Good vibes ahead of Final Four: This is how FC Barcelona's Media Day looked like

Miguel Lois Vidal
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2022-05-17 16:32
Credit: BasketNews/Begum Unal
Credit BasketNews/Begum Unal

Dante Exum grabs the rebound and waits for another opportunity to pass a ball to deadly shooter Kyle Kuric. Swish. One time. Twice. Six in a row after a shot from Michael Caicedo hit the ball to avoid the basket.

"He can't miss," said the Australian guard looking at BasketNews journalist during the FC Barcelona's Media Day ahead of the EuroLeague Final Four. 

Exum and Kuric have become good friends in Barca. Both are important in Sarunas Jasikevicius' plans. When Cory Higgins was sidelined, Exum erupted as a key piece for the Blaugranas. 

3-pointers this season

40%
9,1
Points made: 9,1
Accuracy: 40,1%
Place in standings: 6
Record max: 16
Record min: 3
Most made 3FGs: Nikola Mirotic

Meanwhile, Kuric is still the best executor for the Lithuanian playbook. Despite some injury problems in the last few days, the American sharpshooter will be ready to rumble at Belgrade. 

Exum attended the media after the practice in the middle of Palau Blaugrana's court.

"I am excited to play the Final Four. We are waiting to get out of there and show what we are capable of. We want to win. It won't be easy, but we are ready," stated Dante, while Kuric was next to him nodding his head.

FC Barcelona suffered again in the EuroLeague quarterfinals, as they did last year against Zenit. What do they learn from that?

"Well… (Exum thought about the answer), we proved this team can fight. We managed to pull it out. We bounced back against a really tough team. This should have helped us in the upcoming F4," revealed the Aussie.

Exum made his debut in the EuroLeague against Real Madrid, scoring two points in just 12 minutes of action. A lot of water has flowed under the bridge since then.

Asked about the upcoming semifinals over the Los Blancos, Exum told Basketnews some of the keys.

"We must be focused on our defense. Everything starts there. Then it turns into offense. They have experience and they have improved in the last games. Our mindset is to win. We will need to suffer,” he concluded.

Kuric heard all that his teammate had to say, standing as a journalist next to him and listening to the answers. 

"I agreed with him. What can I add?" he laughed. 

Eventually, Kuric gave his impressions about the upcoming Final Four.

"I will not be very original, but in a Final Four, there are no favorites. It's a different story. We have fought a lot to be there, we deserved to play for the title again. Last year we were really close to winning, now it's time to finish business." 

Asked about Exum's adaptation and how the Australian has stolen him minutes, Kuric praised the addition. 

"I do not care about who plays. I mean, if Dante is on the court, it's okay. If I am, okay too. The goal is to win, no matter who plays."

Almost 30 journalists invaded the floor, an image that rolled us back to the pre-pandemic period. 

Jokubaitis was one of the players in the spotlight, always with a smile. He showed his ambition ahead of the semifinals.

"When you start the season, you dream to reach that kind of games. Those that allow you to fight for the titles. I am nervous but really motivated," he assured. 

Brandon Davies was with the physiotherapist, while Nikola Mirotic and Nicolas Laprovittola spent almost an hour answering questions.

It's their time and the big one. Belgrade waits for them.



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