Anadolu Efes time. Fenerbahce wrote history in the last seasons since Zeljko Obradovic has come as head coach. This will be their 5th consecutive presence to the Euroleague Final 4 and the 3rd straight final for the Turkish powerhouse. Impressive, but the European basketball count with many top teams and I think it will start to be boring to see again the same squads in the Final.
On the other side, Anadolu Efes has now a historical chance. They didn’t qualify to a final tournament since 2001 and they look like a fresh team able to beat anybody. They beat already Fenerbahce this season 3 times so it won’t be a big surprise if they will do it again.
Obradovic’s team has not the same quality as the one who won the Euroleague 2 years ago. Joffrey Lauvergne will be out for sure. Luigi Datome, Nikola Kalinic and Jan Vesely have some medical problems and probably will play (if they will be there) at 50% of their potential. Without these tough players, Fenerbahce is a decent Eurocup team. No chance for them in front of Anadolu Efes. The best proof for that was recent game lost in the Turkish League against Banvit, a team that had only 3 foreigners for this encounter.
Gratian Cormos, email@example.com