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Erste Liga Standings
 1. Danilovgrad 0-0 
 2. Ibar Rozaje 0-0 
 3. Jedinstvo 0-0 
 4. Lovcen 0-0 
 5. Primorje 1945 0-0 
 6. S.Centar 0-0 
 7. Sutjeska 0-0 
 8. Teodo Tivat 0-0 
 9. Ulcinj 0-0 
Play in international cups:
 1. Buducnost
 2. Mornar Bar
Prva B Standings
 1. Kotor 0-0 
 2. MNE Team 0-0 
 3. Mogren 0-0 
 4. Podgorica 0-0 
 5. Rudar 0-0 
 6. Strsljen 0-0 
 7. Zeta 0-0 
Eurocup Standings
Group A
 1 Fiat TO 2-0 
 2 Darussafaka 1-0 
 3 Unics 1-0 
 4 Cedevita 0-1 
 5 Paris-Levallois 0-1 
 6 Andorra 0-2 
Group B
 1 Buducnost 2-0 
 2 B.Muenchen 1-0 
 3 Lietkabelis 1-0 
 4 Galatasaray 0-1 
 5 Grissin Bon RE 0-1 
 6 Hapoel J-M 0-2 
Group C
 1 ALBA 1-0 
 2 Lokomotiv 1-0 
 3 RETAbet BB 1-0 
 4 Lietuvos rytas 0-1 
 5 Limoges 0-1 
 6 Partizan NIS 0-1 
Group D
 1 Dolomiti En. TR 1-0 
 2 ASVEL 1-1 
 3 Gran Canaria 1-1 
 4 Tofas 1-1 
 5 Ratiopharm 1-1 
 6 Zenit 0-1 
Basketball Champions League Standings
Group A
 1 Monaco 2-0 
 2 Pinar Karsiyaka 2-0 
 3 Enisey 1-0 
 4 UCAM Murcia 1-0 
 5 Banco di Srd 0-1 
 6 EWE Baskets 0-1 
 7 Hapoel Holon 0-2 
 8 Juventus 0-2 
Group B
 1 Gaziantep 1-0 
 2 Neptunas 1-0 
 3 Ventspils 1-0 
 4 Iberostar Tener. 1-1 
 5 Chalon 1-1 
 6 Ludwigsburg 1-1 
 7 PAOK 0-1 
 8 Betaland Cdo 0-2 
Group C
 1 Bayreuth 1-0 
 2 Estudiantes 1-0 
 3 Strasbourg 1-0 
 4 AEK 1-1 
 5 Umana VE 1-1 
 6 Banvit BK 0-1 
 7 Olimpija 0-1 
 8 Rosa 0-1 
Group D
 1 Nanterre 1-0 
 2 Scandone AV 1-0 
 3 CEZ Nymburk 1-1 
 4 Besiktas 1-1 
 5 Stelmet 1-1 
 6 Aris 1-1 
 7 Oostende 1-1 
 8 Telekom Bsk 0-2 
ABA League Standings
 1 Buducnost 3-1 
 2 Crvena Zvezda 3-1 
 3 FMP 2-2 
 4 Cibona 2-2 
 5 Olimpija 2-2 
 6 Partizan NIS 2-2 
 7 Mega Bemax 2-2 
 8 Cedevita 2-2 
 9 Igokea 2-2 
 10 MZT Skopje 2-2 
 11 Mornar Bar 1-3 
 12 Zadar 1-3 
 13 Borac 0-0 
 14 Bosna-Royal 0-0 
 15 Dynamic BG 0-0 
 16 KK Primorska 0-0 
 17 Krka 0-0 
 18 Lovcen 0-0 
 19 Ohrid AV 0-0 
 20 Rogaska 0-0 
 21 Split 0-0 
 22 Teodo Tivat 0-0 
 23 Vrsac 0-0 
 24 Zrinjski HT 0-0 
S Standings
 1 Akademik PL 1-0 
 2 Blokotehna 1-0 
 3 Levski 2014 1-0 
 4 Kumanovo 1-1 
 5 Bashkimi 0-0 
 6 Beroe 0-0 
 7 SK Tirana 0-1 
 8 Ibar Rozaje 0-2 
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
  Avg: 19
 1. Koljevic, S.Centar19.0 
 2. Knezevic, Lovcen17.7 
 3. Bogojevic, S.Centar17.1 
 4. Latkovic, Lovcen16.7 
 5. Hadzibegovic, Danilovg.16.4 
 6. Draskovic, Jedin.16.0 
 7. Lekovic, Jedinstvo15.3 
 8. Ratkovic, Danilovgrad15.1 
 9. Salic, Sutjeska14.9 
 10. Bacovic, Primorje.14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
  Avg: 10
 1. Lopicic, Lovcen10.0 
 2. Hadzibegovic, Danilovg.9.6 
 3. Jocovic, Primorje.9.5 
 4. Draskovic, Jedin.8.2 
 5. Ljujic, Ibar Rozaje8.0 
 6. Knezevic, Jedinstvo7.2 
 7. Bacovic, Primorje.7.0 
 8. Popovic, Teodo T.7.0 
 9. Cekic, S.Centar6.7 
 10. Knezevic, Lovcen6.6 
Assists Per Game
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Latkovic, Lovcen5.9 
 2. Stanojevic, Teodo T.5.3 
 3. Ratkovic, Danilovgrad4.5 
 4. Kalic, Ibar Rozaje4.3 
 5. Jovanovic, Lovcen3.7 
 6. Fisik, Jedinstvo3.5 
 7. James, Sutjeska3.4 
 8. Nurkovic, Ibar R.3.1 
 9. Djurisic, Teodo Tivat2.9 
 10. Bogojevic, S.Centar2.9 
Steals Per Game
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Latkovic, Lovcen2.6 
 2. Stanojevic, Teodo T.2.0 
 3. Ratkovic, Danilovgrad2.0 
 4. Lalic, Sutjeska1.9 
 5. Hadzibegovic, Danilovg.1.9 
 6. Ivanovic, Danilovgrad1.8 
 7. Koljevic, S.Centar1.7 
 8. Djokovic, Sutjeska1.6 
 9. Kalic, Ibar Rozaje1.5 
 10. Draskovic, Jedin.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
  Ibar Rozaje
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Ljujic, Ibar Rozaje2.2 
 2. Cekic, S.Centar1.4 
 3. Vujovic, Sutjeska1.3 
 4. Draskovic, Jedin.1.1 
 5. Lopicic, Lovcen0.9 
 6. Hadzibegovic, Danilovg.0.7 
 7. Salic, Sutjeska0.6 
 8. Marojevic, Teodo T.0.5 
 9. Rondovic, Ibar R.0.5 
 10. Jeknic, Ulcinj0.5 

