Tonight the Euroleague 2011/12 “officially” starts with a classic Wednesday night of games including Unics vs. Montepaschi Siena , FB Ulker vs. Caja Laboral , Bennet Cantu vs. SLUC Nancy and Asseco Prokom vs. Galatasaray. Many of the big teams open on thursday (or friday) including FC Barcelona, Maccabi Electra, Real Madrid and Panathinaikos. But already Monday night two teams opened this year with a classic match-up in Kaunas between Zalgiris Kaunas and CSKA Moscow.
The new arena in Kaunas, ZALGIRIO ARENA, with a capacity of 15000+ was also the arena of the Finals in this years Eurobasket a month ago. Returning here for the Euroleague premier did not only the fans but also a lot of the players from both teams. Many stars met again in a well-played and intense start of the Euroleague year, but the brightest star on the court was Andrei Kirilenko (17 points, 15 rebounds, +37 Rkg).
Many teams are filling up their rosters with NBA players and depending on the lock-out situation in the NBA we have to see how long time the players will stay in Europe. But right no there is no use of thinking so far ahead but instead enjoy all the great games ahead of us.