Mr. PGBL's Corner

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Hello everyone!  I am proud to bring you this year’s installment of Mr. PGBL's Corner.  I will bring you a unique perspective to the games each week and will try to add new and exciting features throughout the season.  I would like to thank the Commissioners, Mr. Bill Zonios and Mr. John Vasiliou for allowing me this opportunity as well as for all their hard work to make this season possible.  I would also like to thank ALPHA CARD SERVICES for sponsoring my weekly column and giving me an unlimited "Alpha credit card" to buy all that spanakopita from the snack stand......boy is that stuff good!!!  Good luck to all the teams this season.  I will be watching....

  1. Kings - Last year’s Champions are back and they are healthy! The return of playmaker Niki Veronis and Foti Giannopoulos means the Kings will be at full strength this season as they make a push for a repeat. This roster is completely stacked, maybe to the likes of which we’ve never seen. 3 former MVP’s in Bill Zonios, Niki Veronis, and Jim Armenakis will accompany last year’s Finals MVP Alex Veronis and young star Niko Balis among other all stars in their quest to build a dynasty. Will the Kings be able to make it 4 straight finals appearances and back to back titles?
  2. Outlaws - The PGBL MVP of last season, Pete Kada joins forces with 3 time league MVP George Vlahos to build a super team full of all stars! Players like Kosta Pavlidis, Stef Grigorakakis and new comer Laz Makrides will be a thorn in the Kings’ side, challenging them for the number 1 seed! As with any new team, it is a chemistry experiment. Will these guys be able to reach full potential? I can’t wait to find out!
  3. Warriors - The completely new look Warriors are revamped and ready for a title push! The addition of players like Lou Karapanagiotides, Kosta Nikolos and Chris Voutsakis give the team a solid point guard with plenty of championship experience and veteran low post players for rebounding and shot blocking. The Warriors still maintain their core players of the Karalis Brothers and Will Galiatsatos so these guys are much improved! 
  4. Boardwalk Empire - Last year I made the mistake of ranking these guys last on my pre season list so I wont make that same mistake! The Empire is rising and turning heads around the PGBL. Last season Nick Kafkalas and Steve Gassis led the team to an unexpected but much deserved trip to the PGBL Finals! These guys play solid team basketball and they all have the same objective when they get on the court, win!
  5. Revolution - On any given night, the Revolution have what it takes to beat any PGBL team. That’s because of their experience, basketball knowledge and talent. Combine that with their ability to cohesively work as a unit and you have the teamwork every group strives for. Vasili Nasis, along with the help of point guard Vangeli Carabeses and hustle man Alex Pavlidis will be no push over this year.   
  6. PAS Giannina - In addition to one of last year’s MVP Candidates, Evan Tsiklidis, PAS has added a seasoned veteran and former MVP himself, Chris Vasiliou. Chris will definitely provide another scoring option for PAS, especially since they’ve lost Kosta Pavlidis to free agency. Captain Bill Dosis definitely has some talent to work with and after a .500 season last year and coming very close to a semi final trip, PAS are optimistic about the upcoming season. 
  7. The Process - Big George Pagiotas has now formed his own team! He will be the anchor to a young core of players featuring Alex and Chris Dawson along with Jimmy and George Armentani. A youthful energetic group with plenty of potential, but in a league filled with experienced vets, this team will have its bumps and bruises. Will they be able to over achieve and make a playoff run?
  8. Rockets - Veteran players like Alexi Topalidis and Ari Raptis lead this roster of young players for a first year venture. There are some new players on this team, as with some other teams, that Mr. PGBL doesn’t know, but I believe in Alexi and Ari so I think this team will compete. I love seeing new teams with new names. It’s exciting and great for the league. Can’t wait to see the new jerseys!
  9. Bucks - Fear the deer! Another new team with some young talent! Some former Warriors players including Sotiri Deliopoulos, Alki Tsitsios and Tommy Tzumakaris have branched off to build their own team. The Bucks may be in tribute to the Greek NBA star Giannis Antetonkoumpo, so who’s going to wear the #34? 

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