"I like the new version of Panathinaikos BC, with a deep squad in guards and frontline position. Unfortunately, Mike James is injured and this will definitely be a disadvantage for them because he is a very important player. Still, Panathinaikos have the quality to cover his absence. We played against them in two friendly matches, each side won one of them. We want to beat them on Friday, this one counts, and the key for the victory would be grabbing more offensive rebounds, not making mistakes, control the tempo of the game in front of our fans and show them that things will not be easy against us.
Every team which has lost its last important clash in domestic competitions or Euroleague will be even more excited of leaving the next one victorious. The players will try to prove themselves and the fans that they are better than their last performance. I am playing against Nick Calathes in recent years and I really like him. He is an amazing player and does his job for Panathinaikos BC very well. I will have to give my best in order to not allow him score points easily against us, with drives or assists to his teammates.
Coaches Itoudis and Katsikaris are always focusing on details and are passionate about basketball. For some reason, they both like the same style of players, this is their way of working. Dimitris is very analytic and concentrated during games, along with videos and trainings before. His technical staff and him have done an excellent work, the administration is also helping them by bringing quality players to the squad. We have reached two Final Fours and won that of last season, he was also successful as Panathinaikos' assistant coach in the past.
His experience is very important, Fotis is also a very good head coach. He helped me settle in Europe, I had some difficult times at Bilbao Basket and he allowed me reach my current level of performances. I recently saw that Teodosic and De Colo are among the best three players not performing in the NBA. I feel very lucky playing along them, they are making my job so much easier. They know well how to work with each other, so when I enter the court I am just trying not to f@@k things up! You know what I mean, it is very nice playing along those two.
It is certainly a great honor, Milos and Nando are making my job a lot easier. I don't know if we can not continue playing at the same tempo, but we will be definitely trying to do it. Our target is to be successful, our head coach made a solid job at preparing our side. We know well that from the first till the last matchday we will have to play in a way proving that we are the Euroleague champions", said the 30-year-old former player of Antalya Büyükşehir Belediyesi, Virtus Bologna and Bilbao Basket at his SDNA interview.