EuroLeague Rising Star
The EuroLeague Rising Star in an annual award of the EuroLeague, the top-tier level European-wide professional club basketball league, given to the player the EuroLeague deems its "top rising star". The award began in the 2004–05 season, the winner is selected by the EuroLeague's head coaches. Only players who were younger than age 22, on July 1 of the summer before the season started, are eligible for the award. EuroLeague Official Web Page InterBasket EuroLeague Basketball Forum TalkBasket EuroLeague Basketball Forum Euroleague's channel on YouTube
Panathinaikos B. C. known as Panathinaikos, or by its current name Panathinaikos B. C. OPAP for sponsorship reasons, is the professional basketball team of the major Athens-based multi-sport club Panathinaikos A. O, it is owned by the billionaire Giannakopoulos family. The parent athletic club was founded in 1908, while the basketball team was created in 1919, being one of the oldest in Greece. Alongside Aris, they are the only un-relegated teams with participation in every Greek First Division Championship until today. Panathinaikos has developed into the most successful basketball club in Greek basketball's history, one of the most successful clubs in European basketball, creating its own dynasty, they have won six EuroLeague Championships, thirty-six Greek Basket League Championships, nineteen Greek Cups, one Intercontinental Cup and two Triple Crowns. They hold the record for most consecutive Greek League titles, as they are the only team to have won nine consecutive championships, as well as for the most consecutive Greek Basketball Cup titles from 2012 to 2017.
Panathinaikos counts one more championship, that took place in 1921 and was organized by YMCA, but it is not recognized by HEBA, because it was before the creation of Hellenic Basketball Federation. The team plays its home games at the O. A. C. A. Olympic Indoor Hall, which has a maximum capacity of 19,250 for basketball games. Among the many well-known top class players that have played with the club over the years, are: Dominique Wilkins, Fragiskos Alvertis, Byron Scott, Nikos Galis, John Salley, Dimitris Diamantidis, Antonio Davis, Stojko Vranković, Dino Rađja, Šarūnas Jasikevičius, Dejan Bodiroga, Oded Kattash, Ramūnas Šiškauskas, Panagiotis Giannakis, Fanis Christodoulou, Alexander Volkov, Marcelo Nicola, Hugo Sconochini, Željko Rebrača, Antonis Fotsis, İbrahim Kutluay, John Amaechi, Nikola Peković, Jaka Lakovič, Pepe Sánchez, Kostas Tsartsaris, Mike Batiste, Nick Calathes, Vassilis Spanoulis, Dejan Tomašević, Byron Dinkins, Ferdinando Gentile, Sani Bečirovič, Darryl Middleton, Lazaros Papadopoulos, Žarko Paspalj, Nikos Chatzivrettas, Dimos Dikoudis, Tiit Sokk, Sofoklis Schortsanitis, Jason Kapono, Marcus Banks, Arijan Komazec, Edgar Jones, Romain Sato, Johnny Rogers, Tony Delk, Drew Nicholas, Stéphane Lasme, Roko Ukić, Robertas Javtokas, Jonas Mačiulis, Ioannis Bourousis, James Gist and Keith Langford.
Such players, the successful management of former long-time presidents Pavlos Giannakopoulos and Thanasis Giannakopoulos, the long-time guidance of the most successful coach in EuroLeague history, Željko Obradović, have made Panathinaikos the most successful team in Europe over the last two-and-a-half decades. Panathinaikos is the only team on the European continent to win as many as 6 EuroLeague titles, since the establishment of the modern era EuroLeague Final Four format in 1988, they have finished one time as EuroLeague runners-up in 2001. They have participated in eleven EuroLeague Final Fours in total. Panathinaikos hold a long-term rivalry with Olympiacos, matches between the two teams are referred to as the "Derby of the eternal enemies". Panathinaikos started as a football club in 1908. In 1919, basketball was still unknown in Greece. During that period Giorgos Kalafatis with other athletes participated in the Inter-Allied Games in Paris and attended basketball games between the Allies of World War I.
When he returned to Greece with the necessary equipment, he set up the Panathinaikos basketball club, led by Apostolos Nikolaidis. In 1919, PAO played their first match against X. A. N. Thessaloniki, another club pioneer of basketball in Greece, a match which took place at the Panathenaic Stadium. In 1937, Kalafatis managed to create a new Panathinaikos team that, during the following year, tried to catch up with established clubs like the YMCA, Ethnikos G. S. Athens, Panionios and Iraklis. Angelos Fillipou, Nikos Mantzaroglou and Dimitrakos were the ringleaders of the group and were joined by Telis Karagiorgos, Thymios Karadimos, Giorgos Bofilios, Philipos Papaikonomou, Petros Polycratis and Nikos Polycratis. During the German occupation that followed, Dimitris Giannatos was executed by the Nazis for his resistance action. In 1946 and 1947, Panathinaikos emerged champions, with the help of players like Ioannis Lambrou, Missas Pantazopoulos, Stelios Arvanitis and Jack Nicolaidis. In 1950 and 1951, Panathinaikos emerged as champions once again with the help of great athletes Faidon Matthaiou and Nikos Milas.
