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.
Big man Stefan Nastic (211-C-92, college: Stanford) is no longer a member of Crvena Zvezda Telekom Beograd. He and the ABA League champions have agreed to terminate their cooperation on mutual consent. The player arrived to Belgrade before the beginning of the season from the NCAA. Previously he was a member of Stanford University. This season he did not get a major role in the red and white team. In the ABA League he only appeared in 7 games. He averaged 3.3 points and 2 rebounds per c... [read more]
The player arrived to Belgrade before the beginning of the season from the NCAA. Previously he was a member of Stanford University.
This season he did not get a major role in the red and white team. In the ABA League he only appeared in 7 games. He averaged 3.3 points and 2 rebounds per contest in the regional competition. The player has already left Belgrade and moved to the USA.
According to sources Anadolu Efes Istanbul will take their ex-coach Velimir Perasovic from Laboral Kutxa Vitoria for the next season. Croatian specialist passed a great season with Spanish powerhouse. They wrote a successfull story and attended the Final Four after 8 years in club history. The coach builded a effective roster within a reasonable cost model of budget. Coach Perasovic's first adventure at Anadolu Efes Istanbul is for 2010-11 season and after the bad results the coach resig... [read more]
According to sources Anadolu Efes Istanbul will take their ex-coach Velimir Perasovic from Laboral Kutxa Vitoria for the next season. Croatian specialist passed a great season with Spanish powerhouse. They wrote a successfull story and attended the Final Four after 8 years in club history. The coach builded a effective roster within a reasonable cost model of budget. Coach Perasovic's first adventure at Anadolu Efes Istanbul is for 2010-11 season and after the bad results the coach resigned from the club before the season ended.
----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Player: 196-G 1985-1986: Split (1T) 1986-1987: Split (1T) 1987-1988: Split (1T) 1988-1989: Split (1T) 1989-1990: Split (1T) 1990-1991: Split (1T) 1991-1992: Split (1T) 1992-1993: Lugo (Spain,1T): $0.3mln: Score-1 (24.5), Steals-3 1993-1994: Taugres Vitoria (Spain,1T): Score-5 (21.9) 1994-1995: Taugres Vitoria (Spain,1T) 1995-1996: Taugres Vitoria (Spain,1T) 1996-1997: Taugres Vitoria (Spain,1T) 1997-1998: Fuenlabrada Madrid (Spain-ACB): Score-2 (24) 1998-1999: Fuenlabrada Madrid (Spain-LEB): Score-1 (22.5), 2.9apg 1999-2000: Fuenlabrada Madrid (Spain): Score-1 (22.4), 2.3rpg, 2.6apg 2000-2001: Fuenlabrada Madrid (Spain): Score-1 (22.9), 1.7rpg, 3.3apg, "3"-1 (46.3%) 2001-2002: Fuenlabrada Madrid (Spain): Saporta Cup: 12 games: 23.8ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.9apg, 1.0spg: got injured in Jan.'02; ACB Regular Season stats: 33 games: 22.4ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.4apg 2002-2003: Lucentum Alicante (Spain-ACB): 34 games: 17.9ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.7apg ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Achievements: Yugoslavian National Team -86-91 Yugoslavian League Champion -88-91 Yugoslavian Cup -90,91 Croatian Cup -92 World Championships -90 (1) European Championships -91 (1), 93 (3), 95 (3) Croatian National Team -92,93,95-96 Olympic Games -92 (2),96 EuroCup Winner -89-91,96 Spanish ACB All-Stars -92 All-Spain ACB Imports 1st Team -99,00 Spanish ACB All-Stars Game -00,01,02 Korac Cup Quarterfinals -02 Spanish ACB Quarterfinals -02 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sport Director: 2003-2004: BC Split ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Head Coach: 2004-2005: Caja San Fernando Sevilla (Spain-ACB), fired in Mar.'05 2005-2006: Tau Ceramica Vitoria (Spain-ACB), hired in Dec.'05 2006-2007: Tau Ceramica Vitoria (Spain-ACB), left in March'07 because of helth problem 2007-2008: MMT Estudiantes Madrid (Spain-ACB) 2008: In June signed a 2-year contract with KK Cibona VIP Zagreb 2008-2009: KK Cibona VIP Zagreb (A1) 2009-2010: KK Cibona VIP Zagreb (A1) 2010-2011: Efes Pilsen Istanbul (Turkey-TBL), left in March'11 2011-2012: Valencia Basket (Spain-ACB), hired in Jan.'12 2012-2013: Valencia Basket (Spain-Liga Endesa) 2013-2014: Valencia Basket (Spain-Liga Endesa) 2014-2015: Valencia Basket (Spain-Liga Endesa), left in Jan.'15 2015-2016: Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Vitoria (Spain-Liga Endesa) 2016 - extended the contract with Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Vitoria (Spain-Liga Endesa) for one more season ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Awards/Achievements: Croatian Cup Winner -04 Spanish Cup (Copa del Rey) Winner -06 Euroleague Semifinals -06, 16 Spanish ACB Regular Season Runner-Up -06 Spanish ACB Finalist -06 Spanish ACB Supercup Winner -06 Adriatic League Regular Season Runner-Up -09 Adriatic League Finalist -09, 10 Croatian A1 League Regular Season Champion -09, 10 Croatian A1 League Champion -09, 10 Croatian Cup (Kresimir Cosic Cup) Winner -09 Croatian Cup (Kresimir Cosic Cup) Finalist -10 Adriatic League Regular Season Champion -10 Eurobasket.com All-Croatian A1 League Coach of the Year -10 Turkish President Cup Winner -10 Eurocup Finalist -12 Spanish ACB Semifinals -12 Spanish ACB Supercup Semifinals -13 Spanish Cup (Copa del Rey) Finalist -13 EuroCup Semifinals -13 Spanish Cup (Cope del Rey) Semifinals -14 Spanish Liga Endesa Regular Season Runner-Up -14 Spanish Liga Endesa Semifinals -14 Head Coach: Croatian National Team -15 European Championships -15 Spanish Cup (Copa del Rey) Semifinals -16 Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Coach of the Year -16
Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Awards 2016 - May 16, 2016
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Finals MVP: Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) of CSKA; Player of the Year: Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) of CSKA; Guard of the Year: Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) of CSKA; Forward of the Year: Jan Vesely (213-C/F-90) of Fener.Ulker; Center of the Year: Ioannis Bourousis (212-C-83) of Laboral Kutxa; Alphonso Ford Trophy: Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) of CSKA; European Player of the Year: Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) of CSKA; Import of the Year: Malcolm Delaney (191-G-89) of Lokomotiv; [read more]
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