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The Crossover with Joe Arlauckas

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Joe Arlauckas sits down with some of the biggest names in European basketball - past and present - to learn more about their lives on and off the hardwood.
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16: Vasilije Micić

16: Vasilije Micić


Joe Arlauckas' final guest of the season is 2020-21 EuroLeague and Final Four MVP Vasilije Micić. The Anadolu Efes guard reflects on a career defining year for him, and explains how family helped get him to this point. He gives Joe the lowdown on Efes' run to the Championship including their dramatic Semi-Final victory over CSKA. Plus, hear how he plans to celebrate with another MVP this off-season, Nikola Jokic. Lastly, he goes 'One-on-One' with Joe, and takes 'The Crossover Test'.
The experts are back to review the drama of the Final Four semi-finals, and preview the Championship game - FC Barcelona v Anadolu Efes. Javier Gancedo is joined by Piti Hurtado, Andrea Solaini, Sergey Tarakanov and Begum Unal. Hear what they think might go down on Sunday!
Joe Arlauckas is back in the hotseat to look back on two incredible Semi-Finals and look ahead to Sunday's Championship game between FC Barcelona and Anadolu Efes. Helping him out are EuroLeague legend David Rivers, former Efes Guard Sinan Guler and Maccabi Tel Aviv Head Coach Ioannis Sfairopoulos. Plus, Joe takes us into the finalists camps, as he speaks to Barça's Álex Abrines and Krunoslav Simon of Efes
EuroLeague's Javier Gancedo takes the mic to preview the Final Four Semi-Final matchups. Joining him are Piti Hurtado, Andrea Solaini, Sergey Tarakanov and Begum Unal as they cast their eye over CSKA v Anadolu Efes and AX Armani Exchange Milan v FC Barcelona. Hear who they think the difference makers will be as they break down each team's year. Plus, get inside each camp as we hear from CSKA's Toko Shengelia, Rodrigue Beaubois of Efes, Milan's Shavon Shields and Nick Calathes of Barca
Barcelona center Brandon Davies joins Joe Arlauckas for the latest instalment of The Crossover. They chart Brandon’s remarkable early life in Utah, where basketball wasn’t always in the picture. Davies opens up about his time at BYU and his stint in the NBA, then how he was convinced to join Žalgiris in 2017. He looks back on his first Final Four appearance that same year, then his ascension to one of the EuroLeague’s most consistent performers. The pair then look at Barcelona’s run to the Final Four, and preview the Semi-Final matchup with AX Armani Exchange Milan. Finally, Joe goes ‘One on One’ with Brandon, and sets him ‘The Crossover Test’.
On the latest edition of The Crossover, Joe Arlauckas talks to one of EuroLeague's greatest big men of all time, Sofoklis Schortsanitis. Sofo talks about the beginnings of his pro career in Greece when he was still just a teenager. They reflect on his moves from Olympiacos to Maccabi Tel Aviv, then Panathanaikos and back to Maccabi Tel Aviv where he clinched the only EuroLeague title of his career. Sofo explains the challenges he went through in his career and the difficult decision to retire in 2020. Finally, he goes 'One on One' with Joe and takes 'The Crossover Test'.
It's Part 2 of a special edition of The Crossover as Fenerbaçhe's General Manager Maurizio Gherardini, AX Armani Exchange Milano's Christos Stavropoulos and Paulius Motiejunas of Žalgiris Kaunas discuss management with Joe Arlauckas. There's talk of how you replace legendary coaches, managing players coming to the end of their careers and reflections on running a team in pandemic times. Finally, the trio offer their words of wisdom on a bright future for the EuroLeague.
In a special edition of The Crossover, Joe Arlauckas sits down with three of the best minds in basketball management - Fenerbaçhe's General Manager Maurizio Gherardini, AX Armani Exchange Milano's Christos Stavropoulos and Paulius Motiejunas of Žalgiris Kaunas. In this fascinating discussion, the three divulge their paths to the business side of basketball, project building at their clubs and the day to day life of a GM. Make sure you don't miss Part 2 as well where the trio discuss dealing with players and coaches, plus, their reflections on an extraordinary year in EuroLeague basketball...coming soon!
Joe Arlauckus welcomes Norris Cole to The Crossover. The ASVEL Point Guard always seemed destined for a great career, but it wasn’t always clear it would be basketball, especially growing up in a family that emphasised academics. An excellent student and athlete, Cole eventually found his path through Cleveland State University to the Miami Heat and two NBA Championship rings. He discusses his time playing with LeBron James and Dwayne Wade, then his move to Europe where he’s come to learn more about the game in a short space of time. Finally, Norris goes ‘One-On-One’ with Joe and tries his hand at the ‘The Crossover Test’
Zenit St Petersburg guard Kevin Pangos is Joe Arlauckas’ next guest on The Crossover. Growing up in Canada idolising Steve Nash, even copying his relentless practice habits, Pangos ventured south of the border to enjoy a successful college career at Gonzaga. After graduation, the 28 year old jetted across the Atlantic, first to Gran Canaria before joining Zalgiris Kaunas in 2016. Kevin reflects on his time in Lithuania playing for Šaras Jasikevičius, then his subsequent steps to Barcelona and now, Zenit. Finally, he goes ‘One-on-One’ with Joe, and takes ‘The Crossover Test’.
This week on The Crossover, Joe Arlauckus welcomes Fenerbahçe head coach, Igor Kokoškov. While the Serbian is one of the most experienced European coaches in the game, he is a relative newcomer to the EuroLeague. Igor charts his remarkable journey from a devastating accident that ended his playing career, to becoming the first European head coach in the NBA, and now to Turkey. Kokoškov discusses replacing his friend Željko Obradović and making a push for the Final Four with Fener. Lastly, Igor goes ‘One-on-One’ with Joe, and sits ’The Crossover Test’
