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| Osiris Eldridge, Ex-Denizli, signed with Buyuk Cekmece- Jun.30, 2015 (by Fersu)|
The scorer guard of Denizli Basket Pamukkale, Osiris Eldridge(191-G-88, college: Illinois St.) signed with the newcomer of the TBL, Tuyap Buyukcekmece Basketbol. Height: 191cm / 6'3'' Position: Guard Born: Jun.18, 1988 in Chicago, IL Weight: 86kg / 189.2lbs Draft: 2011: Dakota Wizards (D-League, 1rd (12)) Year-By-Year Career Chicago, Ill./Phillips Academy 2006-2007: Illinois St. (NCAA): 31 games: 9.5ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.3apg 2007-2008: Illinois St. (NCAA, starting five): 35 games: 15.8ppg, 5.7rpg [read more]
The scorer guard of Denizli Basket Pamukkale, Osiris Eldridge (191-G-88, college: Illinois St.) signed with the newcomer of the TBL, Tuyap Buyukcekmece Basketbol.
Height: 191cm / 6'3''
Born: Jun.18, 1988 in Chicago, IL
Weight: 86kg / 189.2lbs
Draft: 2011: Dakota Wizards (D-League, 1rd (12))
Chicago, Ill./Phillips Academy
2006-2007: Illinois St. (NCAA): 31 games: 9.5ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.3apg
2007-2008: Illinois St. (NCAA, starting five): 35 games: 15.8ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.9apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 42.3%
2008-2009: Illinois St. (NCAA, starting five): 34 games: 14.0ppg, 6.2rpg, 2.3apg
2009: Entered his name in the 2009 NBA Draft before withdrawing it June 13
2009-2010: Illinois St. (NCAA, starting five): 33 games: 15.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.5apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 40.0%, 3PT: 35.4%, FT: 79.7%
2010: Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (Pre-NBA Draft)
2010-2011: Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir (Turkey-TBL, starting five): EuroChallenge: 15 games: 12.7ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.2apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 58.9%, 3PT: 45.7%, FT: 82.4%; Turkish League: 27 games: 9.4ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.3apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 47.6%, 3PT: 38.0%, FT: 66.0%
2011: drafted by Dakota Wizards (D-League, 1rd (12))
2011-2012: BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral (France-ProA, starting five), only pre-season, then moved to Bakersfield Jam (D-League): 42 games: 15.1ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.1apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 52.6%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 75.3%, left in Mar. '12
2012-2013: Boulazac Basket Dordogne (France-ProA, starting five), left in Jan.'13: 14 games: 11.0ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.6apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 45.8%, 3FGP: 23.4%, FT: 63.5%, later that month moved to s.Oliver Baskets Wuerzburg (Germany-BBL): 2 games: 4.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.0apg, left in Feb.'13
2013-2014: Aydem Pamukkale Universitesi (Turkey-TB2L, starting five): 31 games: 16.4ppg, 5.9rpg, 2.8apg, Steals-4 (1.8spg), FGP: 48.4%, 3PT: 31.4%, FT: 69.1%
2014-2015: Denizli Basket (Turkey-TB2L, starting five): 38 games: 17.0ppg, 6.2rpg, 3.3apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 57.0%, 3PT: 38.6%, FT: 69.9%
| Nenad Markovic:If you do not reach into the finals you can not lose them - May.18, 2015 (by Fersu)|
TBL is the most competitive league in Euroupe and he is one of the most succesfull coaches in this league, the coach of Trabzonspor MP, Nenad Markovic (agency: Beo Basket ). I talked with him before the playoff series about the improvement of the team, crutial Eurochallenge final and of course his career as a player. Enjoy your read. 1.First of all when you came to Trabzonspor MP there was a difficult atmosphere for the club. A bad season start, problems, complaining fans... So what were... [read more]
TBL is the most competitive league in Euroupe and he is one of the most succesfull coaches in this league, the coach of Trabzonspor MP, Nenad Markovic (agency: Beo Basket ). I talked with him before the playoff series about the improvement of the team, crutial Eurochallenge final and of course his career as a player. Enjoy your read.
