It is one thing to create expectations, as many young players do on their way up. It is quite another thing to meet, and even exceed, those expectations, as Anadolu Efes Istanbul forward Dario Saric is doing on the big stage of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague. After winning the bwin MVP award for November and leading Efes to an early qualification for the Top 16, Saric was voted in the mid-season survey of Euroleague general managers as the top candidate for this season's Rising Star trophy. This week, he leads Efes against visiting CSKA Moscow in a battle of undefeated Top 16 teams!
LANGUAGE LESSON ALBA BERLIN
When a foreign player arrives to a new team, he first wants to walk the walk on the court, but then he wants to talk the talk, too. Luckily, new Euroleague players have willing teachers to help them say the right thing in their new home, as you can see in this week's Language Lesson between ALBA Berlin players Alex King and Reggie Redding!
NEW EB WEBSITES
European basketball fans now have a unique way to enjoy their favorite sport after Euroleague Basketball launched a newly designed suite of websites that breaks new ground in the sport of basketball. The new websites are among the first in professional sports to feature responsive technology, which adapts content to any screen size. Check it out!
Tweet of the Week
CSKA Moscow players took part in a traditional New Year competition, where each player participated in three mini-tournaments – basketball, football and ice-hockey. Your winner – Nando De Colo!
Post of the Week
Brian Randle and Felipe Reyes. Both were crucial for Maccabi Electra and Real Madrid this week and both deserve this week bwin MVP!