Interviews

Ettore Messina, Milan: 'It is gonna be difficult'

Ettore Messina, Milan: 'It is gonna be difficult'

May 26, 2021
The last man to lead an Italian club to EuroLeague glory, Coach Ettore Messina, now has an experienced AX Armani Exchange Milan squad in the Final Four for the first time in...
Dimitris Itoudis, CSKA: 'We choose to fall forward'

Dimitris Itoudis, CSKA: 'We choose to fall forward'

May 25, 2021
At the end of a unique EuroLeague season, history-makers CSKA Moscow and Coach Dimitris Itoudis are in a familiar position, qualified for the Final Four and competing for...
Sarunas Jasikevicius, Barcelona: 'Control the things you can control'

Sarunas Jasikevicius, Barcelona: 'Control the things you can control'

May 25, 2021
A winner of four EuroLeague crowns as a player, Coach Sarunas Jasikevicius looks to lead FC Barcelona to the promised land 18 years after he helped it to its maiden...
Ergin Ataman, Efes: 'This club deserves to take a title now'

Ergin Ataman, Efes: 'This club deserves to take a title now'

May 24, 2021
At its second consecutive Final Four, Turkish giant Anadolu Efes Istanbul has the opportunity to crown a stellar three-year period of excellence, and head coach Ergin Ataman...
Krunoslav Simon, Efes: 'This is pure joy'

Krunoslav Simon, Efes: 'This is pure joy'

May 21, 2021
Krunoslav Simon of Anadolu Efes Istanbul is enjoying one of the finest seasons of his career at the age of 35, which also gives him a healthy perspective on his team's...
Kyle Kuric, Barcelona: 'We play as a team'

Kyle Kuric, Barcelona: 'We play as a team'

May 20, 2021
FC Barcelona sharpshooter Kyle Kuric had life-saving brain surgery in the city he now represents back in 2015. How he heads to his first EuroLeague Final Four eager to return...
Iffe Lundberg, CSKA: 'I believe in my capabilities'

Iffe Lundberg, CSKA: 'I believe in my capabilities'

May 19, 2021
Iffe Lundberg is about to become the first Danish-born player to compete in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four after a whirlwind season that saw him start in the...
Shavon Shields, Milan: 'Our mindset was to win'

Shavon Shields, Milan: 'Our mindset was to win'

May 18, 2021
Shavon Shields was the star of AX Armani Exchange Milan's Game 5 win to reach the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four and now he hopes to leave Cologne with two more...
Will Clyburn, CSKA: 'You worked the whole season to get to this point.'

Will Clyburn, CSKA: 'You worked the whole season to get to this point.'

May 10, 2021
CSKA Moscow forward and the EuroLeague MPV for April, Will Clyburn, reflects on his season and looks ahead to the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four in this interview.
Bryant Dunston, Efes: 'The defense is gonna be there'

Bryant Dunston, Efes: 'The defense is gonna be there'

May 03, 2021
Anadolu Efes Istanbul center Bryant Dunston has used defense and his commitment to winning and playing team basketball to build a storied career in the Turkish Airlines...
Usman Garuba: 'Real Madrid chose me'

Usman Garuba: 'Real Madrid chose me'

Apr 26, 2021
Teenager Usman Garuba is a constantly improving bundle of energy and was one of only two players to appear in every Turkish Airlines EuroLeague game for Real Madrid this...
Kevin Pangos, Zenit: 'I always had passion for the game'

Kevin Pangos, Zenit: 'I always had passion for the game'

Apr 22, 2021
Despite hailing from a hockey-mad suburb of Toronto, Canada, Kevin Pangos fell in love with basketball as a boy and his passion has only increased with time.
Nikola Mirotic, Barcelona: 'It's a team job'

Nikola Mirotic, Barcelona: 'It's a team job'

Apr 07, 2021
It's a sweet moment for big man Nikola Mirotic. He led his team, FC Barcelona, to winning the regular season and he also was named March MVP in the process. In this interview,...
Ali Muhammed, Fenerbahce: 'I don't look for excuses'

Ali Muhammed, Fenerbahce: 'I don't look for excuses'

Mar 17, 2021
Every basketball career has its obstacles, some major, some minor, that come along the way. Then there are compelling stories of pure survival, as in the case of Fenerbahce...
Leandro Bolmaro, Barcelona: 'I still want to do track and field sometimes'

Leandro Bolmaro, Barcelona: 'I still want to do track and field sometimes'

