Katsikaris New Greek Hoop Coach

first_imgATHENS – Greece’s basketball team will be coached by Fotis Katsikaris at the World Championship that will take place this summer in Spain from Aug. 30-Sept. 14.The Greek coach is taking over from Italian Andrea Trinchieri, the Hellenic Basketball Federation announced, with the announcement being delayed for a few months due to the problems in the termination of the Italian’s contract.“It goes without saying that this constitutes an honor for me, as well as a challenge,” stated Katsikaris. He was briefly the coach of the Russian national team but quit before taking it to any tournaments. He played with AEK in Greece and been associated with the Boston Celtics scouting team.The 47-year-old has previously coached AEK, Dynamo St Petersburg, Valencia, Aris and Bilbao Basket.The first problem he has to deal with is the threat by Olympiakos not to allow its players to participate in the Greece camp alleging that they do not enjoy full insurance cover by the federation.Greece, ranked fifth in the world, is in Group B, which includes the world’s third-ranked team, Argentina, along with the Philippines (34); Senegal, (41); Croatia (16); and Puerto Rico, (17).Greece’s best showing was at the 2006 tourney, where it stunned an NBA All-Star U.S. team in the semi-finals behind near-perfect shooting before being crushed by Spain in the final.Despite its high world ranking, Greece in 2013 failed to make the quarter-finals of the European championship where it played very poorly.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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