Press November 2011

24 novemberKhimki, Russia to host 2012 Eurocup Finals

Euroleague Basketball has announced that the 2011-12 Eurocup season’s crowning event, the Eurocup Finals, will take place in Russia for the first time ever, as Khimki will host the event on April 14 and 15, 2012. The newest Eurocup champion will be crowned at the 5,000-seat Basketball Center of Moscow Region, the homecourt of Eurocup powerhouse BC Khimki. The two-day, four-team tournament will feature semifinals on Saturday, April 14 leading to the next day's title game, whose winner will not only lift the Eurocup trophy, but also qualify for the 2012-13 Turkish Airlines Euroleague!

20 novemberInterview: Matt Nielsen, BC Khimki

The Eurocup celebrates its 10th anniversary this season and few players have been more successful in it than Matt Nielsen of BC Khimki Moscow Region, his fourth team in the competition. Nielsen reached the Eurocup title game in 2007, losing against Real Madrid.

16 november Week 1 MVP: Tony Parker, Asvel Basket

A Eurocup debutante managed to soar over all other players in the opening week as Asvel Basket superstar Tony Parker racked up a performance index rating of 40 to become Week 1 MVP.

10 novemberAlonzo Gee abruptly leaves Asseco Prokom team via text message

According to Polish media, Alonzo Gee (198-G-87, college: Alabama) made a strange move. The NBA player did not appear in practice and he sent a message to Asseco Prokom coach that he will not play for the team any longer. Gee also wrote that he will return to the USA as soon as possible due to personal reasons. Alonzo Gee joined Asseco Prokom during the pre-season. He appeared 3 times in Euroleague averaging 11 points and 6.3 rebounds. In VTB United League, Gee added 18.5 ppg and 9.8 rpg. Alonzo Gee changed 3 NBA teams last season. He started with the San Antonio Spurs and in November moved to the Washington Wizards. Later that month he joined Cleveland Cavaliers. There, Gee had 7.4 ppg and 3.9 rpg in 40 games.

8 novemberPetr Sudek – the head referee operator of VTB United League

Well-known in the past Slovakian referee Petr Sudek became the head referee operator of VTB United League. Sudek will be responsible for referee contacts of the League with international organizations and national basketball federations, will monitor the quality of referees’ work, and will regularly work as an expert on matches.

7 novemberThriller in Riga — not in favor of «Zalgiris»

In the match of VTB United League the Latvian VEF quite unexpectedly defeated the Lithuanian «Zalgiris» — 88:79.