First Round Schedule
Teodo Tivat 50% Oct.29 Jedinstvo
S.Centar 50% Oct.29 Primorje 194
Ulcinj 50% Oct.29 Ibar Rozaje
Sutjeska 50% Oct.29 Lovcen
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First Round Schedule
MNE Team 50% Oct.29 Rudar
Zeta 50% Oct.29 Mogren
Podgorica 50% Oct.29 Strsljen
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Next Round Schedule

Round 2 (Regular Season)

Group A
Darussafaka 96% Oct.18 Cedevita
Unics 97% Oct.18 Paris-Levall
Group B
B.Muenchen 58% Oct.18 Lietkabelis
Grissin Bon 58% Oct.18 Galatasaray
Group C
RETAbet BB 98% Oct.18 Limoges
Partizan NI 56% Oct.18 Lietuvos ryt
Lokomotiv 56% Oct.18 ALBA
Group D
Zenit Oct.18 Dolomiti En 99%
Next Round Schedule

Round 2 (Regular Season)

Group A
Banco di Srd 59% Oct.18 Telekom Bsk
Enisey 57% Oct.18 UCAM Murcia
Group B
Neptunas 57% Oct.18 Ventspils
PAOK Oct.18 Gaziantep 95%
Group C
Banvit BK 57% Oct.18 Olimpija
Bayreuth 57% Oct.18 Strasbourg
Estudian. 95% Oct.18 Rosa
Group D
Nanterre 57% Oct.18 Scandone AV
Next Round Schedule

Round 5 (Regular Season)

FMP 65% Oct.23 Zadar
MZT Skopje 55% Oct.23 Cibona
Cedevita Oct.22 Crvena Zvezd 65%
Buducnost 67% Oct.21 Mega Bemax
Olimpija 77% Oct.21 Mornar Bar
Partizan NI 58% Oct.21 Igokea
Next Round Schedule

Round 2 (Regular Season)

Akademik PL 99% Oct.18 SK Tirana
Blokotehna 97% Oct.18 Bashkimi
Interview with Dre Baldwin, former shooting guard of Primorje-Mediteran Herceg Novi and owner of and other popular basketball-related web sites - May 2, 2013

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Dre Baldwin
Dre Baldwin (192-G/F-82, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: Penn St. Altoona) is a 31 year old shooting guard who has played in Montenegro, Germany and US minor leagues. For those who do not remember him, here is a link to the game Niksic vs Primorje-Mediteran Herceg Novi played in 2008!. However, he became a worldwide phenomenon with over 34,100,000 results on Google thanks to his communication and networking skills. Here is his story..