In 1954, the club would repeat the success, however the next five years would prove fruitless, the club, despite its strength, would have to be renewed. In 1961, Panathinaikos won the Greek League championship with new leaders Georgios Vassilakopoulos, Stelios Tavoularis and Petros Panagiotarakos. In 1962, Panathinaikos made the repeat, was again the Greek League champion; that was the year that PAO took part for the first time in a European-wide competition, as they faced Hapoel Tel Aviv in the FIBA European Champions Cup 1961–62 season. On 23 November 1963, Panathinaikos beat Olympiacos, by a score of 90-48, in the Mantellos Cup, a tournament, replaced by the Greek Cup, which made its first appearance in 1976. In 1967, Panathinaikos were crowned Greek League champions, with Giorgos Kolokithas in their r
EuroLeague Basketball Legend Award
The EuroLeague Basketball Legend Award is an award, given by the Euroleague Basketball Company, the organizer of the EuroLeague, the top-tier level professional basketball competition in Europe. It is awarded only to a distinct and small group of the biggest EuroLeague star players and head coaches, which are honored from time to time, for their outstanding playing and coaching careers in the league. To which, the EuroLeague's organizing body, the Euroleague Basketball Company, sees fit to designate them as "EuroLeague Legends". Players and head coaches can be designated as EuroLeague Legends, either while they are still playing and coaching, or after they have retired. All players and head coaches that have played or coached in the EuroLeague, are eligible for the EuroLeague Legend designation; the EuroLeague Legend Award has only been given to six players, one head coach. Euroleague.net Official Website
EuroLeague Best Defender
The EuroLeague Best Defender is an annual basketball award of the European premier level EuroLeague. It is awarded to the best defensive player throughout the season, up until the EuroLeague Final Four stage of the season; the award began in the 2004–05 season, the winner is selected by the EuroLeague's head coaches. Dimitris Diamantidis of Panathinaikos Athens, won the first five awards, from 2005 to 2009. EuroLeague Official Web Page InterBasket EuroLeague Basketball Forum TalkBasket EuroLeague Basketball Forum Euroleague's channel on YouTube
2000–01 FIBA SuproLeague
The 2000–01 FIBA SuproLeague was the FIBA European professional club basketball Champions' Cup for the 2000–01 season. Up until that season, there was one cup, the FIBA European Champions' Cup, though in this season of 2000–01, the leading European teams split into two competitions: the FIBA SuproLeague and Euroleague Basketball Company's Euroleague 2000–01; the season started on October 18, 2000, ended on May 13, 2001. The competition's Final Four took place in Paris, France; the EuroLeague was established by FIBA, it operated under its umbrella from 1958, until the summer of 2000, concluding with the 1999–00 season. That was. Amazingly, FIBA had never trademarked the "EuroLeague" name, Euroleague Basketball used it without any legal ramifications, because FIBA had no legal recourse to do anything about it, so they had to find a new name for their league. Thus, the following 2000–01 season started with 2 separate top European professional club basketball competitions: the FIBA SuproLeague and the brand new Euroleague 2000–01 season.
The rift in European professional club basketball showed no signs of letting up. Top clubs were split between the two leagues: Panathinaikos, Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv, CSKA Moscow, Efes Pilsen stayed with FIBA, while Olympiacos, Kinder Bologna, Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, Tau Cerámica, Benetton Treviso joined Euroleague Basketball. 20 teams, playing in a tournament system. The first phase was a regular season, in which the twenty competing teams were drawn into two groups, each containing ten teams; each team played every other team in its group at home and away, resulting in 18 games for each team. The top 8 teams in each group advanced to the Round of 16, the winners of this round advanced to the Quarterfinals. Both of the rounds were played in a Best-of-three playoff system; the winning teams of the Quarterfinals qualified to the SuproLeague Final Four, held in the Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy, in Paris, on 10–13 May 2001. If one or more clubs were level on won-lost record, tiebreakers were applied in the following order: Head-to-head record in matches between the tied clubs Overall point difference in games between the tied clubs Overall point difference in all group matches Points scored in all group matches Sum of quotients of points scored and points allowed in each group match May 11, Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy, Paris May 13, Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy, Paris May 13, Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy, Paris Miroslav Berić Nate Huffman Ariel McDonald Dejan Bodiroga In May 2001, Europe had two continental champions, Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv of the FIBA SuproLeague and Kinder Bologna of Euroleague Basketball Company's EuroLeague.
The leaders of both organizations realized the need to come up with a new single competition. Negotiating from the position of strength, Euroleague Basketball Company dictated proceedings and FIBA had no choice but to agree to their terms; as a result, the EuroLeague was integrated under Euroleague Basketball Company's umbrella, teams that competed in the FIBA SuproLeague during the 2000–01 season joined it as well. It is today admitted that European basketball had two champions that year, Maccabi of the FIBA SuproLeague and Kinder Bologna of the Euroleague Basketball Company's EuroLeague. A year Euroleague Basketball Company and FIBA decided that Euroleague Basketball's EuroLeague competition would be the main basketball tournament on the continent, to be played between the top level teams of Europe. FIBA Europe would organize a European league for third-tier level teams, known as the FIBA Europe League competition, while Euroleague Basketball would organize its own second-tier level league, combining FIBA's long-time FIBA Saporta Cup and FIBA Korać Cup competitions into one new competition, the EuroCup.
In 2005, Euroleague Basketball and FIBA decided to cooperate with each other and did so until 2016. In essence, the authority in European professional basketball was divided over club-country lines. FIBA stayed in charge of national team competitions, while Euroleague Basketball took over the European professional club competitions. From that point on, FIBA Saporta Cup and FIBA Korać Cup competitions lasted only one more season before folding, when Euroleague Basketball launched the EuroCup. 2000–01 Euroleague 2000–01 FIBA Saporta Cup 2000–01 FIBA Korać Cup 2000–01 FIBA SuproLeague Eurobasket.com 2000–01 FIBA SuproLeague 2000–01 FIBA SuproLeague At The FIBA Europe Site