Sergio Scariolo on improving NBA bridge, key in post-Gasol era & clear goal with Virtus



Sergio Scariolo talks to BasketNews’ Donatas Urbonas about building a connection with Spain NT stars, Spain basketball future in the post-Gasol era, the missing piece in the bridge between NBA and Europe, and his expectations from a new chapter with Virtus.

Topics

  • Intro, the reasons behind the discipline of Scariolo (00:00);
  • The first speech at Spanish NT locker room (5:22);
  • The turning point, when Scariolo went for his first title with Spain NT (8:29);
  • Why it’s necessary to keep Pau Gasol in basketball (14:40);
  • Ricky Rubio future with Spain NT (17:12);
  • What’s wrong with the bridge between the NBA and European coaches (21:48);
  • The NBA qualities which Scariolo will try to bring to Virtus (26:13);
  • If Scariolo would win the Serie A at the age of 30 nowadays (30:00);
  • Why you shouldn’t create a rivalry between Scariolo and Messina (33:58);
  • What Scariolo wants from his new chapter with Virtus (37:21).

 


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Are Efes in trouble, the best EuroLeague team & coaches on the hot seat (URBONUS podcast)



BasketNews’ Donatas Urbonas & Rytis Vysniauskas discuss the hottest topics of the first four EuroLeague rounds.

Topics:

  • Intro about the long break between Urbonus episodes (00:00);
  • What crossing the street between Monaco and France means (1:54);
  • Are Anadolu Efes in trouble? (9:49)
  • Rytis does his Ergin Ataman impersonation (16:11);
  • The best EuroLeague team after four games (18:15);
  • Our gift for Messina, jokes and unexpected atmosphere in Milan (22:23);
  • Nikola Mirotic nemesis (30:05);
  • Olympiacos statement, and massive room for their improvement (36:30);
  • The next future Real Madrid player from ASVEL (41:59);
  • The best announcer in the EuroLeague (46:42);
  • Another headache for Itoudis; Faried, and Shved’s time (48:25);
  • Why Crvena Zvezda is a team to respect (58:55);
  • Maccabi problems and why Sfairopoulos shouldn’t be on a hot seat (1:02:23);
  • The biggest Zalgiris mistake (1:07:38);
  • Candidates to upgrade Zalgiris and must-do roster moves (1:15:20);
  • Zdovc adjustments, head coaches on a hot seat (1:23:01).

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The Incredible Mr. Ricci - the most unexpected EuroLeague rookie story



AX Armani Exchange Milan newcomer Giampaolo Ricci talks to BasketNews’ Donatas Urbonas about his unexpected journey to the EuroLeague from the lower Italian divisions, making Milos Teodosic smile as a captain, shocking the Italian basketball world with his summer decision and dreaming about the next crazy scenarios

Topics:

  • Intro about maths in basketball (00:00);
  • The unexpected story from the 3rd division to the EuroLeague (5:33);
  • Handling haters, advice for underrated players (10:23);
  • The coach who boosted his career (15:52);
  • The captain speech for Teodosic and Belinelli (21:48);
  • How the captain of a championship team moved to rivals (26:49);
  • The next crazy chapter for Pippo Ricci, crazy fans’ reaction (29:27).

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Nikola Vujcic on debating the best EuroLeague team ever & provoking miracles in Maccabi



Nikola Vujcic talks to BasketNews’ Donatas Urbonas about the championship formula in the EuroLeague, debating the best modern EuroLeague team ever, a tough transition from playing to working in a front office for former basketball stars, and the core of Maccabi future.

Topics

  • Intro about surviving in Tel Aviv before the miracle happened (00:00);
  • Maccabi vs. Anadolu Efes and debating the best modern EuroLeague team ever (3:13);
  • Handling the pressure in Israel, provoking miracles in Maccabi and building the team with an unlimited budget on Twitter (9:10);
  • Talking basketball with Anthony Parker and his future in the NBA (16:49);
  • The tough transition from playing to the front office, the ideal GM for Nikola Vujcic (19:22);
  • The idea of building the dynasty behind coach Sfairopoulos and Scottie Wilbekin (27:46);
  • Marin Vujcic and what Nikola would change in Israeli basketball if he had a magic stick (31:50).

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Monaco GM Efimov on recruiting Mike James, building an arena on the sea & making a miracle (Urbonus podcast)



AS Monaco GM Oleksiy Efimov joins BasketNews’ Donatas Urbonas to talk about creating a miracle in Monaco, recruiting Mike James, going through an incredible basketball journey, and building a team where one-third of residents are millionaires.

Topics

  • Intro about meeting Alex Albon, Caroline Wozniacki, Novak Djokovic, and NBA stars in Monaco (00:00);
  • How AS Monaco signed Mike James (5:37);
  • The biggest highlight of the first-ever EuroLeague game in Monaco (10:57);
  • How AS Monaco went after Donatas Motiejunas and the next big star in Monaco (13:50);
  • How to attract people to watch basketball in Monaco when one-third of Monaco residents are millionaires (16:20);
  • How Oleksiy Efimov became the sports director of Ukrainian club at the age of 21 (23:25);
  • Who is the head of Monaco club Serhiy Diadetchko (26:15);
  • How the sports journalist became the head coach of the Ukrainian team in few years and how terrorists set the basketball arena on fire (29:04);
  • Key Zvezdan Mitrovic strength that fit Monaco project (32:53);
  • Advantages and disadvantages of having a club in the Principality of Monaco and building the arena on the sea (36:23);
  • The next dream for Monaco and Oleksiy Efimov (44:10);

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