Papanikolaou ejected from Olympiacos bench
Cameras at Sunday’s Olympiacos – Panathinaikos basketball game caught tempers flare on the Olympiacos bench, which led to the early dismissal of Olympiacos forward Kostas Papanikolaou.
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WIth Olympiacos narrowly in front in the third quarter, cameras showed Olympiacos coach Yiannis Sfairopoulos approach Papanikolaou on the Olympiacos bench before pointing to the locker rooms. Papanikolaou did not protest his coach’s decision – at least not on camera – as the Greece international stormed off to the locker room.
It is unclear what led to the actions of Sfairopoulos, but it is believed the Olympiacos bench-boss grew frustrated with the complaints coming from Papanikolaou who had twice protested profusely against the officiating.
Olympiacos would go on to blow a lead midway through the fourth quarter and ultimately lose to their arch-rivals (71-68) in front of an empty Peace and Friendship Stadium.
The Piraeus giants next face Baskonia in midweek EuroLeague action, and all eyes will be on the duo of Sfairopoulos and Papanikolaou – in particular how the coach handles the latter’s playing time in Thursday’s contest.