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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!"   




Erick Green
Valencia tabs Erick Green, ex Olympiacos - 7 hours ago
Valencia Basket (Liga Endesa) inked 26-year old American point guard Erick Green (190-84kg-91, college: Virginia Tech). He played most recently at Olympiacos in Greek A1 league. In 31 games he averaged 9.4ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.5apg last season. Green helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. A very good season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Co-Newcomer of the Year, selected to All-Imports Team and selected to 2nd Team. Green also playe...   [read more]

Jonah Bolden
Jonah Bolden (ex Crvena Zvezda) signs at Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv - 3 hours ago
Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv (Winner League) landed 21-year old Australian forward Jonah Bolden (208-98kg-96, college: UCLA). He moved there from Crvena Zvezda in Serbian KLS league where he played this season. The last season Bolden played at FMP Beograd (also in KLS). In 15 games he averaged 12.1ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.1apg and 1.7spg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Player of the Year, Import...   [read more]

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Alimpijevic
Dusan Alimpijevic is a new Head Coach of Crvena Zvezda - 6 hours ago
Defending champion Crvena Zvezda MTS Beograd (KLS) will be lead by 31-year old coach Dusan Alimpijevic. Last season he was Head Coach at FMP Beograd. Alimpijevic lead his team in the final of Serbian League. He was coaching Serbian U20 National Team in 2014 and coached also U16 National Team in 2014. Alimpijevic has coached previously two other teams: Vojvodina and KK Meridiana Novi Sad. His assistants will be legendary player, Milenko Topic and Slobodan Ljubotina (207-F/C-84, agency: Beo...   [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 
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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