Ergin Ataman Rumors
Ergin Ataman: With the confidence I have in my own team, I say the following: EuroLeague champions Efes would play the NBA playoffs and even the Finals with the support of two NBA stars. I trust my players very much. Every now and then, NBA scouts call us and ask about our players. If I were the coach of any NBA team right now, Larkin would play between 25 and 30 minutes on my team, but they think differently.”
Ataman was asked about whether or not he would ever join Fenerbahce and admitted that he has received offers from other European clubs, though he wants to stay committed with Efes and try his luck in the NBA in the future. “I’m very happy at Anadolu Efes. Not Fenerbahce, but I got many offers from Europe this year. My goal is to continue to win championships with my team. I hope maybe someday in the future, something that has never happened before, the NBA, You know, this is the top of the show business. A European coach has never been hired in the history of NBA basketball. This is my next goal, not Fenerbahce”, says Ataman.
The only thing that Ergin Ataman would be willing to leave Anadolu Efes for is the prospect of landing his first job in the NBA. That’s what the Turkish coach told reporters in a zoom call presser ahead of the team’s second straight trip to the EuroLeague Final Four.
“No matter how successful we are, we usually don’t change teams as long as we’re not fired. I’m with Anadolu Efes in Europe as long as I’m not fired. But if there’s an offer from the NBA, I’ll consider it,” Ataman said.