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The second of BallinEurope’s league previews looks at the VTB United League and doesn’t even bother to ask if anyone can challenge CSKA Moscow this season Last year’s VTB League looked really promising in terms of competitive depth. Khimki had made some big name signings and had a couple of results early on, both in […]
The VTB United League concluded in comprehensive fashion on Monday as CSKA Moscow completed a 3-0 sweep of Khimki with a 99-71 win. Watch the highlights of the concluding game of the finals.
As the curtain seemingly falls on Andrei Kirilenko’s career, BallinEurope’s Emmet Ryan reflects on a player whose success almost played second fiddle to his character. Everything about the name should have fit. He’s Russian, he’s got the right initials, he was born in Izhevsk (where the rifle was first produced), and he even chose the […]
At Virginia Tech, Malcolm Delaney was a star. In Europe, no matter what jersey he wears, Malcolm Delaney just can’t stop being a champion Back at the Euroleague Final Four, it all seemed like a gag. Sitting in a bar after the semi-finals, with a few beers imbibed, the rest of the season for the […]
There was no Andrei Kirilenko for CSKA Moscow last night but that didn’t matter against Krasny Oktyabr as Nando de Colo scored 33 points along with grabbing 6 boards and dishing 5 assists in an 88-101 road win. CSKA sit at the top of the VTB League at 21-3.
Week 22 of the VTB League is in the books, check out the top 5 plays from the latest round of games.
The decision by the ABA Liga to change its playoff format is the latest in a string of moves around Europe’s leagues that should make it far easier to understand what’s going on this season. Final fours are fun. Everything is at stake in a terribly short and sudden format. A year’s preparation rests entirely […]
The withdrawal of the Lithuanian clubs from the VTB United League, following on from the departure of Ukrainian clubs, has left the pan-national league looking essentially like Russia and fodder but this may not be all that bad, writes Emmet Ryan. From day one money was the main motivation behind the VTB United League and […]
Episode #44 of the BallinEurope/heinnews co-produced “Taking the Charge” podcast series is now available online or via iTunes. This week’s podcast pays homage to the axiom that, when in doubt about what to talk about in European basketball, simply go to Lithuania. And who better to discuss Team Lithuania’s chances in Eurobasket 2013, Linas Kleiza’s […]
Podcast: Talking Miami Heat with Hot Hot Hoops, Bayern Munich business with club GM; reviewing underrated basketball movie classic He Got Game
Episode #37 of the BallinEurope/heinnews co-produced “Taking the Charge” podcast series is now available online or via iTunes. After the usual patter on Euroleague rumors (especially this one) and VTB United League playoffs, the good stuff starts happening. First up to guest on the show is Bayern Munich general manager Marko Pesic, who chats up […]
Flawed, top-heavy and not exactly consistent in attendance it may be, but the VTB United League still garners BallinEurope’s attention – particularly come playoff time when ages-old rivalries add new chapters to stories first begun in the days of the Soviet Union. Besides, who needs an excuse to run another YouTube highlight clip…? From the […]