Back-to-back Turkish Airlines Euroleague champion Kyle Hines is determined to make a sizeable bit of history at the 2014 Final Four in Milan by chasing after his own personal three-peat. Few if any players have impacted the competition so much in so little time as Hines, who is aiming with CSKA to lift a third trophy in just his fourth Euroleague season. If he can accomplish that, Hines would become only the second player in European basketball history to win three consecutive titles with two different teams, after the legendary Sarunas Jasikevicius did so with FC Barcelona in 2003 and Maccabi Tel Aviv in 2004 and 2005.
Despite being undersized for his position, Hines immediately proved to both opponents and fans that whatever he lacks in height, he more than makes up for with heart. He is one of the best offensive rebounders in the Euroleague and a fearsome rim protector on defense. Throughout his career, Hines has been equally productive as a starter or in his usual role as a game-changing sixth man. In his chiseled, 2.03-meter frame, Hines is as tough, reliable and highly-efficient a big man as one can find, and a dream-come-true for any coach due to his plentiful energy, winning mentality and a never-say-die attitude.
Since his Euroleague debut with Brose Baskets Bamberg in 2010, no player has blocked more shots in the Euroleague than Hines. In that period, he also ranks second in offensive rebounds and eighth in cumulative index rating. As a player whose presence makes those around him better, Hines was one of the top off-season signings in the Euroleague last summer, joining CSKA after winning back-to-back titles with Olympiacos Piraeus in 2012 and 2013 – and knocking CSKA out along the way each time. He has never lost a game at the Final Four. He and CSKA are keen on keeping his streak going this season in order to etch their names together in the annals of Euroleague and basketball history.