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Donatas Urbonas, BasketNews
BasketNews' Donatas Urbonas hosts a basketball podcast, centered around Euroleague and European basketball events.
Nov 19, 2021
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).
Nov 15, 2021
Booed Hezonja and wild Crvena Zvezda - Partizan derby
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).
1 hr 30 min
Nov 9, 2021
Sarunas Jasikevicius on winning formula, happy Zeljko & NBA in Europe
FC Barcelona head coach Sarunas Jasikevicius joined the Urbonus podcast in Milan to talk about his philosophy of building a championship team in Barcelona, the direction in which the EuroLeague should be heading, his good old friend Zeljko Obradovic in Belgrade, and his first love Zalgiris going through a very challenging rebuild process after his era in Kaunas. Topics: * Intro about what’s more important than winning (00:00); * How to get better after losing the final against Efes (2:00); * Explaining Mirotic what a good and bad shot is (5:08); * Big goal for Rokas Jokubaitis (11:00); * Discussing salary reduction with Barca stars (13:00); * Jordi’s dismissal and the necessary EuroLeague change (15:30); * The beauty of the EuroLeague over the NBA (18:45); * What went wrong with Zalgiris (23:00); * Funny message to Zeljko Obradovic (28:32); * Obsessed winners (30:03).
Nov 8, 2021
Angry Saras and ridiculous EuroLeague TV interviews
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).
1 hr 40 min
Nov 2, 2021
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).
1 hr 31 min
Oct 25, 2021
Weird revolution, new EuroLeague boss, and struggling NBA players in Europe
BasketNews’ Donatas Urbonas & Rytis Vysniauskas talk about Jordi Bertomeu’s position as CEO and the most interesting Euroleague games of round 5 Topics: * Intro about Rytis finally joining Twitter (00:00); * Potential NBA project in Europa (3:43); * Who could replace Jordi Bertomeu as Euroleague’s new CEO? (08:51); * Anadolu Efes get their first win (20:09); * The struggles of O.J. Mayo and other newcomers from the NBA (27:15); * Xavi Pasqual facing tough challenges with Zenit (30:43); * Kenneth Faried’s unsuccessful first Euroleague minutes but CSKA overcoming obstacles again (35:48); * Crazy moment of Alexey Shved (41:32); * Mike James and Monaco disappointing performance vs Baskonia (42:52); * Hard working Tadas Sedekerskis delivers (45:27); * Drama in Milan as Olimpia extend their winning streak (46:38); * Praises for Ellie Okobo and ASVEL (48:14); * Memorable night for Edy Tavares and Real Madrid’s victory (50:55); * Hero and Zero of the week nominations (55:50); * Interesting time outs in Kaunas (01:01:12); * Reacting to comments on YouTube (01:05:42); * Best games to watch this week (01:15:47).
1 hr 19 min
Oct 21, 2021
Sergio Scariolo on improving NBA bridge, key in post-Gasol era & clear goal with Virtue
Sergio Scariolo talks to BasketNews’ Donatas Urbonas about building a connection with Spain NT stars, Spain basketball future in the post-Gasol era, the missing piece in the bridge between NBA and Europe, why it would be a mistake to create a rivalry between him and Ettore Messina, and his expectations from a new chapter with Virtus. Topics: * Intro, the reasons behind the discipline of Scariolo (00:00); * The first speech at Spanish NT locker room (5:22); * The turning point, when Scariolo went for his first title with Spain NT (8:29); * Why it’s necessary to keep Pau Gasol in basketball (14:40); * Ricky Rubio future with Spain NT (17:12); * What’s wrong with the bridge between the NBA and European coaches (21:48); * The NBA qualities which Scariolo will try to bring to Virtus (26:13); * If Scariolo would win the Serie A at the age of 30 nowadays (30:00); * Why you shouldn’t create a rivalry between Scariolo and Messina (33:58); * What Scariolo wants from his new chapter with Virtus (37:21).
