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Batiste: Theres no place like home - Aug 13, 2013


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Mike Batiste
A player to have written history, competing in the Panathinaikos jersey, returns to the clover. Mike Batiste (203-F-77, college: Arizona St.) closes this little parenthesis he opened last summer and for the upcoming season, he will once again be gearing up in Green.

The Panathinaikos BC President, Dimitris Giannakopoulos, stressed: "We would like to welcome one of our guys to Panathinaikos, a person who essentially not once was ever missing from the team. We are certain that if his ex -as of now- manager would have informed him of our offer last year, Mike would have never ever left. We had stated a few days ago that our roster had been completed, but let's not forget that goods enemy, is even better".

Mike Batiste is currently in the US but his joy to be returning to Panathinaikos was hard to conceal, even via phone at the official site of Panathinaikos: "It is all I ever wanted! Once last season ended I thought about what it was I wanted the most, what I wanted to do, which shirt I would like to be wearing when I decided to retire, since my career is reaching its end. I didn't want to hear about anything else, about any other team. I wanted to get back to Athens, to Panathinaikos. For me it was a done deal when I found out there was an interest from the team's part also; they had me at hello! And I am simply glad to find Panathinaiko's door open for me. It is not always easy to return. Panathinaikos, Athens is my home and I am heading back to it. I am genuinely really, really happy and grateful. I can hardly wait to get back!"

Mike Batiste also admitted that the way the fans and the team welcomed him when he competed at the OAKA dressed in the Fenerbahce/Ulker's jersey and as an opponent, did actually play its part in the matter: "It was mighty important for me. I knew that it was going to be a special and emotionally loaded encounter. It was a tough couple of days. I was happy to be playing in front of the very crowd to give me so much love, but I believe they all know that I reciprocated their love through all these years. However, to see everyone's emotions, coming along as an opponent was something extremely moving. During the winter I almost made a come-back, but eventually my team never allowed me to leave and I simply had to honor my contract. It is of no importance right now however. The important thing is that I am coming home and there's no place like home!"

Last season was tough on Mike Batiste and he was unable to unravel what we are used to seeing him get down to, out in the field. However, now he is ready to bring out the real Mike and his own very special mindset: "Yes, certainly the season was a different one for me. Essentially we never established our chemistry and our roles as a team. But I do not want to dwell upon it. I prefer gazing forward. I know that I will be coming to a team and will be finding myself amongst people that trust me! And this is something to create only responsibilities for me. When you are performing with a friend like Diamantidis, with a player such as him who always has a way to make the guys around him better, you feel sure he will help you fit in right away. What I want is to help Panathinaikos be successful as it was, as it always is. I must admit, I do feel a little nervous, in a good way, and I simply can wait to get down to business. I know I'm going to have to work hard and I will be there to help any way I can. If I have to sit on the bench, I' ll sit; if I have to play as much and whenever the coach says so, I'll play; if I have to speak up in the locker rooms, I will. Anything for the team! I can't wait to get back home!"   




Juan
Carlos
Navarro
Navarro signs new ten-year contract with Barcelona - 11 hours ago
Barcelona officially announced that longtime team captain Juan Carlos Navarro(192-SG-80) signed a new, ten-year deal with the club. 'La Bomba' will continue hooping in the upcoming season and with the completion of 2017/2018, the club and himself will agree on whether he will continue as a player or assume a new role within the organization. Navarro, 37, debuted with Barcelona's senior squad back in 1997 and has been playing for the team ever since, excluding a one-year stint in the NBA w...   [read more]

Rolands
Smits
Rolands Smits signs at FC Barcelona - 1 day ago
FC Barcelona Lassa (Liga Endesa) landed 22-year old Latvian international power forward Rolands Smits (207-95). He was about to sign at Fuenlabrada (Liga Endesa). Smits has played there for the last four years. The last season he played also at Baloncesto Fuenlabrada where in 32 Liga Endesa games he averaged 7.5ppg and 3.9rpg. Smits also played 14 games in Eurocup where he had 9.4ppg and 2.8rpg. The other team he played that season for was Fuenlabrada. In 32 Liga Endesa games he recorded...   [read more]

Matt Janning
Baskonia adds Janning to their roster, ex Lokomotiv - 4 days ago
Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (Liga Endesa) added to their roster 29-year old American guard Matt Janning (195-99kg-88, college: Northeastern, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management). He played last season at Lokomotiv in Russian VTB league, but left the team in Jul.'17. In 17 Eurocup games he recorded 11.3ppg, 2.6rpg and 2.8apg. Janning also played 26 games in VTB United League where he averaged 10.6ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.4apg and 1.2spg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. The previous (15-1...   [read more]


