EuroLeague greats look forward to great title game

May 21, 2017 by Print
EuroLeague greats look forward to great title game

Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four weekend always brings out the who’s who of European basketball to celebrate what makes this competition so great. The presence of so many popular basketball personalities also creates an opportunity to hear from some of them about Final Four weekend, which culminates with tonight’s main event, the EuroLeague championship game at Sinan Erdem Dome. Here are some of their thoughts:

Panagiotis Giannakis

"The first thing I want to say is that we are attending a big event. The two semifinals were magnificent, and this is the crowning of an unbelievable season. Olympiacos won with character, Fenerbahce with authority. We will have a great championship game where Fenerbahce will be the favorite, but Olympiacos has its chances. They will have to play like in their second half against CSKA Moscow and also shoot well from long range, because inside, Udoh and Vesely will give the advantage to Obradovic's team."

Dusan Ivkovic

"We are at the crowning of a great season. The EuroLeague nailed it with this new competition system. I'd like to congratulate the EuroLeague and Jordi Bertomeu for that. We are in a basketball party. To me, the Final Four is always a chance to see friends, people I know and also enjoy good basketball. It's also exciting because two clubs that I coached are here. I hope we all will enjoy a great championship game. I also love the fact that the next Final Four will be in Belgrade."

Sergio Scariolo

"We saw good games in the semifinals; they were tense, dramatic and typical for these kinds of duels. Olympiacos showed faith, but they will have to repeat the feat against a team that is physically well-prepared. Fenerbahce starts the game as favorite, but a final can also be won by the team with fewer chances and less pressure. I expect a great final in a great atmosphere, worthy of this magnificent event."

Theodoros Papaloukas

"A great championship game from a great event awaits us. I will root for my former team, Olympiacos, but I think that a Fenerbahce win would be good for basketball."