Oct 20, 2021
Are Efes in trouble, the best EuroLeague team & coaches on the hot seat
BasketNews’ Donatas Urbonas & Rytis Vysniauskas discuss the hottest topics of the first four EuroLeague rounds. Topics: * Intro about the long break between Urbonus episodes (00:00); * What crossing the street between Monaco and France means (1:54); * Are Anadolu Efes in trouble? (9:49) * Rytis does his Ergin Ataman impersonation (16:11); * The best EuroLeague team after four games (18:15); * Our gift for Messina, jokes and unexpected atmosphere in Milan (22:23); * Nikola Mirotic nemesis (30:05); * Olympiacos statement, and massive room for their improvement (36:30); * The next future Real Madrid player from ASVEL (41:59); * The best announcer in the EuroLeague (46:42); * Another headache for Itoudis; Faried, and Shved’s time (48:25); * Why Crvena Zvezda is a team to respect (58:55); * Maccabi problems and why Sfairopoulos shouldn’t be on a hot seat (1:02:23); * The biggest Zalgiris mistake (1:07:38); * Candidates to upgrade Zalgiris and must-do roster moves (1:15:20); * Zdovc adjustments, head coaches on a hot seat (1:23:01).
1 hr 34 min
Oct 13, 2021
Nikola Vujcic on debating the best EuroLeague team ever & provoking miracles in Maccabi
Nikola Vujcic talks to BasketNews’ Donatas Urbonas about the championship formula in the EuroLeague, debating the best modern EuroLeague team ever, a tough transition from playing to working in a front office for former basketball stars, the core of Maccabi future and changes he would like to see in Israeli basketball. Topics: * The plan of surviving in Tel Aviv before the miracle happened (00:00); * Maccabi vs. Anadolu Efes & the best EuroLeague team ever (3:13); * Provoking miracles in Maccabi & Twitter GMs (9:10); * Talking basketball with Anthony Parker (16:49); * The tough transition from playing to the front office for ex-stars (19:22); * Building the dynasty behind Sfairopoulos and Wilbekin (27:46); * Marin Vujcic and main issue with Israeli basketball (31:50).
Oct 6, 2021
Monaco GM Efimov on recruiting Mike James, building an arena on the sea & making a miracle
Monaco GM Oleksiy Efimov joins BasketNews’ Donatas Urbonas to talk about creating a miracle in Monaco, recruiting Mike James, going through an incredible basketball journey, and building a team where one-third of residents are millionaires. Topics: * Intro about meeting Alex Albon, Caroline Wozniacki, Novak Djokovic, and NBA stars in Monaco (00:00); * How AS Monaco signed Mike James (5:37); * The biggest highlight of the first-ever EuroLeague game in Monaco (10:57); * How AS Monaco went after Donatas Motiejunas and the next big star in Monaco (13:50); * How to attract people to watch basketball in Monaco when one-third of Monaco residents are millionaires (16:20); * How Oleksiy Efimov became the sports director of Ukrainian club at the age of 21 (23:25); * Who is the head of Monaco club Serhiy Diadetchko (26:15); * How the sports journalist became the head coach of the Ukrainian team in few years and how terrorists set the basketball arena on fire (29:04); * Key Zvezdan Mitrovic strength that fit Monaco project (32:53); * Advantages and disadvantages of having a club in the Principality of Monaco and building the arena on the sea (36:23); * The next dream for Monaco and Oleksiy Efimov (44:10);
Sep 27, 2021
EuroLeague RS predictions: the main rival for Efes and bold takes on Olympiacos & Zenit
BasketNews’ Donatas Urbonas & Rytis Vysniauskas make the EuroLeague regular season predictions, listing all 18 teams from the 18th to 1st seed. Topics: * Intro about playing poker with Marc Gasol in Vilnius and what Drew Nicholas picture is doing in our studio (00:00); * Unprecedented hype around Wembanyama (11:18); * The mysterious case of Luke Sikma (16:30); * Why there’s not a lot of optimism about Zalgiris (19:39); * Why it feels terrible to rank Crvena Zvezda that low (24:51); * The potential game-changer for Panathinaikos (30:34); * The main difference between UNICS and Monaco gamble (35:15); * Trust the process, Andrea Trinchieri edition (47:35); * Baskonia potential to become one of the most attractive EuroLeague teams (50:28); * Another big distraction for Maccabi playoffs chase (54:35); * Bold prediction about Zenit not making the playoffs (59:18); * What makes Olympiacos so attractive this year (1:06:38); * The last-minute move which made Fene…
