Press February 2014

21 februaryFenerbahce Ulker bolsters backcourt with rookie Jackson

Fenerbahce Ulker added scoring punch to its backcourt by signing rookie guard Pierre Jackson for the remainder of the season. Jackson (1.78 meters, 23 years old) arrives from Idaho of the NBA D-League, where he was second in scoring with 29.1 points per game in addition to 6.2 assists and 1.9 steals over 31 contests. He set the league’s single-game scoring record with a 58-point outburst earlier in February. Jackson signed for Asvel Villeurbanne of France over the summer, but left before playing a game due to family reasons. Jackson played college basketball the previous two seasons at Baylor University, where he was named to the All-Big 12 Second Team both years.

21 februaryPanathinaikos makes Wright move in backcourt

Greek champion Panathinaikos Athens strengthened its backcourt by signing point guard Zach Wright for the remainder of the season. Wright (1.88 meters, 29 years old) arrives from Brose Baskets Bamberg and returns to the Euroleague action after making his debut in the regular season with 6.6 points, 3.4 assists and 3.2 rebounds.

21 februaryAndres Nocioni, Laboral Kutxa Vitoria

The flag bearer of "Baskonia character" is arguably versatile forward Andres Nocioni, who answered questions about his past, present and future in our latest Fan Mail on Euroleague.net. Nocioni first arrived to Vitoria from his native Argentina as a teenager and came back again in 2012 to lead a younger Laboral Kutxa team with his aggressive, intense and physical style of play.

21 februaryBattle for the lead

This week will change the situation in the Euroleague Top 16 Group F where three teams share the lead. Our team hosts co-leading Maccabi and the winner will keep his status for at least another week.

21 februaryValencia Basket joins Euroleague Basketball's One Team

Valencia Basket has decided to become a part of One Team, the corporate social responsibility program led by Euroleague Basketball.

20 februaryKhimki seizes homecourt advantage in elimination rounds!

Previously-qualified Khimki Moscow Region assured itself of homecourt advantage through the elimination rounds, all the way up to and including the Eurocup Finals, when it blasted host Maccabi Haifa Bazan from the competition with a 66-86 road win on Wednesday.

20 februaryLast 32 Round 6 MVP: Caleb Green, Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari

After the last round of the Last 32, the eight teams that made it to the eighthfinals are finally known. There was a lot of drama in Round 6, but when thedust settled, Caleb Green of Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari emerged as the player with the highest index rating performance among all winning players, earning him weekly MVP honors thanks to his 34.

18 februaryLaboral Kutxa lands Odom

Laboral Kutxa Vitoria reached an agreement with versatile forward Lamar Odom, who signed a two-month deal with an option to extend it for the remainder of the season, the club announced Tuesday. Odom (2.08 meters, 34 years old) had a long, successful NBA career and is set to make his Turkish Airlines Euroleague debut.

18 februaryLokomotiv Kuban inks Ponkrashov

Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar improved its backcourt by inking combo guard Anton Ponkrashov for the remainder of the season, the club announced Tuesday. Ponkrashov (2.00 meters, 27 years old) arrives from Krasnye Krylia Samara, where he averaged 13.5 points, 4.1 rebounds and 4.5 assists in 14 VTB League games this season.

18 februaryAntonis Fotsis, Panathinaikos and Georgios Printezis, Olympiacos

On Thursday in Athens, Panathinaikos hosts two-time defending champion Olympiacos Piraeus in their first Turkish Airlines Euroleague game on Greek soil since 2002. Since then, both teams have become symbols of Greek sports excellence by winning half of the Euroleague titles available in those 12 years, including five of the last seven. On the occasion of the Reds and the Greens returning to the Euroleague stage together this week, Euroleague.net conducted a double interview with two emblematic players from these teams — Antonis Fotsis of Panathinaikos and Georgios Printezis of Olympiacos — both of whom born and raised on this rivalry.