1.First of all when you came to Trabzonspor MP there was a difficult atmosphere for the club. A bad season start, problems, complaining fans... So what were the reasons that you accepted the offer?
In fact I did not know details deeply like you before I came but I know that TBL is one of the best leagues in Europe and I know most of the players in their roster like Bost, Marshall, Stipanovic, Lawal and Velickovic. I saw potential on that names and I decided to sign with Trabzonspor MP, that's all. By the way you know that if a team wants to change their coach during the season, there is a problem in the team but I did not think too much about these specific reasons before I came.
2.Did you remember something from your first speech to the team? What did you say to the players?
It was the game against Darussafaka Dogus and my flight was late so I could come into the second half. We lost the game via double digit deficit, our president wanted to make a speech together with me bu I didn't want to do it. I told that they should rest for one day, I should discuss with my assistants and take some datas from them then I could get in touch with the team. In our first training I told them with similarly these sentences: 'You can't go back and play again the 7 games you lost, we should look forward, we should work hard, we should believe to ourselves and our team.' When you come into a new team it is so difficult to adapt players into your philosophy. And with that we won our second game together with the team, players started to believe themselves. We started a great winning streak, players are getting hungry and more hungry for the wins. We passed really bad and difficult times but in fact in our first days nobody counts on this team even the players themselves but now their success is obvious.
3.After bad season start Trabzonspor MP finished the regular season on 6th place and you made to Eurchallenge Finals, one of the impressive improvements ever seen. So what did you change in the team for that?
Every coach has their own way and of course I have one. I try to make my teams to defend well and I try to create a good team atmosphere. On the offense part I want my players to share the balI. I never want to rely on one or two players. So in Trabzonspor MP I try to infuse my phlisophy to them, I try to push my players to get their confidence back, I try to show them the true path. Fast and finally they found their self-confidence. In fact I did not change anything, they reacted good, they helped me and they succeeded.
4.What was the most important win in this rising period?
The win against Tofas at home was really important but after that the win against Pinar Karsiyaka away was pink of perfection. The win against such a good team provoked us, we gained our self-confidence, our fans started to count on us again. I can say that these two wins triggered everything for us.
5.I think Lawal also can contribute well in the team so I wonder why did you allow him to go and sign with Panathinaikos? Was it about your game plans or about financial issues?
Altough he played against Pinar Karsiyaka in our crucial win, you are right we have some problems with Lawal and we acted as a win-win situation, leaving from the team to a Euroleague team was better for him and for us without him we would have a better chemistry.
6.Except Stipanovic you have not traditional center, you try to play more mobile and shooting big men like Ivanov and Velickovic. So do you think this will be a problem in playoffs especially versus the teams have athletic centers?
In fact we played against these teams two times in the season and we found ways, we know what to do :) Of course it won't be easy but we can do it. There is some problems in our big men rotation but we will do our bests. I told this to the team after the regular season: 'The playoffs will be tough, there is no time for mistakes. You should be strong against this toughness you should response with power and you must not lose your concentration. This will the time that you need to push your performance to the highest rate. And of course I will be ready for this tough battle like you.'
7.Especially from the second half of the season Marshall and Hardy increased their tempo and game quality, they scored more and I think they enjoy playing basketball more. Can we say that you allowed them to be free more in the offense?
We try to play uptempo game, we need to be faster and we always try to penetrate to the rim. There was different scorers in our games oftenly and that will continue cause I do not want to rely on a player or two. Of course basketball is like real life you can't make everybody happy, there is always someone that will not be happy about your system. And for now most of the team is happy enough so they improve their abilities upto first half of the season. Marshall and Hardy are just one of them.
8.I think Eurochallenge Final is both one of the best and worst memories in your coaching career. What did you do after the match, what did you tell to your players in the locker room?
It was really difficult especially for players and fans, what can I say... But first of all I am very proud of the club, city and the fans that we hosted the Final Four organisation in a great way. I think that it was the best Eurochallange final four that has the most attendance according to last years. After the game I told my players that: 'Please don't drop your heads down, you played and competed well. Don't forget that if you don't reach into the finals you can not lose them. We have got 3 games till playoffs and we have to do our bests.' In my opinion players are the weapons, I just tell them my philosophy and try to direct them truely but at the end they are the executers, they are the ones who put the character into the field and they are the main reason of the success.
