By Eurohoops team / firstname.lastname@example.org
After having one of the most stunning debut performances in EuroCup history, former NBA guard Yogi Ferrell sat down with Antonis Stroggylakis and Antigoni Zachari on Eurohoops’ EurohooPOD podcast for a discussion on his beginning with Cedevita Olimpija and not only.
Among other topics, Ferrell talks about why he left Panathinaikos Athens to join Cedevita in Slovenia and why his partnership with the Greek powerhouse ended so quickly.
He also breaks down the most notable differences he has noticed between NBA and European basketball, recalls his days with the Dallas Mavericks, and whether he regrets backing out of an agreement to continue with the team.
“I feel like I would do the same and decide to go to Sacramento,” says Ferrell about his decision to leave the Mavs. “They made moves that were best for their franchise. I re-evaluated the situation and, basically, I felt like I needed to make a move for myself”.
Ferrell also revealed his goal to get back in the NBA: “I’m definitely hoping so. I definitely want to get back over there and still show I belong in the league”, he told the EurohooPOD.
Tune in to Episode 9 of the EurohooPOD below:
(1:50) – (2:55) – Impressive EuroCup debut with Cedevita
(2:56) – (3:38) Getting a lot of minutes and a leading role right from the first game
(3:45) – (6:20) Experiencing the intense atmosphere of a European derby (Partizan – Cedevita), interacting with Partizan fans. Brad Stevens’ presence in the game.
(6:21) – (7:01) His transition to European basketball
(7:02) – (7:55) The main differences between NBA basketball and European basketball that stick out for him
(7:56) – (9:11) Why things didn’t work out for him at Panathinaikos
(9:12) – (10:12) His expectations coming to Panathinaikos and why he didn’t play much
(10:13) – (10:39) If he ever came close to playing in Europe before
(10:41) – (11:30) Becoming an instant favorite among Dallas Mavericks fans and being named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team of 2017
(11:31) – (12:29) Whether he regrets his decision to back out of an agreement to continue with the Mavs in 2018. His goal for an NBA return
(12:30) – (13:41) Playing alongside Dirk Nowitzki – the lessons he learned from the German great
(13:42) His “Yogi” nickname