Hello Dre, you are Philadelphia native and its a known fact that basketball is a part of a lifestyle in the city of Wilt Chamberlain, Julius Erving (201-F-50), Earl Monroe etc. Could you tell us more about your love for basketball and first steps on the basketball court?

Hello Eurobasket!
I actually started in basketball very late, relatively speaking -- age 14. Before that I tried football but my family could not afford the equipment. My father coached our local baseball team and I played baseball up until I realized that I could not hit live pitching, haha. I picked up basketball naturally, as in the inner city it is the most accessible and easiest sport to play: it requires no money or equipment and basketball is often the only thing to do other than stand on a corner or hang at the mall. I discussed a lot -- actually all -- of my pre-professional basketball life in my first book Buy A Game.

You spent your college career at a small college Penn St. Altoona (NCAA3) in Pennsylvania and you are now considered one of the best players coming out of that school. Knowing that its usually hard to get calls from small lower level school, how hard it was for you personally to get some looks from abroad after your college career was over?

One of the best??? My resume shows that I am clearly the best athlete, ever, out of PSU Altoona in any sport. That is a fact.
As for making the pros out of Altoona, it became painfully clear to me that my accomplishments as a player at the D3 level would have very little impact on my professional prospects (I had several teammates who had much better statistical careers than me who never played in a single professional game). This was good for me since my college stats were not impressive (roughly 9 points/6 rebounds per game), though it should be noted that I was miscast as a power forward and backup center for my last two years of college by my coach and NBA alum Armon Gilliam (205-F-64, college: UNLV). I am a 64 185lbs shooting guard. My plan after college was to attend some professional camp, get the video from said camp, and market myself to agents or to teams directly. Thats what I did, all while holding down a full time 9-to-5 job, and it worked in securing my first pro contract in September 2005. I must state that there were much fewer professional camps/combines in 2005 than there are in 2013, and thus much easier to find a reputable camp to attend that is not just about taking your money and not delivering on their sales pitch. It is a much harder job for players starting out now, with so much garbage to sift through, than it was back then.

Two years later you got a call from Hidruva-Atletas Kaunas (Lithuania Top Division) but spent only the preseason there. What went wrong and do you think you were ready for such a big challenge at that point of your career?

Well the team was not financially prepared for having import players, it seems to me in hindsight. Remember that this was my first job and I did not have the powers of discernment which I now possess at age 31.
When I arrived at the airport in Lithuania that team manager directed me to catch a cab to meet him somewhere in Kaunas, which off the top cost me about $50 USD. He then brought me to a building that was equivalent to a dilapidated college dormitory building -- no kitchen or refrigerator, disgustingly dirty bathroom, no food or water -- where I shared a room with another American whom I did not know would even be there. I was asked if I was ready to practice that day, 2 hours after getting off of the plane, and in the naivete of my youth thought I could prove my toughness by agreeing to practice. Anyone who has done this knows, its not that first day that hurts you, its the next day when you legs are concrete, haha...
We only had practices for about a week and I felt fine -- I was dunking all over the place in trainings and basically showing myself as the player I had sold myself as. The team one day, then, released me and the other American player and did not sign another, though I recall that they did sign a guy later in the season.
I do feel I was ready for the challenge in Lithuania; again I feel Atletas had more internal issues as a club than they had issues with me as a player. They did not have the business structure to accommodate an import player at that time. I only understood this as my career went on and I saw how other clubs I played for handled my arrival, housing, travel, trainings, etc. As they say, You dont know what you dont know.

After playing for the entertainment team Harlem Ambassadors, in the season 2007/2008 you got another chance in Europe and joined Primorje-Mediteran Herceg Novi in the newly formed Montenegrin League. How did you get a chance to play in Montenegro?

My situation in Montenegro, and how I obtained this job, was a turning point in my life when I realized that I had the power to take matters into my own hands and control situations.
I sent an email to the club management with some video highlights and they liked what they saw; we talked through email for about a week and then a stroke of luck intervened: The clubs management had friends living in the USA (who visited Herceg Novi every year) who lived in the same city as me in the USA. We arranged a meeting between me and the clubs American friends in the USA. They, apparently, let Primorje management know that I was a normal, not-crazy guy, haha, so Primorje was fine with finalizing our agreement and I was in Montenegro by the day after Christmas. I brokered this entire situation on my own, no agent.
People reading this may feel that this was merely luck that allowed this situation to be but that would be incorrect: this luck happened after I had decided that I could get things done on my own rather than depending on an agent. I spent months contacting agents and clubs, every day, to make this opportunity materialize (note that this deal was finished in December and I had been working on making something happen since July!). Most players would never even make it to the situation I experienced because they would have given up on trying to find a contract.

