By Eurohoops team/ email@example.com
Langford won the Greek League and Cup titles with Panathinaikos but didn’t feel like “being himself” through the season. The 35-year-old American guard played 19:51 minutes (10.7 points, 2.2 rebounds) in EuroLeague (plus 19.03 minutes in Greek League) a number which was quite the contrast in comparison with the 30+ minutes he averaged in previous seasons in the competition.
Here’s what Langford said on his free agency goals per Talkbasket.net:
Q: What are your plans?
A: My plans are to go somewhere where I will be able to be myself again. That’s my plan. I thank Panathinaikos for this season, it was fun, but I have to go back to being me. That’s all I want to do.
Q: What do you mean by that?
A: Just my role and everything … It was fun and I’m happy about everything in the season, but I want to finish my career on my own terms. I wish I had more opportunities and playing time. That’s the main factor. Historically, I’ve been playing for fourteen years and in my previous thirteen years I’ve never been a player of 11, 14 or 15 minutes, things like that. For me, the opportunity and the freedom to be who I am as a player is the most important.
Q: Was it a matter of coach?
A: I don’t know. I just think that my role was never consistent. Some games maybe yes, some games maybe no. I would rather be how I’ve been for the majority of my career. Like I said, the experience was great. I’m glad I came here to see how it is, but it’s probably not the role for me.