This week, Joe Arlauckas is joined on The Crossover by Olympiacos’ Kostas Papanikolaou. Long identified as a big talent, Kostas has developed into one of the most consistent players in the EuroLeague. But as Joe finds out, it took a while for him to even find basketball. From there, the pair look at Papanikolaou's first stint with Olympiacos, reflecting on a career defining performance in one of EuroLeague’s greatest ever finals. Kostas explains his surprise move to Barcelona, then his years in the NBA. Then, it’s his return to the Olympiacos, and where he thinks they’re headed. Plus Kostas shares why his work with One Team is so important to him. Finally Joe gets to know Kostas a little better in a round of ‘One-on-One’, before setting him ‘The Crossover Test’ 
In the latest episode of The Crossover, Joe Arlauckus gets to know one of the EuroLeague’s top head coaches, Maccabi Tel Aviv’s Ioannis Sfairopoulos. A player turned coach since the age of 21, the Greek worked his way up - from his hometown of Thessaloniki, via assistant jobs with PAOK and CSKA Moscow, to four successful seasons as Head Coach of Olympiacos. Sfairopoulos headed to Tel Aviv in 2018 where he has since transformed the fortunes of the club. In the podcast, Joe and Ioannis chart this amazing career, discussing all the 53-year old learnt on the way. He recalls the disappointment of two EuroLeague finals defeats with Olympiacos before divulging how he has rebuilt Maccabi. Finally, Sfairopoulos takes Joe on 'One-on-One' and sits ‘The Crossover Test'
Joe Arlauckas welcomes CSKA Moscow Assistant Coach Darryl Middleton to the first episode of The Crossover in 2021. They chart Darryl’s journey from playing Basketball in the parks of New York to Europe, and a staggering 25 year professional playing career. The duo reminisce about their head-to-head battles on the court back in the day, where Joe even gets called out for welching on a bet! Darryl explains his relentless work ethic, one he passed on to a young Marc Gasol when the two were teammates. We hear how Darryl got his coaching opportunity at CSKA - only after he’d worked as a chef in his own restaurant. Finally, Middleton goes ‘One on One’ with Joe, before testing his knowledge in ‘The Crossover Test’. 
In episode 2 of the new series, Joe Arlauckas is joined by MVP for October, Zalgiris Kaunas superstar Marius Grigonis.  They chat about Marius moving to Spain as a young player to learn the game and the hardship of being away from his friends and family.  Joe and Marius take you through his journey back home and the big time of EuroLeague at his home club Zalgiris Kaunas.  Marius talks about winning the MVP award and how much it cost him to take his team mates out for dinner!  Joe then tests his EuroLeague knowledge in the ‘Crossover Test and also gets to know more about the Lithuanian in the ‘The One on One’…
Series three of The Crossover is back!  Joe Arlauckas is back too and his first guest of the new series is the current FC Bayern Munich head coach Andrea Trinchieri.  The passionate Italian tells his story and how his journey into coaching began – from disappointing his parents for not going to Harvard, to taking his first job as head coach in the third tier of Italian basketball, before finally achieving his dream and making it to the top flight in the EuroLeague.  He tells us about his coaching philosophy, those who influenced him along the way and shares a funny story when EuroLeague legend, Kyle Hines parked his car in a river!  Plus, the two new quick fire sections – ‘The One on One’ and ‘The Crossover Test’
Mike Batiste joins Joe Arlauckas to continue his remarkable story of life at Panathinaikos. The LA born star compares his first EuroLeague title win to falling in love, explains how the Greeks treated him like a rock star and why he isn’t closing the door on a coaching future at Panathinaikos. Plus he reveals why he would never break a Željko Obradović curfew!
From Long Beach to the EuroLeague. In the first of a two-part special, Orlando Magic Asst. Coach Mike Batiste tells us his incredible story of how he survived Californian gang culture to become a multiple EuroLeague Champion with Panathinaikos. He reveals how basketball changed his life, which coach he thinks is the greatest of all time, and why the Greek derby was so special!  
In one of Joe’s special interviews to mark the 20th Anniversary of the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague, Luigi ‘Gigi’ Datome is the latest to join The Crossover as they delve deep into the charismatic Italian’s fabulous career.  They discuss his return to Europe from the NBA as he was ‘starving’ for basketball and playing in front of the big stage once again.  Joe and ‘Gigi’ talk about Fenerbahce’s EuroLeague victory on home soil in 2017, as well as the bet he had with teammates to cut his hair if they were to lift the trophy. They also discuss his life off court, that includes his generous charity work, his love of the arts and his guitar playing skills in front of a huge audience! 
In the latest episode of The Crossover, presented by Endesa, Joe Arlauckas is joined by Zalgiris Kaunas star guard, KC Rivers.  They chat about life in lockdown, how his passion for basketball began growing up in North Carolina, influenced by his uncle and former NBA player, Byron Dinkins, and his respect and fear for his grandmother!  He discusses playing for multiple teams throughout his career, including the highs and the lows, as well as some of the toughest opponents he has come across. Plus he chats about some of the fantastic derbies he has played in whilst playing for Real Madrid against Barcelona and for Panathinaikos versus Olympiacos.
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Nicolay Mikhalchuk

well done! amazing podcast! keep up the good work!

Mar 5th
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