Tomas Satoransky: “The NBA is a business, something that I never wanted to accept”

By Alex Molina / information@eurohoops.internet

​Six years later, Tomas Satoransky is as soon as once more a Barça participant. The Czech level guard spoke completely to Eurohoops in regards to the causes that led him to finish his days within the NBA and go back to Barça, his enjoy in the most efficient league on the planet and his objectives for this season with Barça. Satoransky, who is nonetheless improving from the ankle issues that hampered his Eurobasket, is glad with the paintings accomplished regardless of the defeat within the Super Cup in opposition to Real Madrid.

Eurohoops: Are you proud of how issues are going to this point?

“Yes, very happy. I try to improve every day, both as a team and myself to feel better on the court, always trying to do what Saras wants. We have a very interesting team, with many possibilities when it comes to playing and players who can play in different positions. But I’m very happy with the character of all the players, I’m getting to know them but I think it’s going to be very good, I think we have a fairly deep roster”.

EH: You are probably the most new faces for the 2022-23 season however you’re coming again right here, to Barça, after your profession within the NBA. How would you assert your enjoy within the United States used to be?

“It’s obvious that the last season didn’t go well for me. Well, the last two months in Washington were good, but I think that in my experience in the NBA I had a lot of ups and downs. The first and last year were the most difficult but in the other four, two in Washington and two in Chicago, I was comfortable. Playing a lot of minutes, having an important role… I had to earn respect and the second contract came to me, with which I had a bigger role. I was doing well but with my family we never wanted to live in the United States, I am at a point in my life and my career where I want to compete for things, not just wait for my opportunity to come”.

EH: Everything within the NBA is very unsure to the purpose that you don’t know the place you’re going to play subsequent week and I additionally wanted to ask you about your contract with Barça, which is for the following 4 seasons. Are you searching for steadiness on your lifestyles together with your go back to the Barça membership?

“Yes, it’s one of the main reasons I made the decision. Not only because I always loved Barça very much, but because they offered me stability with the children and the family. As you say, you are in the NBA, even with a very good contract, but they can also transfer you”.

EH: Would you assert this is the worst factor in regards to the NBA?

“I think that’s the hardest thing. The truth is that it is a business, something that I never wanted to accept in this sense and confirm it. You always had a passion for basketball, it’s clear that they pay us a lot of money but sometimes it’s too much business and that makes it difficult to build chemistry in the team, which is very important and Spain showed it in the Eurobasket. It is the most difficult especially when you have small children, it has to be really tough for some players”.

EH: We’ve talked a lot in regards to the unhealthy facet of the NBA but it surely additionally has excellent issues, clearly. For you, what is the most efficient factor about being there?

“To be able to say that you are an NBA player [laughs]. That already gives you a lot of respect in many places. That happened to me in my country, nobody followed basketball very much but if they know that you are from the NBA they already look at you differently and give you more importance. And compete against the best players in the best stadiums and have fans all over the world. But then the time comes and you have to decide… It was very nice and I wanted to fulfill my dream… but that’s it [laughs]”.

EH: It is simplest a few video games that you’ve performed however I assume that’s sufficient for you to exchange this for me. Did you have in mind Spanish basketball like this? Did something exchange?

“Something has surprised me and it’s that maybe they didn’t play with such intensity. In the Eurobasket they were already playing very fast and it may be because of the new inbound rule. It is very up and down all the time, it is played very fast. I was very tired the first few minutes! There are many point guards that are very small and for me it is different, I have to run all the time and they pressure me all over the court. I think it will cost me more in the Endesa League than in the Euroleague”.

EH: And there also are few video games and coaching classes on this case, however I would love you to inform me about Sarunas Jasikevicius. You are probably the most few who has performed in opposition to him as a participant, however I am now asking you about his function as a trainer.

“He knows a lot about basketball and when you hear him talk during the video sessions you realize it. For me, having someone who was so great as a point guard is important. He has a vision of basketball that I really like, thinking of all the details. He is very demanding and emotional during games, I have never seen him sitting down. I’ve always wanted to have a coach like that. It’s hard when you’re playing six years with coaches who don’t tell you much during games and you have doubts if they know you’re on the bench. Now you have a coach with a lot of energy and you have to get used to it, but many things he says are very good and make a lot of sense”.

EH: Once once more, Barça is a candidate to win the entirety. You weren’t right here, however Barça has reached the Final Four for 2 seasons in a row, however with out successful the name…

“You have to be aware of how difficult it is to reach the Final Four, it has a lot of merit. We all want to win the Euroleague and lift the cup, but what makes it so difficult to win the Euroleague is precisely the Final Four. It’s two games in a row, a tournament. That’s why it’s also so difficult to win the NCAA, for example. They said it was a failure or a bad season because they missed the Euroleague semifinal and then the Endesa League final, but they were playing very well all season. Also, I think they were affected after losing to Real Madrid in the Final Four. And now it will also be very difficult, without the Russian teams there are many teams with good players on other teams”.

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