldn't bet on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pablonis
    Zukauskas - i very much doubt that he will ever recover,
    It's painful to see Eurelijus right now - old battered horse, who seems to ache with every move he makes. Man, he didn't manage a single rebound versus Sakalai in 10+ minutes - versus the likes of Matulis (200 cm) and Šarakauskas (202 cm) - not good. The problem he's not Sabonis, who could do miracles just walking on the court and not running.

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    Lietuvos Rytas vs Ventspils live on internet http://erdves.lt/?lt=1156826931

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    Kalev is still trying to find a SG.

    Yesterday arrived Scooter McFadgon, 24 years old 196cm SG, who was training camp signee for Hornets.
    http://www.nba.com/playerfile/scoote...gon/index.html

    PHILIPeurobasket - he better be as good as Frier was!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pablonis
    The Jew guys are some kind of a huge missunderstanding and our beloved GM seems to have some problems with drugs again.......
    Well, here we go again - your beloved drugged GM has just fired Drucker, replacing him with Sagadin. Anybody wanna bet how long will he stay in Vilinius?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Endym
    Kalev is still trying to find a SG.

    Yesterday arrived Scooter McFadgon, 24 years old 196cm SG, who was training camp signee for Hornets.
    http://www.nba.com/playerfile/scoote...gon/index.html

    PHILIPeurobasket - he better be as good as Frier was!
    Wasn't he supposed to sign in spanish Euroleague team

    McFadgin should do very well for Kalev, he is a good shooter and there is a general opinion about him that he really improved over the last summer,

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    Quote Originally Posted by woma
    Wasn't he supposed to sign in spanish Euroleague team

    McFadgin should do very well for Kalev, he is a good shooter and there is a general opinion about him that he really improved over the last summer,
    Yes we talk with Spanish teams, but Halev give more moneys and this is reason

    Endym please check your PM, and I wait for mail

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    Quote Originally Posted by PHILIPeurobasket
    Yes we talk with Spanish teams, but Halev give more moneys and this is reason

    Endym please check your PM, and I wait for mail
    Right...

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    Quote Originally Posted by elaj
    Right...
    Unicaja, becouse now I can write talk with us about one month, with BC Kalev we talk one week, they send moneys, and we send contract with Scooter signature

    Scooter McFadgon profile (if you didnt see):

    Height: 196cm / 6'5''
    Position: Guard
    Born: 1982
    Team: NO/Okla City (USA) (2006-07)
    Nationality: USA
    College: Tennessee (SEC)

    Career / Comments:
    Born: May 6, 1982
    First name: Cornelius,
    Nickname: Scooter
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    Outlook:
    He has good size at around 6-5 which means he can play
    the three as well as the two-guard. He is a good
    shooter and knows how to get the ball down in the
    basket.
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    Career:
    Memphis, TN / Raleigh-Egypt HS: 21.4 points, 7.7
    rebounds and 5.3 assists
    2000-2001: Memphis (NCAA): 9.8ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.4apg
    2001-2002: Memphis (NCAA): 31 games: 9.4 ppg, 4.1 rpg,
    1.7 apg
    2002-2003: sat out
    2003-2004: Tennessee (NCAA): 29 games: 16.9ppg,
    4.2rpg, 1.9apg
    2004-2005: Tennessee (NCAA): 26 games: 14.3ppg,
    4.0rpg, 1.9apg, FGP: 39.2%, 3Pts: 33.3%
    2005-2006: Harlem Globetrotters (US Pro)
    2006 July: Toshiba Vegas Summer League (Washington
    Wizards) 5 games: 6.2 ppg, 1.4 rpg, FGP: 41.7 %, FT:
    90.0 %, 12.8 minutes per game
    2006 July: Summer Pro League in Long Beach (Washington
    Wizards) 4 games: 15.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg, FGP: 47.8 %, FT:
    88.2 %
    2006-2007: In Oct.'06 signed at New Orleans / Oklahoma
    City Hornets (NBA) 3 pre-season games: 3.7 ppg, 2.0
    rpg, FGP: 45.5 %, 13.3 minutes per game.
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    Awards/Achievements:
    NIT 3rd Place -01
    Conf.USA All-Freshmen Team -01
    NIT Champion -02
    All-SEC 2nd Team -04
    NABC All-NCAA District 7 2nd Team -05

