Originally Posted by la bomba
by the way Lakas what do you think of Pana going out? you said they would go through for sure and that there was no way that barca would win in OAKA.They need big changes for next year. Nicholas is a player that I don't think is pana material,he is more a player for one of the turkish teams or mayba macabbi,prokom something like that. jasikevicius is way past his best and should maybe think of joining zalgiris for the end of his career. Spanoulis today was poor,but still a great player.Batiste has been superb for pana but he is 33.Fotsis is like Damir Markota only better,but the same in the sense that they are both capable of great games but too often disappear.Haislip doesnt fit pana either, a bit like nicholas.
Well Obradovic should be fired. He should have been fired in 2008. But the owners love him. However, there is new owner next year. Since there is a new owner I would expect Obradovic will be fired as he should have been 2 years ago.
PAO will win the Greek championship regardless (I really don't even have much doubt at all). Them losing this game just makes it easier and more likely to win the Greek championship.
So because of that I am sure there will be pressure to keep Obradovic. But he should have been fired 2 years ago and now with the new owner I am pretty sure he will be fired after this year. He had the 2nd largest budget 2 years ago and missed the playoffs (with an injured team) but did win the Greek double. Still, he should have been fired then.
Now he has one of the 3 highest budgets (CSKA, Olympiacos, PAO), Olympiacos is obviously the highest and after that is either CSKA or PAO and he will end up missing the playoffs and winning just the Greek championship.
If they go 0-6 in top 16 I am pretty sure he will not return next year. As for the players Jasikevicius will probably retire, but regardless he will not be in the team again. His career is over one way or the other.
Pekovic will go to the NBA. Batiste and Diamantidis will still be with the team I am sure. But they should both take pay cuts as they are both overpaid. Batiste probably would not be re-signed normally but he can get a Greek passport this summer so that increases his value.
Spanoulis IMHO I think he will leave the team and return to the NBA. PAO basketball owners bought into the football club and took it over and now their nephew/son is taking over both the football and basketball clubs next year.
The budget and focus on the basketball club is now about 1/3 of what it was as the football club comes first and a lot more money is being spent on the football club. Also, the new owner really does not like certain players in my opinion and I don't think he likes the coach either. The only reason Spanoulis signed with PAO in the first place was because the owner likes him so much. I don't think he will feel the same with the new owner but who knows.
It's hard to say about Nicholas but I think they might replace him with Zisis. Anyway there is nothing wrong with PAO except for the fact the coach has lost his touch and needs to be replaced. Bartzokas should replace him.