Eurobasket had the pleasure of sitting with Montepaschi Siena superstar - Bobby Brown (188-PG-84, college: CS Fullerton)
1. What kind of man is Bobby Brown in private life? I am A hard-working man, family guy. I miss my family a lot, I talk with them a LOT, I think I am positive guy, I love to laugh, I love to be around people, IM A PEOPLE PERSON JUST A FUN LOVING GUY.
2. Do you like Italian lifestyle? The country and the people? Obviously, I like it a lot. I like this city, also other: Florence, Rome. The food here is amazing, I love Italian food. Shopping here is great. Life in Italy is real good taking the countries I played in this is one of the top.
3. In Montepaschi Siena you replaced GRANDE Bo McCalebb, who won Euroleague Alphonso Ford Throphy last season. Was it a big challenge for you? Yeah, definitely it was a big challenge when I come here. My agent told me before I came here: U know U are going to Siena replacing a good player Bo McCalleb, you have to fill those shoes, are U ready for this challenge? And I told them I was, we made the deal complete. I came here, I tried to play hard, try to be consistent and help the team win. So far, things have been going good.
4. Few weeks ago U had opportunity to play against Bo, and both you and your team played better than him and Montepaschi. What was your teams attitude to that game? And what was your approach? It was a big motivation for us to go there and play in tough environment and try to win. We know all the things as far as coaching, they were understanding both, switching teams We came out victorious, it was a big win for us. We were happy and pround. I think it was a big motivation for everybody to try win this game.
5. You have played for Polish Champions Asseco Prokom Gdynia in 2010, how do you recall this period? It wasnt really successful season for U, was it? Definitely, it wasnt good season for me. It was a tough one for me that season or half a season I played. my euroleague experience wasnt so great. But I think it motivated me to prove everybody to get back to that level, and show people who complained. You know when I left there, I cleared my mind and said I wanna be a complete player and show people I can play this game and I can play on this level. That was my motivation.
6. Few weeks ago U have been to Gdynia again. How did it feel like? I felt good going back to Gdynia. I've been playing for a while since that happened and I think I let it all out on the court and I tried to win the game as much as possible. That was definitely motivational game for me given the situation I was in. and that was fine.
7. Is there anything you particularly miss from Poland? Not really. There was freezing cold there. But I miss some of Polish teammates I kind of miss there were some good guys, they showed me around the city and are definitely good friends of mine.
8. How would you summarize your time in NBA? In which team have U felt the best? My NBA experience was amazing. It was the best job Ive ever had. NBA is a like the best job ever. I get to be at home and play in front of my family in LA. But the best experience was when I played was New Orleans. We had a great coach, a balanced guy, he showed me the ropes, taught me lot of stuff on how to be complete point guard on and off the court, maturity things, it's definitely being like brothers for me. But I have to say New orleans was the best experience.
9. European basketball is very different than American, isnt it? Which style do you prefer? I prefer NBA style. There is a lot more room to operate as far as a point guard. It's easier for guards like myself to create more than in European game.
10. Uve been chosen MVP of the week three times this season, U scored 41 points against Fenerbahce. There are some gossips that U will go back to NBA after this season. Is there any chance for it? Well have to see in summer. If there is a chance for me to go back to NBA that would be great for me and my family, but if there is a great chance for me come back play on a Euroleague team or come back to Siena, that would be great as well. I will have to see what happens in the summertime. So far, its looking ok for both situations.
11. What do you do in your spare time? What are your passions? Spare time I sleep a lot, I eat a lot, and I am watching a lot of movies. I have a Play station 3 but I really dont play it that much. Usually just watching music, surfing the web, do some online shopping, but mainly sleeping a lot.
12. Your favorite team? Basketball team I really dont have a favorite team, I follow all my buddies that play different teams.
13. Movie? My favorite movie right now it Dark night rises The new Batman movie. I watched it again for the fourth time last night.. it's pretty good.
14. What kind of music do listen to? I listen to all music alternative, hip-hop, rap,R&B, I dont listen country music, but I will allow it a bit. I listen to all genres.
15. U play with no 6 on ur shirt. Is it your favorite number? Does this number have any meaning for U ? Yeah, It does. My first professional number in Berlin, and we won championship this time. So I got It again and hopefully we'll win championship again. I also had it in NBA as well, but it's definitely because it's my first professional number. My favorite number is number 3, but they didn't have it here.
16. Who is your idol on the court? And out of the court? Ben Davis, he's retired now. when he played he was my idol. I grew up watching him playing in LA. And definitely playing pick-up and 1-on-1 with him was a big help for me. He's my idol. Out of court my dad, hes been there for me since I was a little kid, since I was born. He showed me the difference between the right and wrong, respecting people. Just being an adult, being respectable kid growing up. He showed me the ropes, he taught me a lot and he's always been one of my big fans him and my mum that's who I look up to.