1 hr 39 min
Sep 21, 2021
Kevin Punter from making $40k a year to highest-paid & the fate changing shot for Milan
Kevin Punter joins BasketNews’ Donatas Urbonas to talk about the roots of his scoring mentality, crucial shot in the Final 4 which could have changed a future, and his road from getting paid $5k per month to choosing between the elite clubs in Europe. Topics: * Intro about comparisons with Kevin Durant and mastering his signature pull-up shot (00:00); * The most challenging defender and facing Mike James or other elite scorers (4:58); * The crucial shot in the EuroLeague Final 4 that still hurts to this day and how it could have changed his future (7:08); * What changed his primary plan to stay in Milano and what he loved the most about Zeljko’s pitch (11:00); * Tough rookie experience, weirdest European basketball lessons, and thinking about going home in December (14:20); * Finding a balance between a selfish and team-friendly scorer and coach who helped in two most pivotal points of his career (19:52); * Partizan players need to step up for Zeljko and chip on Pun…
Sep 17, 2021
Emotional Zeljko, Mike James sensation & what happened to Barca
BasketNews’ Donatas Urbonas & Rytis Vysniauskas pay their respects after the passing of legendary coach Dusan Ivkovic. When they discuss sensational Monaco move with Mike James, how Barca lost the Supercopa final, and emotional Zeljko’s return to Istanbul. Topics: * Intro about Manu’s retro jerseys and Cibona in the second-hand shop (00:00); * How we’ll remember Dusan Ivkovic (7:18); * Great fit for Mike James and if he makes Monaco the playoff team (13:00); * Another incredible story of Sergio Llull (27:02); * Disappointing Nikola Mirotic (32:10); * Barcelona downfall, perfect Poirier fit, underrated Oriola, questionable decision with Jokubaitis (36:12); * Crucial referee’s mistake in the Supercopa final (40:16); * Why it won’t be that easy for Partizan to win the EuroCup(46:11); * Great leadership examples of Zach LeDay and Kevin Punter (52:13); * Behind the scenes of an emotional Zeljko’s return (56:50); * Just Ataman things and reasons behind h…
1 hr 50 min
Sep 14, 2021
Mario Hezonja on why he left Panathinaikos & how the NBA challenges toughened him up
Mario Hezonja joins BasketNews’ Donatas Urbonas to talk about a blessing offer going through a very tough period of his life, an enormous love story with Panathinaikos, a weird situation that forced him to leave Athens, NBA leadership examples for his new chapter in Europe, and feeling alive again. Topics: * How the EuroLeague changed, and what Hezonja was missing in the NBA (00:00); * Why Sarunas Jasikevicius would have cut Hezonja’s head, and how the NBA changed his game (5:19); * “I felt like I’m done with playing” (11:27); * The blessing opportunity in Athens and weird situation why he left Panathinaikos (15:30); * How UNICS impressed Hezonja and offers he received in summer which would make a mess in Greece (20:14); * If joining the Barcelona was a real option (26:14); * The leadership examples Hezonja learned in the Portland Trail Blazers (29:52); * The reward of getting through the challenging NBA moments and what made him feel alive again (36:01).
Sep 12, 2021
Vasilije Micic on why he turned down the CSKA and NBA offers for Efes
We apologize for the sound in this episode, as we ran into some technical issues with Donatas' microphone during the recording & had Vasilije's microphone too close to his beard. Vasilije Micic talks to BasketNews’ Donatas Urbonas about why he turned down the CSKA offer and the NBA opportunity, how he makes the most important decisions of his life, and the special qualities of this championship team. Topics: - Intro & the party with Nikola Jokic that didn’t happen (00:00); - From Mega to NBA MVP, how Nikola Jokic never changed (2:17); - The main thing behind Vasilije Micic free agency decision (9:00); - Very early unexpected offer from CSKA Moscow and why it was bad timing for the NBA (14:33); - The NBA comparison for Vasilije Micic and fundamental reason why he stayed in Efes (21:53); - What is a good NBA situation for Vasilije Micic and Luka Doncic example (27:00); - If Micic agrees with Ataman that Efes would make the NBA playoffs (32:31); - Why Micic stopped following basketb…
Sep 9, 2021
Ergin Ataman: How son and Spurs changed his mentality & would Efes make the NBA playoffs?
