Mike Fratello Rumors
We witnessed the developments in Ukraine with Fratello and Volkov’s departure in the foreground. The first question that comes to mind is whether he will compete in the upcoming Eurobasket with the national team of Ukraine. Pooh Jeter: “I’m not going to play with the national team this summer. One reason is that Fratello and Volkov are not on the team. The last two summers were great. It was a great chance for me to help a team that hadn’t achieved something major to play well in a Eurobasket and qualify to a World Cup. I have a history with the team since 2008 and I’ve been through a lot with all the guys there. I remember that most people had predicted that we would be last in the rankings.
“Look at their record, the standings, the streak that they’ve put together and how many players are going to wind up on the all-star team and it answers what a great coaching job the staff has done and what a great job the players have done in playing unselfishly and playing both ends of the floor,” Fratello said. “The way you talk about the way teams play – meaning defensively cover for each other, making the sacrifice of making the next rotation and blocking out, doing the dirty work on the glass, keeping the ball in front of you and challenging shots when they go over the top. Offensively, just look at the assist column every night. It kind of jumps out at you how well they move the ball, how well the shoot the ball, the distribution in scoring for them. What it all leads to is the record that they have. It’s magnificent.”
The cautious Fratello will not be drawn into predictions or thoughts about Ukraine’s chances in this group so soon before the draw for the tournament was made clear, and especially before he has a good idea on the composition of his team’s roster. “If you ask how many games can we win in this group, I think the preparation is going to be very important, for any of these teams,” he said. “If I could tell you right now who is going to show up and play for us in the summer, it would make it easier to talk about my team.”
“Some NBA players will come [to Eurobasket] others will not, but we don’t have that many NBA players in Ukraine. “We used to have Slava [Viacheslav Kravtsov] in the NBA, who is now playing in China and we have a young player right now, [Phoenix Suns center] Alex Len, who has not yet played for the national team.