Dimitris Itoudis Rumors
Mike James had six points and two steals Saturday — and one more bit of shade thrown at him by his CSKA Moscow coach. Dimitris Itoudis told Eurohoops.net that the call to let James leave for the NBA wasn’t just about one thing — like their personal altercation — but issues witnessed daily, and by the entire staff. “If somebody isn’t feeling that he belongs there, then he’s not going to belong there,” Itoudis said when asked about James. “The certain changes that we did are based on what we witnessed daily. All coaches.”
Afterward, the 30-year-old guard explained his departure from EuroLeague power CSKA Moscow last month after he was suspended indefinitely over an altercation with coach Dimitris Itoudis. “Some things happened in my personal life and I felt like stuff didn’t go how I thought somebody should handle my situations,” said James, who previously was suspended by the club in January. “We had a little clash there. Not really as a basketball player did I have a clash with Itoudis, more as an individual. As two men we had clashes, not really on the basketball court.”
Reigning EuroLeague scoring champion Mike James has emerged as a candidate to sign with the Brooklyn Nets, Eurohoops has learned via a source. James was suspended indefinitely by CSKA Moscow in late March following an incident with team head coach Dimitris Itoudis and has headed back to his native United States. UPDATE: He will join the Nets, according to Chema de Lucas.
CSKA Moscow penned Mike James to a one-year contract, the Russian club announced on Monday. Eurohoops previously reported on the deal between the EuroLeague champions and the 28-year-old American guard. “I am excited to join a team with winning expectations and winning mentality” James said upon signing and added: “I am honored that coach Dimitris Itoudis chose me and let come and join a team that won the EuroLeague last year, and I am ready to help the team win in any way possible.”
David ‘Dubi’ Pick: Dimitris Itoudis, sources said, flirted with idea of bringing soon-to-be waived Tibor Pleiss to CSKA. – RT: David ‘Dubi’ Pick: No shocker if Tibor Pleiss lands with CSKA Moscow. He and coach are both under BDA Sports umbrella.
David Blatt had some success in Cleveland even though it didn’t work out that well in his second season with the Cavaliers. Were you kind of rooting for him to succeed in the NBA, being an European coach, so that doors would open for other Euro coaches in the future? Dimitris Itoudis: I actually think David Blatt did a very good job there. Everybody was surprised [he was fired] with all the respect to the owners. He actually advertised the European mentality and European coaching style. Every team, I assume, looks to combine and to marry the two continents and put it together because basketball is universal. When two different type of basketballs come together with the same purpose, the game can win after that.
What are your plans after the season? Is the NBA something that you are going to pursue? Dimitris Itoudis: Listen, like I said, I’m very happy over here. I’m a professional working on what I can control now and my only goal is to see how I can help my team to play better basketball and to win games. That’s what I concentrate on. I’ve got great agents there at BDA – Bill Duffy, Rade Filipovich, Nikos Spanos, Quique Villalobos… Everybody is working towards that direction and looking at the options after the season ends, but my first option is to help CSKA.