“The EuroLeague has a huge audience around the world. If the season is not completed, it loses its credibility,” Ataman added. “So I think they will definitely try to complete this season.”
Ataman’s comments are similar to what CSKA Moscow president Andrey Vatutin mentioned on how critical it is for EuroLeague to finish the season properly. “If for some reason the season is not completed, we risk losing the entire tournament,” Vatutin told Russian media.
“I agree with Vatutin too,” Ataman said while describing EuroLeague’s decision to cancel 2019-2020 as “unfortunate.” Ataman’s Efes was first in the EuroLeague standings when the competition shut down the previous season.