9.Your opponent will be Darueafaka Dou in playoffs and you lost them twice in the regular season. What can you say about the first game in stanbul and the series?
Darussafaka Dogus has a great team and an experienced coach. They know what they want and of course they are the favorite side but we will do our best and we will fight till the end of the series.
10.As a player and a coach you lived in 6 different countries and now you are in Turkey. So how can you compare Turkish basketball's improvement within European basketball trend?
Turkish basketball improves really well for the last 10 years, the quality of the league increased more and more, also Turkish National Team made great successes in Eurobaskets and World Championships. And with the new rule there can be 6 foreign players in the team and 5 foreign players can be in the court on the same time so now you can see some of the best coaches and players in TBL. Last day of the regular season 5 teams with the same number of wins competed for the playoff spots, that was incredible. You can not see this kind of battle in most of the European leagues. With that kind of league Turkish clubs achieved great things also in European Cups, I think this year will be a milestone for Turkish basketball history.
11.What was your best memory from your days as a player?
As a player I won a lot of tropies and lost a lot of finals also. But I think the most memorable days of my career was the last turn to my home team, Bosnia Sarajevo. I was 36 years old and on the last days of my career. The team was bad and they could not gain the championship for 6 or 7 years, could not play in the Adriatic League also and of course there were some financial problems in the team. Together with the team and the city we again gained the championship title, again entered the Adriatic League, we played for a full-packed arena with 8000 supporters. That was very important for me to take place in this reconstruction period. That was a very emotional period for me, great and unforgettable days.
12.What are your hobbies?
When I move to a new place, city or country I always desire to try local food and drinks. And I like to eat :) In fact I have got not such a time to do extra things or hobbies cause I have two little daughters, I want to spend time with them.
13.Do you like Hamsi? Do you have a chance to see Suemele Manastr or other historical places in Trabzon?
Of course I liked Hamsi so much, you can eat everything together with Hamsi in Trabzon :) By the way meat is also very delicious here, I like Kofte also. Yes we went to Sumele Manastri and Ayasofya too, I like historical places. Trabzon has a great history.
14.Do you have some good luck charms before the games?
I used to have but firstly in Turkey I did not have. But now I think I have one, everybody gets into the locker room then they call me "we are in coach" cause I want to be the last person to get into the room, that's a good luck charm I think :)
15.You extended your contract with 2 years, also Stipanovic and Hardy will be together with you means that you started to plan for the next season so what are your targets in Trabzonspor MP?
The target is always will be the same level in a minumum perspective but of course we should try to do our best and of course we should go step by step.
16.Lastly what can you say about the city and the fans? Do you have a message for them?
I love the city and my family also are happy here. My daughters are going to a kindergarden. By the way I have a good work environment, we have great facilities and a marvelous arena. I can say one thing to our fans, they are incredible. I am not just talking about the fans in Trabzon. Whenever we went to European cities this season there was always some Trabzon fans, they are great, they always support us from social media also. I want them to continue supporting us, they give us energy, we like to play for them.
| INTERVIEW: Mirza Begic- Apr.9, 2015 (by Fersu)|
European basketball is changing and now faster but there is still traditional big men, they are still valuable. He is one of the most experienced 'giant' big men competing at Euroleague level. Raised in Bosnia but improve himself in Slovenian National team, this week my guest is with the height of 2.17, Mirza Begic. 1.How did you start to play basketball ? It was in the elementary scholl, I was the tallest kid in the class, maybe even in the all scholl. Then the teacher of spotrs educati... [read more]
European basketball is changing and now faster but there is still traditional big men, they are still valuable. He is one of the most experienced 'giant' big men competing at Euroleague level. Raised in Bosnia but improve himself in Slovenian National team, this week my guest is with the height of 2.17, Mirza Begic.
1.How did you start to play basketball ?
It was in the elementary scholl, I was the tallest kid in the class, maybe even in the all scholl. Then the teacher of spotrs education asked me to go in the scholls basketball section, and then it all started...
