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.


  • 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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