AX Armani Exchange Milan's Final Four facts

May 19, 2021 by Print
AX Armani Exchange Milan's Final Four facts

...Milan will compete in its first Final Four since 1992? No team has gone longer than Milan's 29 years between Final Four appearances. Zalgiris Kaunas had the previous record with 19 years in between its Final Four appearances in 1999 and 2018.

...Milan can win its fourth EuroLeague title? It previously lifted the trophy in 1966, 1987 and 1988.

Coach Ettore Messina

...Ettore Messina can win his fifth EuroLeague title? He lifted the trophy with Virtus Bologna in 1998 and 2001 and with CSKA in 2006 and 2008. He is currently tied with Alexander Gomelsky, Pedro Ferrandiz and Bozidar Maljkovic for the second-most EuroLeague titles as a head coach. Zeljko Obradovic leads the charts with nine.

Ettore Messina - Kinder Bologna - Final Four Bologna 2002 - EC01

...Coach Messina can win his first EuroLeague title in 13 years? Only one coach has ever won titles with a longer gap between them. That was Dusan Ivkovic, who lifted the trophy with Olympiacos in 1997 and 2012.

...Coach Messina heads to his 12th Final Four? He ranks second in the all-time standings behind only Coach Obradovic, who has coached in 18 Final Fours.

Kyle Hines

...Kyle Hines can win his fifth EuroLeague title? Hines would be the fifth player to win five continental crowns, joining Dino Meneghin (7), Clifford Luyk (6), Aldo Ossola and Fragiskos Alvertis (5 each).

Bob McAdoo and Dino Meneghin - Tracer Olimpia Milano - EuroLeague archive

...Hines can become the first player to win five EuroLeague titles in the 21st century? He won the competition with Olympiacos Piraeus in 2012 and 2013 and with CSKA Moscow in 2016 and 2018.

...Hines is one of just three players to win multiple EuroLeague titles with different teams? Only Hines, Dino Meneghin (five titles with Varese, two with Milan) and Fausto Bargna (two with Cantu, two with Milan) have done so.

...Hines heads to his record ninth consecutive Final Four? Theo Papaloukas and J.R. Holden held the previous record with eight consecutive Final Four appearances, from 2003 to 2010. ...Hines ranks second all-time in rebounds (76) at the Final Four? His former teammate Victor Khryapa is the all-time leader with 107.

...Hines ranks 11th in scoring (2,744 points), fifth in rebounds (1,456), second in blocks (259) and ninth in PIR (3,468) in EuroLeague history?

Sergio Rodriguez

...Sergio Rodriguez is the only Spanish-born player to win the EuroLeague with a non-Spanish team (CSKA, 2019)? And he can do it again with Milan in Cologne!

...Rodriguez is the only former EuroLeague MVP at this event? He was chosen as the EuroLeague MVP for the 2013-14 season.

...Rodriguez ranks third in assists (48) in Final Four history? Theo Papaloukas leads the standings with 59 Final Four assists and Sergio Llull is second with 53.

...Rodriguez ranks seventh in scoring (3,126), third in assists (1,401), fourth in three-point shots made (492) and 11th in PIR (3,349) in EuroLeague history?

Hines and Rodriguez!

...Hines and Sergio can become the second and third players to win the EuroLeague with three different teams? Hines won with Olympiacos and CSKA. Rodriguez lifted the trophy with Real Madrid and CSKA. Sarunas Jasikevicius (FC Barcelona 2003, Maccabi Tel Aviv 2004, 2005, Panathinaikos 2009) is the only player to have won the EuroLeague with three different teams.

Kyle Hines - AX Armani Exchange Milan Media Day 2020 - EB20

...Hines and Rodriguez can win consecutive EuroLeague titles with different teams? Only Ramunas Siskauskas (Panathinaikos 2007, CSKA 2008), Jasikevicius (Barcelona 2003, Maccabi 2004) and Dejan Bodiroga (Panathinaikos 2002, Barcelona 2003) have done so.


...Luigi Datome is in his fifth Final Four? He is tied with Riccardo Pittis for the most appearances among Italian players. Pittis played at the 1988 and 1992 Final Fours with Milan and was back with Benetton in 1998, 2002 and 2003.

...Luigi Datome ranks sixth all-time in free throw shooting percentage (91.0%)? He has made 283 of 311 attempts in 240 EuroLeague career games.

Vladimir Micov - AX Armani Exchange Milan Media Day 2020 - EB20

...Jeff Brooks and Vladimir Micov can join an exclusive list of EuroLeague and 7DAYS EuroCup winners? Brooks won the EuroCup with Unicaja Malaga in 2017 and Micov lifted the trophy with Galatasaray in 2016. Only 17 players have won both competitions and the list includes European basketball greats such as Rudy Fernandez, Ricky Rubio, Dejan Tomasevic, Nando De Colo, Nick Calathes and Felipe Reyes, among others.

...Micov and Malcolm Delaney also have previous Final Four experience? Micov played at the Final Four with CSKA in 2013 and 2014. Delaney reached the event with Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar in 2016.