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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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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EuroLeague RS predictions: the main rival for Efes and bold takes on Olympiacos & Zenit



BasketNews’ Donatas Urbonas & Rytis Vysniauskas make the EuroLeague regular season predictions, listing all 18 teams from the 18th to 1st seed.

Topics:

  • Intro about playing poker with Marc Gasol in Vilnius and what Drew Nicholas picture is doing in our studio (00:00);
  • Unprecedented hype around Wembanyama (11:18);
  • The mysterious case of Luke Sikma (16:30);
  • Why there’s not a lot of optimism about Zalgiris (19:39);
  • Why it feels terrible to rank Crvena Zvezda that low (24:51);
  • The potential game-changer for Panathinaikos (30:34);
  • The main difference between UNICS and Monaco gamble (35:15);
  • Trust the process, Andrea Trinchieri edition (47:35);
  • Baskonia potential to become one of the most attractive EuroLeague teams (50:28);
  • Another big distraction for Maccabi playoffs chase (54:35);
  • Bold prediction about Zenit not making the playoffs (59:18);
  • What makes Olympiacos so attractive this year (1:06:38);
  • The last-minute move which made Fenerbahce even better(1:10:28);
  • What Armani Exchange might lack making the Final 4 again (1:16:04);
  • Why we trust Real Madrid (1:20:58);
  • Underrated summer for Barcelona and why it’s too early to be tired of Saras (1:23:35);
  • What can stop Anadolu Efes from winning the EuroLeague again (1:28:26);
  • What makes CSKA the favorites to win the EuroLeague regular season (1:31:45).

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