The Ballin After: Blatt, Rice, and Ingles talk about Maccabi’s triumph

Emmet Ryan sends his final video dispatch from Milano as David Blatt, Tyrese Rice, and Joe Ingles talk about Maccabi Tel Aviv Euroleague triumph.


NBA to use nicknames on jerseys, will Euroleague follow suit?

With the NBA announcing its plans to introduce player nickname jerseys, we here at BiE look at what could happen with Euroleague adopting the same idea.

The NBA is going to have a few match-ups next season where players wear nicknames on their backs instead of their real names. Some are obvious, like King James, The Truth, and AK-47. Others are clever, like Shuttlesworth for Ray Allen. And there will be a few forced ones given players just don’t all have nicknames. For the Plumlees I suggest Not Miles and Not Mason.

As with anything so silly and blatantly rooted in marketing, of course we started thing of how this would work in Euroleague. There are some obvious ones, like La Bomba and DDD. This site loves it some Spanoulis but we’d actually feel guilty putting V-Span on his back. There’s no question the nickname partly exists because English speakers have issues with his name. So Spanoulis gets to pick his own nickname and preferably one that ties the tongues of Anglophones even more.

There’s so much potential here outside of the obvious ones. Bojan Bogdanovic and Bogdan Bogdanovic could easily go with Not Bogdan and Not Bojan but that’s just scratching the surface. These three are our favourites.
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Real Madrid tops FC Barcelona for first Spanish title since 2007; Reyes MVP, Jasikevicius with flashback performance

BallinEurope sends out congratulations this morning to Real Madrid, which closed out a most successful season by taking the decisive game five of the Liga Endesa championship series, 79-71, in yet another “El Clasico”-level thriller. The title represents Los Blancos’ first ACB championship since 2006-07; though title is Real’s sole trophy this season, the win plus a Euroleague runner-up bid has to add up to the club’s finest run since Juan Antonio Corbalán was running point in the early to mid-1980s.

Felipe Reyes was named MVP of the Liga Endesa finals; Reyes turned in yet another efficient performance in game five, contributing 14 points and drawing a whopping seven personal fouls in under 21 minutes of playing time.

Reyes’ show (not to mention the actual win) overshadowed an incredible individual game from Sarunas Jasikevicius, as the old guy played like he’d tapped into his personal 2005. After going just 191 seconds in Madrid’s game four loss, Jasikevicius constantly got/created easy open looks in his under-19 minutes for a huge 23 points on 6-of-9 overall shooting and 8-of-8 from the line.

Unfortunately for the Blaugrana, aside from Joe Ingles’ excellent night, Barcelona shooters could managed just 7-of-33 success overall, including an 0-of-11 mark beyond the arc. (On the other hand, Saras and Ingles did make for one heckuva highlight clip…)

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FC Barcelona tops Real Madrid, 73-69, to take Spanish title; MVP Lorbek, Mickeal, Vazquez lead way

Congratulations this morning go out to FC Barcelona, winners of the fifth and final game in the Liga Endesa championship, 73-69, over Real Madrid. In yet another cliffhanger, Los Blancos “died with their boots on” as the official league writeup would have it, while the Blaugrana were led by Pete Mickeal (17 points, nine rebounds, 23 performance index rating), Frán Vazquez (16 points, eight boards, four blocked shots) and prospective San Antonio Spur/series MVP Erazem Lorbek (10 points, six rebounds).

Highlights and extrapolated game report follow.

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