1) Coach Stevan Cupic , this is your 3rd year in Hungary. How have you find this latest season in Hungary? Coming from Serbia, what do u like about Hungary?
I knew a lot about Hungarian basketball from before because I, as a young player, and later as a coach participated in many tournaments in the country. Also, a lot of my coach friends worked here, so I received information from them. I owe a big gratitude to my good friend Laszlo Ratgeber, on whose recommendation I took last and the current club.
2) Having coached abroad, not only in your home country of Serbia, but also in Hungary,what is your view of the level of play across the different regions?
There are many differences in the level of basketball in my country, and in Hungary. In Serbia mostly younger unknown players perform, and all those that are better go abroad. In Hungary, There are many of experienced players and also almost every team has about three international players. I think that the most obvious difference, is the mentality that is very different, however, in Serbia since childhood they develop a hunger for victory while here it must be learned and cherish.
3) What is your take on recent rule changes? For example. Defensive 3 seconds, or the moving blocks that become prevalent in almost every league imaginable, Can you tell us more on that?
Basketball every day progresses and it is necessary to monitor innovations as more and more rules are being adopted from the NBA league. We, coaches are forced to constantly educate ourselves, and also try, with our colleague judges, to find solutions to deal with the new rules and find ways to blend in without any problem.
4) How much the great improvement was up to hard work and how much it was up to mentality?
Each hard and good work , must bring results. The only question is the length of time adjusting the team on the court and his demands, but we know that every team has a limit to which it can progress. The hardest thing is to install winning mentality into the team, it is a job that requires psychological work when you manage to convince your players that they are the best and that no one is invincible, the job becomes much easier, there is a collection of work effort that you have previously invested. 5) What are you plans for this season 2012/2013?
Plans for this season with my team are to have as much as possible wins and in the playoffs to avoid fallout from the league. We are well on track to achieve that. We started from scratch, building a new team, with a lot of young players, with the help of several experienced natives. My biggest wish is to create in young players a winning mentality, so that we can progress as a team in the following years.
6) How you can help a player when the player loses a confidence or have bad games? What would u suggest to the player what to do? The only thing I ask of the player is to work harder and to believe in themselves . It's hard after a series of bad games to find the right way to move up the hill. For me the player must see that the coach believes in her, and in their work. I think that only a strong player and hard work can overcome the crisis, and also with the full support of the coach.
7) All the clubs in Hungary have some international experienced player. You are the only team in Hungary with domestic players.How do u manage to play this strong league without foreigners?
It's not easy to play against opponents which in their ranks have three great players which bring advantage on the court. Sometimes it is very difficult to prepare for a game that you know in advance has been lost, it is difficult to motivate the team to play a match where there are not many chances. But even so, this season we have beaten two teams from the top rank, which means that I believe in my work.
8) Any other closing thoughts?
Basketball is my life, and I enjoy it and every day spent in the court I experience as a blessing. The court where there is no fraud, and where the only real, true, hard work comes to the fore.
Thank you for you time Coach. Eurobasket and Tamara Ruzic wish you all the best for the rest of the season.
Our interview is a Serbian coach, Slavoljub Gorunovic. He was, until recently, the Head Coach for female section of ASE (Amal Sportive Essaouira), current champion of Morocco and Winner of Throne Cup in 2015. 1. Mr. Gorunovic, you were a coach of ASE from Essaouira. What is your experience that you brought from there? -I took over the female section of ASE at the end of March. The team was pretty shaken. After the great results they had last season, in this one they were in the bottom pa... [read more]
Our interview is a Serbian coach, Slavoljub Gorunovic. He was, until recently, the Head Coach for female section of ASE (Amal Sportive Essaouira), current champion of Morocco and Winner of Throne Cup in 2015.
