EuroLeague CEO Jordi Bertomeu was interviewed by Massimo Oriani of La Gazzetta della Sport during the Final Four 2017. Bertomeu confirmed that EuroLeague won’t allow its players to join the National Teams during the new windows. “When the NBA said that they will not allow their players to join the National Teams, no one had to say something. We have done nothing more than repeat what we have ruled 18 months ago, that the new FIBA windows won’t be included in our calendar. Our position never changed. We will do our best to allow EuroCup players to join National Teams. EuroCup has less games than EuroCup but for EuroLeague there are no spaces” Bertomeu said.
Ekpe Udoh’s amazing performance (18 points, 12 rebounds, eight assists) was enough for Fenerbahce to beat Real Madrid (84-75) and advance to the Final for a second time in a row. The Turkish club was unstoppable from start to finish and had no problem to beat the Spaniards in a sold-out “Sinan Erdem Dome”.