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Euroleague Standings
 1. Anadolu Efes 0-0 
 2. Baskonia 0-0 
 3. Brose Bask. 0-0 
 4. Crvena Zvezda 0-0 
 5. CSKA 0-0 
 6. EA7 Armani 0-0 
 7. FC Barcelona 0-0 
 8. Fenerbahce 0-0 
 9. Khimki 0-0 
 10. Maccabi T-A 0-0 
 11. Olympiacos 0-0 
 12. Panathinaikos 0-0 
 13. Real Madrid 0-0 
 14. Unicaja 0-0 
 15. Valencia 0-0 
 16. Zalgiris 0-0 
Last:9/6/2017
ANGT Standings
 1. ALBA Berlin 0-0 
 2. Bayern U18 0-0 
 3. BBA U18 0-0 
 4. Cedevita U18 0-0 
 5. CFBB 0-0 
 6. Cibona U18 0-0 
 7. Cr.Zvezda U18 0-0 
 8. CSKA U18 0-0 
 9. Darussafaka U18 0-0 
 10. Estudiantes U18 0-0 
 11. FCB U18 0-0 
 12. Fenerbahce U18 0-0 
 13. GBA U18 0-0 
 14. Gran Canaria U18 0-0 
 15. Joventut U18 0-0 
 16. L.Rytas U18 0-0 
 17. Las Palmas U18 0-0 
 18. LHospitalet U18 0-0 
 19. Macc.TA U18 0-0 
 20. Mega Bemax U18 0-0 
 21. Panathinaikos U18 0-0 
 22. Partizan U18 0-0 
 23. Real Madrid U18 0-0 
 24. Seville U18 0-0 
 25. Skyliners U18 0-0 
 26. Spars U18 0-0 
 27. Stellazzurra U18 0-0 
 28. U.Olimpija U18 0-0 
 29. Unicaja U18 0-0 
 30. USK U18 0-0 
 31. VEF U18 0-0 
 32. Zalgiris U18 0-0 
Last:9/6/2017
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Keith LANGFORD
  Unics
  (193-SG-83)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Langford, Unics21.8 
 2. De-Colo, CS.19.1 
 3. Goudelock, Maccabi .17.3 
 4. Wanamaker, Darussaf.16.7 
 5. Llull, Real Madrid16.5 
 6. Teodosic, CSKA16.1 
 7. Bogdanovic, Fener.14.6 
 8. James, Panathin.13.1 
 9. Larkin, Baskonia13.1 
 10. Rice, FC Barcelona13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ekpe UDOH
  Fenerbahce
  (208-F/C-87)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Udoh, Fenerbahce7.8 
 2. Melli, Brose Bask.7.4 
 3. Honeycutt, Anadolu .7.3 
 4. Kuzmic, Crvena Z.7.0 
 5. Voigtmann, Basko.7.0 
 6. Zizic, Darussafaka6.7 
 7. Dorsey, FC Barce.6.3 
 8. Dunston, Anadolu .6.2 
 9. Jankunas, Zalgiris6.1 
 10. Tomic, FC Barce.5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Milos TEODOSIC
  CSKA
  (195-PG-87)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Teodosic, CSKA6.8 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympiacos6.1 
 3. Llull, Real Madrid5.9 
 4. Larkin, Baskonia5.7 
 5. Colom, Unics5.7 
 6. Jovic, Crvena Z.5.7 
 7. Guler, Galatasaray5.6 
 8. Heurtel, Anadolu .5.6 
 9. Calathes, Panathin.5.5 
 10. Westermann, Zalgiris5.5 
Steals Per Game
 Charles JENKINS
  Crvena Z.
  (191-SG-89)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Jenkins, Crvena Z.2.1 
 2. Calathes, Panathin.1.5 
 3. Wanamaker, Darussaf.1.5 
 4. Lazic, Crvena Z.1.4 
 5. Wilbekin, Darussafaka1.4 
 6. Larkin, Baskonia1.3 
 7. Jovic, Crvena Z.1.3 
 8. Guler, Galatasaray1.3 
 9. Hanga, Baskonia1.3 
 10. Fernandez, Real M.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Ekpe UDOH
  Fenerbahce
  (208-F/C-87)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Udoh, Fenerbahce2.2 
 2. Tyus, Galatasaray1.5 
 3. Pleiss, Galatasaray1.2 
 4. Parakhouski, Unics1.2 
 5. Dunston, Anadolu .1.1 
 6. Randolph, Real Madrid1.1 
 7. Singleton, Panathin.1.0 
 8. Birch, Olympiacos1.0 
 9. Honeycutt, Anadolu .0.9 
 10. Kirk, Anadolu Efes0.9 
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