LIVE BLOG from Madrid: Saturday, May 16

May 16, 2015 by Euroleague.net Print
LIVE BLOG from Madrid: Saturday, May 16

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Spanoulis, king of the media session

Vassilis Spanoulis - Olympiacos Piraeus practices - Final Four Madrid 2015 - EB14

The last opportunity for the media members to talk to the finalists, which was planned to begin before the end of Olympiacos practice and just before Real Madrid's practice, turned into one joined media availability session. The huge interest from Spanish, Greek and other international media created quite a crowded scene on the Barclaycard Center floor. Even if the players would have wanted to run away from the media, they would not able to do it because of the heavy traffic media members created. Georgios Printezis, Sergio Rodriguez and Rudy Fernandez drew a huge interest from the media, but none of them could match the number of cameras and microphones Vassilis Spanoulis had pointed towards him. From what the players from both sides said, both teams seem confident before the championship game. Just as they should be having made it this far.

Madrid - Saturday, May 16, 20:36

Papaloukas schools reporters in media game

Nikola Vujcic and Theo Papaloukas - Media Game and Platinum & Legends Game - Final Four Madrid 2015 - EB14

The annual Final Four media game was once again a fantastic show in skill, gamesmanship and laughs on Saturday afternoon at Barclaycard Center. Fotios Katsikaris coached former Euroleague champ Theo Papaloukas and the White Team, while Dirk Bauermann guided a Nikola Vujcic-led Blue Team. After Vujcic banked in the first basket for the blue team, Papaloukas took a pass from Amaia Valdemoro, one of Spain’s best-ever women’s players, for a triple and the white team’s first points. The Blues threatened to pull away when a David Pick three-pointer gave them a 9-13 edge. A layup by Konstantinos Skoulas and a free throws by Vassilis Papapendreou pushed Blue to a 13-20 lead at the break. Thanasis Asproulias’s layup and no-look assist to Papaloukas showed that Team White was going to fight hard in the second half. Valdemoro’s pull-up jumper completed the White comeback at 24-23. All told, it was a 15-3 run for the Whites as they took control for good. Blue had a chance late with the ball and trailing by 2, but a Papaloukas steal sealed the victory. Papaloukas led all scorers with 10 points as his Whites won 28-26.

Madrid - Saturday, May 16, 16:36

adidas brings Final Four stars to meet fans at Spain’s largest store

Players at El Corte Ingles Sol

adidas assisted in bringing love for the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four to many sites in Madrid over the weekend and one of the highlights came Saturday when a player from each of the teams competing at the big event at Barclaycard Center came together at a meet-and-greet at Spain’s largest department store, El Corte Ingles. Olympiacos Piraeus center Othello Hunter, Real Madrid shooting ace K.C. Rivers, Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul forward Emir Preldzic and CSKA Moscow guard Vitaly Fridzon ventured to the El Corte Ingles store located at Puerta del Sol, where they were hosted by the adidas Basketball section, which also had for sale all the newest Euroleague Final Four merchandise. The players signed Final Four programs, posed for photos and shared the Final Four love with fans in and around the store in another great opportunity to bring the passion and devotion of the Euroleague and the Final Four to the heart of the Spanish capital.

Madrid - Saturday, May 16, 16:08

Platinum & Legends Game a success at Barclaycard Center

Media Game and Platinum & Legends Game - Final Four Madrid 2015 - EB14

The first edition of the Euroleague Basketball Platinum & Legends game, a new initiative at the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four, took place at Barclaycard Center on Saturday to the delight of the two-dozen participants. Those Final Four attendees with special platinum tickets were given the chance to showcase their skills on the same court as this year's Final Four players along with some Euroleague legends. The Green Team featured former Euroleague winner Ramunas Siskauska and former Eurocup Coach of the Year Fotis Katsikaris. The White Team was coached by Lolo Sainz - the only person to win multiple Euroleague titles as a player and coach – plus former Euroleague winners Joe Arlauckas and Sergey Panov. Arlauckas had a strong start, but a three-pointer by former CSKA Moscow president Sergey Kushchenko gave the Greens a 7-8 lead. Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar president Andrey Vedishev had good minutes for the Greens, but Arlauckas and Panov gave the Whites a 15-13 edge. A great moment came when 11-year-old Loudovikos Bitzios collected a steal against Arlauckas and scored his first basket. Loudovikos had 6 first-half points to give the Greens an 18-21 edge at the break. Only Panov and Arlauckas scored for the Whites, while Alexandros Tsetsis gave the Green Team a 22-27 lead. Panov and Arlauckas connected from downtown and a layup by Don Namir gave the Whites a 30-27 advantage; Namir fell on the floor after a chest bump with Arlauckas, celebrating his basket! Panov dunked (!) and added a layup to bring the Whites within 34-35 with 43.3 seconds left. Panov drew a foul with 7.4 seconds left and split his shots for a 35-35 tie. In the end, everybody was a winner as the Euroleague Basketball Platinum & Legends Game finished in a tie and a group picture finished the fun event in style.

