They said it: 'It's an honor that Blatt is my friend'

Oct 12, 2019 by Print
They said it: 'It's an honor that Blatt is my friend'

The intensity and passion that characterizes the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague this week spilled over into the post-game discussions, as well. Here is some of the best of what this week's protagonists, both winners and losers, had to say following their games.

Shout out to a friend

"I want to dedicate this win to a great coach and a great person – to David Blatt. It's an honor for me to say that he's my friend."

After Olympiacos Piraeus finished a traumatic week with a healing victory, interim coach Kestutis Kemzura selflessly turned his thoughts to the man he had just replaced – his long-time friend and coaching companion David Blatt.


The buck stops here

"I did not say a single word in the locker room for the first time in my career...This is my responsibility, and I have to analyze it with my staff why we scored these miserable 56 points."

Zeljko Obradovic was far from happy about Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul falling to 0-2 after a 68-56 loss at Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade.



Cheering for the crowd

Lorenzo Brown - Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade Media day 2019 - EB19


"The fans were amazing! I can't explain it. There was a lot of cheering going on. I could barely hear anything. Keep that up guys!"

New Zvezda signing Lorenzo Brown thoroughly enjoyed his first EuroLeague home game ever, and had a special message for his team's loyal and loud army of supporters.


Men vs. boys

"In the first quarter, Milan dominated us physically. It was looking like men playing against boys a little bit."

Another unhappy coach was Sarunas Jasikevicius of Zalgiris Kaunas, whose team conceded a big early lead to host AX Armani Exchange Milan before losing in a close finish.


Talking 'bout D

"No agent will tell you that he has an excellent defensive player. It means that our job as coaches is to convince players that defense is also important."

Coach Svetislav Pesic had defense on his mind after FC Barcelona allowed just 7 fourth-quarter points to win at Zenit St Petersburg.


Crazy but true

Zvezdan Mitrovic - LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne Media Day 2019 - EB19


"In our craziest dreams, we couldn't imagine that we would open the EuroLeague season against two legendary Greek teams and win both games at home."

After downing Panathinaikos OPAP Athens on the back of a Round 1 triumph over Olympiacos, LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne is now 2-0, something that first-time EuroLeague coach Zvezdan Mitrovic did not expect.