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LBL Standings
 1 Champville 11-3 
 2 Al Riyadi 11-3 
 3 Homentmen 11-4 
 4 Beirut Club 11-4 
 5 Byblos 6-9 
 6 Hoops 5-8 
 7 Atlas F. 4-10 
 8 Moutahed 4-10 
 9 Sagesse 1-13 
Full Standings
Last:3/19/2019
Division 2 Standings
Group A
 1. Beirut 7-0 
 2. Hadath 6-1 
 3. Animation 4-2 
 4. Al Anwar 2-3 
 5. Feytroun 1-3 
 6. Beit el Kiko 1-4 
 7. ENB 1-4 
 8. Aamal 0-5 
Group B
 1. Centrale 6-0 
 2. Antounieh 4-2 
 3. Antranik 4-3 
 4. Army 4-3 
 5. Tebnine 3-3 
 6. Aintoura 2-4 
 7. Meziara 2-5 
 8. Amchit 0-6 
Last:9/8/2018
Arab Club Championships Standings
Group A
 1 Beirut Club 4-0 
 2 Al Ettehad 3-1 
 3 Al Arabi 2-2 
 4 Al Nasr 1-3 
 5 Al Sadab 0-4 
Group B
 1 ASS Sale 4-0 
 2 Homenetmen 3-1 
 3 Sporting 2-2 
 4 Al Fateh 1-3 
 5 Qalandia 0-4 
Full Standings
Last:10/8/2018
WABA League Standings
 1 Chemidor 4-0 
 2 Petrochimi 3-1 
 3 Al Naft 2-2 
 4 Al Jaish 1-3 
 5 Qalandia 0-4 
Full Standings
Last:3/18/2019
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Willie WARREN
  Hoops
  (193-PG-89)
  Avg: 26
 1. Warren, Hoops26.0 
 2. Harris, Moutahed25.1 
 3. Nelson, Byblos23.6 
 4. Riley, Byblos22.3 
 5. El-Khatib, Champville21.4 
 6. Jackson, Champville21.3 
 7. Efevberha, Homen.20.9 
 8. Townes, Atlas F.20.8 
 9. Hodge, Homentmen20.3 
 10. Nehme, Atlas F.18.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darian TOWNES
  Atlas F.
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 12
 1. Townes, Atlas F.12.0 
 2. Nelson, Byblos11.0 
 3. Haidar, Beirut Club10.5 
 4. Post, Sagesse10.0 
 5. Thomas, Hoops9.8 
 6. Abdel-Nour, Al Ri.8.8 
 7. Sanchez, Atlas F.8.4 
 8. Majok, Champville8.4 
 9. Hunt, Beirut Club7.9 
 10. Jackson, Champville7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Chris CRAWFORD
  Beirut C.
  (193-G-92)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Crawford, Beirut C.6.7 
 2. Akl, Byblos6.5 
 3. Hodge, Homentmen6.5 
 4. Warren, Hoops6.1 
 5. Mansour, Hoops5.5 
 6. Farhat, Atlas F.5.0 
 7. Zaloum, Atlas F.5.0 
 8. Dandach, Moutahed4.9 
 9. El-Khatib, Champville4.6 
 10. Ismail, Al Riyadi4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Marvelle HARRIS
  Moutahed
  (196-PG-93)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Harris, Moutahed3.4 
 2. Mansour, Hoops2.8 
 3. Jackson, Champville2.6 
 4. Bolds, Champville2.0 
 5. Crawford, Beirut C.1.9 
 6. Khoury, Byblos1.7 
 7. Zeinoun, Homentmen1.6 
 8. Salem, Moutahed1.6 
 9. Mezher, Champville1.6 
 10. Efevberha, Homen.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Ater MAJOK
  Champville
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Majok, Champville3.8 
 2. Townes, Atlas F.2.4 
 3. Morgan, Hoops2.1 
 4. Post, Sagesse1.8 
 5. Haidar, Beirut Club1.5 
 6. Sanchez, Atlas F.1.4 
 7. Thomas, Hoops1.3 
 8. Johnson, Homentmen1.2 
 9. Nelson, Byblos1.1 
 10. Ismail, Al Riyadi1.1 
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Nikola Kuga - Playing as a young player abroad - story and tips - Mar 15, 2019


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Nikola Kuga
Well, hello everyone. Special hello to all basketball players around the world.

Also special thanks for Eurobasket.com for sharing my story. It's always such a great pleasure to speak for this amazing site, a dream place for basketball players!

Well, as I had the opportunity to play in over 20 countries on 5 different continents and faced various situations during my basketball career, I feel responsible to share some of the stories which may be helpfull for some young baskeball players, looking for their path in this wonderful sport.