Madrid - Saturday, May 16, 14:15

After press conference, media gets its own Trophy Tour

Media Trophy Tour

For the vast majority of fans attending the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four, whether this season in Madrid or any other, Saturday is the natural choice of best day to visit the city and to spend time at the Fanzone. However for members of the media, Saturday remains a very busy day with the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Championship Game Press Conference and media availability sessions often keeping the them away from some of the very exhibits they most want to see. One of them is the adidas Trophy Tour. So when the media was unable to visit the adidas booth at Plaza de Oriente, the Euroleague trophy came to them. After the Saturday afternoon press conference, the Euroleague’s trophy handlers allowed the assembled media their chance to get up and personal with the Euroleague’s greatest prize. Reporters from near and far took advantage for their own little Trophy Tour.

Madrid - Saturday, May 16, 13:58

Saturday: action continues everywhere!

The Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four semifinals were outstanding, intense and physical. When the dust settled, a rematch of the 2013 championship game came to be! Real Madrid and Olympiacos Piraeus will meet again in a bid for #F4Glory! There will be a lot of action at Barclaycard Center and of course, all around the city today. The Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four Championship Game Press Conference takes place at 12:00 CET with Coach Pablo Laso and center Gustavo Ayon of Real Madrid and Coach Giannis Sfairopoulos and forward Georgios Printezis of Olympiacos Piraeus. It will not be the last time that the Euroleague finalists meet the press that day. There is media availability at Barclaycard Center from 20:15 to 20:40, with a last chance to speak to the players who will fight for #F4Glory on Sunday night. Also at Barclaycard Center, a Euroleague platinum tickets and Legends game is scheduled at 13:00, followed by the adidas Euroleague Media Game - with some special guests! - at 14:00.
It will be a very busy day at the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Fanzone, with a couple of must-see events for any Euroleague fan. Several Final Four players, including a couple of former Euroleague MVPs! - will be available in the Meet and Greet event at the Fanzone. Andrei Kirilenko of CSKA, Nemanja Bjelica of Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul, Vangelis Mantzaris of Olympiacos Piraeus and Ioannis Bourousis of Real Madrid are scheduled to be at the Fanzone from 11:00 to 12:00, followed by Bryant Dunston of Olympiacos, Demetris Nichols of CSKA, Bogdan Bogdanovic of Fenerbahce and Marcus Slaughter of Madrid from 12:00 to 13:00. A Euroleague Legends Meet and Greet session takes place from 17:00 to 18:00, featuring Theo Papaloukas, Sasha Djordjevic and Joe Arlauckas. The Turkish Tourism Barjots Dunkers will perform throughout the day and the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Slam Dunk and Three-Point Contests start at 18:30 CET. Those will feature some of the 2015 EUROLEAGUE BASKETBALL ADIDAS NEXT GENERATION TOURNAMENT athletes, who will continue competing at Pabellon Antonio Magariños in the morning and early afternoon. Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade already clinched first place in Group B, while the second game of the day, Real Madrid vs. VEF Riga at 11:00, will determine the other finalist that will play for the crown at Barclaycard Center on Sunday. Saturday’s other three ANGT games are INSEP Paris vs StellaAzzura Basketball Academy at 09:00, Zalgiris Kaunas vs. Crvena Zvezda at 13:00 and Spars Sarajevo vs. Unicaja Malaga at 15:00. It's non-stop action at the 2015 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four!

Madrid - Saturday, May 16, 10:00