"Elimination from the cup hurt us a lot. We wanted to continue in the Greek Cup. It was one of our targets but we failed. We proved our weaknesses and we have to improve" said Mavrokefalidis about the defeat from Aris for the Greek Cup.
AEK chairman Makis Angelopoulos keeps oninvesting on the club and this makes the responsibility even bigger: "This responsibility exists. When a man invest his money, he has demands and this creates pressure for the result. We want to make Angelopoulos happy and the club too. This should be in our minds hen we play. We have the responsibility".
AEK coach Dragan Sakota mentioned that they are better than last season: "I think it's true. We have good players and we have to learn eachother and improve our weaknesses. Some players are better than last year but we should become better as a team. That's what matters. Not the individuald but the team as a whole. Details make the difference. I think that we have improved on defence and wy try to become better from the preseason. We have some problems on the offence but there is much talent".
To the question if AEK could claim the championship, Mavrokefalidis replied: "Fans are thirsty and it's reasonable. AEK were far from the two big clubs. They are far this season too. The deficit will be reduced though year by year. We need to work to be on the same level. If we manage to qualify for the finals from this season, it will be a miracle. You always play for the victory, whether we play against the last team of the Basket League or the Greek champions Olympiacos".
The 31-year-old forward commented on his career till now: "If I could play with the same team for many years, It would have been ideal. I had the option to chose in many cases and I don;t regret my decision to play with all the clubs I played. Career is unpredictable like life. An athlete should be on the highest level. I could not play with Aris though".
Mavrokefalidis was not in the Greek NT squad for the Eurobasket: "The NT were more than complete this year and I could not fit in the roster. The coach's style matters too. We failed and this saddens me the most. I am ready to play if I am asked".
About the retirement from the Greek NT: "If I was on that level of players like Papaloukas, Diamantidis and Spanoulis I would follow Giannakis's example who retired 37-years-old. These great players are basketball symbols. NT mean glory and reputation. Gasol is Spains' history. It's how an athlete feels his body. I would play till the end of my career".