Re: Krstic probably wont play in Final Four
Well, I don't think it will matter that much to CSKA. Granted, they are obviously better with him and to me he was their best player this year.
But, they have plenty without him, and even at center they have D. Lavrinovic, Sokolov, and Kaun. So it's not like they are lacking depth at his position.
On top of that, the Greek Basketball Federation made a ruling that the Greek League has to finish before the final four of Euroleague. The federation has control over when the league finishes, even though they don't run the league, due to the training schedule of the national team.
This year FIBA went freaking nuts and scheduled the Olympic qualifying tournament at the start of July, when most of the big European leagues are not finishing until mid to late June.
Imagine if FIBA tried to do that to Team USA - the NBA and Team USA would go insane with rage and probably refuse to even play.
Well, they are doing it to the European teams. So the Greek League has to finish before the final four, which is something completely strange and new.
So, even without Krstic, I think CSKA has the advantage. Because Panathinaikos has to play the 5 game series against Olympiacos before the final four.
I would expect PAO and OSPF to both be completely exhausted teams before they even get to the final four, due to the scheduling.
Last edited by Euroleague : 04-14-2012 at 06:56 PM.