1. Mr. Gorunovic, you were a coach of ASE from Essaouira. What is your experience that you brought from there? -I took over the female section of ASE at the end of March. The team was pretty shaken. After the great results they had last season, in this one they were in the bottom part of the league, with win-lose ratio 3-3. I woke the team up, we started to practice intensively, I brought some new things in the team's defense, I rise their aggressiveness, which all together resulted in ASE playing modern basketball. Reaction from the players was excellent and already in the first game we demonstrated that on one game, away against a strong team Etudiant in Tetouan, which we won with 97:62. We continued in the same light on another away game against CCH in the cup, which we win 64:43.
2.What happened then? -To my great sadness, the team was already getting into some troubles. That reflected on general atmosphere, players started to go to practices less often and their commitment wasn't on the same level. In that state, we played against a leading team FAR in Rabat, which was dominant in the whole league at the time. That was nobody's game right up until the end when we had a clear situation to score and to come to -3. But we made a mistake and we paid for it and result was -7. After that the game ended FAR-ASE 75:64. If we didn't have the problems that we did I am convinced that we would have won that game too.
3. Did ASE find a solution to those problems? -I continued to pull out the maximum from the team. We won the second placed team Kenitra 52:39 on their court. Kenitra won the first game in Essaouira with 27 points of difference. Then we went into the semifinals of the Cup by winning against WSS 61:44, and then 45:30. On both of these games Tierra Henderson and Krystle Henderson, the best players, were not in the roster.
4. What was the epilogue of these events? -Team's management offered me an amicable termination of the contract in a situation where they could not guarantee a normal functioning of ASE, and I had to accept. I am proud of everything that I did for my short time as the head coach of ASE in those hard times. Statistically, I had a win lose ratio 5-1, of those 6 games only on was on our field, we had an average +15, and we received average 49 points. I am convinced that we could have won both the championship and the Cup if we had the conditions to fulfill the coaching plan. I want to wish a lot of luck to my former club!
5. What are your plans? -In Morocco as well as some Europeans countries, I made some contacts for my possible job in a male or a female team in the next season, because I deserved respect for my work in Morocco. I only want for my future team to have the conditions that are necessary and players that are willing to work hard and achieve the greatest possible goals and further develop their own quality of basketball.
6. How important is individual work to you? -I am convinced that hard work during the season and especially during the off season, is the key to success of every top player. That is what the EX Yu is famous for and Serbia specifically. Multi-hour practices focused on speeding up and automation in doing all the technical elements prevail. From my experience the individual work that I did in Serbia, Russia, Montenegro, Turkey, always rise the efficiency of my players. I am already looking forward to working with those players that are willing to spend their summer working individually with me. I don't want to sound pretentious but a good example of that devotion is my son Mateja Gorunovic. Imagine a kid that spends his time at the variety of multi hour practices for a few years, that just now turned 14 years old. That is all possible and you can check that out on Youtube on his videos. This is not an advertisement, this is a call, especially to younger basketball players, to realize that only hard work can bring top notch results.
7. What is your opinion of Eurobasket.com ? -I want to compliment Eurobasket.com as a great treasure of basketball knowledge in just one place. I use it daily, and there isn't a day where I don't visit that site. I use it primarily as a basketball news outlet for any country and any club that I am interested in. Keep up the good work!
8. Do you have something to add at the end? -Basketball has no limits. The language of basketball is the same, no matter the continent, sex, country. If someone truly wants to devote to basketball, only limit is the sky.
Let me thank to Coach Slavoljub Gorunovic on his time and for this interview and wish him a lot of luck in his career.
