Drazen93 and scire10 first sound like some PlayStation3 nick name, but over the years we found out that basketball people in Greece give themselves nick names. I maybe should ask one day what the reason for this is.
Drazen and Scire have provided us with a great preview last season and do it again this year. We are glad to have the two guys, who run DoubleTeam.gr, with us again and give us their insight about the holy Panathinaikos.
Overall Record Prediction : 8-2
Last year offered Panathinaikos another title in the Greek League (the tenth in the last eleven years and the sixth in the row..) and another Greek Cup (the fourh in the row..), both of them versus the rival “enemies” of Olympiacos.. But the Euroleague experience (and the effort to make the “repeat”) turner into a nighmare at top16..This year the “greens” return with angry moods.. The aim is the same as every year.. To win the Greek League, the Greek Cup, to qualify to the final four (at least) and to win the Euroleague title (which would be the fifth during the last 13 years..)
So, this summer coach Obradovic (who renewed his contract for two more years) made some changes to the roster, always with the financial support of Pavlos and Thanasis Giannakopoulos (the club’s owners). Panathinaikos signed Nikola Pekovic (maybe the most promising center in Europe), Drew Nicholas (a “serial-killer” in the court and Euroleague’s first scorer in season ’05-’06), Dusan Kecman (a remarkable defender and rebounder) and Dimitris Verginis (a very promising Greek guard). Forward Dusan Sakota returned to the team, after helping Panionios to qualify to Euroleague. Last but not least, Antonis Fotsis returned (for the third time) to the team that established him as one of the best European forwards..
Beyond them, there are: the four-time Euroleague Defensive Player of The Year (Dimitris Diamantidis), the guard with the highest IQ in Europe (Sarunas Jasikevicius), the very effective Vassilis Spanoulis, the precious Kostas Tsartsaris, the “multitool” Nikos Chatzivrettas, the very promising Stratos Perperoglou and of course the “nuclear weapon” Mike Batiste. Special mention has to be made to the captain Fragiskos Alvertis at his 19th continuous year at the club..
P.S. Don’t be suprised if Panathinaikos suddenly adds one more player to the roster..
Final 4 Predictions : Panathinaikos, CSKA Moscow, FC Barcelona, TAU Ceramica
written by Drazen93