Ergin Ataman talks to BasketNews’ Donatas Urbonas about the vital thing of building championship Anadolu Efes roster, why it could make the NBA playoffs, his son making the impact on his basketball philosophy, and the biggest EuroLeague title challengers. Topics: * Intro about two-time EuroLeague champion status and life as the EuroLeague champion (00:00); * The biggest EuroLeague title challengers for the upcoming season (5:40); * The key thing in building Anadolu Efes championship roster and significant budget change from 2018 (8:34); * The speech after the final Efes game which could have impacted Micic decision to stay (13:38); * How Ataman keeps Anadolu Efes players hungry (17:53); * How the Spurs and Ataman’s son changed Ataman’s philosophy (21:20); * What’s behind Ataman’s confidence and brave predictions (29:37); * Who would be Ataman’s first pick in the EuroLeague draft (33:21); * Ataman in the NBA and why would Efes make the NBA playoffs (34:50…
Sep 3, 2021
$2.5M hostage Mike James, Mudiay vs. Napier, new look Real & All-Time EuroLeague five
BasketNews’ Donatas Urbonas & Rytis Vysniauskas discuss the first preseason games of Real, Monaco, Baskonia and Zalgiris, Mike James situation, Emmanuel Mudiay, and Shabazz Napier potential. In the second part of the podcast, they named their All-Time best EuroLeague five and All-Time most underrated EuroLeague five. Topics: * Intro (00:00); * Unshaved Laso, Ivanovic’s baseball cap, basketball commentators talking about Mbappe, and new-look Real (1:40); * If Baldwin and Ivanovic can survive the season in Baskonia together (13:38); * The greatest Baskonia signing of NBA potential and the biggest challenge for Rokas Giedraitis (23:05); * Motiejunas potential in the EuroLeague and exciting rookie to watch in Monaco (28:53); * New weapon in Kaunas and if Zalgiris did right taking Emmanuel Mudiay’s bet (35:33); * Zalgiris EuroLeague playoff chances (46:16); * Who’s a better fit for the EuroLeague: Mudiay or Shabazz Napier (50:40); * Mike James hostage operation i…
1 hr 53 min
Sep 1, 2021
Errick McCollum on CJ McCollum joining him in Europe & lessons of his unexpected journey
Errick McCollum talks to BasketNews’ Donatas Urbonas about his unexpected journey in basketball, him and CJ McCollum playing for the same EuroLeague team, learning from the best in Europe, and setting an example for his brother and future generations. Topics: - Intro (00:00); - CJ McCollum’s favorite EuroLeague team & McCollum brothers reunion scenario in Europe (01:00); - Why it’s personal every time Errick comes to Israel (6:54); - When ‘maybe basketball was over’ for Errick McCollum (11:37); - Unforgettable dad’s call & setting an example for CJ McCollum (15:00); - The next day after the 82-point game & the NBA offer he refused (20:34); - Explaining the crucial market decision (28:24); - Handling crazy European basketball fans & basketball lesson of Vassilis Spanoulis (34:52); - What makes Ergin Ataman a unique coach (34:52); - Goals in Lokomotiv, main EuroCup rivals, and his post-career plan (44:14).
Aug 26, 2021
Fenerbahce GM Gherardini: Rebuild, Zeljko project & the NBA we never dreamed about
The general manager of Fenerbahce Istanbul, Maurizio Gherardini, talks to BasketNews’ Donatas Urbonas about the Fener’s rebuild, interesting calls before Djordjevic’s hire, Zeljko Obradovic’s decision to join Partizan, the NBA we never dreamed of in Europe, and the EuroLeague’s situation. Topics: * Intro and the speech which inspires Maurizio Gherardini (00:00); * The main concerns after Kokoskov’s departure, and the first evaluation of Djordjevic (13:25); * How Djordjevic surprised Gherardini in Treviso (21:40); * NBA style coaching future in the EuroLeague, and calls from the NBA coaches before Djordjevic’s hire (28:50); * The pains of Fenerbahce rebuild and how far this team is from Gherardini’s vision (38:48); * Zeljko Obradovic decision to join Partizan (48:58); * From Georgi Glouchkov to International names impacting the NBA (55:28); * The current EuroLeague situation and what Gherardini misses the most in the modern basketball era (59:20).
