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”.
CSKA once again has the largest budget in the League: 2.634 billion rubles, or if you prefer 42,6 million euros. This is pretty much the money that the team costed back in 2015 and there’s a significant rise compared to last season. Also in the top three of richest Russian clubs are Khimki (23 m. euros) and Lokomotiv-Kuban (17,9 m. euros).
DM: You mentioned Coach Blatt, and I know last year during the time from the point you took over through the championship you guys had communication. Do you guys have much of a relationship these days? TL: I talked to him a couple times this season. I think he’s in the Final Four over there [in Turkey] right now. Phil [Handy] talked to him the other day and he told him to tell me hello. But I’m very supportive of Coach Blatt, he’s very supportive of me. He gave me my opportunity to come here and it was good. It’s just sad the way it ended, the way it happened and the circumstances, but he understood that I have his back and we’re still cool. So, that’s the most important thing to me.