Final day of the 2017-18 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague season produced two thrilling Final Four games. Here’s what the protagonists said after all was over:
Pablo Laso, Real Madrid head coach about Belgrade
"I don’t know if it’s my second favorite city, but my wife is very happy here. She told me we have to come here again, but no basketball. I told her that would be difficult, but she said no basketball. It's true that I have never won a game here before this season; 2018 has been a pretty good year to play in Belgrade…I love this city. I have been here many times. It’s a city of basketball.”
Zeljko Obradovic, Fenerbahce dogus Istanbul head coach after championship game loss
”[Real Madrid] had a tough season, they had a lot of problems during the season with a lot of injured players. I am happy they came back to health and were able to play. They showed the team that they are and I think they deserve to win today.”
Fabien Causeur, Real Madrid guard
"Our shot selection is not always the best, but we know we can hit these shots. Coach always tells us, you guys can hit these shots for sure.
Trey Thompkins, Real Madrid forward on his put-back with 18 seconds to go
“I think this is the biggest rebound and a basket of my life.”
Felipe Reyes, Real Madrid center
”We had an unbelievable year. We overcame all obstacles and got to the playoffs, and won that. It was super tough. We made the Final Four as underdogs and played two great games against great opponents.”
Jeffrey Taylor, Real Madrid forward
”You win championships by having players on your team that accept their roles, and everybody on this team did their job. That’s why we won."
Rudy Fernandez, Real Madrid forward
“Getting to the Final Four and winning it, by defeating CSKA and Fenerbahce, who were first and second in the regular season, it's unbelievable.”
Walter Tavares, Real Madrid center
"Who would have said it? I was in the street in Cape Verde, sitting bored under a tree and now I am here, seven years later.
Luka Doncic, EuroLeague MVP and Final Four MVP
“There have been talks about me handling the pressure, but the truth is that when I step on the court I do it to have fun. If I do not have fun, it's no good.”
Sergio Llull, Real Madrid guard
”Now our fans can celebrate and so can we. To celebrate, we always have the energy!"
Sarunas Jasikevicius, Zalgiris Kaunas head coach
"A coach’s life is absolutely crazy. Maybe I am exaggerating. But this job is crazy. It costs a lot more nerves and a lot more responsibility. Being a player is probably the best job you can have."
Kevin Pangos, Zalgiris Kaunas guard
“It's hard to prepare for [the Final Four] if you've never been here. It is hard to do your best, the nerves that come with it and the level of play. But this experience was awesome.”
“Fans were amazing. You are ready to go to work and work hard every single day when you have a support like this.”
Edgaras Ulanovas, Zalgiris Kaunas forward
"This game meant a lot for our club, our city, for our fans who were amazing from the first day. I want to thank them for coming here, and I believe a lot of fans watched us at home on TV. We were without a Final four for almost 20 years, so all this is amazing.
Kyle Hines, CSKA Moscow center
“We have to remember this feeling, of being here at the Final Four, and use it next season to get motivated and go to Vitoria."