Istanbul Calling: Fener's downfall, Efes' upswing & NT hopes



In this week's episode of the Full Court podcast, BasketNews duo Orazio Cauchi and Uygar Karaca talk about the main topics surrounding Turkish basketball. What's wrong with Fenerbahce, Efes' positive run after a difficult start, and the future of Turkish NT.

Topics

  • Intro (00:00);
  • What's wrong with Fenerbahce (1:10);
  • Disappointing players in Fener (6:40);
  • Coach Djordjevic at risk? (13:20);
  • Efes' difficult start and improvements recently (15:20);
  • Efes last dance with this roster? (21:31);
  • FIBA windows and the hopes for Turkish NT (24:01);

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Sasa Djordjevic on NBA adventure, exceptional De Colo & Zeljko’s goal



Fenerbahce BEKO Istanbul head coach Aleksandar Djordjevic joined the Urbonus podcast in Kaunas to talk about early days playmaking for Larry Bird, choosing between two NBA offers, the quite weird similar thing he shares with Sarunas Jasikevicius, the great leader he found in Fener, and what fuels Serbian basketball.

Topics:

  • Intro & playing with Larry Bird (00:00);
  • Two NBA offers & Sabonis joke (5:05);
  • Crazy Djordjevic numbers & radical change (9:05);
  • Scorer’s advice to solve Fenerbahce problem (12:59);
  • Teodosic tip on Fenerbahce leader (15:59);
  • Inspiring Serbia NT locker room story (19:05);
  • Tough goal to repeat for Zeljko (25:57);
  • Djordjevic phone calls with his dad (29:46).

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Booed Hezonja and wild Crvena Zvezda - Partizan derby (URBONUS podcast)



BasketNews’ Donatas Urbonas & Rytis Vysniauskas discuss Mario Hezonja’s return to Athens, the most exciting things from the first Crvena Zvezda and Partizan derby game, a coaching change in Baskonia, and top EuroLeague teams facing issues.

Topics:

  • Intro, Vysniauskas comeback, Urbonas mystery (00:00):
  • Did Hezonja deserve to be booed at OAKA (6:22);
  • Timma, Lambo and OJ Mayo (18:07);
  • Rivalry ghosts in Europe (22:39);
  • Uncomfortable scenes in Crvena Zvezda - Partizan derby (27:30);
  • Why Zvezda dominated Partizan (30:31);
  • Two best Zvezda & Partizan players (38:10);
  • If CSKA can rely on Iffe Lundberg (42:57);
  • Two ways to solve Fenerbahce issues (57:01);
  • Finding a hard time in understanding Bartzokas (1:05:55);
  • If Othello Hunter was right blaming referees (1:10:54);
  • Not that type of a change we’ve expected in Baskonia (1:14:08);
  • Rytis is back with Ataman’s impression (1:16:58);
  • The best upcoming double-week games (1:18:38);
  • The best format idea for the EuroLeague (1:21:05);
  • Undiscovered talent pool for the NBA scouts (1:27:23).

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Angry Saras and ridiculous EuroLeague TV interviews (URBONUS podcast)



BasketNews’ Donatas Urbonas & Rytis Vysniauskas discuss the game of the week in Milan and what was unusual behind the scenes, why CSKA are not in crisis yet, painful days in Vitoria & Kaunas, and crazy fan experiences in the top EuroLeague arenas.
Topics:

  • Intro about the unsung heroes (00:00);
  • A game-changer in Milan (4:59);
  • Unusual post-game scenes at Mediolanum Forum (12:29);
  • Hines three-pointer, Armani’s question marks (18:19);
  • “Fire Itoudis!“; “CSKA in crisis!“; “Shved is bad!” (24:34);
  • Fenerbahce and their late-game ghosts (28:16);
  • What’s common between bad starts of title contenders (33:42);
  • The problem with the EuroLeague TV interviews (38:32);
  • Hero of the week in Zenit (44:41);
  • The way to win games for low-budget teams (50:00);
  • Another development in Baskonia’s saga (56:45);
  • Greatest EuroLeague backcourt so far (1:01:10);
  • Ridiculous Zdovc’s statement (1:05:02);
  • Crazy scenes in Athens (1:17:05);
  • The EuroLeague gym where players looked scared (1:21:23);
  • Is there a place in the EL for young players (1:26:00);
  • Another Ataman’s impression in the making (1:32:53);
  • Ideal EuroLeague model (1:34:00).

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Ataman (not) on a hot seat, Zalgiris survival plan & time for a change in Baskonia



BasketNews’ Donatas Urbonas & Rytis Vysniauskas discuss the possibility of a coaching change in Anadolu Efes and Baskonia, the roster changes in Zalgiris, and the hottest topics of the latest EuroLeague double-game week.

Topics:

  • Intro, if Ergin Ataman is on a hot seat (00:00);
  • The pros and cons of Zalgiris signing Zoran Dragic (12:37);
  • Can Tai Webster be the answer for Zalgiris problems (17:45);
  • The necessary mentality change in building Zalgiris roster (26:39);
  • If Mudiay belongs in the EuroLeague (29:37);
  • The rebirth of Maccabi (35:20);
  • One weird game for Mike James & Monaco (39:31);
  • Why TJ Parker is a hero of the week (44:50);
  • The change needed in Baskonia (51:53);
  • Ranking Top 3 teams to cover on TV (58:55);
  • What Fenerbahce are missing to win close games (1:10:20);
  • Unexpected turnaround for UNICS (1:14:35);
  • NBA in Europe scenario (1:16:44);
  • Good situation for Gudaitis and Kuzminskas (1:20:37);
  • If Baldwin will surpass Granger for main PG minutes (1:27:52).

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