Ivanovic: "Mirotic and Shengelia? Let's see who is better tomorrow"

"When I came I had faith in these players and luckily we were able to change the mentality and character, which was what they lacked," he says before the final.


Baskonia coach Dusko Ivanovic explained that when he decided to return to the club six months ago, he did so because he had "faith" in the players on the squad, even though at the time they "lacked mentality and character", something that they have been able to "change" since then until they got into the final of the Endesa League that they will play this Tuesday against Barcelona.

"I came to enjoy and the truth is that I am enjoying these players who play and work well. When I came I had faith in these players and luckily we were able to change the mentality and character, which was what they lacked when I came. They are very good players, but they needed to fight 40 minutes to win the game, "Ivanovic told the press.

The coach celebrated that they made "a very good preparation for this tournament and everyone has worked very well" in Valencia. "That each player take responsibility one day means that the team works very well and that at any time a player can leave to decide the match, "he said before a final where he put the accent on the defensive side.

"Barcelona is a strong team that tries to destroy the opponent's attack and make it not play as usual. It is the first thing they want to do and they do it well. We have to adapt and find a good way to attack it. In attack they have many options, Mirotic can shoot and play low post, Kuric, Tomic ... Many options, "he warned.

Ivanovic did not miss the duel between Toko Shengelia and Nikola Mirotic. "They are two of the best '4' in Europe, we will see who is better tomorrow," he said, adding that "modern European basketball goes towards more mobile people and less great people" and underlining that in basketball "all the great discoveries they are by chance ".

"Hanga has been a necessity. He was not a base, but by necessity he is now a high and strong base that defends and runs well. He has gained experience to lead the team well and he played well against us, we will see tomorrow," he said of Hungarian.

In addition, the Montenegrin stressed that "each final is different, especially in this competition that is totally different." "Upon arrival I said that it seemed to me like a Copa del Rey and it is like a Copa del Rey. The teams have been training for almost three weeks together and the atmosphere is different from that of a normal League final," he settled.



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