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    Default Kevin Pangos to Zalgiris - Welcome to Euroleague

    As most would know during NBA Summer league (where he was starting point guard for the Hawks entry, and playing well) it was announced that Kevin had signed on with Zalgiris in the Lithuanian LKL. A high level team for decades(Domas' dad played for them in the 80s) many on this board believe this is the next step for KP in his quest for the NBA.

    Along with the Domestic competition (which they have won 6 years in arrow) Zalgiris also participates in the best basketball competition on the planet not named the NBA, The EuroLeague. This year restricted to 16 teams playing a 30 game regular season schedule....

    Given the continuing interest in Kevin by Zag fans, I thought that there should be a separate thread for his time there.

    Here are a couple of English language sites that will provide information on the team and its EuroLeague season

    http://zalgiris.lt/en/basketball/

    http://www.euroleague.net/competitio...m?clubcode=ZAL

    As Jstock12 is over the moon that KP will be playing in his home country I am sure we will also get expert (well, perhaps a bit biased) first-hand commentary on how he is playing.

    The young guard group in particular should prove particularly interesting to follow....

    Feel free to post any scores, articles, photos and videos on this thread.

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    Was reading the EuroLeague site and noticed that a very promising young German (mentioned a few times on the GU boards) Isaiah Hartenstein is also part of the Zalgiris system and will most likely play this year with Kevin.

    Hartenstien's Father played for Oregon with Luke Ridenour. Isaiah had looked at GU and had said that of all the College teams (he decided to go down the professional route) the Zags played closest to what he liked.

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    I think this is a great move for KP.
    I believe he is slated as the top PG on Zalgiris...I don't think much of their other PGs, and that was an area they struggled with last season. Much better choice than Panthiakos in Greece (who KP was also offered by) as I think he would have been the 3rd PG after Nick Calthas and Mike James..

    He is going to get major minutes at Zalgiris and can learn from one of the all time greats as no other than legendary Sarunas Jasikevicius is the coach.


    Also a better choice than being the 4th PG and 15th man for Atlanta going up and down to the D-league, which is what he would have been looking at if he stuck with ATL.

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    Here is a run down on the Zalgiris roster with some attention on Pangos.
    http://www.euroleague.net/news/i/79n...algiris-kaunas

    He has already had a couple good games in their pre-season so far.

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    Thanks, Mojo! Appreciate the heads up!

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    The Lithuanian to league (LKL) kicked off last weekend with Zalgiris playing it's fist two league games.

    Looking at the first one it appears that perhaps Kevin might have been injured as he only played 11 minutes with 2 assist and a steel and missing his only shot. The team went down to Eurocup team Lietkabelis 90-86.

    In the second game on Sunday Kevin exploded for 22 points, 3 assists and a steal to lead them in an emphatic win over Juventus 90-70.

    http://www.eurobasket.com/boxScores/...4_183_9212.asp

    With so many new players and new coaches it may take some time for the team to gel and sort out combinations, it looks like Leo Westermann and KP didn't play that much together, but from a rankings perspective they where the two best Zalgiris players.

    The first Euroleague game is roughly in two weeks, Zalgiris will have 3 more league games before meeting Panathinaikos in Athens.

    Once the next three league games are completed (two against strong Lithuanian teams Siauliai and Lietuvos rytas) it will get hectic as they will be playing both LKL and an additional 7 games per month in the EuroLeague.

    From what I have seen in the past, The EuroLeague starters get limited minutes in most of the LKL games.

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    First official game of the season starts in 1 hour and 30 minutes. Let's do this

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    Live stream available here on the official page of the Lithuanian Basketball League: http://new.lkl.lt/rungtynes/2

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jstock12 View Post
    Live stream available here on the official page of the Lithuanian Basketball League: http://new.lkl.lt/rungtynes/2
    JStock - you gotta give me some intel here. The Ball boys put up 44 combined points on Zalgiris, mostly through raining threes, lead their team in scoring and helped put up the most points on Zalgiris on the season.

    Now I know Zalgiris (like most EL teams playing low level domestic league teams) didnt try too hard, rested their starters by playing them about 50% their normal minutes and probably rotated some junior teams guys in. But still.... these were EL pros playing a dog#### team. Zalgiris's bench should have crushed them by 50.

    you watch the game? what happened? Zalgiris just not care after driving up a big lead and most of the Balls points came in garbage time? Or are the Balls <cough, hack, cough>.... maybe, sort of... good?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mojo13 View Post
    JStock - you gotta give me some intel here. The Ball boys put up 44 combined points on Zalgiris, mostly through raining threes, lead their team in scoring and helped put up the most points on Zalgiris on the season.

