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.
According to Israeli media. powerhouse Maccabi Tel Aviv shows strong interest in Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-F/C-1984). The Greek center is coming from a huge year with AEK Athens when he dominated Eurocup contest averaging 24.2 PTS (53.7% 2PT- 42.4% 3PT- 85.7% 1PT) 9.7 REB- 2.8 AST- 1.2 STL. He also had 13.9 PTS and 6.4 REB in Greek League. Mavrokefalidis is in Maccabi Tel Aviv radar the last two years and the yellows tried unsuccessfully to acquire him twice. [read more]
According to Israeli media. powerhouse Maccabi Tel Aviv shows strong interest in Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-F/C-1984). The Greek center is coming from a huge year with AEK Athens when he dominated Eurocup contest averaging 24.2 PTS (53.7% 2PT- 42.4% 3PT- 85.7% 1PT) 9.7 REB- 2.8 AST- 1.2 STL. He also had 13.9 PTS and 6.4 REB in Greek League. Mavrokefalidis is in Maccabi Tel Aviv radar the last two years and the yellows tried unsuccessfully to acquire him twice.
Antanas Kavaliauskas agreed terms with Zalgiris - 6 days ago
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Defending champion B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (LKL) strengthened their roster with addition of 32-year old international center Antanas Kavaliauskas (208-114kg-84, college: Texas A&M, agency: Interperformances). He has played for the last two years at Lietuvos rytas in the LKL. In 40 games he recorded 10.8ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.8apg last season. Kavaliauskas helped them to win the cup and make to league semifinals. Great season indeed as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL Center of the... [read more]
Defending champion B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (LKL) strengthened their roster with addition of 32-year old international center Antanas Kavaliauskas (208-114kg-84, college: Texas A&M, agency: Interperformances). He has played for the last two years at Lietuvos rytas in the LKL. In 40 games he recorded 10.8ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.8apg last season. Kavaliauskas helped them to win the cup and make to league semifinals. Great season indeed as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL Center of the Year and voted to 1st Team and voted to All-Domestic Players Team. Kavaliauskas also played 7 games in Eurocup where he averaged 10.3ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.4apg. Among other achievements Kavaliauskas won Latvian League championship title for two years in a row (2012 and 2013). He received also Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL Player of the Year award in 2015. Kavaliauskas has been also a member of Lithuanian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Lithuanian senior team since 2012 and previously for U21 National Team back in 2005. Kavaliauskas also represented Lithuania at the European Championships last year. His team won Silver and his stats at that event were 6 games: 4.3ppg, 3.2rpg. Kavaliauskas is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Greece (Panionios and Kavala), Italy (Juvecaserta and CZG Veroli), Spain (Dominion Bilbao Basket) and Latvia (VEF Riga). Kavaliauskas attended Texas A&M University until 2007 and it will be his tenth season in pro basketball.
Galatasaray lands Justin Dentmon, ex Sichuan BW - 7 days ago
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Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul (BSL) tabbed 31-year old American ex-international point guard Justin Dentmon (183-85kg-85, college: Washington). He played most recently at Sichuan Blue Whales in Chinese CBA league. In 48 games he averaged impressive 24.8ppg, 4.4rpg, 4.5apg and 1.4spg last season. Dentmon helped them to win the league title despite they ended the regular season at the second place. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese... [read more]
Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul (BSL) tabbed 31-year old American ex-international point guard Justin Dentmon (183-85kg-85, college: Washington). He played most recently at Sichuan Blue Whales in Chinese CBA league. In 48 games he averaged impressive 24.8ppg, 4.4rpg, 4.5apg and 1.4spg last season. Dentmon helped them to win the league title despite they ended the regular season at the second place. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese CBA Honorable Mention. The previous (10-11) season he played at another team Texas Legends in U.S. semi-pro league D-League. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and Dentmon had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 46 games he recorded very remarkable stats: 18.7ppg, 3.4rpg, 4.3apg and 1.5spg. He contributed to his team winning the Dominican Rep. LNB South Division title. A very impressive season as he was selected to Gatorade All-D-League Honorable Mention and Latinbasket.com All-Panamerican Games Honorable Mention. In 2010 (a year after he left the college) Texas Legends selected him as fourth overall pick in D-League draft. The former University of Washington standout He graduated his college in 2009 andis in his eighth season in pro basketball. Dentmon has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League this summer. Among other achievements he received 2011-2012 All-United States Awards (Voted by All USA Sports Reporters) Player of the Year award and 2011-2012 All-United States Awards (Voted by All USA Sports Reporters) Point Guard of the Year award back in 2012. Dentmon also represented USA at the Panamerican Games in Guadalajara (Mexico) five years ago. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 5 games: 9.2ppg, Assists-5 (3.2apg), FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 85.7%. Dentmon is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life in eight different countries playing on four different continents. He is familiar with European, Asian, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Dentmon has played previously professionally also in Israel (Hapoel Afula), Italy, Lithuania (Zalgiris), Puerto Rico (Capitanes), Venezuela, NBA (New Orleans Pelicans, Dallas Mavericks, San Antonio Spurs and Toronto Raptors) and D-League (Austin Spurs). Let's have closer look into His outlook: (by Netanel Dahan)
A very good scoring combo guard, started his first 2 years for U-Washington as a PG with Brandon Roy, and spent his last 2 years at the shooting guard spot. Lighting quick. A prolific scorer who can make a lot of points in short amount of time and "shoot the lights out" even at the elite level. Very handful player with great ball handling skills and control. Has an incredible athleticism for his size. Great shooter from every range. Makes good use of spin dribble and screens to score or kick out. He is very tough, strong and confident, and has no fear at all to face tall defenders although he is small for good and bad. He is a good penetrator and drives both ways although it seems he prefers more to drive to the right always looking for contact. An amazing 1 on 1 player very hard to stop even at the very high level-very creative and versatile.
A solid passer (3rd all time assists leader for U-Washington) with good court vision. As for his defense he is a good stealer (2nd all time steals leader for U-Washington) and has very strong legs, quick hands, and quick footwork but it seems that he needs to a little more aggressive or put little more effort to guard NBA players on daily base. His shot selection also can be little better. His brother Bruce Barron committed to Oregon after getting 89 rating from ESPN and being nominated to McDonalds All America.
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