Anadolu Efes Istanbul forward Chris Singleton thinks that Mike James wasn’t treated the right way by CSKA Moscow.

Mike James

Mike  James
Team: Monaco Basket
Position: PG, SG
Age: 31
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 84 kg
Birth place: Oregon, United States of America

“In my eyes, CSKA didn’t manage the whole situation with James properly,” Singleton said in an interview with SDNA’s Christos Boukouras. “James is a man who often does not stifle his emotions and likes to be interactive with people. And most of all, he is not afraid to say his opinion. I would agree that sometimes there is some confusion, but it is emotional.”

Singleton also emphasized that players cannot be forced to leave the teams just because of disagreements and spoke about the situation between James and CSKA in a broad and detailed way.

“He is a man who loves basketball and likes to come out the winner at the end of the day. If one takes a look at all the leagues, one will see that disagreements are everywhere. There will always be differences between great minds and great players.

This is something that exists, and we do not see it for the first time, and I have the impression that CSKA did not handle the issue properly. James wanted to continue CSKA. He stayed in Los Angeles to work but wanted to continue playing for CSKA.

You can’t fire a player just because you had a disagreement. If that were the case, half of the players in Europe would not have to play basketball! 

You can see in the big teams that in all of them, there are intense conversations and disagreements between the coaching staff and the players. But at the end of the day, you have to manage it.

Discuss why everyone wants to win. I disagree with what happened, but CSKA moved on, and James moved on,” Singleton said.

We remind you that James left CSKA after both sides reached an agreement to terminate the contract. Later, James joined AS Monaco - the deal about BasketNews reported first.

Last season, James averaged 19.3 points, 3.1 rebounds, 5.7 assists, and 19.7 EFF in 27 EuroLeague games.

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