Mar 10, 2021
Leandro Bolmaro has become one of the most fun-to-watch young players in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague. The tall playmaker has shocked fans with his athleticism, which he...
Nikola Kalinic, Valencia: 'We managed to turn things around'

Nikola Kalinic, Valencia: 'We managed to turn things around'

Mar 02, 2021
The February MVP, Nikola Kalinic of Valencia Basket, talks abit about how Valencia has turned around its season, his personal assists record... and growing tomatoes at home.
Bojan Dubljevic, Valencia: 'When I retire, I can improve my darts'

Bojan Dubljevic, Valencia: 'When I retire, I can improve my darts'

Feb 23, 2021
Bojan Dubljevic is not only an excellent marksman in basketball, but the Valencia Basket big man's favorite hobby is throwing darts and he's pretty good at that, too!
Langston Hall, Crvena Zvezda: 'Treat everybody with respect'

Langston Hall, Crvena Zvezda: 'Treat everybody with respect'

Feb 18, 2021
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade guard Langston Hall has been a team-first player throughout his career both because it suits his on-court talents and his off-court personality.
Nick Weiler-Babb, Bayern: 'I've always looked up to Chris'

Nick Weiler-Babb, Bayern: 'I've always looked up to Chris'

Feb 16, 2021
Nick Weiler-Babb of FC Bayern Munich is in his first season in the EuroLeague, however, his road to basketball success was first blazed by older brother Chris Babb, a 2018...
Carlos Alocen, Real Madrid: 'We shared that love for Madrid'

Carlos Alocen, Real Madrid: 'We shared that love for Madrid'

Feb 12, 2021
Point guard Carlos Alocen has a multi-generational story to his rise to the Real Madrid lineup. His father was a product of Los Blancos' youth academy, but despite a lengthy...
Ben Lammers, ALBA: 'Engineering is always an option'

Ben Lammers, ALBA: 'Engineering is always an option'

Feb 04, 2021
ALBA Berlin center Ben Lammers is not your average professional basketball player. A mechanical engineering major at Georgia Tech, Lammers is an expert coder and continues...
Johannes Voigtmann, CSKA: 'I'm very interested in every sport there is!'

Johannes Voigtmann, CSKA: 'I'm very interested in every sport there is!'

Feb 03, 2021
As a sports junkie, CSKA Moscow center Johannes Voigtmann tries to take lessons to basketball from every sport he follows, including the one he pursued first, handball.
Jan Vesely, Fenerbahce: 'Now we're playing great basketball'

Jan Vesely, Fenerbahce: 'Now we're playing great basketball'

Feb 03, 2021
After leading Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul to six wins in as many January games, the EuroLeague MVP for the Month said he is playing more mature basketball today and hopes to keep...
Martin Hermannsson, Valencia: 'I had a little dream of playing here'

Martin Hermannsson, Valencia: 'I had a little dream of playing here'

Jan 25, 2021
Valencia Basket guard Martin Hermannsson's first up-close look at the club came when his uncle and Icelandic legend Jon Stefansson was playing there. And he dreamed of wearing...
Ante Zizic: 'Maccabi was always there'

Ante Zizic: 'Maccabi was always there'

Jan 18, 2021
When Ante Zizic decided over the summer that the time was right for him to return to the EuroLeague, Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv was a natural landing spot because of the...
Nikola Milutinov, CSKA: 'We have the quality'

Nikola Milutinov, CSKA: 'We have the quality'

Jan 05, 2021
Following a record-breaking performance and 12 victories in a row, MVP for December Nikita Milutinov is happy with his move to CSKA Moscow and their chances of mvoing toward...
Rodrigue Beaubois, Efes: 'Everything went so fast'

Rodrigue Beaubois, Efes: 'Everything went so fast'

Dec 08, 2020
Anadolu Efes Istanbul guard Rodrigue Beaubois takes us from his humble roots in the Caribbean archipelago Guadeloupe, leaving home as a teenager to play in France, and winning...
Mike James, CSKA: 'We're moving good now'

Mike James, CSKA: 'We're moving good now'

Dec 02, 2020
After leading CSKA Moscow to a 5-0 record in November, star guard Mike James talks, among other things, about the team's surge and his confidence in late-game situations,...
Alexey Shved, Khimki: 'I like the restaurant business'

Alexey Shved, Khimki: 'I like the restaurant business'

Dec 01, 2020
The talent and effort that Khimki Moscow Region superstar Alexey Shved combines so well on a basketball court are clearly the right ingredients for his thriving restaurant...
KC Rivers, Zenit: 'I've been blessed to have this opportunity'

