David Blatt on FIBA and EuroLeague “egos” and “political designs” that hurt basketball

2018-09-10T15:48:18+00:00 2018-09-10T22:22:28+00:00.

Antigoni Zachari

10/Sep/18 15:48


David Blatt addresses the FIBA World Cup windows and the conflict with EuroLeague, stating it’s a matter of egos and political designs that has got to stop.

By Antigoni Zachari / info@eurohoops.net

Olympiacos‘ head coach David Blatt spoke to the press about the controversy caused by the FIBA World Cup windows.

Blatt, who has served as the head coach of the Russian NT for several years, explains:

“I am someone that has lived in both worlds. I’ve been a long time NT coach; I spent seven years coaching Russia. I’ve been 25 years in the coaching business. I’ve been more than a decade coaching in the EuroLeague. I know that there are very good people on both sides of the fence.”

Blatt is also critical of how this conflict between FIBA and EuroLeague hurts the sport: ” This situation is not unlikely of what’s happening to the rest of the world. There are a lot of good people with good ideas that can’t seem to get together and do the right thing. What’s happening now it’s not for the good of basketball or the good of players, but for the good of people with ego, people with political designs”.

“It’s about time, it’s got to stop”, Blatt insists. “It’s about time someone steps up and says “hey, what the right thing to do for the game. And not for the politics, the egos, the designs, I don’t know. It’s wrong and it’s got to stop”.

It was the last question in his first formal meeting with the Greek press, during the presentation of the sponsorship deal between Olympiacos and Bwin. Blatt also talked about the new version of Olympiacos and the upcoming season. Watch the full interview below:

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