Olimpia Milano Rumors
EA7 Emporio Armani Milan reached an agreement with Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, per the official announcement. “I’m very happy to return to Europe and to be part of this organization in Milan. I’m extremely excited to have the opportunity to help the team try to reach its goals. Can’t wait to meet all the fans and start the work,” Luwawu-Cabarrot said.
Tom Orsborn: In talking about how coaches learn from each other, Pop said he picked up some things from a former assistant this summer: “I went to Ettore Messina’s training camp in Milan and came back w/ some things I hadn’t thought about before. We all do that if you want to keep moving on.”
Not only did McAdoo find great success on the court, becoming one of the best Americans to play in the EuroLeague, he also regained his confidence. The bus rides, team dinners and being able to see all of Europe were life-changing experiences because if not for basketball, McAdoo likely would not have enjoyed life like that in the NBA while finishing his career. In Europe, he was having fun, playing well and winning. “S—, we ended up being the best team in Europe,” McAdoo said. “We won two Italian Championships, two EuroLeague Championships. The one year I led the league in scoring, I was MVP in … the EuroLeague Championship series (in 1988). It was fantastic. When I look back at my career, I like my six years in Italy better than I love any of my years in the NBA.”
Melli, 30, made his return to Europe official in early July, way before actually considering potential NBA options for him. He spent the last couple of seasons in the NBA logging 108 games played between the Dallas Mavericks and New Orleans Pelicans. “I signed for Olimpia before the NBA free agency even began, so I made a clear choice,” he explained, “When I spoke to Coach Messina, what he offered me both individually and as a team won me over. That’s why I have no regrets. I am happy with my NBA experience, but I am also happy to be here, very motivated by the challenges that await us.”
And there’s actually a runaway No. 1 as far as the club with the most male basketball players participating: Real Madrid, the team that produced a certain Luka Doncic, who just tied the record for second-most points ever scored in an Olympic basketball contest. The storied Spanish club leads the way with eight players taking part in the Olympic Games this summer, followed by Fenerbahce out of the Turkish League, Australia’s Melbourne United, the Miami Heat (the NBA team with most male basketball representatives in Tokyo), Olimpia Milano (Italy) and Union Olimpija (Slovenia), all of whom have four players at the Games.