Dusan Sakota (209-SF-86) former Panathinaikos player spoke to Eurobasket.com:
With scale 1-5 rate the situation in Oostende and tell us few things about.
Payments: 5 Everything in Oostende concerning the payments was 100% professional and on time.
Facilities: 4 Everything in and around the gym was great, except for one detail that I didn't like personally, which is that the weight room was ten minutes by car from the gym, so that makes it a little harder to work out during the season as you'd like.
Fans: 4 Although the gym is rarely full, the fans of Oostende are very supportive of their players and coaches, and always bring a positive energy and atmosphere to the game!
League: 3 Even though many people underestimate the level of basketball played in Belgium, I give it a 3 because of three reasons. Very poor TV and media coverage, very low level of refereeing, and most importantly, very few teams participating in the league (only 9)
City: 5 A great, cozy city by the sea, that makes every basketball player feel comfortable in Belgium, making it that much easier to have your mind only on basketball
Are you happy in Russia now, what plans you have for the new season? Do you want to return to Greece?
I was very glad that I signed for Enisey, Russia for the remainder of the season in January, since it was a great experience to play and live in Siberia for 4 months, and also I believe it was a tremendous help for me to get back on my old level before the injury physically and mentally, by playing in one of the toughest leagues in Europe against teams such as CSKA and Khimki. Of course, I would love to one day return and play in Greece since I have spent 18 years of my life there, but for now my biggest basketball wish and goal is to try and return to the Italian League.
What advice you give to those who have a serious injury to overcome, what you did in your case?
The advice I would give to players overcoming hard injuries is mainly two: DON'T GIVE UP and HAVE A LOT OF PATIENCE! I know for a fact that the hardest possible thing a basketball player has to do in his career is to force himself to practice and rehabilitate as fast as possible, especially when no one is around. Its always easier when there is a coach or a trainer on top of your head telling you what and how to do it, but when you are alone in that gym, thats when you really have to show your love and devotion to the game of basketball, as well as your personal zeal and will to overcome all obstacles in front of you and get back to doing what you love most.. PLAYING!
Who was the best teammate ever had in your career so far.
In my opinion the best teammate player-wise that I ever had would be Diamantidis.
Do you follow the Greek finals? Whats your prediction, Panathinaikos or Olympiakos?
Of course, I am closely following the finals of the Greek League this year. OSFP is bringing a tremendous combination of energy and confidence on the court, especially after winning the Euroleague in a heroic fashion, which makes it very difficult to beat them in any aspect of the game. they dominate on the offensive rebounds, they get many steals and fly to the transition game, and their percentages are sky high due to their incredible confidence, combined with a great desire and wish to finally become champions after 15 years! However, you can never underestimate the heart of the champion, and also since I have spent 5 years of my life there, I know for a fact that PAO is not going to give up without a great fight, using maybe the only advantage that they have over their opponents in this moment...their vast experience in playing games with no tomorrow and winning! So, basically I believe that the best thing to do is not make any predictions but sit back and enjoy the show!!
Michael Fusek (221-C-95, agency: Octagon Europe) has exploded in the Euromillions Basketball League. Recently becoming a MVP in the win against Basic Fit Brussels. Fusek made 11 points (4/5), 8 rebounds, 18 of evaluation in 21 min. Last Saturday, the Slovak center scored 13 points (5/7) and grabbed 8 rebounds and 3 blocks. Michael Fusek took a giant step forward with Proximus Spirou Charleroi by making solid numbers. His great mobility for a player his size and very effective shots a... [read more]
Michael Fusek (221-C-95, agency: Octagon Europe) has exploded in the Euromillions Basketball League. Recently becoming a MVP in the win against Basic Fit Brussels. Fusek made 11 points (4/5), 8 rebounds, 18 of evaluation in 21 min.
Last Saturday, the Slovak center scored 13 points (5/7) and grabbed 8 rebounds and 3 blocks.
His great mobility for a player his size and very effective shots allowed him to dominate last games in Belgium. When he combines those skills with his quickness, good hands and patience, Fusek can become one of the hardest big men to stop.
Fusek is also a great shot blocker, ranks first with 4 blocks per 40 min, due to his incredible height and decent timing.
Fusek averages 15.5 points and 12.25 rebounds per 40 min in Belgium
Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Awards 2017 - 24 days ago
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Player of the Year:Alexey Shved(198-G-88) of Khimky Guard of the Year:Alexey Shved(198-G-88) of Khimky Forward of the Year:Dejan Musli(213-F/C-91) of Unicaja Center of the Year:Bojan Dubljevic(205-PF-91) of Valencia European Player of the Year:Alexey Shved(198-G-88) of Khimky Import of the Year:Mardy Collins(198-G-84) of Lokomotiv Rising Star Trophy:Rolands Smits(207-F/C-95) of Fuenlabrada Defensive Player of the Year:Facundo Campazzo(181-PG-91) of UCAM Murcia Coach of the Year:Pedro Mart... [read more]
Unicaja shock Valencia, capture title - 25 days ago
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Valencia - Unicaja 58-63 Unicaja are 2017 EuroCup champions! The Malaga team used a massive 18-0 run in the fourth quarter to shock hosting Valencia and celebrate first ever tournament title. Valencia stayed in charge in the first period. They grabbed a 22:18 lead ten minutes into the game. Unicaja pulled within 3 points at halftime 30:33. Valencia were back in full control in the third term. The hosts piled up a 54:43 advantage heading into the fourth quarter. But Unicaja turned the tab... [read more]
Unicaja are 2017 EuroCup champions! The Malaga team used a massive 18-0 run in the fourth quarter to shock hosting Valencia and celebrate first ever tournament title. Valencia stayed in charge in the first period. They grabbed a 22:18 lead ten minutes into the game. Unicaja pulled within 3 points at halftime 30:33. Valencia were back in full control in the third term. The hosts piled up a 54:43 advantage heading into the fourth quarter. But Unicaja turned the tables in the fourth period and raced to a historic success. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Unicaja Malaga made 8 blocks. 24 personal fouls committed by Valencia Basket helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for American forward Jeffrey Brooks (203-89, college: Penn St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 9 points and 5 rebounds. Point guard Alberto Diaz (188-94) helped adding 12 points. The best for the losing side was Montenegrin Bojan Dubljevic (205-91, agency: BeoBasket) with 16 points and 6 rebounds and Belgian point guard Sam Van-Rossom (188-86) scored 6 points and 4 assists. Top scorers: Valencia: B.Dubljevic 16+6reb+1ast, J.Sastre Morro 8+1reb+2ast, F.San Emeterio 7+3reb, W.Thomas 6+1reb, S.Van Rossom 6+4reb+4ast, R.Sato 5+5reb Unicaja: A.Diaz 12+2ast, J.Smith 10+1reb+3ast, D.Diez 9+3reb, J.Brooks 9+5reb+1ast, A.Omic 8+3reb, N.Nedovic 6+2reb+4ast
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