Zeljko Obradovic Rumors
Former coach and now the President of basketball operations for the Boston Celtics, Brad Stevens, has been in Serbia in recent days, taking a look at a couple of ABA League duels. The first game Stevens watched was Partizan versus Cedevita Olimpija as the latter prevailed. Boston’s main focus was on Yam Madar who was Boston’s 47th pick in 2020. “Madar has done a great job and is in a good position. As a young player, he has a chance to play for Partizan, under Zeljko Obradovic, which is a really big thing for him. I believe he’s using it the best way,” Stevens told Mozzart Sport.
“It’s very high tempo. It’s very physical. People want to win here. It doesn’t matter how you look, how many you score, how many you rebound, how many you pass. Just win. It was a learning experience and I’m very thankful I had Xavi there.” Asked about whether any of the European coaches, Zeljko Obradovic or Sarunas Jasikevicius for example, could become NBA head coaches at some time, Mario was clear: “They’d get punched on the second practice, and they’d get fired right after that.”
Hezonja proved to be different and he made it big. At age 17 FC Barcelona swooped in and the teenage rising star received a new level of basketball education from Coach Xavi Pascual. “European basketball is very different. I think you learn every single detail here and every single detail matters. The game, as soon as it starts, is [about] winning. Only winning matters,” Hezonja said.
Zeljko Obradovic and David Blatt are among the 29 nominated coaches for the FIBA Hall of Fame Class of 2022, a list that also includes a plethora of elite players that defined the sport in the past decades.
Partizan has been quite active in the transfer market since the official arrival of coach Zeljko Obradovic and the fourth signing for the next season is Rodions Kurucs, the club announced. The deal is valid for two years with, as the player’s agent confirmed, NBA outs for both summers.
While the world of European basketball is waiting for Zeljko Obradovic‘s own version of “The Decision,” the most decorated coach ever in the continent ruled out the – quite slim already – possibility that the next season will find him in the NBA. “Certainly not in the NBA,” Obradovic said regarding where he’ll coach next season in an interview with Serbian magazine Nin, per Mozzart Sport. “I think it’s a vicious circle that will be very difficult to break. They don’t trust coaches from Europe, that’s obvious. Even coaches who are actually Americans like David Blatt, who began and worked as a coach in Israel.” Blatt coached the Cleveland Cavaliers from 2014 to 2016 before he was fired halfway through the season.