Club profile: Nizhny Novgorod

Oct 04, 2013 by Eurocupbasketball.com Print
Club profile: Nizhny Novgorod
Nizhny NovgorodBasketball club Nizhny Novgorod was born in time for the 2001-02 season, and it is currently the only professional basketball team in Russia's fifth largest city. After starting in lower categories, the club started its rise in Russian basketball and managed to reach the second division and from 2006 to 2009 the team finished fifth, sixth and seventh, respectively in that category. In October of 2008, significant changes happened in the club. A new general manager, legendary Sergey Panov, built a team coached by Zoran Lukic and at the start of the 2009-10 season, the club started bringing in young talent like Alexander Pushkin, Ivan Shamov or Andrew Raven to build a competitive project. In May of 2010, Nizhny Novgorod had won the second division league and earned the right to play in the first division the following campaign. In the 2010-11 season , the club was a founding member of the PBL League and also took part in the FIBA EuroChallenge even though the group stage proved not to be successful for such an inexperienced team at this level. The team also reached the Final Four of the Russian Cup that season for the first time ever, but fell to Spartak St. Petersburg in the final. A fifth place in the Russian League debut earned coach Zurick the Coach of the Year award in Russia. In 2011-12, there was a little halt in the way as the team failed to reach the league playoffs and finished ninth, but was back in full swing for 2012-13 improving its performance and now, entering the 2013-14 Eurocup regular season, making it a new challenge for a young team that never stops looking up. A good result in the competition would take Nizhny Novgorod to a new level.