Interviews with basketball people from NBA to EuroLeague to domestic leagues.
Shavon Shields on Kyle Hines in Danish NT & a headband away from being Paul Pierce
AX Armani Exchange star Shavon Shields talks to BasketNews’ Donatas Urbonas about his success in Milan, the missing piece for the EuroLeague title, life inspirations, and two crucial plays he had to go through last season.
Intro about his childhood haircut (00:00);
A headband away from being Paul Pierce (00:35);
Kyle Hines in Danish NT (2:21);
Messina’s pitch, success in Milan (4:00);
Getting through painful Final 4 experience (7:11);
The missing piece for the EuroLeague title (9:05);
NBA opportunity (10:59);
Biggest life inspirations (12:01).
The Incredible Mr. Ricci - the most unexpected EuroLeague rookie story
AX Armani Exchange Milan newcomer Giampaolo Ricci talks to BasketNews’ Donatas Urbonas about his unexpected journey to the EuroLeague from the lower Italian divisions, making Milos Teodosic smile as a captain, shocking the Italian basketball world with his summer decision and dreaming about the next crazy scenarios.
Intro about maths in basketball (00:00);
The unexpected story from the 3rd division to the EuroLeague (5:33);
Handling haters, advice for underrated players (10:23);
The coach who boosted his career (15:52);
The captain speech for Teodosic and Belinelli (21:48);
How the captain of a championship team moved to rivals (26:49);
The next crazy chapter for Pippo Ricci, crazy fans’ reaction (29:27).
Will Thomas on his surprising EuroLeague move & lessons that boosted his career
AS Monaco big man Will Thomas sat with BasketNews’ Donatas Urbonas to talk about the secret of his longevity, the strategy that usually never works to stop him, his surprising EuroLeague move, and what he calls his second home.
Mike Krzyzewski words on a podcast that proved Will Thomas was doing the right thing (2:05);
A great story of such players like Will Thomas and Krunoslav Simon (6:20);
The weirdest adjustments in Europe and getting a Georgian passport (8:19);
The same strategy that EuroLeague teams use against Will Thomas, but it usually doesn’t work (14:25);
What was behind a championship team in Valencia and an emotional outburst during a time-out (17:40);
Why Will Thomas left Zenit, what happened with UNICS, and what he’s expecting in Monaco (20:41);
The second-father figure for Will Thomas, his plans after the last game of his life (25:04).
Sasha Vezenkov on his stint with Barcelona, playing with Spanoulis & Cyprian basketball | BN Talks
Olympiacos Piraeus forward Sasha Vezenkov sat with BasketNews’ Jonas Miklovas to talk about his childhood and basketball culture in Cyprus, experience in Barcelona, and the pleasure of playing with the legendary Vassilis Spanoulis.
Dimitris Itoudis talks his willingness to learn, Alexey Shved qualities and CSKA mentality
Last two seasons Dimitris Itoudis, one of the basketball masterminds, coached Mike James and dealt with his character. In the upcoming year, he is ready to face new challenges, including Alexey Shved’s integration into the team. Itoudis talks to BasketNews’ Jonas Miklovas about his desire to improve and his way of thinking.
Intro and three facts about Dimitris Itoudis (0:00);
The start of the journey and the off-season period (7:53);
Calm, stable summer and conversations with Alexey Shved (13:27);
CSKA and Dimitris Itoudis mindset (19:27).
Jan Vesely on leadership example from Partizan, Zeljko’s surprise & Czech adventure
BasketNews’ Donatas Urbonas talks to Fenerbahce Istanbul center Jan Vesely about his Olympic adventure with the Czech national team, surprising Zeljko move and how they surprised the EuroLeague together in Fenerbahce, turning down the NBA offers, his second home in Istanbul and the example he wants to set in his beloved team.
Intro about the first Olympic adventure (00:00);
The main thing behind Czech National Team success (3:02);
Why Zeljko Obradovic surprised Jan Vesely (7:17);
What is Istanbul for Jan Vesely and how they changed the EuroLeague (9:10);
Why Vesely turned down the NBA offers (13:34);
The exceptional leadership example which Vesely always turned back to (17:04);
Fenerbahce rebuild and retiring his jersey in Ulker Sports Arena (23:48);