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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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On a special Championship edition of The Crossover with Joe Arlauckas, Konstantinos Mitoglou’s looks back on the first season of his second stint with Panathinaikos AKTOR Athens, a year he will never forget. From the confidence Coach Ergin Ataman boasted in their first practice together to the three-pointer he sank to help seal the championship game victory over Real Madrid, it was a wild ride for Mitoglou with the Greens. 
Joe Arlauckas is once again joined by coach Panagiotis Giannakis and İsmail Şenol in Berlin, as they look back on Friday night’s two semi-finals in the Final Four. The panel also preview the matchup in Sunday’s Championship game between Real Madrid and Panathinaikos, and answer listener questions such as how can Pana best contain Edy Tavares? Plus they give their prediction for who will claim the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague title for 2023-24
Joe Arlauckas comes live and direct from Berlin ahead of the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four, to look ahead to Friday's semi-finals. Joining him to preview the matchups are legendary coach Panagiotis Giannakis and beIN SPORTS reporter İsmail Şenol. The panel break down Panathinaikos v Fenerbache and Real Madrid v Olympiacos, as well as answering some listener questions!
S6 Ep6: Alec Peters

S6 Ep6: Alec Peters

2024-04-1001:15:20

As the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague season nears the playoffs, Joe Arlauckus’ guest is a man who’s helped Olympiacos reach the post-season after a breakout year. Alec Peters charts his rollercoaster career in the EuroLeague, from winning a Championship in his first season, his appreciation for Duško Ivanović and being behind Sasha Vezenkov on the depth chart. Alec reflects on what has so far proven to be a career year in Piraeus before showing his knowledge in ‘The Crossover Test’.
S6 Ep5: Serge Ibaka

S6 Ep5: Serge Ibaka

2024-03-1355:42

The latest guest on The Crossover with Joe Arlauckas is FC Bayern Munich’s Serge Ibaka. The ‘Mafuzzy Chef’ shares all the gossip from his hit cooking show before getting into his extraordinary life story. The conversation charts his amazing journey from playing basketball on makeshift courts in the Congo, to his big break in France and Spain, becoming an NBA Champion and Pablo Laso convincing him to return to Europe. Serge answers some of his own spicy questions, before taking ‘The Crossover Test’
S6 Ep4: Chima Moneke

S6 Ep4: Chima Moneke

2024-02-0701:13:55

The Crossover with Joe Arlauckas continues on a roll with another amazing guest – Baskonia’s Chima Moneke. We hear about Chima’s remarkable early life travelling the world and the sacrifices he had to make to reach where he is today. He recalls the setbacks he received early in his professional career before finding his feet in France and Spain. And of course, Chima shows off his knowledge of the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague in ‘The Crossover Test’
S6 Ep3: James Nunnally

S6 Ep3: James Nunnally

2024-01-1854:43

Joe Arlauckas’ latest guest on The Crossover is Partizan’s James Nunnally. The veteran charts his remarkable pro journey through Europe, China, the US and back again. The pair breakdown his Championship winning season with Fenerbache, and swap Željko Obradović stories. Then, things get real as talk turns to the shocking fall Nunnally suffered from the rim in 2018, an incident that could have cost him his career. Lastly, Nunnally shows off his knowledge of the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague in ‘The Crossover Test’
S6 Ep2: Kemba Walker

S6 Ep2: Kemba Walker

2023-12-1155:58

Joe Arlauckas’ latest guest is one of the summer’s most eye-catching arrivals to the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague - AS Monaco’s Kemba Walker! The 4 time NBA All-Star recalls a childhood spent on the legendary street courts of The Bronx, and on-stage as a dancer. He touches on becoming a global basketball star while still in college and being drafted by Michael Jordan. Kemba also shares his first thoughts on life in the EuroLeague and he shows off his knowledge of the league in ‘The Crossover Test’
S6 Ep1: Nigel Hayes-Davis

