the result (3rd place) is obviously good, no queston about that.
Starting the tournament we were the second favourite and I stil believe we could have gotten 2nd place had we not been matched with the first favourite in the semis.
Other than that, speaking objectively, this tourney (only THIS because of the rosters) was very balanced if you take out Spain. I mean, I see Greece, Slovenia, Serbia, Turkey all within 5% difference in power from each other. France and Croatia, Russia within 10% from the aforementioned ones. So any combination of those teams could have filled the top4 after Spain. The fact that we ended up third, seems good, as even though we could have finished 2nd, we could just as easily lost the quarter final and finished...5-6th.
I am only disatisfied by the fact that we didnt have all our weapons to finally see a great semi against Spain in neutral territory with better refereeing. If we had a full roster I believe they would stil have the advantage, but the game would be much closer and agonizing til the end....and with slight overperforming on our part we could have even won. Unfortunately this eurobasket didn't offer me such an experience in any game. Many close games, sure....we beat turkey in OT and slovenia by 1point, but that means nothing when you see both teams performing badly. There was no truely epic game like the semi in Spain...despite other factors there, so despite the bronze medal this eurobasket won't be much memorable to me...already looking forward to the world championship...
well i respect your opinion, but sorry i did not like the coaching of the team.
very bad rotation of the team to the all tournament.
it took klaza 15min to see that vs spain we had problem with spanoulis as PG!!!
he did not use kalampokis, and kaimakoglou to try to change and control the rhythm of the game. i am not a coach, i am a fan (surely klaza knows much much more than me) but i was not satisfied.
also i believe that greek team has good opportunities for 2010 even for a medal, but they have to focus a little more for possible games against spaniards. it is embarrassing for players like papaloukas, and zisis, and diamadidis and many others good players to lose from spanish for 6 times! nobody likes to lose especially when you are a top player. so they must be prepared as much as possible for them.
Come on, he is player for small clubs and can't step up when level of competition rises up
As far Spanoulis i agree. He is not Dirk guys to win Spain by himself. He needs 3D and Papaloukas along with him so as to focus only in scoring and not carrying the ball so much time
Skatoulis: the stupid confirmed to be a retarded guy. Despite the great performance against Turkey, he has shown he can't be a leader, he can't be a point-guard (pg has to use the brain, Skatty is brainless) and he can't be a shooting-guard too: he needs the full court to play, and he needs the ball in his hands. It means he's not a SG, it means he's a streetballer. Rucker Park Tournament happens in summer, it should be his perfect dimension. Away from the NT, even if he could be useful for 5-10 minutes in some games, to break it. Playing 11 or more minutes, he simply breaks balls.
Zisis: good defence, smart player, but he's far from the wonderful Zizzo who played in AEK or Benetton. Hoping that a day Varejao will end his career with a serious injury, let's also Hope that the perfect system of Siena could help him. The Chianti Mafia allows everything to Montepaschi, so he should not be scared anymore. At least in the Italian league.
Calathes: first time he plays at senior level. Unfortunately he had to watch Skatoulis from the bench but when he has been able to play, he has shown good skills and - most of all - interesting brain. What a pity he'll be 15th man at Pana...
Kalampokis: honest player, who was in Poland for the absences of Diamantidis, Papaloukas and probably Papamakarios. It would be unfair to destroy him. This is simply not his level but he made his best.
Perperoglou: when you play with Diamantidis, Jasikevicius, Pekovic, Batiste, if you're a true crap no-one see it. You can have space, because opponents will guard your team mates. If you're considered one of the most important player of the team, the truth appears. The worst SF that Greece had in the last 10 years. Yes, including Papanikolaou (Dimitris).
Printezis: pure European material. Excellent, he will become an important cornerman. Or better, he's already an important cornerman.
Fotsis: he has become a mature player, the role of captain probably has been useful for him. He has grabbed rebounds and scored points, playing farer from the basket than the last years. Since he's only 28, he has at least two international competititons to play in the future. And he has to be in.
Kaimakoglou: few minutes, after his best season. Let's see if he will improve and he will deserve again a spot with the NT.
Koufos: the biggest mistake of Kazlauskas, because even if he is not a pittbul, he has fantastic skills and a pure talent, that's something missing in the other players. When you've a player who can score 15 points every evening, he has to play.
Mpourousis: a day he was good, the day after he was a ghost. I don't see anything different from the Oly's Mpourousis. Let's accept him, or should we look for another player? Since Mpourousis is really dominating when he is "in", I would put him in the national team for ever.
Shortsanitis: he can be as dominating as Shaquille O'Neal, but he's main problem is always the brain. We'll he remain in a good shape or will he collapse becoming again a Jabba the Hutt? Probably he should be adopted by Kazlauskas, since he's the first coach with whom he has a decent behaviour.
Of course, this Shortanitis has to play with the NT till the World Cup 2018, when he'll be 33...
Glyniadakis: 3rd center, a true pro. This is his perfect role, if the NT will need three centers in the future, everyone knows his telephone number.
About the future, it's clear that Greece is missing a shooting guard, but probably no-one cares about it, because even when Diamantopoulos or Lliadellis scored 30 points in the Greek league, they weren't even called by Petropoulos or Ioannidis or Giannakis. But someone is needed in this role: Pappas? Let's watch his season with Kolossos. Mpramos? Let's see how he will understand the European basketball.
I hope not to see anymore Spanoulis playing 35 minutes (I can accept him playing 5, maximum 10): if he doesn't accept it, there are Sloukas and Pappas waiting for their turn. I also hope Perperoglou to spend long long summers sitting on his armchair. Papanikolaou and Jankovic are the future.
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Pelekanos though, is very good and I am not saying ignore him.
As for Spanoulis, I think he was our best man. Without him, we wouldn't have been here. No other player had to do so many things in the court, as V-Span had, and from no other player had we so many expectations... His only weakness is his passing in my opinion.
As for Sofo, he was our second best player. Well done on him for fixing his FTs! He is almost our best man now. I am not saying the best, because he lacks some stamina. He can't play long and that's his main weak point now.
You are absolutely right, as most people who know the game's basic's cannot understand why the hell Spanoulis continued to play pg when from the first games he averaged 5-6 to's.
We could compensate that with teams of lower talent and quality players but never with exceptional teams like Spain who punished for every stupid TO.
One explanation was that he needed space at the top of the arc for his penetrations but even that did not count after the game with Russia and the endless blocks he got. After this game we lost the most effective offensive weapon, i.e. Spanoulis' penetrations...
As far as loosing to Spain, one can only admire the passion and intensity of the Spanish defense, which for me is the true reason of their victory. No other team played with such intensity and this is why the destroyed everybody from the qf to the final by 20-point margins. Respect and shamefull for the Greek NT.
Peja come home
Pelekanos is dynamic. He makes big plays and things happen on the court just like Spanoulis and Sofo. There is no reason why he should not be utilized.
GERA ELLADARA MOU!!!!!
Actually, from a pure basketball scouting standpoint he is an elite level talent. I believe Kazlauskas will use him, unlike how previous coaches don't. Kazlauskas does not know him. I predict a huge year for him at Maroussi though. Just wait.