We have talked with one of the most talented coach in Europe, Dimitris Itoudis. London journey with Pistons, working with Zjeliko Obradovic and headcoaching career that waiting for him...
Ugur Turker : Hello Coach Itoudis, you were in London last week, invited to watch the NBA game played there? Dimitris Itoudis : Yes, I was invited from Pistons organization ,Joe Dumars specifically and his assistant George David ,to spend with them some days in London and have the opportunity, like this summer, to exchange ideas about basketball.
Ugur Turker : As an expert in Euroleague, how do you see the comparison between the two leagues and could they be combined in any way in the future?
Dimitris Itoudis : First of all I believe that on the organization part the NBA is far ahead from teams in Europe. Of course there are some teams that try to do the best and they have to be the example,but the NBA has match bigger amount of money that invest in order to be all very but very organized. On the other hand ,regarding basketball as a game, there are differences,but Europe positively has been influential to many NBA teams. I want to say that Basketball ,like Joe Dumars use to say is Universal. Now, I do see in the future that the two leagues will have a lot of common things. I do really believe that Euroleague 's future is to have a close league like in NBA. This will be the first step. There many other steps to be done ,like the rules for instance or the dimension of the court and some other really important things. I am sure and I know that Mr Bertomeu and his assosiets are thinking how to make the game more interesting and in the future will see this for sure.
Ugur Turker : How do you think top Euroleague teams would perform in the NBA? Is there a way for them to be competitive if they increase their budget by more revenues?
Dimitris Itoudis : Without any question, the Top Euroleague teams could perform well, but they need to support this with the other things we just mention before,regarding the organization.
Ugur Turker : How was the past summer for you? You were approached to head coach by some organizations but you preferred not to accept the offers ?
Dimitris Itoudis : Yes it is true I had some offers, but after 13 very successful years with Panathinaikos ! the way of the approach was not what I was expecting and I didn't agreed. And I want to be clear, it was not the money the issue, but the vision and the plan. You know when one team approach me, I ask them, what are the expectations and the golds. If we can found the chemistry then we can go together.
Ugur Turker : What are your plans for the present and near future? Dimitris Itoudis : As you probably know I am analyzing Euroleague games officially at Euroleague.net and I am trying to give to people the coach approach to the game. Other than that I am watching basketball ,at different leagues. But also I do have more time to be with my family,that miss me during the season. You know this is my first year I don't work after 22 years continuously. Some times it is good to stay out and watch the things from a different angle.
Ugur Turker : If your plan is to be head coach a Euroleague organization, how would you feel if you had to face up Zjeliko Obradovic as an opponent? What would you tell him before the game?
Dimitris Itoudis : Yes I do plan to be a Head Coach ,but as I said before on a team that have vision and expectations. Now if I am going to face Zeljko ,that will be very strange ,but it will be only during the game, because before and after we will have some good dinners and talks. You know that Zeljko is my Best man and the relation we have is build with very strong bridges.
Ugur Turker : You have won 5 Euroleague championships, what would you say is the secret to go all the way in these championships?
Dimitris Itoudis : Dedication, knowledge, believe, plan,organization,collaboration. All this and one more is hard work with your players, and your staff . The very first thing is that the summer,after you and the management put the targets on the table, to BUILD a winning team. A team that can compete. A team that has players that have golds in their life. That's the first step and it's the most important. After that there are many other details that you have to consider as well.
Ugur Turker : Do you believe that basketball in the court has changed over the last few years with all the changes that happened?
Dimitris Itoudis : Yes and I really hope it will be changed a lot more in order to have better and more exiting games.
Ugur Turker : Can you describe the ideal team for you in terms of the style of basketball and the philosophy it would have?
Dimitris Itoudis : My friend all the teams I was part of and spend hours and hours on the court with, are the ideal teams and ideal players. I was privileged to work with a lot of Top players.
Ugur Turker : Have you followed the Turlkish championship? What do you think is the reason that there have not been any Turkish Club with final four presence in Euroleague in the recent past that Turkish teams havemade so big investements in basketball?
Dimitris Itoudis : Obviously i do follow Turkish league.Turkey last years really invest in Basketball. Has made very good steps ahead. People love basketball like sport. The Turkish league is among the best three leagues in Europe. I know that the mentality of Turkish people is similar with my country and they want immediate results. I don't blame them ,because this kind of pressure they put is that makes you want to be better. Obviously going to Final Four is not an easy think and definitely at final four they don't go only the teams that invest the more money or they are favourites.
Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv fire coach Erez Edelstein - 3 hours ago
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55-year old coach Erez Edelstein. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Edelstein was voted Eurobasket.com All-Israeli National League Coach of the Year back in 2012. He has been coaching Israeli Senior National Team between 2014 and 2016, and coached also University National Team between 2007 and 2009. Edelstein has coached previously three other teams: Galil Gilboa, Hapoel Tel-Aviv and Ironi Ramat Gan. By Eurobasket D... [read more]
Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv (Winner League) fired 55-year old coach Erez Edelstein. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Edelstein was voted Eurobasket.com All-Israeli National League Coach of the Year back in 2012. He has been coaching Israeli Senior National Team between 2014 and 2016, and coached also University National Team between 2007 and 2009. Edelstein has coached previously three other teams: Galil Gilboa, Hapoel Tel-Aviv and Ironi Ramat Gan.
Euroleague round 2 best performance: Vassilis Spanoulis - 1 day ago
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Shooting guard Vassilis Spanoulis (193-SG-82, agency: BeoBasket) put on an amazing game in the last round for Olympiacos, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2. The 34-year old player was the main contributor (17 points, three rebounds and nine assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush Anadolu Efes (#14, 0-2) with 24-point margin 90-66. Olympiacos is placed at 7th position in Euroleague. They need more victories to improve their 1-1 record. Spanoulis... [read more]
Shooting guard Vassilis Spanoulis (193-SG-82, agency: BeoBasket) put on an amazing game in the last round for Olympiacos, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2. The 34-year old player was the main contributor (17 points, three rebounds and nine assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush Anadolu Efes (#14, 0-2) with 24-point margin 90-66. Olympiacos is placed at 7th position in Euroleague. They need more victories to improve their 1-1 record. Spanoulis has many years of experience at Olympiacos, through which he has constantly improved. Vassilis Spanoulis has solid league stats. He is in league's top in assists (6th best: 7.0apg) and averages impressive 44.4% from behind 3-point line.
The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old American Alex Tyus (203-C-88) of Galatasaray. Tyus had a very good evening with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Galatasaray was edged by Crvena Zvezda (1-1) 85-83. The season is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Tyus is a newcomer at Galatasaray, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.0ppg (#9). He also registered 5.0 boards per game.
Third on the list of top players last round was another Galatasaray's star - American forward Austin Daye (211-F-88, agency: Alti Sport). Daye scored 24 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Despite Daye's great performance Galatasaray lost 83-85 to Crvena Zvezda (#11, 1-1). But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. Daye has individually a great season in Euroleague. After only 2 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.0ppg (6th best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Keith Langford (193-SG-83) of Unics - 24 points and 4 assists 5. Cedi Osman (204-F-95) of Anadolu Efes - 22 points and 6 rebounds 6. Leo Westermann (197-G-92) of Zalgiris - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists 7. Coty Clarke (201-F-92) of Unics - 20 points and 7 rebounds 8. Nicolo Melli (205-PF-91) of Brose Bask. - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists 9. Nikolaos Zisis (197-G-83) of Brose Bask. - 16 points and 12 assists 10. Marko Simonovic (201-F-86) of Crvena Zvezda - 23 points and 4 rebounds
The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy. The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)
Crvena Zvezda is close to land Nate Wolters - 1 day ago
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Crvena Zvezda MTS Beograd (KLS) is close to sign 25-year old American point guard Nate Wolters (193-88kg-91, college: South Dakota State, agency: Pensack Sports) who currently played forDenver Nuggets in NBA. The last season Wolters played at Besiktas Sompo Japan Istanbul in Turkish BSL where in 21 games he had 11.6ppg, 4.6rpg and 5.4apg (top 5). He also played 10 games in Eurocup where he recorded very impressive stats: 15.6ppg, 4.2rpg, 5.3apg and 1.5spg. Three years ago Wolters was draf... [read more]
Crvena Zvezda MTS Beograd (KLS) is close to sign 25-year old American point guard Nate Wolters (193-88kg-91, college: South Dakota State, agency: Pensack Sports) who currently played for Denver Nuggets in NBA. The last season Wolters played at Besiktas Sompo Japan Istanbul in Turkish BSL where in 21 games he had 11.6ppg, 4.6rpg and 5.4apg (top 5). He also played 10 games in Eurocup where he recorded very impressive stats: 15.6ppg, 4.2rpg, 5.3apg and 1.5spg. Three years ago Wolters was drafted by Washington Wizards (NBA) in second round (38th overall). He attended South Dakota State until 2013 and it may be his fourth season in pro basketball. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Wolters' college team won Summit League Tournament for two years in a row (2012 and 2013). He was also voted All-Summit League Player of the Year and USBWA All-District VI 1st Team back in 2013. Wolters has played previously professionally in NBA (New Orleans Pelicans and Milwaukee Bucks) and D-League (Grand Rapids Drive).
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