Being an assistant within the NBA does not excite Ataman


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EuroLeague-winning playcaller Ergin Ataman admits that his probabilities of touchdown an NBA teaching function is shrinking.

In an interview with the Turkish digital channel ‘VOLE’, Ataman admitted he had been in talks with a number of NBA groups throughout this offseason.

However he was solely being thought-about as an assistant, not his most well-liked selection of head coach.

“My aspirations relating to the NBA are diminishing. I observe that the NBA is a special world. They’ve a special notion relating to basketball coaches in Europe,” Ataman stated.

Throughout the interview, Ataman, who’s presently main the Turkish nationwide facet into EuroBasket famous that no European coach has been profitable within the NBA.

The latest effort was by Igor Kokoskov, who landed the primary function on the Phoenix Suns following his success with Slovenia at EuroBasket 2017.

Nevertheless, Kokoskov managed only one season with the Suns having steered them to a dismal 19-63 file within the Western Convention.

Ataman although says he has nothing to show if he landed himself an NBA function.

“As a head coach who’s having huge success in EuroLeague and gained titles within the final 4 years, I don’t suppose I’ve something to show about myself to NBA scouts. What issues probably the most for me is having some success and making Turkish folks completely satisfied,” he stated. 

“I all the time say that when a proposal comes from a staff within the NBA, I gained’t hesitate, however I see that they haven’t any such intention. They only say, ‘You’re going to be an assistant coach right here for a couple of years.”

Ataman led Anadolu Efes to a second straight EuroLeague title in Could with a nail-biting championship win over Actual Madrid.

He’ll coach Turkey on the upcoming EuroBasket the place they are going to face Montenegro, Spain, Bulgaria, Belgium and hosts Georgia in Group A.

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