The multi-awarded player told Eurohoops: “I have no words to describe how I feel. I’m happy to be here and I’m happy for winning the championship. I simply focus on how I will celebrate, nothing else. We can’t overdo it though, we have a game on Thursday [laughs]”. As for his future in the NBA and whether he’d like to be drafted at No. 1 or be chosen by a certain team, Luka mentioned that it’s not the right timing to discuss about it: “That’s not on me, the teams are the ones that select. As I said I’m focused on celebrating, I will say everything about my future later”.
While Luka Doncic is considered one of the two (along with DeAndre Ayton) potential No. 1 picks in the 2018 Draft, he has hinted many times that it’s not certain that he’ll definitely move to the NBA next season. And the Real Madrid player echoed these thoughts during the EuroLeague Final Four official press conference. “Ι’m not sure if these are my last two games [in EuroLeague]. We have yet to make this decision. Perhaps after the season,” Doncic said.”
Kristaps Porzingis has not been doing most of his ACL rehab in Latvia as previously thought, but secretly working in Spain with Real Madrid, according to multiple sources. Porzingis has conducted much of his offseason rehab in Madrid at its training facility that houses its superpower basketball and soccer clubs.
After his exit meeting, Porzingis flew to his homeland in Leipaja, Latvia but believes he’s in good hands in Spain, where he played three seasons in the Spanish League and speaks the language fluently. “KP is doing great in Madrid,’’ said Carlon Colker, Porzingis’ performance doctor based in Greenwich, Conn. “His aggressive rehab is at a jaw-dropping rate. In conjunction, his body is already looking beastly. By September, he’ll be almost non-recognizable with his shirt off. We’re working on increasing his lean muscle mass and also training for a functionality and ruggedness to compliment his game.’’
McDonough said he’ll likely be heading to Spain in the coming weeks to interview and watch Doncic play. “I was hoping it was unanimous. That would make my job easier,” McDonough joked when he heard Jackson’s pick. “I guess we got a decision to make.”
Euroleague Basketball has announced that the 2019 edition of the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four will be held in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain. It will be the first time that Vitoria-Gasteiz, the home city of one of the EuroLeague’s signature teams, KIROLBET Baskonia, hosts the event. Nevertheless, the venue for the 2019 Final Four – the 15,000-plus seat Buesa Arena – has been home to numerous first-class events, such as the Spanish Copa del Rey and the 2010 EuroCup Finals, among others.
“Vitoria-Gasteiz and Baskonia’s truly loyal fan base have been waiting a long time to host the Final Four,” Jordi Bertomeu, Euroleague Basketball President & CEO, said. “This is a well-deserved recognition for a city that lives basketball like few others.” “It’s a dream that we have chased for many years and now it is coming true,” Baskonia president Josean Querejeta said. “The 2019 Final Four will put Vitoria-Gasteiz, Alava and the Basque Country on the world map.”