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.
2016-17 Turkish Airlines Euroleague teams announced - 22 hours ago
The Euroleague will feature 16 teams from nine countries, including the champions of eight domestic leagues. The list is headed by current champion CSKA Moscow and includes seven more clubs that have won the title: FC Barcelona Lassa, Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv, Olympiacos Piraeus,&n... [read more]
The Euroleague will feature 16 teams from nine countries, including the champions of eight domestic leagues. The list is headed by current champion CSKA Moscow and includes seven more clubs that have won the title: FC Barcelona Lassa, Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv, Olympiacos Piraeus, Panathinaikos Athens, Real Madrid, EA7 Emporio Armani Milan and Zalgiris Kaunas. The 16 Euroleague clubs will be the standard-bearers of a historic transition to a new competition format that features all teams playing each other twice in a round-robin format, a first in international club competitions in Europe. Eight survivors after 30 regular season games will advance to the best-of-five playoffs, whose four winners will qualify for the Final Four to decide the continental champion.
Here are the 2016-17 Turkish Airlines Euroleague clubs: Anadolu Efes Istanbul (Turkey) Brose Bamberg (Germany) Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade (Serbia) CSKA Moscow (Russia) Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul (Wildcard) (Turkey) EA7 Emporio Armani Milan (Italy) FC Barcelona Lassa (Spain) Fenerbahce Istanbul (Turkey) Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul (Turkey) Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz (Spain) Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv (Israel) Olympiacos Piraeus (Greece) Panathinaikos Athens (Greece) Real Madrid (Spain) Unics Kazan (Russia) Zalgiris Kaunas (Lithuania)
*Galatasaray's participation is dependent upon completion of the necessary registration requirements and documentation review by the Management Control Commission.
Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul (BSL) strengthened their roster with addition of 33-year old Serbian ex-international center Nenad Krstic (212-112kg-83, agency: BeoBasket). He has played for the last two years at Anadolu Efes (BSL). In 2002 Krstic was drafted by New Jersey Nets (NBA) in first round (24th overall). Among other achievements his team won Turkish Cup in 2015. Krstic received also Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League 2nd Team award in 2015. He represented Serbia at the European... [read more]
Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul (BSL) strengthened their roster with addition of 33-year old Serbian ex-international center Nenad Krstic (212-112kg-83, agency: BeoBasket). He has played for the last two years at Anadolu Efes (BSL). In 2002 Krstic was drafted by New Jersey Nets (NBA) in first round (24th overall). Among other achievements his team won Turkish Cup in 2015. Krstic received also Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League 2nd Team award in 2015. He represented Serbia at the European Championships in Slovenia three years ago. His stats at that event were 10 games: 15.4ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 53.2%, FT: 63.3%. Krstic has played also professionally in Russia (CSKA Moscow and Zenit), NBA (Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets and Oklahoma City Thunder) and Serbia (Partizan). The scouts decsribe him following way:
Very long... Very good mobility... Talented offensive player... Good touch around the rim... Nice mid-range shot... Lacks defensive toughness...
Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul (BSL) agreed terms with 28-year old American forward Austin Daye (211-92kg-88, college: Gonzaga, agency: Alti Sport). He played last season at Al Manama in Bahrain Premier League. He helped them to make it to the final. Daye also played for VL Pesaro (Serie A) in Italian league that season. In 21 games he was the best scorer with impressive 21.2ppg and averaged 9.0rpg (#2 in the league), 1.9apg, 1.6spg and 1.1bpg. A very spectacular season in his career a... [read more]
Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul (BSL) agreed terms with 28-year old American forward Austin Daye (211-92kg-88, college: Gonzaga, agency: Alti Sport). He played last season at Al Manama in Bahrain Premier League. He helped them to make it to the final. Daye also played for VL Pesaro (Serie A) in Italian league that season. In 21 games he was the best scorer with impressive 21.2ppg and averaged 9.0rpg (#2 in the league), 1.9apg, 1.6spg and 1.1bpg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Import Player of the Year, Forward of the Year and named to 1st Team. He also spent pre-season at the Cavaliers in NBA that year. The previous (14-15) season Daye played at the Hawks in NBA. In 8 games he had 3.3ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.0apg. The other team Daye played that season for was Erie Bay Hawks in D-League. In 10 games he recorded very remarkable stats: 16.0ppg, 7.0rpg, 2.5apg and 1.1bpg. Another team Daye played that season for were the Spurs in NBA. In 24 games he recorded 4.0ppg and 2.5rpg. In 2009 Daye was drafted by Detroit Pistons (NBA) in first round (15th overall). The former Gonzaga University standoutis in his eighth season in pro basketball. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his college team won WCC Tournament in 2009. Daye was also voted HS Sea View League Player of the Year, CIF-Southern Section Division I Player of the Year and calhisports.com first-team All-State back in 2007. He has played also professionally in Russia (Khimky), NBA (Atlanta Hawks, San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors and Memphis Grizzlies) and D-League (Austin Spurs).
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