That team was led by Gavrilo Pajovic (187-G-71), Aleksandar Bogojevic (189-G-86) and U18 National Team member Slobodan Miljanic (201-F-90). How did you like the team and the level of competitiveness in the League?

The team in Montenegro was a peculiar situation. From the beginning I felt that my teammates were not that serious about basketball; they were playing because they could and would easily go and do something else. I should note that they were all very young -- I was 25 at the time and older than all of them.
After I had been there for a game or two -- which I inexplicably played a total of maybe 10 minutes in two substantial losses -- the team brought in two older Serbian guys who were much more experienced, serious and had the dominant personalities to take charge from their first day (let the record show that these new, older guys did not speak any English so I was kind of on an island on this team when it came to communications on the practice floor and in games as well). The younger players bent to these older guys will with no resistance and they were both inserted into the starting lineup -- one a point guard and the other a center. I never got on the same wavelength as these guys since, as I said, we couldnt have conversation, along with the coach also not possessing any English-speaking ability he naturally gravitated toward the payers he could actually speak to.
The point guard-playmaker -- I believe this was Gavrilo -- tried to yell at me a time or two in practice as he did the younger guys but I made it very clear to him, in language that anyone could understand, that I was not the guy he would express his aggression to.
Aleksandar Bogojevic , I believe he is the center the team brought in, impressed me the most. He was not at all athletic -- did not jump high, slow runner and not extremely strong -- but he was our most consistent player and absolutely dominated the other big guys in practice to the point that there was no competition for him in trainings. Aleksandar was also mostly quiet and led by example without all the shouting and aggression showed by Gavrilo, even though, again, I did not understand the words coming out of either guys mouths ever. Haha.
I found the league to be competitive and our team lacking the firepower to compete based on coach Marinko Kovacevic' s playing rotations -- I was clearly our best or second best scoring option along with Aleksandar -- but coach Marinko would not give me playing time even as we were being destroyed in games (with our leaders playing almost the entire games). There were no other Americans who I saw in my time there on any other clubs and no Montenegrin player could have matched up with me defensively. But this is hard to prove from the bench when your team is losing by 25 in the second quarter. We were in last place (or next-to-last) in the standings. Our team could have been a factor in the league if Marinko had played the players who gave the team the best chance to compete but it was very obvious to me after even two weeks that there were non-basketball-related factors influencing things with the club in Herceg Novi.

What do you still remember about Montenegro after five years? How did you like Montenegro?

I loved Herceg Novi! Beautiful city with a great climate that was surprisingly mild in the winter, being right on the water. As opposed to in Kaunas, where I received a few strange and dirty looks from (some of, not most) the locals (mostly men whom I supposed considered me competition for their females), the people in Montenegro were very friendly and outgoing in embracing me. I made many friends through simply walking the town and people saying hello to me. Despite my frustrations with the team situation, I could wake up every day in a very comfortable flat and look out my window at the sea and know that many of my friends in America would give anything to experience what I was experiencing. I will visit Herceg Novi again.

After Montenegro you played in Germany and US minor leagues and also participated in NBA League try-outs. At 31 do you still have ambitions to play abroad or you want to concentrate on your new business creating workout programs for youth ballers and marketing?

