The general manager of Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul, Maurizio Gherardini, talks to BasketNews’ Donatas Urbonas about the Fener’s rebuild, interesting calls from the NBA coaches before Djordjevic’s hire, Zeljko Obradovic’s decision to join Partizan, the NBA we never dreamed of in Europe, and the EuroLeague’s situation.


  • Intro and the speech which inspires Maurizio Gherardini (00:00);
  • The main concerns after Kokoskov’s departure, and the first evaluation of Djordjevic (13:25);
  • How Djordjevic surprised Gherardini in Treviso (21:40);
  • NBA style coaching future in the EuroLeague, and calls from the NBA coaches before Djordjevic’s hire (28:50);
  • The pains of Fenerbahce rebuild and how far this team is from Gherardini’s vision (38:48);
  • Zeljko Obradovic decision to join Partizan (48:58);
  • From Georgi Glouchkov to International names impacting the NBA (55:28);
  • The current EuroLeague situation and what Gherardini misses the most in the modern basketball era (59:20).

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