Interview with a new Head Coach of BC Donetsk - Aug 27, 2012
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Eurobasket.com had a chance to speak with new Head Coach of BC Donetsk, Vlada Jovanovic, before 2012-13 season started and asked him few questions:
Vlada, you joined the team where three foreign players were already signed (Ivan Radenovic, Vojdan Stojanovski and Ramel Curry). More than that, it was just a few days ago when Donetsk signed new player. Before this the only freshman in the team was Doron Perkins. Usually clubs prefer to finish with all transfers before the start of pre-season camps.
Of course everybody wants to have final roster already in the end of July, but its not an easy thing to do. Those players that were really interesting for us would sign a contract with Ukrainian club in the beginning of summer only having overpaid numbers in that contract. And for us that is not acceptable. I need players who ready to work hard but not just a journeyman who came for easy money.
Believe me even now when Europe is still surviving after crisis, top-level players first search options in Spain, Italy or Turkey and only then check east.
Why did you choose Perkins as the first player to bring into the team?
I started to follow Doron long ago and in the middle of last season tried to sign him for Partisan. Perkins is the player who can be very helpful both in defense and in offense. He is point guard that naturally feels the game and has anthropometrics (height, power, long hands) that give him visible advantage over any opponent on both sides of the court.
More than that, deal with Perkins was important for us in terms of the future selection. If you manage to sign one high rated player in your team it becomes much easier to persuade other potential freshman. To be honest, Im not sure that for example DOr Fisher would prefer Donetsk to ACB teams if we would not have Doron here, who is one of his best friends.
You mentioned Fisher. What will be his role in the system of Vlada Jovanovic?
DOr is well-known as a defensive player. Fisher is the one who can be the base of our teams defense. On the other side I know his great offensive potential. His speed and good middle range shot will definitely give benefits to whole team in offence.
To continue with selection. Did you have an idea to refuse services of the foreign players that were signed before you appeared in the club?
Absolutely not. First of all I think it doesnt have sense to break the bone of the champions roster. Ivan Radenovic was one of the key players in system of Sasa Obradovic and I also expect a lot from him. As for Vojdan Stojanovski I must remind the fact that he was the most effective player of the Superleague finals, and this speaks for itself. I think it was a great decision to re-sign him before the start of the play-offs for the next season. That is an example of farsightedness that helped the club to safe the money.
What about Ramel Curry?
Re-signing Ramel was agreed with me. He was two times in a raw announced Superleague MVP, and he achieved that title with two different teams. This player knows the league, he is calm and coolheaded. I know that Sasa Obradovic doesnt like to be depended on one player, that is why last year minutes were sheared evenly with good rotation among 9-10 players. And even in this circumstances Curry proved to be the best scorer in the Eurocup.
Will Donetsk start the season having just five foreign players or we should expect one more foreigner?
We still search for player on position four. But that must be not another Ivan Radenovic. We need to bring more physicality to the team. It would be great to find the player with consistent long-range shot. Ideally it must be European player but unfortunately at this moment there are very few of such type of the players on the market.
Dont you afraid to have such a number of foreign players in your team? In Partisan you never had so many of them.
Actually youre not right. If you remember in season 2010/11 I had Nathan Jawai, James Gist, Curtis Jerrells and Jan Vesel. And I always check every player very scrupulously. It is my philosophy to have solid team of true personalities and I would never stand egoists or narcissists.
To compare this year and last year Donetsk rosters one can say that the team increased its salary budget.
I dont want to speak about financial part. Club gave me an exact budget that I can use to reach the goals we have. I must mention that last year Donetsk had Vyacheslav Kravtsov who left behind most of foreign opponents in Superleague and in Eurocup. To find an equal substitution with the same salary was absolutely impossible. Even if we forget about his Ukrainian passport.
Its much easier to bring foreign player in Belgrade than in Donetsk. Agents realize that in 90% after a season with Partisan price of their clients will increase. How much are you ready to overpay to get in Donetsk team the player you need?
You know, basketball is not mathematics. There is no definite scale: this player is overpaid, that player is underpaid. You will see the true picture of players contracts propriety only in May. If the team achieve all goals than all contracts were reasonable.
This is not what we wanted to hear from you
I will say this way: we started long-term negotiations with different players and still continue our selection campaign exactly because we want Donetsk players salaries be correspondent to the actual state of things on the market. As an example we have signed player 25-35% cheaper than he was asking in June.
It is also a bit strange that so far in Donetsk foreign players roster there is no players who are represented by BeoBasket agency a company that represents your interests.
I have never felt any pressure from my agent if this is your point.
Did you have an idea do bring to Donetsk any of your former players from Partisan?
It is always good to have a player whom you know and whom you can trust on 100%. We had negotiations with several players. Some of them were too expensive for us, some of them after all were substituted by other candidates.
Can you say that Vlada Jovanovic is tyrant-coach?
I cannot say that I am tyrant. Though I put discipline both on court and outside first. Can I raise voice on player? - Of course I can. But I dont think you will ever see me overwhelmed by emotions. As for practices, they are always intensive and saturate.
Did you talk to Sasa Obradovic (Donetsk former coach) before signing the contract with Ukrainian club?
Of course, its my first international experience, that is why it was an informed decision. Obradovic knew not only club structure but also peculiarities of Ukrainian championship as he spent here three years.
Lets get back to now days: could you tell us about preparation for new season.
We started our camp in Zlatibor (Serbia) on 12th of August and will stay here till 30th. Then we go to Belgrade to play couple of friendly games.
Of course its very hard to work without three players that are with the Ukrainian NT now. Also Fisher will join the team only on 31st of August and dont forget that one more position in the team still remains vacant. To cover all these gaps we invited some Serbian players to our camp to help us on practices.
On 10th of September we come back to Donetsk and already on 14th hopefully having full team we will go to Italy where continue to work up to the start of qualification of Euroleague that will be played in Desio this year.
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