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Scottie Wilbekin ran a pick-and-roll on top of the key with Johnathan Motley, who rolled inside the paint. Nate Wolters jumped in to help, leaving Nick Calathes wide open on the 45'. 
Ergin Ataman blinked to Sarunas Jasikevicius before shaking hands, as he usually does after good wins against big teams. Saras congratulated him on a victory 96-86 but suddenly threw a few remarks approaching the rest of the Anadolu Efes coaching staff. "Good f****** camera," Jasikevicius allegedly told one of the Efes coaching staff members, per BasketNews sources.
The president of the EuroLeague head coaches board, Dimitris Itoudis, shared his views on the conflict between Sarunas Jasikevicius and the Anadolu Efes coaching staff. After the loss in Istanbul, Sarunas Jasikevicius accused Anadolu Efes coaching staff of secretly filming Barcelona's practice before the game.
Shane Larkin was warming up before a big EuroLeague game again. It was the first time Anadolu Efes fans saw him dribbling the ball and hitting some threes this season. Larkin couldn't join the squad for a vital battle vs. Barcelona yet. But practicing in warmup gear indicates that his return is getting closer.
A heated game between Anadolu Efes Istanbul and FC Barcelona ended with a scuffle between Sarunas Jasikevicius and the hosts' coaching staff. After the final buzzer, Jasikevicius shook Ergin Ataman's hand, and everything went as usual.
FC Barcelona forward Nikola Kalinic didn't finish the game against Anadolu Efes Istanbul due to a conflict with the head coach Sarunas Jasikevicius.  Both had an argument in the middle of the third quarter. Jasikevicius was unhappy with Kalinic's defense and expressed disappointment before the time out.
Nikola Kalinic was very nervous watching the game that could have decided his nearest medal hopes with the Serbian national team. Serbia hosted Turkey in Belgrade in a do-or-die 2023 FIBA World Cup qualification game.
Victor Wembanyama's size stunned Lithuania national team that suffered a blowout defeat in a home crowd, 65-90. Victor Wembanyama scored 20 points and had nine rebounds in 23 minutes, but his impact was bigger than a solid stat sheet for an 18-year-old senior national team rookie.
When you stop for a second, it's incredible to realize what Vincent Collet went through in the last 13 years as the head coach of the French national team. He coached the best basketball talents France ever had, starting with Tony Parker, Boris Diaw, Nicolas Batum, Rudy Gobert, and Evan Fournier.
That was probably the lowest media presence Victor Wembanyama faced last month since his Las Vegas trip. There were only a couple of media members in Panevezys on the eve of the 18-year-old debut in the French national team jersey. But it doesn't make another Wembanyama's milestone less exciting.
Victor Wembanyama is putting in extra work whenever the opportunity comes up. That makes him confident in responding to Shaquille O'Neal, who questioned Wembanyama's readiness to match up with some of the strongest NBA bigs.
"Yo, Zalgiris game was one of the craziest basketball I have ever watched," Christ Koumadje got texted by his friend. Zalgiris returned from a historical 20-point deficit and beat ALBA behind 14 916 fans, 88-81. Greens stormed the fourth quarter connecting eight 3-pointers, with fans lifting the roof of the Zalgirio arena.
Approximately six months prior to the EuroLeague Final Four 2023, the season's major event doesn't have an announced host. However, there is a potential targeted date when the Final Four could take place. Per BasketNews sources, the initial idea is to hold the Final Four on May 19-21. On December 19, EuroLeague officially confirmed that Kaunas will host the Final Four on the mentioned date.
EuroLeague is a wild west for general managers, players, coaches, and everybody who wants to have at least some tiniest future projection. It's a league where the guaranteed contract is just relatively guaranteed for both sides. Smaller clubs usually can't retain players on a breakout year because wealthier franchises can just come and buy out the guy in the off-season. 
Dubai is no longer an option to organize the 2023 EuroLeague Final Four, sources tell BasketNews. According to sources, Dubai pulled out as a potential host of the year's final event.  Kostas Melayess of Gazzetta reports the announcement will be released in November. According to the Greek journalist, Kaunas is expected to be confirmed as the next EuroLeague Final Four host.
"You're from Vilnius or Kaunas?" Vassilis Spanoulis asked before the interview. Seconds later, we started talking about Zalgiris and how much they improved from last season. Usually, these few minutes before you hit the rec button are uncomfortable. Especially when you don't have any previous relationship. 
Anadolu Efes Istanbul are in advanced talks with 28-year-old guard Isaiah Taylor, sources tell BasketNews. Back-to-back EuroLeague champions were looking for an upgrade when injuries shortened their backcourt rotation. Shane Larkin (finger) is still weeks away from a return, while Rodrigue Beaubois is expected to recover soon.
Dubai is emerging as a serious candidate to host the upcoming EuroLeague Final Four, sources say BasketNews. Dubai was foreseen as a potential future Final Four host, but as BasketNews sources indicate, there is a high possibility that the most populous city in the United Arab Emirates will greet the four best EuroLeague teams in the 2022-23 season.
Let's be honest, where did you have them in your EuroLeague season power rankings? Please don't be shy, we also had them really low. But this team is playing out their hearts, slowly becoming the champions of fans' hearts. Zalgiris Kaunas concluded the first double-game week on a high note, sending two historical EuroLeague names Virtus Bologna and FC Barcelona home with their heads down.
Paolo Banchero wants to suit up for Italy and has already expressed his intentions to join the national team to his future teammates. Niccolo Mannion, who spoke with the No. 1 NBA draft pick, thinks Banchero is the missing piece to take Italy to the podium.
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