Ergin Ataman furious: “What kind of EuroBasket is this?!”

Arjen, you said in a press conference that the quality of Group B was superior to that of Group A. You will try to prove the opposite tomorrow against France…

First, apart from the sporting qualities, I also note the quality of the atmosphere at the site. In Cologne, the game was full of energy in every match. It was a real European atmosphere. When I watched the second group matches I wondered why we play in Tbilisi? Except for the Georgia matches, there was no atmosphere and the hall was empty. There were only 50 people in the games. There were always problems with going to training, to the gym … After the last meeting, it took an hour and 15 minutes to get back to the hotel! Other than that, I think France has a team with strong physical potential, especially under the circle with the expertise of (Rudy) Gobert, one of the best strong wingers in the Euroleague (Gershon) Yabousel, Mustapha Vall, (Vincent) Pourier…they are physical. Wing players… (Evan) Fournier is very aggressive. (Thomas) Heurtel is a very experienced ranger. All first-round matches were fiercely contested. But we will see on the field, and we also have a good team. We lost up front without Shane Larkin but we have other good players.

You have expressed your disagreement with the meeting schedule, 12 o’clock …

Furkan Korkmaz, one of the leaders of Ataman in Turkey (Photo: FIBA)

I do not agree with many aspects of the regulation of this euro. We had a five hour flight from Georgia before we had to wait two hours for luggage. We arrived at the hotel at 6pm, we missed the formal training. Tomorrow we play the match at 12 noon. We should be 10:30 here (in the room). What kind of EuroBasket is this? We prepared all summer for it. Give us another day off! Let’s play in normal time! The French are coming from Germany, and they were on a 40-minute flight, it’s more comfortable. I complain about this.

It could be a home match with many Turkish fans…

hopefull ! If we played in the evening, I’m sure all the Turks in Germany could have come to support us. They love the national team. At noon, I don’t know how many there will be. I hope half the room will be won for our cause.

“I am looking for information about Yabusele everywhere”

Being very uncertain about this Saturday match, Guerschon Yabusele, one of your future players, Amath M’Baye, could…

(interrupts) Ah, it’s good news if Gershon Yabusel isn’t going to play. I look for information everywhere and the French journalists tell me (laughs). Amath M’Baye is also a good player, which is why we brought him to Anadolu Efes. It is different from the Yabusele, it is more cocking, less rigid and present in the lower position. Tactically, we’ll see. Something will change. I’ll make my tactical choices in the morning, when I’m sure if Yabousel will play or not. Me, what I know for sure is that Larkin won’t play (smiles).

Your team got involved in a dark story in Tbilisi with an alleged ambush in Furkan Korkmaz by Georgians in the corridors of the place. Did this event make your team stronger?

In 2015, Ergin Ataman and Turkey lost 53-76 to Zarqa in the round of 16 (Photo: Sebastian Grasset)

yes ! I watched it against Belgium, the next match, and then against Spain. Well, we lost but in the last possession. The technical error against Furkan Korkmaz .. is not possible! There is a sense of the game, I have spoken with several referees, everyone says that this whistle remains 1 minute and 20 seconds, with a difference of one point, for the first place in the group … honestly! Someone explain to me!

I played very important matches against Vincent Colette. He won the 2015 EuroBasket (round of 16), and I won against him in the 2016 European Cup final. That’s 1-1…

I remember the defeat against France at the same stage in 2015 in Lille. Colette is a good friend (laughs). He’s a great coach, it’s going to be a great match. It will be difficult for them.

I did an interview in Berlin,

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Sep 9, 2022 at 7:51 am

Arjen, you said in a press conference that the quality of Group B was superior to that of Group A. You will try to prove the opposite tomorrow against France…

First, apart from the sporting qualities, I also note the quality of the atmosphere at the site. In Cologne, the game was full of energy in every match. she was…

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