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.
Brown's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - 1 day ago
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29-year old forward Derrick Brown (203-F-87) had a very impressive game in the last round for Anadolu Efes and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10. He had a double-double of 22 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat Maccabi T-A (5-5) 86-77. Anadolu Efes is placed at 7th position in Euroleague. Anadolu Efes is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 5-5 reco... [read more]
29-year old forward Derrick Brown (203-F-87) had a very impressive game in the last round for Anadolu Efes and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10. He had a double-double of 22 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat Maccabi T-A (5-5) 86-77. Anadolu Efes is placed at 7th position in Euroleague. Anadolu Efes is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 5-5 record. It's Brown's second year at Anadolu Efes and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Derrick Brown averages this season 13.5ppg and 6.6rpg.
Second best performed player last round was Nicolo Melli (205-PF-91) of Brose Bask.. He is Italian forward in his 2nd season at Brose Bask.. In the last game Melli recorded impressive 26 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Brose Bask. was edged by the higher-ranked CSKA (#1, 9-1) 90-88. Brose Bask. are still at the very bottom. 8 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories Brose Bask. managed to get this year. Melli is well-known at Brose Bask. and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.
Third place about best performers goes to guard Keith Langford (193-SG-83) of Unics (#14). Langford scored 25 points and passed four assists. He was a key player of Unics, leading his team to a 100-79 easy win against slightly higher-ranked EA7 Armani (#13, 4-6). The chances of Unics not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 7 games, recording just three victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Langford could try to bring Unics' a little bit higher in the standings. Langford has individually a great season in Euroleague. After 10 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 23.2ppg (best scorer).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Tyler Honeycutt (203-F-90) of Anadolu Efes - 21 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists 5. Tibor Pleiss (217-C-89) of Galatasaray - 16 points and 11 rebounds 6. Antanas Kavaliauskas (208-C-84) of Zalgiris - 20 points and 4 rebounds 7. Daniel Theis (204-PF-92) of Brose Bask. - 19 points and 9 rebounds 8. Milko Bjelica (207-F/C-84) of Crvena Zvezda - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists 9. Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) of CSKA - 31 points and 8 assists 10. Will Clyburn (201-F-90) of Darussafaka - 21 points and 5 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)
Fenerbahce pen contract extension with Zeljko Obradovic - 1 day ago
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Zeljko Obradovic and Fenerbahce have agreed on terms of contract extension. The new deal is for three season. The Serbian specialist took over Fenerbahce back in 2013. He was named All-Turkish League Coach of the Year back in 2016. He led the team to the Turkish League titles in 2014 and 2016. He also steered the Istanbul powerhouse to EuroLeague Final Four in 2015 and 2016. [read more]
Zeljko Obradovic and Fenerbahce have agreed on terms of contract extension. The new deal is for three season. The Serbian specialist took over Fenerbahce back in 2013. He was named All-Turkish League Coach of the Year back in 2016. He led the team to the Turkish League titles in 2014 and 2016. He also steered the Istanbul powerhouse to EuroLeague Final Four in 2015 and 2016.
After "only" 6 months from the "fact", James Nunnally (201-F-90, college: UCSB) was suspended for one game in the italian Serie A. The suspension came from this official statement by the FIP (Italian Basketball Federation). The fact in question is a tweet written by Nunnally after game 2 of the last Serie A season playoffs between Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia and Scandone Avellino, in wich the ex Avellino player complained about the referees: "Five versus Eight". Nunnally is actually playi... [read more]
After "only" 6 months from the "fact", James Nunnally (201-F-90, college: UCSB) was suspended for one game in the italian Serie A. The suspension came from this official statement by the FIP (Italian Basketball Federation).
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