Memories of the European Finals by Kyle Weems

So of course, we’re not at the level of Kyle Heinz and his Final Four in a row in the Euroleague, but all the same… The third European final in a row is a chance. “It’s really something I don’t take for granted,” smiles Kyle Weems, Virtus Bologna’s interior. “It’s been a long time [depuis Strasbourg 2016]This is my fourth consecutive European Cup season, so I’m ready to leave everything I have on the pitch. »

Trabzonspor, Galatasaray Istanbul, Bursaspor: The three continental finals present Kiel and touch every peculiarity of his position against the Turkish teams. And if they go up, the first two have permanently marked the history of French basketball. The first, in 2015, by the scenario more than competition standing (EuroChallenge, i.e. C3): within a tenth of a second, after a heroic bounce back from Johan Passave-Ducteil, TJ Campbell was able to present in Nanterre his first European title in Trabzon Cauldron (64 -63). Still unknown at the time, Kyle Weems took advantage of this successful expedition to take the elevator to Strasbourg. That season, with big victories in the Euroleague (against Fenerbahce Istanbul and Real Madrid in particular) and then the epic European Cup, SIG stunned Rhénus like never before, presenting themselves as a resolute outside player in the final against Galatasaray Istanbul. But the narrow victory in the first leg (66-62) was not enough to allow the Alsakians to resist the crazy atmosphere of Abdi Ipekci Stadium in the second leg (67-78). The injury of Kyle Weiss, who didn’t particularly shine during the last series (8 points 40% and 5.5 rebounds), when he spent 35 units in Nizhny Novgorod in order to qualify for SIG’s semi-finals is still a few weeks away. before. On the eve of his second chance at the European Cup, the Kansas native briefly delved into his memories of the final during his recent press conference at Virtus.

“The first final with Nanterre was amazing. Even today, I still sometimes think about that action by T.J. Campbell, as his passes were reflected on the bell. It was simply amazing, a very special moment … and obviously the next moment, after A year, with Strasbourg, you broke my heart. With a four-point lead, we thought we had a good card to play by going to the second leg in Galatasaray. But we made a lot of mistakes. It was a real disappointment, I haven’t forgotten that. Tomorrow I have the chance. To redeem myself, in a sense. Bursaspor is a talented, well trained team with players who are not afraid of big moments. I think it will be a good match. Concentration and defense will be the keys: that’s just my opinion but if we are good defensively we are one of the best teams in Europe, especially since the advent of Daniel Hackett and Toko Shingilia. So tomorrow I hope it’s 2-1 on the personal table!”

Kyle Weems last week after qualifying for the European Cup final
(Photo: Matteo Marchi)

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Program of the week on MCS Basket :

  • May 10 at 7 pm: Partizan Belgrade – Podgorica (Adriatic League semi-finals).
  • May 11, 6:30 pm: Anadolu Efes-Izmir (Turkey Quarter-finals)
  • May 11, 8.30pm: Virtus Bologna-Bursaspor (European Cup Final)
  • May 11, 9pm: Real Madrid-Murcia (Endesa League, Round 33)
  • May 12 at 7 pm: Red Star – Ljubljana (Adriatic League semi-finals).
  • May 13, 6:30 pm: Izmir – Anadolu Efes (Turkey Quarter-finals)
  • May 14 at 6 pm: Manresa-Barcelona (Day 34 of the Endesa League)
  • May 14, 8:45 pm: Gran Canaria – Real Madrid (Day 34 of the Endesa League)
  • May 15 at 5 pm: Fenerbahçe-Borsaspor (Turkey Quarter-finals)
  • May 15 at 8:30 pm: Buducnost Podgorica – Partizan Belgrade (Adriatic League quarter-finals).

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