Thursday, April 28, 2011

Nik Caner-Medley Taking Spain by Storm

This spring, Nik Caner-Medley (2002-06) has taken Spain's top basketball league (which is also Europe's best basketball league), the ACB, by storm. There's a huge feature story on Nik (translation) as the lead story on the front page of (which would be the Spanish equivalent of being the lead story on in the US). Yeah, it's a lousy translation, but you get used to it after a few paragraphs. Enjoy the photos. Watch the video near the end, and keep in mind that all happened in a 153 second span during one game.

This was the season that Nik took off in Spain. It started with Player of the Week honors in week 8. Player of the Week again in week 23. Then week 31. Player of the Month for February (translation). Then March (translation). Then this week, Player of the Month for April (translation, and this story has a pretty sweet highlight video to go with it). He's only the fifth player ever to get Player of the Month honors three times in one season in the ACB. Nik jokes that every time he wins an award, he has to take his teammates out for pizza, and it's starting to make him poor. There's one month to go in ACB league play, and Nik's team, Asefa Estudiantes Madrid is only in 10th place with a 16-15 record, but not eliminated from play-off contention yet, and you'd have to think Nik Caner-Medley would be a top candidate for MVP of the season.

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