Christos Stavropoulos: "We are happy to have Jordi with us on an important evening for all Italian and European basketball".
Jordi Bertomeu: «We are happy to be here on a particular day, as a tribute to a player and an extraordinary man. He goes beyond Italy, Europe. I was lucky enough to meet him when I was 12 years old »
Jordi Bertomeu: «EuroLeague and EuroCup are fine. For play, fans and television sequel. We are only in the ninth round, obviously it is early to make evaluations, but we are still happy. Also because the Italian teams do very well, with teams in the running for the top 16 EuroCup. And I also say this because we find clubs that have made the history of your basketball. Virtus, but also Fortitudo, Treviso and Rome ».
ON THE FUTURE
JB: «Within two weeks we will have important news. A future made of concepts with higher standards for clubs, product quality, for a better experience for our fans. An economically sustainable league ».
ON THE LEAGUE
«A league of sixteen teams with sixteen multi-year licenses, not closed because there will always be access from EuroCup. We will know more after the board that will be in 15 days »
ON THE REFORM
"The first step to go for the 16-team model with long-term licenses allows us to make a different assessment. Betting not on championships but on clubs, since the owners are the clubs. We have the illusion, which is not so much an illusion, of having a team in the United Kingdom. More clubs like Valencia and Virtus Bologna. We will evaluate these realities for a long-term license. This was the road traveled by Olimpia Milan years ago. After a two-year test, we realized that the decision was right ".
ON THE FINANCIAL FAIR PLAY
«These rules need progressive implementations. Now we are at the top. We want security that our clubs are punctual in salaries. For example, the participation rate of the club will decrease, but at the same time we want to help organizations improve marketing. "
ON THE VIRTUS BOLOGNA
"The first possibility is to win the EuroCup. On the long-term license it is a different matter. It depends on an improvement in the club's infrastructure, a project they have already started, but within two or three years it is difficult to achieve this. Like Valencia, it has aspiration, stability and coat of arms to point to this. But we need a plant for a sustainable business ».
ON THE STRUCTURE
"The round robin is a certainty of these years".
ON THE RELATIONSHIP WITH FIBA
"There is no news. I met the General Secretary of the Fiba recently, we are available for a meeting whenever he wants ».
ON THE LANGUAGES OF EuroLeague AND LBA
The comparison between projects and difficulties: «The European standard has always been growing, not national leagues. We have seen champions of their league having difficulty in EuroLeague: they are not prepared, they have no structures. It also happens in Spain, see Gran Canaria. Every year we are more demanding with clubs, if leagues do not raise their standards, it will be increasingly difficult. That's why EuroCup, for us, is the perfect start ».
ON OBRADOVIC TIMEOUT
"We all know the personality of Europe's most successful coach. But beyond that, what is objective is the fact that it is an internal relationship between coaches and players. The form of this report is not our responsibility, at most the club president. We say what we think when an attitude affects "third parties". For example, in Madrid, we saw an attitude that went to another club, Barcelona. "
ON THE ARBITRAL LEVEL
"Arbitrages are difficult, always questionable, I think of a World Cup that for many has not had an adequate level. It is not my opinion. However, I don't think it's an important point for clubs, we haven't talked about it for three years. We have referees, coordinators, work groups that lead to those three human persons who make mistakes, as we are all wrong ».