Derrick Williams on Fenerbahce, Zeljko Obradovic, playing in Europe

2019-11-12T16:55:10+00:00 2019-11-12T17:09:48+00:00.

Antonis Stroggylakis

12/Nov/19 16:55

Derrick Williams discussed what is like playing with Fenerbahce and under Zeljko Obradovic and the European basketball experience.

By Eurohoops team/

Fenerbahce Beko forward and former No. 2 Draft pick Derrick Williams talked about joining the Turkish team this summer following a strong debut season in EuroLeague with Bayern Munich.

“I don’t think I could have picked a better place,” Williams said to EuroLeague Basketball. “This is a great city, great team, great staff and everybody has great character and great personality,” Williams said. “As soon as you walk into the building, [winning a championship] is what you’re thinking of. You’re practicing every day, working hard for a EuroLeague title, not just to be in the EuroLeague and compete. There’s a difference between competing and winning a EuroLeague title. That’s why I wanted to come here. If you look at the roster, not so many teams have [our talent]. If you put it all together, it could be scary.”

Williams is coached by the winningest coach in the history of European basketball: Zeljko Obradovic. He’s really respected. No matter where you go, they are taking more pictures with him than anyone else on our team! I’ve never had that before,” Williams said. In recalling their preseason trip to play in Greece, he shared: “Obviously he won with Panathinaikos. I understand, but they respect him like he’s their coach right now! He deserves it. Whenever you win in different places, you earn respect.”

One thing that Williams likes in European basketball is how the game is more physical. “There’s not too many smaller fouls being called and things like that. “They’re just kind of letting guys play and I think that’s good for the game.”

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