Ivan Rudez Head Coach in Lions de Geneve (Switzerland-LNA) gave an interview:
What would you try to teach your players besides basketball? How would you do that?
Besides basketball I am trying to teach them to expend their of the court vision and awareness in life. In that way they might improve they're on the court decesion making. Sometimes effort as well.Life is not about empty reality shows , I-pads and facebook posts etc...There is different reality out there . There are no shortcuts to success. I talk to them individualy. And collectively too . Sometimes i recomend a book or a movie that could direct their taughts in a way.
Who are your role models in coaching and why?
First I must say that have a lot respect for coaches who work with young players, like my first mentor Coach Jenkac who always coached youth categories . Real basketball teachers - dedicated 100 %, but never been into spotlight or see a big bank account. But they inject kids with fundamentals and commitment . I have great respect for Coach Bobby Knight and his philosophy .From active pro and top level coaches in Europe - i love watching teams that are coached by Plaza , Obradovic, Laso, in NBA Coach Popovich, Thibadeau..List is long.
How do you plan on improving as a coach from year to year?
I feel its a mistake when people say that Coaches always improve with age. You can get extra experience -yes, but real key to improving is willingness to improve, not the clock. Also dedication to your job and couriosity to experiment with new practice programs, new drills. Or testing your programs and philosophy on new teams. New mentalities.
How coaching affecting your life?
Real question is how life affects your coaching ?. Coaching is my "1st life," is my everyday job/obsession/hobby all in one. And then i try to blend life into it, and life is my family. My wife sometimes jokes that she is my second wife, 1st one was basketball. But if you re asking about my free-time plan - its definately booked my kids.
How do you deal with players about discipline issues either major or minor?
Anticipation is important, you can't wait the problems to happen and then deal with it. Important is to select right personalities to work with. Then first week of prep period we set the ground rules . And Team rules are same for all. And we all have to respect it. If the problem occurs, depends on a breach - first i will look it from all the angles and make a decesion what is the best for a team. One thing is sure -all players regardles if young /old or superstars /role player will be sanctioned the same way for same act of undiscipline. Very serious problems are defined in contract between Club and Player anyway.
Describe your typical pre game, half time and post-game locker room routine plus explain the thinking behind it.
Typicall pre game locker room - starts with repeating 3 most important defensive informations, and after depends on the opponent/which game/playoff game /final game...If i see that players are too relaxed then I will create some tension. But if I see that there is an extra pressure and tension around (press/fans etc..)then i will try to take some off the and direct thier focus to good ecxecution of details. Half time- also depends on what we need as a team in that moment. Usualy correction / adaptation of ofensive or defensive detail is needed. End game speech depends how we played that day. It depends of the phase of the season as well, for example in prep-period after game meetings are bit longer and more detailed then during season. Mostly ends with few words about the week ahead of us.
How do you plan on motivating players and getting them to buy in to their role on the team each year?
I coach proffesional basketball players last 8yrs, not juniors, so when it comes to motivating them to play - really comes down to one thing-they have to be self-motivated first; I usualy tell them : if you need me to motivate you to play basketball then you need to change job. Biting into role is different, but also important, i really try to have a role for each player that particapates in training process. But more important is that players understand and accepts his role, and to work in furfilling his tasks . But we got to come back to anticipation again cause as coach you have to know what type of personalities you hire, and what profile of basketeball players you are bringing together, so the roles i have for them are alredy clear in your mind before prep-period starts. Accepting could be harder part... all people on the end wants to feel usefull and important in some way. Players are not different.
What are your coaching goals? Where do you hope to be in the following years?
I can say that first my current goal is to help my Club to be the best that it can be . Eventhough we have won all possible trophies in Switzerland we still try to improve in what we do. If I look in the long run i definately would try to work in Top leagues of world , thats NBA and Euroleague.
Describe the top five priorities in your life in rank order and explain why.
1. Family safety - i am father so my family safety and security comes first as well as my parents and younger brother. 2. Basketball - to work on your teams performance every day. 3. Developing players - I can't sleep well If I know that my players aren't improving for at least 1% during a season. 4. Friends - respecting the friendship, specialy long time relations 5. Try to find a time in every week to learn sometnig new, doesn't have to be much , like read a part of a book or learn new word in English, French or Italian.
What one word or phrase do you want people to associate with your name?
That's a tough one. I am who I am , I can't guess how others see me. I' m sure that not all people will see you in same way, so it could be a lot of different words or phrases accually.
Cibona ended Zadar's 11-game winning streak in the Croatian A1 League with a 95-81 victory in the Game 1 of the best of three quarterfinal series. Zadar have not won in Zagreb since March 25, 2011. GKK Sibenik trailed just twice against Zagreb. GKK Sibenik (1) - Zagreb (8) 84-78 (GKK Sibenik lead series 1-0): Sibenik trailed just twice, at 2-3 and 21-22, before Luka Panduric (190-PG-93) hit a 3-pointer to ignite a 9-0 run for a 30-22 lead midway through the second quarter. After leading... [read more]
Cibona ended Zadar's 11-game winning streak in the Croatian A1 League with a 95-81 victory in the Game 1 of the best of three quarterfinal series. Zadar have not won in Zagreb since March 25, 2011. GKK Sibenik trailed just twice against Zagreb.