S6 Ep1: Nigel Hayes-Davis

2023-11-1401:01:58

A new season of The Crossover with Joe Arlauckas kicks off with one of the most unique minds in the EuroLeague, Fenerbache’s Nigel Hayes-Davis. In a wide-ranging interview, Nigel shares with Joe the importance his mother and step-father had in shaping him into the man he is today both on and off the court. They also talk learning languages, Nigel’s ventures into the business world and his basketball experience so far in Europe. Finally, Hayes-Davis also passes the first edition of ‘The Crossover Test’ 
Joe Arlauckas is joined by not one, but two members of 2023 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Champions, Real Madrid. Head Coach Chus Mateo and Point Guard Nigel Williams-Goss give Joe the lowdown on the team's journey to reach the Final Four this season and the remarkable way they clinched the Championship in Kaunas.
Ahead of the Final Four in Kaunas, Joe Arlauckas hosts a special Roundtable edition of The Crossover previewing the week's action. Joe is joined by EuroLeague legend Nikola Vujic, Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv's Jake Cohen and Deniz Aksoy, basketball reporter for Saran TV. The panel look at how the four teams got to the Final Four, and give their predictions for the semi-finals and Championship game.
Joe Arlauckas is joined by Zalgiris Kaunas guard Ignas Brazdeikis on the latest episode of The Crossover! The 24-year-old explains how constantly moving cities in his childhood, and the unwavering support of his family, helped him achieve so much in his youth basketball career. Brazdeikis admits his experience in the NBA was a real struggle at times, and that he was drawn back to Europe to play in the EuroLeague because he thinks it's the most competitive league in the world. He also describes his pride at regaining his Lithuanian citizenship, how he ended up living in Sabonis’ apartment, plus his high hopes for Kaunas come the end of the season. And how will he get on when he faces The Crossover Test?
Maccabi Tel Aviv guard Lorenzo Brown drops in to The Crossover to catch up with Joe Arlauckas! He takes us through his nomadic, and ultimately frustrating, early career in America, before making the game-changing decision to move to Europe in 2019 - something he wishes he’d done earlier. The American recently nationalised Spanish gives an insight into how he dealt with being told that he’d never play basketball again after a failed physical, and first adapting to life in EuroLeague with Crvena Zvezda. Brown explains why things didn’t work out as anticipated for him at Fenerbahce, and how he’s now looking forward to a settled period playing for Maccabi after signing a new contract. And how many points will he score on The Crossover Test?!
In a first for The Crossover, Joe Arlauckas’ next guest is none other than legendary referee Luigi Lamonica! The Italian takes us behind the scenes on his journey to the highest level of officiating, which began at the age of just 13. Lamonica also recounts what he feels was one of the biggest mistakes of his career, and explains how poor refereeing can have very real consequences for those blowing the whistle. Luigi touches on the mental strength referees need to have to carry out their duties, and the extensive preparation that’s required before matches, including scouting the teams involved. Plus, find out where Lamonica’s favourite places to officiate were, and how will he get on when he faces the fearsome Crossover Test?
Joe Arlauckas is joined by Anadolu Efes forward, and former Final Four MVP, Will Clyburn on the latest episode of The Crossover! The American explains how important his family and friends were to him whilst growing up in Detroit, and why he moved teams so much during a nomadic college and university career. Clyburn admits he didn’t know a lot about European basketball before making the move to Germany in 2013, but recognises now that it was the best move for his career. He also gives a unique insight into what it's like playing under inspirational coaches such as David Blatt, during his time at Darussafaka, Dimitris Itoudis, throughout a hugely successful spell at CSKA Moscow which included a EuroLeague victory and most recently Ergin Ataman. No topic is off limits in this fascinating chat! Plus, how will Clyburn perform in 'The Crossover Test’?
Joe Arlauckas’ next guest on The Crossover is Virtus Bologna’s Head Coach, Sergio Scariolo. The pair delve into Sergio’s early life in Brescia and how he wound up coaching basketball in Italy. Sergio even reveals how Joe nearly became the centre-piece of his Fortitudo Bologna team in 1996. He also explains why he made the decision to coach in Spain, something that proved to be a career-defining move. He recalls his years with Baskonia, Real Madrid, and his 5 year tenure in Malaga, as well as his success with the Spanish national team. In this wide ranging conversation, Sergio talks coaching philosophy, managing big names, and life in general, plus he takes ‘The Crossover Test’.
In this episode of The Crossover, Joe Arlauckas gets to know Partizan Belgrade's Dante Exum. Dante speaks about growing up in a sporting family in Melbourne, dreaming of representing Australia at basketball. He discusses being drafted in the 1st Round by the Utah Jazz and the unfortunate run of injuries that defined his early career. Dante then explains why he joined Barcelona, and shares his memories of playing in 'El Classico' on his debut. Plus he discusses his move to Belgrade and life under Željko Obradović. To end the podcast, Dante faces The Crossover Test, and shows his EuroLeague knowledge.
The Crossover is back for season five, and Joe Arlauckas is joined by none other than the new CEO of EuroLeague basketball Marshall Glickman! He discusses his ambitious plans for the competition, including disruptive ideas on numerous topics like the league format, the way content is produced, the financial side of the competition, the relationship of the League with the players and the expansion to new markets, among many others. He also describes what his life was like growing up in America and the pride he took in being involved with the Portland Trail Blazers, a team that was founded by his father. Get to know the new Euroleague Basketball CEO in the first episode of The Crossover season five!
The final guest on The Crossover in 2021/22 is EuroLeague winner Tibor Pleiss!  The German talks us through how supportive his parents were when he was chasing his basketball dream as a youngster and how a move outside of his native country to Baskonia was an important turning point for him. Pleiss explains how his short stint in the NBA was the most frustrating time of his career before Ergin Ataman gave him the opportunity to return to Europe with Galatasaray in 2016. He recounts the disappointment of a EuroLeague near miss in 2019 with Anadolu Efes and the elation of winning the competition in his home town Cologne two years later. Pleiss then describes the crucial and breathtaking moments that led up to Efes winning a second consecutive EuroLeague title in Belgrade just a few weeks ago. Plus, can he snatch victory away from our current leaders in the final Crossover Test of the series?
Joe Arlauckas looks back on a pulsating set of EuroLeague Final Four semi-finals, and previews the Championship game between Real Madrid and Anadolu Efes Istanbul. Joining him are David Rivers, Andrea Trinchieri and Aleksandra Radivojevic, as this season’s competition reaches its thrilling conclusion!
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Nicolay Mikhalchuk

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

Mar 5th
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