Everything you might have missed last week from the Basketball Universe:
Miroslav dropping dimes.
Beard aficionado and Serbian national team goon Miroslav Radulicja showed a depth to his game often overlooked in a EuroLeague match between EA7 Milan and Real Madrid. In the closing seconds of the third period, Radulicja took a pass on the low-block and, in one fluid motion, delivered a no-look behind the back strike to Zoran Dragic under the basket. If you squinted hard enough, the EA7 Milan big man looked a lot like fellow Serb Milos Teodosic.
CSKA Moscow is preparing for life after Milos.
According to David Pick, CSKA Moscow is already putting a contingency plan in place in the likely event that long-time guard Milos Teodosic finally bolts for the NBA this summer. Teodosic is arguably the best Euro not in the NBA, and given the lengthening of his teeth, the time for him to make the jump is now. IF — and that is still a big IF – Teodosic finally heads across the Atlantic, CSKA Moscow is reportedly targeting Thomas Huertel, Stefan Markovic and Stefan Jovic is potential replacements.
Gilas Pilipinas announced its pool.
Chot Reyes is back captaining the ship for the upcoming 2017 international games – SEABA Championship, FIBA Asia Cup, SEA Games – and Gilas announced the list of players he will be choosing from to get to its final 12.
Gilas’ potential players include: Carl Cruz, Mac Belo, Kevin Ferrer, Von Pessumal, Russel Escoto, Ed Daquioag, Fonzo Gotladera, Matthew Wright, Mike Tolomia, Arnold Van Opstal, Jio Jalalon, and RR Pogoy, Calvin Abueva, Art De La Cruz, Japeth Aguilar, Terrence Romeo, LA Revilla, Jonathan Grey, Bradwyn Guinto, Norbert Torres, Raymond Almazan, June Mar Fajardo, Paul Lee, Jayson Castro.
Interestingly left off of the list are mainstays Gabe Norwood and LA Tenorio.
It can also be assumed that Andray Blatche will be playing, and if there is any chance of getting Jordan Clarkson, Reyes will do so.
Aguilar, Romeo, Fajardo, Abueva and Castro are locks.
With New Zealand and Australia joining the FIBA Asia sub-zone this year, the road ahead for Gilas is going to be tougher, and with disappointment after disappointment mounting in the previous three-years, Reyes needs to make some noise.
Rondo’s not having it.
A picture, err, Instagram post says a thousand words. After Bulls veteran leaders Dwayne Wade and Jimmy Butler blasted the team, Rajon Rondo took to social media to clap back.
Quote of the Week:
“June Mar is always a good test. He’s a bigger guy, he’s tall, he’s good around the basket. Going up against him is always fun I see it as a challenge” – Mo Tatuaa, after battling dominant PBA center Jun Mar Fajardo. Both players scored 20 points, though Fajardo anchored a win for the San Miguel Beermen after snagging 22 rebounds and blocking three shots.