The race for the Top 16 catches fire as soon as Turkish Airlines Euroleague Regular Season Round 8 hits the ground running on Wednesday. All 24 teams still have plenty to play for, whether it's first place, Top 16 qualification or survival. Five are already ticketed for the next round: Barcelona, CSKA, Fenerbahce, Olympiacos and Panathinaikos. Six teams have chances to advance this week: Efes, Real Madrid, Unicaja and, depending on other results, Crvena Zvezda, Maccabi and Zalgiris. For three more - Bayern, Sassari and Limoges - this week is do-or-die. Expect high drama everywhere!
If there is one thing besides pick-and-rolls and fastbreaks that every new player must know when he arrives to a team, it's how to do the basics in the local language. Who better than a teammate to help him? See what happened when Heiko Schaffartzik of FC Bayern Munich held German class for the new junge in town, Vasilije Micic.
ONE TEAM GAMES
Euroleague stars substituted One Team for their own names on the backs of their jerseys last week and stood side-by-side with Special Olympics athletes all over Europe. Their gesture of solidarity shows that players with and without intellectual disabilities can be great teammates, on and off the court! One Team Games continue this week!
Tweet of the Week
Nizhny Novgorod guard Taylor Rochestie took a photo of a beautiful, but also a very cold, sight.
Post of the Week
Second time Boban Marjanovic wins the weekly bwin MVP this season. In this occasion with a performance index rating of 36.