Yesterday night (30.05.2016) was one of the worst nights for the European basketball as one of the top players of the last decade, decided to retire [read more]
Yesterday night (30.05.2016) was one of the worst nights for the European basketball as one of the top players of the last decade, decided to retire. Dimitris Diamantidis or else 3D or else triple D, the most altruist player in the European courts EVER, the player who won three Euroleague titles, nine Greek league and ten Greek cup titles, two Euroleague final four MVP Awards, four all-Euroleague first team selections, as well as a record of six Euroleague Best Defender Awards and being the only player to have earned all four pre-mentioned Euroleague end of season distinctions, even more so in a single year (2006-20017) will no longer wear his uniform as a player.. The 36 years old ex international guard decided to retire and without him European basketball will not be the same..
For 12 consecutive seasons worn the green jersey of Panathinaikos , being the epitome of how the game is suppose to be played. Diamantidis has won several individual trophies since joining Panathinaikos, such as the Euroleague Best Defender six times (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011), the Greek League MVP six times (2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2014), and the Euroleague Final Four MVP twice (2007, 2011). Diamantidis was also named the 2007 Mister Europa, the 2007 Greek Athlete of the Year, and the MVP of the Greek Cup in 2009 and 2016. He was named the Euroleague MVP in 2011.
3D was born on the 6th of May, 1980 in Kastoria. At the age of fourteen, Diamantidis started his youth career with his home team in Kastoria, where he remains until the summer of 1999, at the age of 19, Diamantidis began his professional career when he transferred to Iraklis Thessaloniki (where his talent and his basketball IQ were obviously much higher than the average), he became a starting player at his second season in the team and he helped to bring Iraklis back to the top teams in the Greek league, and by 2003, he had emerged as an all-around star in the Greek League winning the Greek League MVP award in the same season.. The Giannakopoulos family saw that and they didn't lose time as in the summer of 2004 3D became a member of Panathinaikos. He immediately became the leader of the team, even though the all mighty Alvertis Fragiskos was a member of the team, 3D was not the absolute scorer like Alvertis, but he was the one to do all the jobs in the court, something that was not usual up until the time he appeared in the Greek basketball scenery.
Left-handed 3D was playing with the same ease, in three positions (point guard, small forward and shooting guard) and won 22 titles in total while he has best statistical record in Euroleague in most of the statistical divisions, being the top performer in the European courts in the 21st century! He has the all-time Euroleague leading position in total assists, steals, and performance index rating with some of them being very difficult to reach in the years to come. Diamantidis had with Coach Obradovi one of the most successful collaborations between a player and his coach in the history of European basketball. As a member of the Greek national team, 3D won a EuroBasket title in 2005; anchoring a defense that allowed 59.7 points per game and scoring a buzzer beater three-pointer that sealed the fate of the semifinal against France, he was voted as a member of the All-EuroBasket Team. In 2006, he played a pivotal role in a FIBA World Cup silver medal campaign, with Greece stunning Team USA in the semifinal and Diamantidis leading the tournament in steals. He was a key factor in Greece's historic 101-95 victory against Team USA in the semifinals, stunning the likes of Lebron James, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, Chris Paul and Dwight Howard. The defeat suffered by the United States team is the only one during Mike Krzyzewski's era (2005-), as the latter has an undefeated record since then, in all major international competitions. On the basis of his myriad achievements, his leading role in the success of Panathinaikos and the Greek national team, he was named Mister Europa Player of the Year by Italian sports magazine Superbasket in 2007.
He has a fun club which comes all over the globe and is among the most known figures in the European Basketball, a person who's totally different in and out of the court as his superior and legendary performances in the court has nothing to do with the man, the citizen Dimitris Diamantidis, a low profile young family man On the 1st of April, 2016 he has received the Euroleague Basketball Legend award being the second Greek player after Theo Papaloukas back in 2013. As demonstrated by numerous game-changing actions in crucial situations, Diamantidis is considered to be one of the biggest decision makers and clutch players in European basketball history.
3D is the idol and the symbol of many players allover the globe, many players that want to look alike him, play like him and have the same passion and skills like him, his is and will be a total legend of the European Basketball.
The global basketball is losing in the same season two of its few legends as after Kobe Bryant, Dimitris Diamantidis has been added (as of yesterday) in the retired player's list!!
CSKA to sign Viktor Khryapa to contract extension - May 30, 2016
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CSKA and Viktor Khryapa(203-F-82, agency: Alti Sport) will extend their cooperation. The Moscow powerhouse will reportedly use their option to extend the deal with the player for one more season. Viktor Khryapa has been playing for CSKA since 2002. He averaged 6.0 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game in EuroLeague. In VTB League his stats read 5.9 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists per appearance. [read more]
CSKA and Viktor Khryapa (203-F-82, agency: Alti Sport) will extend their cooperation. The Moscow powerhouse will reportedly use their option to extend the deal with the player for one more season. Viktor Khryapa has been playing for CSKA since 2002. He averaged 6.0 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game in EuroLeague. In VTB League his stats read 5.9 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists per appearance.
Zalgiris land Leo Westermann, ex Limoges - May 30, 2016
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B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (LKL) tabbed 24-year old French ex-international guard Leo Westermann (196-92, agency: BeoBasket). He moved there from Limoges CSP Elite in French ProA where he played this season. In 33 games he averaged 9.6ppg, 3.0rpg, 4.6apg and 1.2spg. Westermann also played 10 games in Euroleague where he had 10.1ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.3apg and 1.1spg. The last season he played also at Limoges CSP Elite (ProA) in France. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, an... [read more]
B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (LKL) tabbed 24-year old French ex-international guard Leo Westermann (196-92, agency: BeoBasket). He moved there from Limoges CSP Elite in French ProA where he played this season. In 33 games he averaged 9.6ppg, 3.0rpg, 4.6apg and 1.2spg. Westermann also played 10 games in Euroleague where he had 10.1ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.3apg and 1.1spg. The last season he played also at Limoges CSP Elite (ProA) in France. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and Westermann had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 43 ProA games he had 5.4ppg, 2.3rpg, 4.3apg and 1.0spg. He helped them to win the league title and they also made it to the cup final. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to French ProA All-Star Game. Westermann also played 10 games in Euroleague where he had 7.7ppg, 2.3rpg, 4.3apg and 1.7spg (in top 4). He also played 6 games in Eurocup where he had 7.8ppg, 1.5rpg and 3.5apg. The previous (13-14) season Westermann played at Partizan in Serbian league. In 5 Euroleague games he had 7.0ppg, 1.4rpg and 2.2apg in 2013-14 season. He also played 7 games in Adriatic League where he had 8.7ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.9apg and 1.0spg in 2013-14 season. Among other achievements Westermann received Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League 1st Team award back in 2013. He was also a member of French international program for some years. Westermann played for French Senior National Team between 2013 and 2015 and previously for U20 National Team between 2011 and 2012. He also represented France at the European Championships last year. Westermann's team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 7 games: 2.7ppg, 1.0apg. Westermann has played previously professionally in Spain (FC Barcelona). Let's have closer look into His outlook:
Excellent basketball IQ and maturity as a floor general make him a very promising, tall bodied PG. Sees the court very well, has great patience offensively and goos shot selection, trying to keep any teammate involved. Great upside, even at NBA level.
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