Everything you might have missed last week from the Basketball Universe:
Milos Teodosic is scorching the earth
Teodosic has carried his Olympic dominance over to the Euroleague. Through 11 games with CSKA Moscow, Teodosic is averaging nearly 19 points and 8.2 assists a game. CSKA has looked nearly unbeatable at 10-1. Teodosic is surrounded by household names Nando de Colo, James Augustine, Joel Freeland and Victor Khryapa.
If the money and situation is right, 2017 should finally be the year Teodosic play’s in the NBA.
Ante Žižić is crushing the Adriatic League
The 19-year old Celtics stash big man is averaging over 20 points and nearly 10 boards a game for Cibona Zagreb. Earlier in the year, Žižić looked Wilt-like when he dropped 37 points and snatched 20 rebounds against MZT Skopje. Against Mega Leks, he was good for 35 and 12.
Celtics fans are clamoring for Demarcus Cousins, but Žižić looks like the long term answer in the C’s frontcourt.
George Shirk died of a heart attack at 64
Shirk was a 76ers beat reporter during the early 80s, before covering the Warriors from 1987-1995. Shirk was known as a beat of an oddball, occasionally donning a Groucho Marx disguise during Warriors road trips.
Shirk’s role in helping to save Lithuanian basketball is less know than his eccentricities. Back in 1992, Shirk connected Lithuanian star Sarunas Marciulionis with the Grateful Dead, who wound up sponsored the 1992 Lithuanian National team during the Olympics.
Jimmy Baron did his best Klay Thompson impression
A 6’3” guard for Lithuanian club Neptūnas Klaipėda Barron set records in the newly minted FIBA Champions League for points scored and 3-pointers made, exploding for 42 points on 10 treys. An alumn of URI, the 30-year old Barron scored 29 of his points in the first half to help Neptūnas knock off Muratbey Usak Sportif 103-88.
John Holland is returning to the Canton Charge
A mainstay on the Puerto Rican National Team, Holland spent all of last season in the D-League with Canton before a brief postseason call up with the Celtics. After earning solid paychecks playing for top teams in Spain, France and Turkey, Holland is now in the NBA or bust portion of his career. A 6’5’ workhorse, Holland is perhaps best known for hitting successive shots in the waning moments of a Charge playoff game last season, sealing a win against the Maine Red Claws.
Earlier in the year, Holland said to NPR:
Sometimes it’s about more than money. It’s about the dream, you know? This year, this is what it’s about. This is the grind – chasing the dream.