    Summer League vs LA Lakers: 36 points, 7 rebounds, 4
    asssist, 2 steals, 60.8 % FG (14/23), 7/8 FT in 43:50
    minutes !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I know that he will be a key player in Kalev, and also in all Estonian league

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    Yesterday got to see basketball game first time this season.

    Kalev won Sakalai 90:76

    Better team won, no doubt about it. We were better and deserved the win.

    McFadgon surely can shoot. He still looks a little lost on offense, trying to learn all the plays, and his teammates failed to see him man times when he was open. His defense was ok i quess, couple of times got fooled but overall a good effort. Not a defensive specialist by any means, but not a blackhole either. Not sure how athletic he is - his drives were ok, but he doesn't look very athletic (altough he showed with fastbreaks dunks that his vertical is good). And the fact that he got NBA camp invitation also shows that his speed and athletic ability must not be too bad. Hopefuly he is not going to be one dimentional catch-and-shoot player. One thing is sure - if he dreams about NBA, he can only be there as 3pts shooting specialist.

    And it was clear that he is not in his best shape yet, hopefuly it will improve quickly.

    I liked Reed. But he is no way 203cm like official site says. If i had to quess, i'd say he is 198-199cm max. But he surely is skilled. Truely skilled but undersized post wizard. Wednesday against BC Kiev he exploded for 37 pts and 11 rebounds. Yesterday he "only" got 19pts and 4 rebs. Too bad his defense lets a lot to be desired.

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    Full game torrent video:

    Lietuvos Rytas vs Rock (9th December): http://www.sportbit.org/details.php?id=1819
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    Full game torrent video:

    Ventspils vs ASK Rīga (16th December): http://www.sportbit.org/details.php?id=1954
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    the six finalists are clear now: Žalgiris, Lietuvos Rytas, Šiauliai, ASK, Ventspils & Barons. 3 Latvian teams & 3 Lithuanian! it will be very exciting, although it's a pitty, that Estonians didn't reach final 6. ASK could be ready to beat best two Lithuanian teams, so could Ventspils.

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    Quote Originally Posted by a-Ha
    the six finalists are clear now: Žalgiris, Lietuvos Rytas, Šiauliai, ASK, Ventspils & Barons. 3 Latvian teams & 3 Lithuanian! it will be very exciting, although it's a pitty, that Estonians didn't reach final 6. ASK could be ready to beat best two Lithuanian teams, so could Ventspils.
    Rytas looks solid as a rock in ULEB Cup and it will be hard to win against them.
    But on the other hand Ventspils also starting to play very good basketball home and away (FMP) and ASK managed to beat them two times so...
    Zalgiris is in pretty bad condition so we could also see tough games coming for them.
    Barons won Siauliai and Neptunas easy to qualify but Siauliai are strong at home (as always). But at the moment I would like to see the final standings like that:

    1. Rytas
    2. ASK
    3. Zalgiris
    4. Ventspils
    5. Barons
    6. Siauliai

    Teams that deserved to qualify, qualified.
    Little sorry for Rock only. Good team- won both Latvian ''Galacticos '' at home and had a veeery competitive home game vs Rytas. If they were in group A I bet they would've qualified from it.
    But at the end we have a pretty solid company- 1 Euroleague club, 2 ULEB Cup clubs and 3 FIBA Cup clubs so the best qualified.
    And I hope that Lithuanians don't think that they don't need latvians and BBL.

    And I like not only the fact that latvian teams play well but also that they can get 6 500 people watching and enjoying ASK - Ventspils game
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