Hello Coach. First, congratulations for your wonderful job in the last years both with the national team and with MPS Siena. When I watch your teams I often wondered about their discipline, especially the ability to find ways to bounce back. What is the secret? Good luck for the future
Sadik Iliman - Frankfurt, Germany
"First of all, thanks for your compliments, Sadik. In my opinion, we can't really talk about a secret. I think above all we have to look for a reason in the hard work. This, for me, can explain a team's good attitude on the court. In the moments when I can look back, I can feel a sort of satisfaction for the job we have all made together with the players."
Hi, Mr. Recalcati. What is your opinion of the Euroleague this season, and how much to you believe in the skills of Luigi Datome and the other young players coming up in the Euroleague? With respect from a fan,
Michael - Greece
"I think in this Euroleague, the leadership of a few teams can be considered unchanged, especially if we talk about the highest teams of the competition. I have on my mind Panathinaikos Athens, Maccabi Tel Aviv, FC Barcelona and CSKA Moscow - which is the only club of them that did not win the title recently. When we think about the talent and the possibilities that some young players such as Luigi Datome have, I can say of each one of them - and mostly for Datome - that they are players deeply involved in the team rotations. So the Euroleague can be the great stage where they can prove their personal growth."
Greetings, Mr. Recalcati. What has been more difficult for you, to play or to coach in psychologically very hard and decisive games? Thank you,
Giedrius Brazaitis - Kaunas, Lithuania
"Coaching for sure, and not only in the hard and decisive games. I think the coach takes all the problems on his shoulders. He has to face the problems of any singular players and of the whole staff that helps him. The players have other kinds of responsibilities. So they have to be concentrated, have the right attitude and give their skills to the team and to the coach. I think offering the best of himself is the most difficult part of a player's job."
Hi, Coach Recalcati. I would like to ask you if in basketball, as in any other field, competitors imitate, copy and learn from their rivals' success. If so, do you think more Euroleague teams will adopt Maccabi's style of play due to their recent success? Best regards,
Muhti - Israel
"Maccabi Tel Aviv has excelled and won, deeds that can give some reason to imitate them. If you try to imitate Maccabi, the motive should be just because your players have the features to do it. I think every coach has to look for the best way for the team he has, which is by trying to put the players in best conditions to express themselves. Then, if you have many players with similar skills as Maccabi's players, then that team can be a model to imitate, too."
Hi. I come from Slovenia. How does it feel to have Vladimer Boisa on your team now? Is it a good relationship? Good luck to both!
Miha - Slovenia
"Hello, Miha. I'm really happy Vladimer is here in Siena. First of all, he is a great guy who has a good feeling with all the players and all the staff that surround him. On the court, he is very careful and I have an easy time coaching Vladimer. I have only one regret with him. I would like to give him all the space he really deserves. For this reason, I hope he'll be able to play in the Italian League soon, too."
Hello, Mr Recalcati. I have to say that you have done an excellent job in Siena. Until now, which Euroleague team has impressed you most and which are the main favourites for the Euroleague title this season? Good luck to you and your team,
Panagiotis Georgellis - Greece
"Panathinaikos Athens is the team which has impressed me most, and as I answered to Michael, I think it can be considered one of the favourite teams for winning the Euroleague, along with CSKA, Maccabi and FC Barcelona."
Hello Coach. If you had a chance to rank your top five favourite players in Europe, past and present, who would they be?
Klemen K, Ljubljana - Slovenia
"Hello, Klemen. I will try ranking my favorite five in Europe, past and present: Ivo Daneu, Drazen Petrovic, Dejan Bodiroga, Sasha Volkov and Dino Meneghin. For me Drazen Petrovic is really the number one, then I've chosen the other players with personal considerations that go over the technical aspects."
Dear Mr. Recalcati, my question regards Maccabi Tel Aviv. Where would you place the Maccabi team that won two consecutive Euroleague titles on the all-time list in Europe? Thank you!
Gido Ran, Israel
"At the top of my list there is Varese. Then I think we can have Real Madrid and Maccabi Tel Aviv."
Hello! First of all, best regards to you and your amazing team. Mr Recalcati, could you mention your favourite players in Euroleague excluding those from your team? Thanks,
Sergey Vanyushkin, Russia
"Hello Sergey. I would like to choose a young player, such as Uros Tripkovic from Partizan Belgrade. Then, the other players are all well-established and, excluding the ones on my teams, I choose Luis Scola, Jorge Garbajosa, Jaka Lakovic, David Andersen and Nicola Vujcic."
Hi coach! My question is: while our young players are playing very well lately - I am thinking of Bargnani, Belinelli, Datome and Gallinari - do you think they're ready to play for the senior national team? Best regards,
Bob Masiero, Italy
"Hello Bob. I think Bargnani and Belinelli are ready for the senior national team. Then Datome and Gallinari are going to be ready soon."