MLive: What are some of the biggest differences between American style of basketball and the European game? Ilyasova: When you look at it it’s not much, but when you play it, obviously … the rules, the speed of the game, and I think it’s a huge difference when you play 40 minutes as opposed to 48 minutes. I think eventually European basketball will have to move to 48 minutes, because sometimes you can’t play all players in 40 minutes and it’s a short game. But it is what it is, but I think now they’re moving the 3-point line a little bit further and I think the goal is NBA rules. But we’ll see, it’s the NBA, it’s the top level. But European basketball, it’s strong, it’s a lot of NBA players (there) and in China. Good marketing. When you play in the Euro League, and overseas, it’s a huge challenge and it has a lot of fans too.”
The “schizsm” between the Euroleague and FIBA is official again with two rival leagues organized in the upcoming 2016-17 season. The official announcement is expected soon and more details about the teams which will be invited in the Champions League. The Russian federation was also present as a spectator of the meeting. Also the teams which will be competing in Euroleague and Eurocup and its members are facing the danger of being unsubscribed from any competitions under FIBA’s shield, including their domestic leagues.
09 Nov 15
FIBA are to guarantee Europe’s top clubs €30 million per season if they agree to join their proposed new league. Talks have been scheduled for Mies on November 3 to further discuss their plans with representatives from leading teams and the Euroleague expected to attend.