Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar reached an agreement with head coach Sasa Obradovic to terminate his contract, the club announced Monday. Obradovic, 49, was fired hours after Lokomotiv's home loss against Kalav Cramo in VTB League action. Lokomotiv had also lost at home against ALBA Berlin in the 7DAYS EuroCup earlier last week. He had joined Lokomotiv in November 2016, replacing Fotis Katsikaris and helped Loko reach the EuroCup semifinals in 2017, as well as the EuroCup Finals in 2018. Obradovic led the Russian powerhouse to 20 consecutive EuroCup wins, tying the longest overall winning streak in competition history, which Lokomotiv had previously set from 2013 to 2015. That allowed him to be chosen as the 7DAYS EuroCup Coach of the Year for the 2017-18 season. This season, Obradovic led Lokomotiv to a 4-1 EuroCup record and to a 3-2 start in the VTB League. He had a 33-8 coaching record with Loko in the EuroCup. Lokomotiv is now looking for a new coach.
"Being Lokomotiv's coach was an honor for me. I would like to thank all the people who worked at the club, the coaches and the great fans who supported me all the time and helped me feel at home," Obradovic said after in an official announcement. "It seems to me that we experienced many wonderful moments together, most of the time showed excellent basketball and enjoyed the game. I will keep Krasnodar in my heart. Go ahead, Loko!"