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    Honka/Playboys won the championship 3-1. Koponen played only last 8 minutes of the series, as Honka fell to foul trouble at that moment. Anyway, team and coaching experience added with some excellent clutch playing from Akeem Scott won in Finland, although all games were very tight.

    Koponen's next target is NBA summer league. Furthermore, coach Pavisevic has had some talks about becoming an assistant coach in an NBA team "with a player from former Yugoslavia" as he reveals. But who knows... He was invited and spent last year's summer league at Portland's bench.

    Another internationally interesting player might be Honka's and national team's Kimmo Muurinen - he played mostly very well in the finals -, who already during this season was pretty close to sign with Aris. He probably will go abroad for the next season, and if Aris was interested, why not that team again (with Herbert who has good Finnish contacts) or some other Euroleague/Ulebcup-team.

    A link to the team's website, currently jubilating the achievement:

    http://www.honkaplayboys.com/

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    New summer, new beginning: military service is done and Petteri Koponen flies to Portland next Sunday. There's a nice interview at:

    http://www.blazersedge.com/2008/6/11...a-with-koponen

    & what comes to his chances to play in NBA and if he IMO should stay in Europe... nothing has changed since last year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hakkapeliitta
    & what comes to his chances to play in NBA and if he IMO should stay in Europe... nothing has changed since last year.
    Thanks for the interview. There was another note about Koponen in the Portland Tribue:
    NOTES - June 19, 2008, by Kerry Eggers, Portland Tribune

    2007 first-round draft pick Petteri Koponen has been practicing at the Blazers’ Tualatin facility this week after arriving from his native Finland on Sunday. The 6-4, 195-pound point guard was taken with the 30th and final choice of last year’s draft, making him the first player in his country’s history to be taken in the first round. Koponen averaged 18.4 points and 4.1 assists while shooting .565 from the field and .434 from 3-point range in leading the Honka Playboys — got to love that name — to the Finland Pro League title for the second straight year, earning most valuable player honors. “And there are some players over there,” Pritchard said. “It’s not a walkover league. To be 20 and win that award, it’s something.” Koponen and his coach, Mihailo Pavicevic, came to Portland early to prepare for the Las Vegas Summer League. The Blazers begin play on July 14, and Koponen will be part of their team. “He came early all on his own,” Pritchard said. “He wants to be here. He wants to prove to the coaches he deserves to be on the team next year, and he’s committed to becoming the best player he can be. One of the things that attracted us was his work ethic.”

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    Well, if this guy plays in Portland (I mean, really plays), I guess we can all say that Sergio Rodriguez got completely owned...
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    Nice article (in Spanish) about Koponen's current situation. Use Babelfish
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    Default finnish article, need english translation

    Can anyone translate this article to english please? Thanks.
    http://www.mtv3.fi/urheilu/muutlajit...4771?koripallo
    Koposen pelioikeudet omistavan Portland Trail Blazersin manageri Kevin Pritchardin päätöstä Koposen suhteen odotetaan ensi viikolla, kun Pritchard palaa lomaltaan.

    - Kyllähän se vähän harmittaa, kun itse odotan täällä koko ajan heidän päätöstään. Toivottavasti he tekevät ratkaisunsa ensi viikolla. Tämä odottaminen alkaa tuntua jo vähän pitkältä, Koponen paljastaa.

    Portlandin joukkue on NBA:n nuorin, siksi paikan saaminen on vaikeaa. Puolenkymmentä NBA-seuraa on kiinnostunut Koposesta, mutta Portland päättää tällä hetkellä kaikesta.

    - Portlandilla ei ole mitään kiirettä minun suhteen ennen kauden alkua ja se tekee tilanteesta minun kannaltani vaikean. Eurooppalaisseurat ovat koko ajan rakentamassa joukkueitaan ja joka päivä menee paikkoja sivu suun.

    Eurooppalaisseuroihin rekrytoidaankin kovaa vauhtia NBA-miehiä, sillä Euroopassa ei ole palkkakattoja. Jos Portland venyttää päätöstään Koposen suhteen kauden alkuun saakka, joutuu Koponen odottamaan lokakuuhun asti.

    - Jos NBA:sta en saa sopimusta, pääsen varmaankin Eurooppaan pelaamaan. Sopimus ei välttämättä ole yhtä hyvä kuin mitä saisin tällä hetkellä, Koponen pohtii.

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    Quote Originally Posted by geeup
    Can anyone translate this article to english please? Thanks.
    http://www.mtv3.fi/urheilu/muutlajit...4771?koripallo
    Koponen is getting a bit tired of Portland, as they keep on thinking and thinking Koponen's situation. But Portland is not in a hurry at the moment. This means that each week/day there are less good positions for Koponen in Europe and as he keeps waiting, in the end he might have to settle for an average deal in Europe and miss some of the offers he's given at the moment. Nevertheless, he wants to check Portland to the very end, which might mean waiting until October.

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    Looks like Koponen's rights are now held by the Mavs. They've now got Beaubois and Terry playing the same sort of position as Koponen, so we'll see what happens. I have no idea what Koponen's contract status is.

    Mavericks and Blazers Trade On Draft Night -- By JAIME ARON, AP Sports Writer, June 22, 2011

    ....The Mavericks also picked up the rights to Petteri Koponen, who is playing in Europe. A point guard from Finland, he’s spent three years with Virtus Bologna in Italy.

    [Donnie Nelson, Mavs GM said] "Petteri is a young combo guard who was a first round selection in 2007 and is developing nicely in Europe.”

    ...
    "I really like the attitudes of eagles. They never give up. When they grab a fish or something else, they never let it go. It doesn't matter. In a book, they write they find a skeleton of [an] eagle and there is no fish. It means that the fish beat him and killed him, but he didn't let go." -- Donatas Motiejunas

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