    Now I know Zalgiris (like most EL teams playing low level domestic league teams) didnt try too hard, rested their starters by playing them about 50% their normal minutes and probably rotated some junior teams guys in. But still.... these were EL pros playing a dog#### team. Zalgiris's bench should have crushed them by 50.

    you watch the game? what happened? Zalgiris just not care after driving up a big lead and most of the Balls points came in garbage time? Or are the Balls <cough, hack, cough>.... maybe, sort of... good?


    Let me start by saying that LaMelo Ball is certainly an NBA prospect. He could even be a first round caliber prospect. And while LiAngelo is nowhere near in terms of talent, he's got a strong matured body and knows what he does best and tries to accentuate it as much as possible. These guys are quite underrated because of their father's antics, as well as being in the shadow of their oldest brother.

    Secondly, the game didn't feel like a real game. It seemed that Zalgiris were content with playing Vytautas style of basketball with no defense, and just tried to outscore them. Obviously, the fact that Sajus, Masiulis and Valinskas got a combined 50 minutes of playing time is telling. Also,the additions of Kervin Bristol and Rashaun Brodus (who were acquired thanks to the revenue Vytautas received because of this Ball 'era') can't be overlooked. They provide some much needed strength/athleticism on the defensive end.

    Lastly, it was a pretty hot shooting day for Vytautas (19/47 from three). And despite all of this, the game really never felt close.

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    Pangos with 12 points in the very first quarter against Khimki Moscow.

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    Interesting KP interview with EuroBasket's MILES SCHMIDT-SCHEUBER.

    http://www.eurobasket.com/Germany/ne...at-Point-Guard

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    Zalgiris wins. KP with 13 points (4/7 FG, 3/4 3P, 2/2 FT), 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 drawn fouls in 23 minutes of play. A plus/minus of +14.

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    Box Score.

    BC Zalgiris Kaunas‏Verified account @bczalgiris

    Kevin #Pangos gets hot in the 3rd quarter. @KPangos makes 3 consecutive threes and it's #Dzukija - #Zalgiris 54:68. @OfficialLKL #LKL


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    good game for Kevin this morning, as Zalgris wins over Utenos Juventus, 88-66. Box Score. Kevin with 17 points, 6 assists, 2 steals and 2 rebounds.

    Google translation of game story:




    Kevin Pangos became the most enjoyable player in the game, having scored 17 points in 20 minutes, having made 6 performances and scored 23 points.

    "Kevin played great, he led the team forward," Sh. Jasikevičius. - I do not care about throws. We had a game plan and saw that he was doing it. It's funny that Kevin understands what we want to do against him. "

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    Not sure if you guys are interested, but all of LKL (Lithuanian league) games are televised on www.lkl.lt - there's a big game coming up on Sunday between the two historically biggest Lithuanian teams Zalgiris (Pangos) vs Lietuvos Rytas.

    EDIT: nevermind, just realized the game is going to start at 7:20 AM Spokane time

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jstock12 View Post
    Not sure if you guys are interested, but all of LKL (Lithuanian league) games are televised on www.lkl.lt - there's a big game coming up on Sunday between the two historically biggest Lithuanian teams Zalgiris (Pangos) vs Lietuvos Rytas.

    EDIT: nevermind, just realized the game is going to start at 7:20 AM Spokane time

    JStock - What are your early impression on KP so far this season? Any noticeable improvement to his game? He still primarily a SG who sometimes initiates the offense?? Any lead PG duties?
    Usually you'd expect the first year in EL to be a big learning experience and I'm hoping he makes a solid jump this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jstock12 View Post
    there's a big game coming up on Sunday between the two historically biggest Lithuanian teams Zalgiris (Pangos) vs Lietuvos Rytas.
    Zalgiris wins 70-67 with the help of some heroics by Kevin who was fantastic. He scored 12 of his total 19 points in the 4th quarter in some really key moments to help Zalgiris stay in the game and ultimately win it. Bravo

    19 points (7/9 FG, 3/3 3PT, 2/2 FT), 4 assists, 3 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 block in 28 minutes of play.

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    Steve Kerr-esque. Pop once the defender sags and shoot lights out.


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    Enjoyed those highlights!
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    Zalgiris vs Vytautas is on. Pangos vs Ball brothers.

    Stream:
    http://www.lkl.lt/rungtynes/108
    or ballislife page on Facebook

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    If they win, it will be because Pangos willed it to happen.


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    Quote Originally Posted by NontradZag View Post
    If they win, it will be because Pangos willed it to happen.


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    Zalgiris falls to Fenerbache 76-67. After a slow start & falling behind by 11 in the 1st half, Kevin Pangos led a fantastic Q3 rally to get to within 2 pts entering the 4th, but that's as close as it got. Fantastic show by KP in front of a bevvy of NBA scouts. Led w/ 16p/5r/4a

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    Game for third place in Euroleague Zalgris vs. CSKA Moscow at 8:00 am Sunday. Live stats will be here.

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    Zalgris wins it 79-77. Kevin with 9 points and 4 assists.

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