Nikolina Milic (ex Cagliari CUS) agreed terms with Castors Braine - May 20, 2016
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Mithra Castors Braine (Division I) strengthened their roster with addition of 22-year old Bosnian-Serbian center Nikolina Milic (191-94, agency: LBM Management). She played most recently at C.U.S. Cagliari in Italian Serie A1. In 26 games she recorded very impressive stats: 18.2ppg, 10.0rpg and 1.7spg last season. Great year indeed as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Italian A1 Honorable Mention. The previous (14-15) season Milic played at Gesam Gas Le Mura Lucca (Serie A1) in Italy. I... [read more]
Mithra Castors Braine (Division I) strengthened their roster with addition of 22-year old Bosnian-Serbian center Nikolina Milic (191-94, agency: LBM Management). She played most recently at C.U.S. Cagliari in Italian Serie A1. In 26 games she recorded very impressive stats: 18.2ppg, 10.0rpg and 1.7spg last season. Great year indeed as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Italian A1 Honorable Mention. The previous (14-15) season Milic played at Gesam Gas Le Mura Lucca (Serie A1) in Italy. In 27 games she averaged 11.5ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.7spg in 2014-15 season. She helped them to make it to the supercup final. Milic ended the previous (13-14) season at Radivoj Korac (1 ZLS) in Serbian league. In 11 games she averaged 6.5ppg and 3.5rpg in 2013-14 season. She contributed to her team winning the league title and the cup. Great season indeed as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League 2nd Team. But the most of that year she spent at Radnicki (1 ZLS) in Serbian league. In 22 games she averaged remarkable 16.7ppg, 9.5rpg (#2 in the league), 1.1spg and 2.1bpg in 2013-14 season. A very good year in her career as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League 2nd Team. Milic represented Bosnia at the European Championships U18 Division B for Women in Timisoara (Romania) six years ago. Her stats at that event were 7 games: 7.3ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.0apg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 45.9%, FT: 44.7%. Milic has played previously professionally in Bosnia (Borac Zvonko, Trebinje and Bosnia and Herzegovina Women U16 Nat.T.) and Serbia (Radnicki Kragujevac).
Marina Markovic (ex Azkoitia) joins Keltern - May 18, 2016
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Gruner Stern Keltern (DBBL) agreed terms with 25-year old Serbian ex-international swingman Marina Markovic (185-91). She played last season at Azkoitia in Spanish LFB league. In 26 games she had 12.8ppg, 7.2rpg, 2.1apg and 1.1spg. The previous (2015) summer Markovic played at Talleres Atletico (Torneo Federal) in Argentinian league. In 15 games she was fourth best scorer with impressive 16.8ppg and averaged 9.5rpg (#5 in the league), 2.7apg and 2.4spg in 2015 season. A very spectacular y... [read more]
Gruner Stern Keltern (DBBL) agreed terms with 25-year old Serbian ex-international swingman Marina Markovic (185-91). She played last season at Azkoitia in Spanish LFB league. In 26 games she had 12.8ppg, 7.2rpg, 2.1apg and 1.1spg. The previous (2015) summer Markovic played at Talleres Atletico (Torneo Federal) in Argentinian league. In 15 games she was fourth best scorer with impressive 16.8ppg and averaged 9.5rpg (#5 in the league), 2.7apg and 2.4spg in 2015 season. A very spectacular year in her career as she was named to Latinbasket.com All-Argentinian Liga Nacional 3rd Team. The most of previous (14-15) season she spent at Gernika Bizkaia (LFB) in Spain. In 13 games she recorded 3.6ppg and 1.8rpg in 2014-15 season. Markovic also played at Union Lyon Basket Feminin (LFB) in French league that season. In 11 games she recorded 5.6ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.5apg and 1.0spg in 2014-15 season. In 13-14 season she played at Sumadija (1 ZLS) in Serbian league. In 9 games she recorded very remarkable stats: 16.0ppg, 11.9rpg, 3.2apg and 3.4spg in 2013-14 season. In 12-13 season Markovic played at Mladi Krajisnik in Bosnia and Herzegovina league. In 7 Adriatic League games she recorded 14.4ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.1spg in 2012-13 season. She won Serbian B League championship title in 2012. Markovic was also a member of Serbian international program for some years. She played for Serbian Senior National Team two years ago and previously for U20 National Team between 2010 and 2012. Markovic represented Serbia at the World Championships for Women in Turkey two years ago. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 0.8ppg, 1.0rpg. Markovic has played also professionally for other Serbian teams like ZKK Vrsac, Radivoj Korac, Kovin and Sumadija Kragujevac.
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