GKK Sibenik (1) - Zagreb (8) 84-78 (GKK Sibenik lead series 1-0): Sibenik trailed just twice, at 2-3 and 21-22, before Luka Panduric (190-PG-93) hit a 3-pointer to ignite a 9-0 run for a 30-22 lead midway through the second quarter. After leading by five, Sibenik went on a decisive 16-5 run spanning the third and fourth quarters to take their largest lead of the night, 66-50. Sibenik was still ahead by 10 with less than two minutes into the game and had all five starters in double scoring figures. Miralem Halilovic (205-F-91) poured in 21 points and added 10 rebounds, Ive Ivanov (200-C-85) scored 13 points, Roko Badzim (197-G-97) had 12 points and 7 assists, Luka Panduric posted 11 points and Teo Petani (190-G-88) 10. Zagreb was led by Luka Bozic (199-PG-96) and Pavle Marcinkovic (199-G/F-89), who scored 21 points apiece. Toni Vitali (203-F-91) had 10 points and 10 rebounds and Ivan Batur (201-G-91) scored 10 points.
Cibona (4) - Zadar (5) 95- 81 (Cibona lead series 1-0): Cibona opened the game with an 8-2 run and then Zadar cut the deficit to 10-12. At that point, Cibona went on a 10-0 run and in the second quarter made a 13-0 span for a 37-16. The visiting team never cut Cibona's lead to less than double digits for the rest of the game. Luka Zoric (211-C-84) had 26 points and 10 rebounds, Zeljko Sakic (204-F-88) scored 19 points and was a rebound shy of a double-double, Scottie Reynolds (188-PG-87, college: Villanova) added 19 points, Nebojsa Joksimovic (193-SF-8) 13 and Domagoj Bosnjak (201-F/G-95) 10. Zadar was led by Mislav Brzoja (198-G-94, college: Evansville) with 17 points, Ivan Marinkovic (209-F/C-93) scored 15, Boris Barac (205-F-92) and Lovro Mazalin (204-SF-97) both added 12 points.
Cedevita trailed just once and outebounded Jolly JBS 46-22 in a dominant 85-66 road victory in the Quarterfinals Game 1. Split used a 17-2 run that turn a two-point deficit into a 67-54 lead with two and a half minute remaining to beat Vrijednosnice Osijek 67-59. Split (2) - Vrijednosnice Osijek (7) 67-59 (Split lead series 1-0): After trailing by two , Split went on a 9-0 run to go up 35-28 late in the second quarter. Osijek re-take the lead at 52-50 early in the fourt quarter, but that... [read more]
Cedevita trailed just once and outebounded Jolly JBS 46-22 in a dominant 85-66 road victory in the Quarterfinals Game 1. Split used a 17-2 run that turn a two-point deficit into a 67-54 lead with two and a half minute remaining to beat Vrijednosnice Osijek 67-59.
Split (2) - Vrijednosnice Osijek (7) 67-59 (Split lead series 1-0): After trailing by two , Split went on a 9-0 run to go up 35-28 late in the second quarter. Osijek re-take the lead at 52-50 early in the fourt quarter, but that was the last advantage for the visitors. Toni Dijan (205-F-83) sank a 3-pointer to ignite a 17-2 run for Split's 67-54 lead with two and a half minute to go. Mateo Kedzo (206-F/C-84) came off the bench for 24 points on shooting 10-of-12 from the field including 4-of-5 behind the 3-point line, Goran Filipovic (180-PG-96) had 18 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists and Toni Dijan scored 11 points. Osijek was led by Filip Krajina (209-C-92) with 14 points, Domagoj Vukovic (208-F/C-93) and Jakov Mustapic (193-G-94) both scored 13 points, Aljosa Sarac (190-G-89) netted 11 points and Jalen Robinson (206-F/C-93, college: Dalton St.) grabbed 11 rebounds.
Jolly JBS (3) - Cedevita (6) 66-85 (Cedevita lead series 1-0): Jolly led only once in the game that came on an opening basket by Brandon Penn (203-F-90, college: Rider). Cedevita then outscored the home team 16-3 and led by as many as 11 points at the halftime break. Jolly cut the deficit to 45-47 and was down by six early in the fourth quarter before Cedevita went on a decisive 13-2 run to extend their advantage to 80-63 with two minutes left. Cedevita shot 53-percent from the field including 10-of-20 behind the 3-point arc and outrebounded Jolly 46-22, picking up 12 offensive boards. Mirza Begic (216-C-85) came off the bench for 13 points and 10 rebounds, Toni Katic (188-PG-92) and Marko Tomas (201-G-85) both scored 13 points, Filip Kruslin (198-SG-89) added 12 points, all from beyond the arc, and Miro Bilan (213-C-89) finished with 10 points. Jolly was led by Ivan Novacic (201-F-85), who scored 24 points including five 3-pointers, and Josip Bilinovac (191-SG-90) added 14 points.
De Longhi Treviso Basket 2012 (Serie A2) tabbed 22-year old Croatian power forward Tomislav Gabric (204-95, agency: PEPI SPORT). He started the season at BCM U Pitesti in Romanian Liga Nationala. In 34 games he averaged 12.4ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.5apg this season. The last season Gabric played at Metalac in Serbian KLS where in 5 games he had 9.2ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.6spg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Gabric also played 25 games in ABA League where he recorded 7.8ppg and 2.6rpg. Am... [read more]
De Longhi Treviso Basket 2012 (Serie A2) tabbed 22-year old Croatian power forward Tomislav Gabric (204-95, agency: PEPI SPORT). He started the season at BCM U Pitesti in Romanian Liga Nationala. In 34 games he averaged 12.4ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.5apg this season. The last season Gabric played at Metalac in Serbian KLS where in 5 games he had 9.2ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.6spg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Gabric also played 25 games in ABA League where he recorded 7.8ppg and 2.6rpg. Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 Honorable Mention award in 2015. Gabric represented Croatia at the European Championships U18 in Latvia four years ago. His team won Silver and his stats at that event were 9 games: 12.0ppg, 4.2rpg, FGP: 47.5%, 3PT: 35.1%, FT: 76.9%. Gabric has played also professionally for other Croatian teams like Cibona, Jolly and Jolly-JBS-Jad. Banka.
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