Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade brought a familiar face back to its bench with the signing of head coach Sasa Obradovic on Wednesday. The contract is for two seasons with an option for a third. Obradovic, 51, arrives from AS Monaco, which he led to the 7DAYS EuroCup Quarterfinals last season before the season was terminated. Obradovic will coach Zvezda for the first time in his career, but he knows the club well because he played two stints for it, from 1987 to 1993 and the 1999-00 season as one of the best European point guards of his generation.
Obradovic began his coaching career with German side RheinEnergie Cologne months after finishing his playing career with the same club. He has also coached Kyiv and Donetsk of Ukraine, PGE Turow Zgorzelec of Poland, ALBA Berlin of Germany and Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar of Russia. Obradovic helped RheinEnergie win the German League title in 2006 and lifted the Ukrainian League trophy with Donetsk in 2012. He also lifted the German Cup four times - winning it with RheinEnergie in 2006, and with ALBA in 2013, 2014 and 2016. Obradovic won the Russian Cup crown with Lokomotiv in 2018. He was chosen as the 7DAYS EuroCup Coach of the Year for the 2017-18 season, in which he led Lokomotiv to 20 consecutive wins before being swept by Darussafaka Istanbul in the finals.
"I consider myself a part of Zvezda history," Obradovic said at his introductory press conference. "I think I earned to be its coach during all these years. I am not afraid, I am ready both physically and mentally to carry out big expectations. I am aware of the responsibility and strong expectations. Crvena zvezda will play modern basketball on both sides of the floor. We have to create a good team for a tough schedule."