So today I’ll start a first analysis of the different Euroleague groups, though this won’t be the classical analysis as you’ll see. Let’s start with Group C, which I call the Heavy Metal Division. It was quite easy to make this choice, if you have a team from a city named after an avant-garde band, a Master of Puppets, or a team led by a player from Max Cavalera’s country.
TAU Ceramica will create some chaos this season again in opponents’ defenses with their up-tempo play and versatile inside players. Tiago Splitter is of course one of their main offensive threats and so his Brazilian moves cannot be refused and are hard to resist.
Fenerbahce Ülker coach Bogdan Tanjevic is known for his explosive coaching style and use of young players. He likes to let these young and hungry lions out of their cage and put them on the fiery stage of Abdi Ipeki Arena in Istanbul.
Virtus Palacanestro Roma is of course the media attraction for the United States, as they brought in high school phenomenon Brandon Jennings. And with his spectacular moves and plays, he will set the PalaLottomatica on fire. So be prepared for the burning of Rome in Virgin Steele Style.
Union Olimpija from Ljubljana is still there, like every year. And even if the players come and go, the symbol of the team remains the Dragon. The team’s mascot is a dragon, the cheerleaders are the Lady Dragons and the fans call themselves the Green Dragons. But as they are also a regular losing team, why not have some sympathy for them?
DKV Joventut Badalona is not so happy at the beginning of this season, as both Ricky Rubio and English high flyer Pops Mensah-Bonsu are out with injuries. So Sito Alonso has some fear of falling into a dark black hole. And who knows better about that than some representatives of Pops’ home country?
Wow, ALBA Berlin is back in the Euroleague! And according to most experts, it is the result of the signing of one particular person: Luka Pavicevic a.k.a. The Master of Puppets. He has built a team of players that obeys their master when he pulls the strings and smashes the opponents’ dream. And for those who are still blinded, let it roll, James…