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Thomas Satoransky: NBA is a business and I never wanted to take it

To Alex Molina /

Six years later, Thomas Satoransky is a Barça player again. Czech Points The guard spoke exclusively to Eurohoops about why he ended his NBA days and returned to Barça, his experience in the world’s best league and his goals for this season at Barça. . Satransky, who is still recovering from an ankle problem that hampered Eurobasket despite losing to Real Madrid in the Super Cup, is happy with the job.

Eurohoops: Are you happy with how things are going so far?

“Yes, I am very happy. I try to improve every day, both as a team and myself, to feel good on the court. I always try to do what Salas wants. has an interesting team, they have a lot of potential when it comes to playing, they have players who can play in different positions, but I am very happy with the character of all the players. I think it’s going to be very good. I think we have a pretty deep roster.

EH: You’re one of the new faces for the 2022-23 season, but you’re coming back here to Barça after your NBA career. How was your experience in America?

“Obviously last season didn’t work out. I had a good last two months in Washington, but I think my experience in the NBA has been a lot of ups and downs. The other four years, two years in Washington, two years in Chicago, I was comfortable in. I played a lot of minutes and played a key role… I need to earn respect, I need more A second contract with a big role came to me. Instead of just waiting for an opportunity to come, I want to compete.

EH: Everything in the NBA is very uncertain in that we don’t know where we’re going to play next week. I would also like to ask you about his contract with Barça for the next four seasons. Are you looking for stability in your life back at the Barça Club?

“Yes, that is one of the main reasons I made the decision. Like they say, you’re in the NBA even with a very good contract, but they can also transfer you.

EH: Do you think this is the worst thing about the NBA?

“I think that’s the hardest thing. The truth is, it’s a business and in this sense it’s something you don’t want to accept and confirm. You’ve always had a passion for basketball. It’s obviously paying but sometimes it’s too much business and that makes it difficult to build chemistry within the team, which is very important and Spain are doing it in Eurobasket It is the most difficult, especially if you have small children, and must be very tough for some players.”

EH: We’ve talked a lot about the bad side of the NBA, but there’s clearly a good side as well. What is the best thing about being there for you?

“To be able to say I’m an NBA player [laughs]It has already paid you a lot of respect in many places. Get fans all over the world.But the time has come and you have to make a decision…it was so good and I wanted to make my dream come true…but that’s it [laughs]”.

EH: You’ve only played a few games, but I think it’s enough to replace this one for me. Remember Spanish basketball like this? did something change?

“Something that surprised me was that they probably didn’t play so hard. At Eurobasket they were already playing very fast. This is due to the new inbound rules. It’s always very up and down and it plays very fast.It was very tiring for the first few minutes!There are a lot of very small point guards but not for me.Always You have to run and you can put pressure on the whole court.I think the Endesa League costs more than the Euroleague.”

EH: In this case, there are fewer matches and less training sessions, but tell us about Sarnas Jasikevicius. You are one of the few who have played against him as a player, but I am now asking about his role as a coach.

“He knows a lot about basketball, and when you hear him talk in a video session, you realize that. He has a great basketball vision and thinks of every detail.He is very demanding and emotional during the game.I have never seen him sitting.I always I wanted to have a coach like that, and after six years of playing with a coach who doesn’t talk much during games, it’s hard to wonder if they knew I was on the bench. I have an energetic coach now and I need to get used to it, but a lot of what he says is very good and makes a lot of sense.”

EH: Again, Barça are the contenders to win everything. You weren’t here, but Barça reached the Final Four for her second straight season, but failed to win the title…

“We have to realize how difficult it is to reach the Final Four. It’s exactly the Final Four that’s very difficult to win in the league, two games in a row, a tournament, so it’s also very difficult to win the NCAA, for example, they’re the Euroleague semi-finals and the Endesa League finals. I said it was a failure or a bad season because I didn’t get to play in the 2018 World Cup, but I played very well all season. Without the Russian team, it would still be very difficult because there are many teams with good players in other teams.”

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