By Eurohoops team / firstname.lastname@example.org
In Stankovic’s words: Another Final Four is around the corner and what a wonderful way to crown a champion it is! Since the format was permanently adopted in 1988, I have seen all of them. Some 25 of them I experienced in person and the rest I watched on TV.
These are my memories of the most exciting moments that have marked the tournament, in my opinion. There has been a bit of everything: drama, emotion, heroes and tragic figures, great games, great stars and great coaches. Of the Final Fours I did not witness live, from Ghent in 1988, I remember Bob McAdoo, one of the best Americans to ever play in Europe. From Munich in 1989, I remember the talents of Toni Kukoc and Dino Radja; from Paris in 1991, the great duo of Kukoc and Zoran Savic sparked the Jugoplastika three-peat; and from Munich in 1999, the traditional Lithuanian power Zalgiris lifting the trophy with the help of genius playmaker Tyus Edney.