Rick Pitino wins first Greek Cup title, beat PAOK 79-73

ATHENS, Greece — Former NBA and NCAA head coach, Rick Pitino, is standing in the winners circle again after winning  the Greek Cup Championship by beating PAOK in the final 79-73 on Sunday. Pitino, a member of the 2013 Basketball Hall of Fame,  took over in December. His team reached the final after their semifinal…

Rick Pitino to coach EuroLeague power Panathinaikos

ATHENS, Greece — Basketball Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino is set to join EuroLeague power Panathinaikos of Greece for the rest of the season, according to ESPN. Pitino, 66, is expected to coach his first game on Dec. 27. Pitino’s goal is to return to the NBA as a head coach. The team is…

Thomas Massamba to host training session Dec 27-29, Rosendalshallen (Uppsala)

STOCKHOLM, Sweden — Thomas Massamba, the founder of Scandinavian Health & Lifestyle and professional basketball player will host a two-day trainning session from Dec 27-29, in Uppsala, Sweden. With over 10 years experience as a professional basketball player, Thomas Massamba has acquired broad knowledge  playing in the Euroleague, Eurocup, EuroChallenge and VTB League (Russian league)….

Sweden’s Elijah Clarence turns Professional

NORMAL, IllINOIS. – Following a stellar performance at the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) U20 European Championships, Elijah Clarance has decided to forego his final three years of collegiate eligibility and begin his professional basketball career. “First of all, I would like to thank Coach Yaklich, Coach Oliver, Coach Reese, and lastly Coach Muller for believing…

Legendary Coach Larry Brown takes over at Fiat Torino

ITALY — Fiat Torino in Serie A of the Italian League announced legendary coach Larry Brown as its head coach today. Brown who recently finished a four-year stint at SMU in Texas, is the only coach in basketball history to win both an NCAA national championship (Kansas Jayhawks, 1988) and an NBA title (Detroit Pistons,…

Panathinaikos club owner Pavlos Giannakopoulos dies at 89

ATHENS, Greece — Panathinaikos Baketball Club, and pharmaceuticals company Vianex, both announced Pavlos Giannakopoulos, a Greek businessman and owner of basketball club Panathinaikos, who guided the team to domestic and European success, has died. He was 89. Giannakopoulos spent vast sums of money to create a European powerhouse. He acquired several big-name foreign players, including…

Samuel Mukooza to represent Uganda at World Qualifiers

STOCKHOLM, Sweden — Samuel Mukooza will represent Uganda at World Qualifiers in Nigeria, marking the second time he will partake in international competition with the National team from his homeland. He arrived to the team after being scouted by the Ugandan Basketball Federation and received a request to represent his motherland together with the schoolmates…