KC Rivers, Zenit: 'I've been blessed to have this opportunity'

Nov 25, 2020
Zenit St Petersburg swingman KC Rivers's career has seen him play professionally in Europe for clubs in eight different countries and he has special memories from every stop.
Riccardo Moraschini, Milan: 'I don't like to lose'

Riccardo Moraschini, Milan: 'I don't like to lose'

Nov 24, 2020
Riccardo Moraschini was out of the EuroLeague for more than a decade before Coach Ettore Messina brought him to AX Armani Exchange Milan last season. The one-time prized...
Zach Auguste, Panathinaikos: 'The Greek culture embraced me, open arms'

Zach Auguste, Panathinaikos: 'The Greek culture embraced me, open arms'

Nov 16, 2020
Zach Auguste, a live-wire big man now starting his second Turkish Airlines EuroLeague stint with Panathinaikos OPAP Athens, is rediscovering a big part of his heritage in the...
Achille Polonara, Baskonia: 'I was born at a basketball court'

Achille Polonara, Baskonia: 'I was born at a basketball court'

Nov 11, 2020
TD Systems Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz big man Achille Polonara has always had a role model, a friend and a guide in his older brother Valerio, who at age 36 is still playing...
Louis Olinde, ALBA: 'My father inspired me on many different levels'

Louis Olinde, ALBA: 'My father inspired me on many different levels'

Nov 10, 2020
ALBA Berlin swingman Louis Olinde has plenty of sources of motivation for his career from his own father, Wilbert Olinde Jr., who was a successful collegian and pro player...
Nicolas Laprovittola, Real: 'I have always emulated my mother'

Nicolas Laprovittola, Real: 'I have always emulated my mother'

Nov 09, 2020
Nicolas Laprovittola has succeeded in carving out a very successful career that has culminated with him joining Real Madrid in the summer of 2019, but back home in Argentina,...
Marius Grigonis, Zalgiris: 'We always want to compete'

Marius Grigonis, Zalgiris: 'We always want to compete'

Nov 04, 2020
He emerged last month as a go-to leader on a team that has already in this young season accomplished something unprecedented. And now, for his key role in helping Zalgiris...
Nick Calathes, Barcelona: 'Saras is a player's coach'

Nick Calathes, Barcelona: 'Saras is a player's coach'

Oct 27, 2020
Nick Calathes's head coach at FC Barcelona, Sarunas Jasikevicius, was a star player and his teammate at Panathinaikos Athens when the latter made his EuroLeague debut in 2009....
Thomas Walkup, Zalgiris: 'Spanoulis definitely has the roughest beard'

Thomas Walkup, Zalgiris: 'Spanoulis definitely has the roughest beard'

Oct 20, 2020
Zalgiris Kaunas guard Thomas Walkup has sported a beard for nearly five years. In this conversation, he spoke about first growing it out and gave his thoughts on the best...
Branko Lazic, Crvena Zvezda: 'Zvezda is my life'

Branko Lazic, Crvena Zvezda: 'Zvezda is my life'

Oct 20, 2020
Team captain Branko Lazic, who has played more games and won more trophies with Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade than anyone else, has entered his 10th season with the club that he...
Zan Sisko, Bayern: 'I always try to analyze the game'

Zan Sisko, Bayern: 'I always try to analyze the game'

Oct 14, 2020
Point guard Zan Sisko was just 10 years old the first time he saw former EuroLeague MVP Milos Teodosic play live. Studying the play of Teodosic and other EuroLeague greats has...
Vasilije Micic, Efes: 'I thought I had something in me'

Vasilije Micic, Efes: 'I thought I had something in me'

Oct 06, 2020
A decade since he was stopped cold by a major injury, Anadolu Efes Istanbul guard Vasilije Micic enters his prime having become a star after following a unique path that...
Charles Kahudi, ASVEL: 'The EuroLeague was our challenge'

Charles Kahudi, ASVEL: 'The EuroLeague was our challenge'

Oct 05, 2020
Veteran forward Charles Kahudi's commitment to the project that resulted in LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne joining the EuroLeague goes beyond even his role as team captain.
Felipe Reyes, Real Madrid: 'It's beyond a dream'

Felipe Reyes, Real Madrid: 'It's beyond a dream'

Sep 28, 2020
Age, they say, is just a number, and that sentiment would certainly be echoed by the man who – with 352 appearances and counting – has played more games in the Turkish...
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