Good question.
What I have come to realize over the past 3-4 years is that aside from the highest levels of Europe and the established NBA players, many of us pro players are fungible and have very little power in this profession. We are replaceable employees to these clubs. I want to play professional basketball because my passion is competition, and basketball my chosen vehicle for finding that competition. At the same time it is important to me to have power and control over things in my life, as much as possible.
Being a pro player, you only play for a team when you are picked by a club -- someone must decide that you deserve to play for them. And when that employer decides that you no longer deserve to work for them, you are out of there and the next guy comes in. This is a position of dependence with little power. I cannot live my life beholden to another mans decisions on what I deserve, when I deserve it and where I deserve it. This is not to say that I would not take a job to play somewhere -- I definitely would! -- but I needed to create a vehicle which I controlled so that this position of hoping to be picked was not my only way to be a factor in this world.
I started my online work -- my websites, YouTube videos, etc -- around 2007 because I am what you could consider a computer geek (though I do not fit the stereotype in many ways and you would not guess this in meeting me), and I had visions of having my own websites as far back as 2002. As I continued to produce content -- sites, videos, blog posts -- my name and fanbase grew and I realized that my power in life could come from this free expression over which I had 100% control. So this is not really a new business. But every day there are hundreds of people who discover Dre Baldwin -- it is crazy to me, even now, to think about that there are people who look to me and find inspiration and motivation. This gives me a reason to get up in the morning.
My current business revolves around what I would be doing anyway: working out, training, staying in my best physical condition, and sharing that with the world. So I can do both -- play and do these things -- at the same time. Pro basketball affords an individual much free time on their hands. Some choose to play video games, some go to nightclubs, some chase girls, some make rap music. I write blog posts, make videos, and answer emails. No difference from anyone else.
So to answer your question: YES, I would definitely play for a club if the opportunity arises. But, I have created my own lane and my own power and control my own destiny. I want a team to sign me; I do not need a team to sign me.

Your YouTube account featuring your tip-touting videos has over 40,000 subscribers and has run up over 20 million views in 6 years. You also got a pair of websites running, and, in addition to your personal web site. Could you tell us more about all that?

My personal website was a vision realized that I had back in the early 2000s when I first got into using the Internet daily in our college computer lab. I knew, even then, that I wanted a space which was by me and about me, where I could express myself, and I knew I had thoughts and ideas to share that people would be interested in hearing. I was right.
YouTube, on the other hand, happened kind of by accident. The first video I ever posted was actually my Highlight Video from the 2005 Infosport combine in Orlando, FL. I only uploaded the video to YouTube because I wanted a place to safely keep the video without relying on my ability to keep a VHS tape from being lost or destroyed! This video is the same video I emailed to 100+ agents in 2005, securing my first agent who in turn got me that job in Lithuania.
I would make videos and post them to YouTube, honestly, just to watch myself play, not thinking anyone else would care since they had no idea who I was. My initial thoughts were, one day when Im 80 years old I can go back and see how I used to jump and dunk and make three-point shots.
Then some people stumbled into my videos and actually liked my game, even asking me if I could do certain things -- can you dunk? I would make a video of dunks. Can you shoot? Id make a video of my shooting. What I came to realize was that there were a ton of young and old players who were seeking direction -- How do you practice, what do you work on, how do you do it? Help us! This realization occurred in 2009 when YouTube was transforming itself from a simple video-hobby site into a full-fledged business driven by Google (who had recently purchased YouTube). I took stock of what I knew about the game and practicing and decided that I knew enough that I could make a new video every single day -- 365 days of the year -- without running out of ideas. I acted on this idea immediately -- the most important fact -- and the rest is history. I have pretty much covered every single request a player could make -- how to dribble, how to shoot, how to train the body, this technique, that technique, etc. Much of my new content is stuff that I come up with using my own creativity.
Of my training websites, is a a subscription site where you sign up and receive new workouts on different aspects of the game for as long as you stay subscribed. So I am always writing new workouts for the site. is a static training program site: You purchase a program on any aspect of the game (we have it all covered: Dribbling, Left/Weak Hand, Off-Court, Post Moves, Crossover Moves, Passing, Vertical Jump, and everything else); the program is delivered straight to you digitally (i.e., online). HoopHandbook also features Mixtapes of my workouts and DVDs: My ball handling DVD The Real Is Back; For The Love (Tutorials DVD); Get Busy! (Motivational).
With all the questions and requests I receive from players through YouTube, I started posting videos where I simply discuss my philosophies on the game and life itself. My first talking video was what made my phrase Work On Your Game famous. I have moved on to create a Weekly Motivation series where I discuss topics that apply not only to basketball but to life in general; I hear from lots of people who do not play or even watch basketball who appreciate this series (which is in week #135 and has not missed a week, ever). I am currently in the editing phase of my second book which is motivational in nature; it will be available this summer.
Currently I have over 3,000 videos posted to YouTube and will surpass 10,000 before it is all said and done. There is no single-person sport-related channel on YouTube, or any other site in the universe, that even comes close to my output. I created this category -- basketball workouts online, for free -- and I am the best at it. I can create the content on the technical side, I can discuss and explain the content through verbal and written communication, and I can speak on it because I have lived it. I am the only person out there who has all three.

Thank you for this interview Dre. wishes you all the best in your career!

You are welcome and thanks a lot for the opportunity!   

EuroCup: Buducnost upset Hapoel in Jerusalem - 13 hours ago
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