1 hr 6 min
Aug 19, 2021
Hayes to Barcelona, a turnaround for Pangos, and the biggest EuroLeague teams needs
BasketNews’ Donatas Urbonas & Orazio Cauchi discuss the biggest EuroLeague teams needs and what was behind the latest most exciting EuroLeague signings. Topics: * Intro (00:00); * Nigel Hayes to Barcelona and Gabriel Deck rumors (1:12); * a possible turnaround for Kevin Pangos and CSKA patience on the reinforcement (4:12); * what’s the latest on the market for Baskonia, Crvena Zvezda, and Greg Monroe (8:50); * UNICS move for a point guard (12:17); * Jaleen Smith and ALBA rumors (16:05); * Olympiacos after the NBA player and Panathinaikos plan B (17:48); * Donatas Motiejunas case for the best paid Monaco player ever (22:52); * Anadolu Efes reasons to be happy about Filip Petrusev deal (29:43); * what was special about negotiations between Baskonia and Lary Nnoko (34:09).
Aug 7, 2021
Lessons for Doncic, the case for the Olympics GOAT, and an early look at Paris 2024
In the latest episode of URBONUS podcast BasketNews’ Donatas Urbonas & Rytis Vysniauskas discuss the final games of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Basketball Tournament. Topics: * Intro (00:00); * Very disappointing face of Slovenia (1:50); * Patty Mills leadership lesson for Luka Doncic (11:20); * Andrew Bogut’s role behind this Boomer success (16:05); * Challenge for Luka Doncic and if he made the right decision against France (21:40); * Well deserved credit for Vincent Collet (28:20); * Kevin Durant’s case for the Olympics GOAT, and Team USA gold medal case without KD (34:10); * Unpredictable Team USA roster for Paris 2024 (43:20); * Very intriguing France potential for the upcoming Olympics (46:00); * Different question marks over the future of Australia and Spain (50:45); * Scola in Paris, the team of the Antetokounmpo brothers, and other future rosters for the Paris Olympics (1:00:55).
1 hr 9 min
Aug 6, 2021
Top 10 EuroLeague players to land in the NBA & Top 10 most intriguing CBA players
URBONUS Podcast is back with BasketNews’ Donatas Urbonas and Orazio Cauchi discussing the Top 10 EuroLeague market players to land in the NBA, 10 most intriguing players coming from the CBA with potential destinations in Europe, and uncertainty around the next CBA season. Topics: * Intro (00:00); * The current information and feelings if foreigners will be allowed to play the CBA next season (1:07); * Top 3 players coming from the CBA (4:54); * Two intriguing veteran big men for the European market (14:10); * The best EuroLeague fit for Jimmer Fredette (21:04) * Huge CSKA offer for Pangos and the front-runners to sign him in the NBA (28:30); * Mysterious case of Mike James and his chances of coming back to the NBA (30:55); * Unexpected departure scenario for Shane Larkin (33:25); * Jock Landale and his sacrifices for the NBA (35:48); * Rokas Giedraitis pushing for the NBA and the back-up plan for Baskonia(39:43); * The only Top 10 player not sure…
Aug 1, 2021
Vulnerable Luka Doncic, advocating Team USA and not so crazy Tokyo predictions
BasketNews’ Donatas Urbonas & Rytis Vyšniauskas discuss the group stages of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Basketball Tournament. Topics: * intro and the level of Olympics Group phase (00:00); * why Spain played a better game than Slovenia and how they stopped Luka Doncic (06:09); * terrible call on Doncic and Spain getting under Luka’s skin (11:57); * incredible stat of Doncic and why Tobey is a better fit than Randolph (19:57); * how Germany can surprise Slovenia (24:24); * why France will reach the gold medal game (30:36); * the main difference of Italy NT this year and reasons to love them (38:12); * advocating Team USA and why they’re still the favorites to win the Olympics (44:58); * the only way how Spain can beat Team USA (53:17) * the disappointing Argentina team and joke about Scola (01:01:23); * new guns of Australia and the importance of Aron Baynes loss (01:07:40); * All-Tournament Team of the Group stage (01:15:21).