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.
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]
CSKA Moscow won the 2016 Euroleague title, beating 101-96 in an amazing final game the Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul. The men of coach Itoudis started really good the game, closing the first half with 20 points of advantage. In the last quarter the Turkish completed an amazing combeback from -16, reaching the overtime and missing the winner shot. CSKA won the game in the extra-time, with the points of Teodosic (19) and the Final MVP Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) (21). Too many error from the free... [read more]
CSKA Moscow won the 2016 Euroleague title, beating 101-96 in an amazing final game the Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul. The men of coach Itoudis started really good the game, closing the first half with 20 points of advantage. In the last quarter the Turkish completed an amazing combeback from -16, reaching the overtime and missing the winner shot. CSKA won the game in the extra-time, with the points of Teodosic (19) and the Final MVP Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) (21). Too many error from the free throw line for the men of coach Obradovic, not enough the effort at offensive rebound and 5 men in double digit. CSKA can celebrate the title number 7, after the last victory in 2008, under the eyes of 12250 fans at Mercedes-Benz Arena of Berlin.
Starting five Fenerbahce: Bogdanovic, Sloukas, Vesely, Kalinic, Datome CSKA: De Colo, Vorontsevich, Higgins, Kurbanov, Hines
The first points of the Final are for De Colo, Kalinic and Hines. Datome scores with the foul, Higgins answers by 3 but Bogdanovic finds two points, after the offensive rebound, for the 8-7 Fener after 3 minutes. Thanks to the great start of the Italian forward the Turkish team is on +4, but with a personal partial of 5-0 it's Vorontsevich to give to his team the first advantage of the game. Teodosic is ready from the bench with the 3-points shot, Vesely and Datome find the tie but Higgins scores again from the distance for the 20-15 CSKA. Hickman completes the 2+1 play, Udoh blocks but the first quarter ends 22-20 with the basket of Khryapa. Moscow tries to increase the gap starting the second quarter, but with Dixon and the free throws the men of Obradovic are again ahed 27-26, before the basket of the regular season MVP and the dunks of Vorontsevich and Kurbanov, forcing the Turkish timeout. Teodisc scores by 3 for the 35-29, CSKA loses an important possession but it's always in control, thanks to the points from the corner of De Colo (40-30 at 17'). With an amazing defense and the great offensive work CSKA reaches the 20-points lead, closing 50-30 the first half with a 13-0 open partial. Fener tries the reaction with Vesely, but Hines answers with the basket and the additional free throw. Vorontsevich sets the block on the Czech center, CSKA loses three consecutive balls and Istanbul back on -17, despite the errors of Vesely from the free throws line (1/10). Sloukas scores two times in penetration, Antic tries to help his team but CSKA keeps away the opponents with the couple De Colo-Teodosic (65-48 with 90 seconds to play). The baskets of Jackson and Dixon close the third period, 69-53 for the Russian. Udoh opens the last quarter of the season with the dunk in tap-in, correcting his error. Khryapa is perfect from the corner, the Nigerian center dunks again thanks to the assist by Datome and with Antic the Turkish team is away 'only' 12 points. Dixon with the steal, Vorontsevich with block and Udoh with the basket for the 74-64 at 34'. The Russian forward commits his fifth foul on Datome (2/2) but it's Khryapa to find the 3-pointers for the new +11. The Italian player answers with the same coin, Antic is perfect from the free throw line and is 77-71 with 5 minutes left. Udoh dunk after the basket of Hines, Dixon it's magic with the offensive rebound and the 3-pointers for the -3, turning on the many Fenerbahce fans in Berlin. CSKA grabs an important offensive rebound but loses the ball, Kalinic makes the same across but De Colo miss his shot cause the great defense of Udoh. Dixon in penetration scores for the 78-79, Teodosic finds De Colo with a perfect assist, and CSKA is now on +3 with 50 seconds to play and timeout on the court. Dixon scores an amazing 3-points shot for the tie, De Colo loses the possession in penetration and Sloukas is perfect from the free throws line for the 83-81. Khryapa in tap-in sets again the tie, leaving just 1.9 seconds to the Fener attack. Udoh miss the last shot and it's overtime in Berlin! Sloukas scores immediately by 3, De Colo reduces the distance with the free throws and Higgins finds two points in fast-break for the 87-86. Bogdanovic for the overtaking, Teodosic with the great assist for Hines and De Colo in penetration for the 91-88 with 2 minutes to the end. Udoh converts the assist of Datome, De Colo is cold with the free throws and, after the error of the Italian, Hines scores in tap-in for the +5. Khryapa blocks Kalinic, the seasonal MVP scores again after the foul and the 3-pointers of Dixon is for the -4, with only 30 seconds on the clock. Teodosic converts other two free throws, Datome scores by 3 but De Colo closes the game, 101-96 and CSKA is the 2016 Euroleague champion.
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