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November 13, 2014 Updates

You just return from the Intercontinental cup. Whats are the odds that all the continental champion will participate in this tournament in the future? Euroleague CEO Jordi Bertomeu: We would be more than happy to participate in that project as we have done during the last two seasons with the Intercontinental Cup, but we must be realistic and I do not think that we will be able to watch it in the near future. First of all we have a calendar problem, every year is more difficult to find a spot for these kind of competitions. Another reason would be the impossibility of having each continent champion, as it is very difficult that the NBA takes part in this kind of games as they have a completely different economic and organizational reality, a fact that will make that hypothetic competition something without a real sense, a fake, the Intercontinental Cup on the other hand is something fair, clear, the Champion of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague against the Champion of Ligade Las Americas. Sportando

How do you feel with leaving of European talents to the nba? Euroleague CEO Jordi Bertomeu: I believe the main problem is not that players go away, because they go and come back, too. We have to grow and make Euroleague Basketball attractive enough that they don't go away. That's our job. Our main concern in that aspect is not if players go away but when players go to the NBA, this is the main point that we consider should be evaluated as in some cases players make this change too soon which is something that makes a negative impact in their careers. Sportando

We saw this summer that 3 coaches moved to the nba. What are you thinking about it? Are you proud that european coaches make it and joined to the NBA? Euroleague CEO Jordi Bertomeu: I think that there are two factors that should be evaluated when talking about not only coaches but also players going to the NBA. First of all is the globalization of basketball and of our society, in the global expansion of the NBA one of the key actions was increasing the number of players coming from different countries;the other factor that we should also take into account is the progressive improvement of the basketball level in traditional basketball regions like Europe but also in other parts of the world as South-America, Asia or Australia, making the gap between the NBA and the rest of competitions smaller. I would personally like to wish the best of the luck to David in this new project that I am confident will be successful. Sportando

October 5, 2014 Updates

Messina made the first adjustment during his unofficial apprenticeship with the Spurs in 2011: Freeing his mind of the stereotypes about the NBA that prevailed among European players, coaches and fans. “Honestly, you find it is much more different from what we think in Europe,” Messina said. “It's completely different. We think we work hard in practice (in Europe) and in the NBA, they don't do anything; that they don't practice. Then you find out, first of all, that there is a lot of individual work; a lot of player development. I found when I was here that all players work a lot on their skills; that good coaches teach them, work them, whatever.” San Antonio Express-News

Messina understands Popovich's obsession with managing the minutes of his veteran players as well as his devotion to the more open European style of play. He recalls Popovich telling reporters after the Spurs played Messina's CSKA club in a preseason game last October that he would make his players watch film of the entire game because Messina's players understood the free-wheeling style better than the Spurs. “He was being kind,” Messina said. “You have no idea how much we study Pop's and the Spurs' offense in Europe because of all those DHOs (dribble handoffs) and dribble drives and drive-and-kick. It really would work the opposite (of Pop studying my offense).” “It is also much more fun to watch when you see all these five players dancing around with the ball.” San Antonio Express-News

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Nick Calathes gave an interview at Το Βήμα της Κυριακής (newspaper) and he said about the NBA. (...) Rumors during the summer. “It was a lot stressful everything that happened this summer. I didn't know where I was going to play next season. There was a lot of confusion, while my primary agent, the one who got the deal, got a job at the Memphis Grizzlies as a GM and then he got fired, so I didn't know if I had a second year. At the same time, my agent was talking with European teams, but at the end the Grizzlies decided to keep me. So I am going back and I will do my best to find a better contract, next season. If I don’t make it, I'll go back to Europe Sportando

July 16, 2014 Updates

LeBron never really played the 4 [power forward] in Cleveland, but he played it a ton in Miami. Will you use him in that role, with just one traditional big man on the floor? I just came from the land of the stretch 4s. Stretch 4s became popular in the United States because of Europe. If anyone knows that style of play, it’s probably me. Yeah, you’ll see LeBron there. You’ll see LeBron all over the floor, just like he’s used to playing. I don’t have to change him. Grantland

I watched the press conference you held after you guys won the Euroleague this year. You said something that surprised me: that the team you beat in the final game, Real Madrid, would have beaten you in a longer series. Do you think NBA playoff series should be shorter, so that there would be more upsets? No. I think the seven-game series is great. I love the history of it. I love the tradition of it. [John] Havlicek stole the ball in the seventh game, man! He didn’t even steal it, either. He deflected it. And Johnny Most goes crazy: “Havlicek stole the ball! Havlicek stole the ball!” But that’s the beauty of it. It’s a moment that’s frozen in time, and it can’t be in the fifth game. It has to be in the seventh game. Now, in Europe, the final four is how you determine the Euroleague champion. And that’s fine. And what I said was true. The teams we beat in the final four were much stronger than us on paper. If we had to play them in a seven-game series, I don’t believe we would have won. Grantland

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Euroleague Basketball is pleased to announce that Sergio Rodriguez has been voted the bwin MVP for the 2013-14 season. Rodriguez received his MVP trophy Thursday at the EFES Euroleague Awards Ceremony at Piazza del Duomo, where he was honored alongside his fellow members of the 2013-14 All-Euroleague First Team. The ceremony was one of the first official acts of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four in Milan. Rodriguez was chosen league MVP in voting conducted among fans and journalists from across Europe and beyond. Euroleague.net

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Victor Claver: I don't know if there's the chance of a trade. If it happened, I hope it is for the better. Returning to Europe? I'm not thinking about it right now. ElMundo.es

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Marc Mundet: Pete Mickeal's agent on RAC1: "Pete Mickeal already knows Barça's opinion. He respects them and he is free to sign with whom he considers. He'll continue playing. He gave priority 2 Barça, but now, he's same possibilities with Madrid, than NBA or EL team". Twitter @MarcMundet78

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