At this stage of his professional journey, Zeljko Obradovic, a distinguished European basketball coach, seems disinterested in exploring a chance to work in the NBA.
Yet, in 2012, when he departed from Panathinaikos, Obradovic briefly considered the possibility of coaching in Detroit. Nevertheless, those discussions never progressed to the point of formal contract negotiations.
“To be honest, I never had a concrete offer for the NBA,” Obradovic said. “In all honesty, I spent 40 days as part of the Detroit Pistons organization. It’s the best league in the world. And they take from us and we take from them.
“I had the opportunity to be part of the team, I even received daily compensation. When I arrived Joe Dummars told me he wanted me to talk about all the details I was seeing. We talked about a possible engagement, but those are some things between us.”
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