2.In 2008-09 you played good games in Euroleague with U.Olimpija and this season was the one that European basketball noticed you first time.Could you please tell me these days and that team?
That was my best season staticticly wise, I had a really good coach Aleksandar Dzikic, from whom I learned a lot , he gave me the opportunity to play a lot of minutes. He was one of the most important people in my career for my development.
3.In 2011-12 you advanced in your career and you started to play for Real Madrid. So what did you think when you first took a step on the floor with Real Madrid jersey in Spain?
It was a dream came true for me, I always wanted to play for a such big team like Real Madrid.
4.But at 2012-13 season in Madrid and 2013-14 in Olympiakos I think you played not on your best level. Maybe we can say that your performance decreased. How can you tell the reason of that?
In Madrid I had a very solid season, I had my role in the team, we won the Spanish League and played in the finals of Euroleague. Olympiacos was a different story, after the national team when I came to Olympiakos I had back problems that put me on the side for a month and a half, after that was very hard to come back, the coach didn't gave me oportunity to play, and all together was a strange unlucky season for me.
5.This season you started with your ex-team U.Olimpija and you performed good, you acted that you were a new born. And then you moved into Laboral during the season. For now you have tight fixture both in Euroleague and Liga Endesa. How do you see the future of the team both in Euroleague and domestic championship?
I think we have a very talented team, with players who want to show that they can play on the highest level. I think if we stay together we have a bright future like a team in front of us. Our goal was to classify to top 16 of Euroleague and to be in the playoffs of Spanish league, and we did it. But offcourse like every team we want more, we are now fighting for the top 8 and our dream would be to play the finals of Spanish league.
6.You worked with experienced and powerfull coaches along your career and for now how do you describe your relationship with coach Navarro?
I have a very good relationship with coach Navarro, he is a young, very talented and passionated coach who will for sure do great things in his career.
7.Could you please tell us your best 5 between all of your team mates along your career?
Nikola Mirotic, Felipe Reyes, Marko Milic, Vasilis Spanoulis, Goran Dragic
8.Could you please tell us your best 5 in this season for Euroleague competition?
Teodosic Milos, Spanoulis Vasilis, Gentile Alessandro, Andrei Kirilenko, Boban Marjanovic
9.In your career you played mostly with White-Green jerseys (U.Olimpia and Z.Kaunas). So your favorite color is green :) ?
Thats true :), I played a lot of seasons in white green .
10.You lived in different cities across Europe so which one is your favorite?
11.You are 2.17 and one of the most experienced big men in European basketball but the trend is changing and now shorter, more athletic and more mobile centers are favorite. What do you think about this trend as a traditional big man?
The trends are always changing, you saw that this season Boban Marjanovic changed the trend again, I think the difference betwen a big and a average basketball clubs is that you have to have a clasic center and a more mobile in your roster.
12.In your career most of the time you played as a backup center, so did it disturb you or make you unhappy?
I don't agree with you, most of the time in my career I played as a first center. In your life you always have your ups and downs, but I always tried to be profesional and wanted to help my team to win any way I can.
13. Have you ever desire to play in NBA? And did you have some opportunities or offers?
I never entered a draft or had ambition to be drafted. I had many oporunitys to go on tryouts and summer league, but I always liked more Europe way of basketball.
14.You were born in Bosnia and raised with the club of Sloboda Dita Tuzla but you choosed to play with Slovanian national team. Could you please tell me the reasons of this choice?
When I was younger I was never selected by the Bosnian national team, they thought I was unperspective. Slovenian national team helped me a lot in my career and that's why I decided to play for Slovenia.
15.If coach Zdovc calls you for the National team you will participate in Eurobasket 2015 or not?And how can you see the chances of Slovenia in the tournament?
If I stay healthy I would be happy to help national team. I think the chances would depend mostly by who will be ready to play this summer for national team.
16.What are your best memorable moments in your career?
Final Four in London.
17.Who is your best opponent that you have played against?
18.What are your hobbies?
I dont have really hobbies, most of the free time I like to spend with my kids.
19.What do you want to do after you quit from basketball?
I dont really think a lot about that, right now I am enjoying every day of basketball.
| EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Damir "Mula" Mulaomerovic Mar.9, 2015 |
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