Knowing how difficult each starting point is and the obstacles we all find on the way, I had the sincere wish to say a part of my story, but above all, to give some suggestions that should be helpfull for young players in achieving their goals in a productive way without losing valuable time.

Firstly, in order to come to the possibility of recognizing some of the things and obstacles, I had to make a lot of mistakes along the way and therefore - to jump over them. Also during my career, I met so many players who helped me to overcome these obstacles. I owe a great gratitude on this path to one coach, Radoslav Radjen, who supported me as a 12-13 years old boy and gave a sampquest to continue to believe in my dream. One of my teammates from Senegal, during the time I was playing in Moroco, who was like a older brother to me and clearly put it to my knowledge that the family is in the first place, and lately this line is followed by one extraordinary man from USA, Ramel Curry, who is a unique person. His basketball career speaks for itselfs.

But let's go. How is it to start an international career and play a conditionally called "second degree" league? Which are the most common obstacles that young players face with?

When you start as a young player abroad, you make mistakes because of not to much life and basketball experience. No matter what someone says, you will make them. Why? Because you think you're the smartest and all you can do on your own. Happened to me for sure, not only once.

How it usually works?

You receive a call from some second division team in lower league or some of the first non-top leagues team. As a young player, you start with huge expectations, usually tell your family, friends and all the people around you, that you are moving your professional career now, everything is great etc . Everyone are happy and everything looks like a great dream. Along with this, young players are completely unconscious of what is actually in front of them. This putting on them the burden of huge expectations from themselfs, as well from others. But reality is somewhere else. Could this be a step more? Definitely, but with realistic approach to the whole situation.
First and foremost, lower league levels such as the second degrees leagues in Europe or a bit weaker first league, are not at all easy and naive to play and there is a very small difference between those leagues and the big ones. Naturally, I don't mean those top teams that play Euroleague, because this is a completely different story. The essential difference is that these slightly better leagues and stronger teams usually bring physically stronger players, and bring in two or three better foreigners, than it's represented in lower leagues. Of course, there is a little better organization and a little higher level of basketball.

But let me come back again to the start. The point is, that the young players paying the price because of lack of the experience. And that is normal in a way, but there are things that they could do in order to minimize mistakes, which is common things for beginners and novices. They put on themselves a great expectation before the start, and they expect from the team to do much more than they will actually do. And from the start they are in one invisible problem.On top of everything, there are things that seem to be irrelevant, but in fact they are very important factor.

Food is usually fast food, there is not much time after and before the training to make the right preparation for training and stretching after training (in most of the cases) and a handfull of small details, which on a "short term" are not visible and players sometimes don't take it as serious as they should, but on "long term", those things are very important. Lately, when players start to feel pressure from the coaches, where the expectation from the player are usually more than he can really provide and after all, player can be under nostalgia and „home sick' .

What is the script?

The usual scenario in these cases is the following: a player becomes dissatisfied, a team becomes dissatisfied and usually there is a break between those two. The team, as usual, says that this player is useless and get the next one, while the player goes on thinking that team and a coach are desperate and start looking for the next team. And this is so in the circle and eventually the player in most of the cases decides to finish his career before he actually started and unconsciously that he could do much better, go with a big bit of bitterness.

Not to be negative, but constructive and positive! In such situations, there is a solution that for the players those clubs in the lower league should be a step higher in their careers.
Lets return to the beginning of the story. First and foremost, the approach of the players, once they sign contract with those, not so high division team, must be the same as if they signed to Real Madrid, fully professional on and off the court, while being aware of many disadvantages, such as those mentioned above, but also to be aware that it is the way that leads him upwards.

Player has to be prepared to do three times more things on a daily basis and to raise his discipline to the highest possible level. From making healthy meals on his own, to self-preparation for trainings and games, through stretching in rooms that seemingly not intended for it. In translation, to take as much as possible from the situation offered to the the player. It is easier to say then do it, but it is posibile, with self control and self discipline .

In this case, if the player approaches their obligations in this way, the scenario changes and the player who goes unhappy "blaming" the team for his failure, changing to the the player who goes home positive, full of elan and probably as a reward - gets a better club. Of course, it's understandable that the player must have a certain basketball level and talent, which requires the possibility of being at that level.

In addition to this, the player is going step by step up with an extraordinary experience behind, also rewarded with so many „bonuses' and benifits such as, oportiunities to live in another country and knowing more about the culture and people, visiting different places, taste different food etc.

On top of that there is a chance to go to a much higher level, with enough experience behind, where the things are in a full way much easier to handle. Lately, on that high level you're sucking with new challenges and obstacles! But with the strong basement.

Always pleasure to share my stories for the best basketball site Eurobasket.com

Sports regards from Nikola Kuga (200-F/G-86),

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Whats the most commons challenges that players could face in the next level of basketball career you can read in the next interview with Nikola Kuga.
  




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