Chuck Eidson...Next stop the NBA?..Dejun Han of China: Panathinaikos’ new hope?and other European Baller type stuff
Regal Barcelona is negotiating with Chuck Eidson to break his last year of contract with the team. Eidson would get €2M if he stays while Barcelona offered him up to €1M to leave now.
Eidson doesn't want to leave the Spanish team and is asking for the entire amount of the contract to part ways.
As reported by Blog Terra.es, Barcelona will announce Nathan Jawai right after they will find a solution with Eidson.
How do you say “sour grapes” in Macedonian? In looking for reasons for his side’s loss to Team Dominican Republic in Olympic qualifiers, Vlado Ilievski sounded off on FIBA organization itself.
“Teams from South America had more time for preparation,” Ilievski is quoted in FYR Macedonia-based Dnevnik. “They played in continental championships and were [in sync]. We had players whose seasons ended on June 15. I was injured and I was with the team for just 10 days. How can you prepare in such a short time? This is no excuse for losing, but at least we tried. We had a chance to become the first team from Macedonia to play in the Olympics and so we are disappointed. If we’d won, we would have had two more chances, but life goes on. Thanks to this generation [of players], the world knows about Macedonia…”
Ilievski was not alone in his concern about this year’s international schedule. Recall how LKL and PBL officials shortened their leagues’ seasons to provide potential Team Lithuania and Team Russia players some downtime before hitting the road to London. (Maybe it’s no coincidence these two sides will play Olympic ball, eh?) FYR Macedonia’s domestic league, in which six national team players were active in 2011-12, ended on May 2 – plenty of time for these guys at least.
Plus, BallinEurope hasn’t heard any griping from Team Greece, a side surely equally as shocked as FYR Macedonia in the qualifiers and given an equally (short) time to gel with key players on hand. So maybe things weren’t exactly properly done in Lithuania, but if Greek League officials had similarly shortened the season, wouldn’t Team Greece be booking tickets to London now?
Greece- and China-based outlets aplenty have been speculating about Panathinaikos club president Dimitris Giannakopoulos’ planned trip to China next week in conjunction with that team’s national team Olympic Games warmups. Names like Jianlian Yi and Sun Yue have been bandied about as possible additions to the PAO roster for 2012-13, but today Greece-based Sentragoal claims to have received the name of the Greens’ prospect: 2.16m (7’1”) Dejun Han, a.k.a. “Cyclops.”
Though Sentragoal notes that this revelation is surprising, the outlet is quick to note that “Beyond basketball … there’s marketing. And it seems that Panathinaikos wants to tap this vein … The Chinese market is huge, sports have a huge stake in the local community, money is abundant and the pride of Chinese people is immeasurable when one of their own becomes distinguished abroad…”
The move to go for a no-namer over the likes of Yi and Yue therefore makes more sense from a business angle, especially vis-à-vis the omniscient spectre of the NBA: How impressed would a Chinese basketball fan be if this top European club signed a washout from the big league? (Yi finished 2011-12 with the Texas Legends; Yue played with the Beijing Olympians.)
What can BallinEurope tell you about Han? Not too much, unfortunately (hey, his FIBA profile doesn’t even have a picture…). We do know that he was born in 1989, has played five seasons with the Liaoning Panpan Hunters of the Chinese CBA and, um, that’s about it.
Hopefully for the Greens’ sake, Giannakopoulos will find out a little more.