1 hr 28 min
Jul 27, 2021
NBA Draft 2021: Garuba, Sengun, Jokubaitis and the biggest unanswered basketball questions
BasketNews' Donatas Urbonas talks to Buducnost Podgorica coach Aleksandar Dzikic. Topics: * intro and no time to feel sorry about Serbia and Lithuania (0:00); * NBA Draft today and 15 years ago (4:35); * the change of Vlatko Cancar and credit to Aleksander Sekulic (7:43); * the gamble of the NBA Draft and enormous difference in numbers between the EuroLeague and the NCAA (12:30); * Usman Garuba quality and a weird hype of the NBA Draft (21:25); * the magic of private work-outs before the draft (27:17); * what else do you want to see about Rokas Jokubaitis?! (34:14); * Jokubaitis position in the NBA and his move to Barcelona (41:32); * a great story of Goran Dragic (48:50); * choosing between Garuba and Sengun (51:58); * fun research suggestion from Aleksandar Dzikic (1:00:20); * the EuroLeague or the NCAA: which schedule is better for a prospect (1:02:07); * Franz Wagner quality that already stood out in ALBA (1:07:22); * unfair draft projection for Filip…
1 hr 35 min
Jul 19, 2021
What’s next for Kokoskov & Fener, surprising reunion in Moscow and painful changes in Milan
URBONUS podcast is back with BasketNews’ Donatas Urbonas and Orazio Cauchi debating topics, including Igor Kokoskov and Fenerbahce on track to part ways, Alexey Shved returning to CSKA Moscow, and Milano Armani making big roster changes. Topics: * introduction (0:00); * Igor Kokoskov on track to become a part of the Dallas Mavericks coaching staff (2:03); * would Sasha Djordjevic be the right leader of Fenerbahce? (13:20); * Alexey Shved’s return to CSKA Moscow (17:12); * CSKA on the market for another player (23:45); * Milano Armani being active this offseason (25:50); * Nicolo Melli replacing Zach LeDay (33:20); * Have Armani gotten better with the new changes? (36:15).
Jul 17, 2021
Early EuroLeague Free Agency winners, losers, and main question marks
BasketNews’ insider Donatas Urbonas and sports commentator Rytis Vyšniauskas debate the biggest winners and losers of the EuroLeague offseason. The guys also discuss the biggest question marks for EuroLeague clubs going into next season. Topics: * EuroLeague free agency winners (5:50); * Anadolu Efes keeping their championship core together (6:05); * are Fenerbahce ready to make a comeback? (18:30); * controversial moves by Real Madrid (28:17); * borderline winners of the offseason (37:40); * Maccabi Tel Aviv on track for redemption after last season’s disappointment (37:43); * can Itoudis manage all the new personalities for CSKA Moscow? (44:00); * Barcelona will run it back with a similar squad (58:12); * losers of the EuroLeague offseason (1:02:32); * UNICS Kazan going away from what helped them win the EuroCup (1:03:15); * can Bayern Munich “trust the process”? (1:07:55); * Panathinaikos taking too long to sign players (1:14:20); *…
1 hr 29 min
Jul 13, 2021
What’s behind Obradovic project and the offer which saved Micic in Efes
BasketNews' Donatas Urbonas and Orazio Cauchi discuss two of the biggest stories in European basketball this offseason: Partizan Belgrade big moves with Zeljko Obradovic and Vasilije Micic signing a new deal in Istanbul. Topics: * Zeljko Obradovic’s return to Partizan (5:00); * is politics behind Partizan’s cash flow? (10:37); * possible Ekpe Udoh and Obradovic reunion? (20:21); * what about Serbians in Partizan (25:30); * a dangerous new format of EuroCup (30:00); * how Vasilije Micic turned down CSKA’s offer and stayed with Anadolu Efes (33:59); * Micic’s NBA options (41:34); * surprising Sanli move and possible newcomer (46:45).
Jun 29, 2021
Domantas Sabonis talks about family behind his success and exciting Pacers hire
In an opening Urbonus podcast episode Donatas Urbonas talks to two-time NBA All star, Indiana Pacers and Lithuania National team center Domantas Sabonis. Topics: * Intro and the most important game for The Big Boy Sabas (00:00); * Sabonis family behind Domas success (3:50); * How Gonzaga had to keep Domas out of the gym (7:43); * Crazy series of events on the NBA Draft day (10:25); * Westbrook vs. Durant and the loudest game of his career (12:45); * Uncertainty over the NBA career and crucial summer decision (13:50); * Excitement over Rick Carlisle hire in all Sabonis family (17:30); * What it takes to stop Luka Doncic (19:35). Find more about European basketball at https://basketnews.com