An American sports journalist, covering National Basketball Association (NBA) news for American sports channel ESPN, has claimed that prominent Turkish basketball coach Ergin Ataman will soon be an assistant coach in basketball’s biggest arena. of the world.
“One of Europe’s most accomplished coaches, Turkey’s Ergin Ataman, is surfacing as a candidate for assistant coaching positions in the NBA, sources tell ESPN,” Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted on June 1. .
The NBA insider introduced Ataman as “the Turkish national coach” who “won back-to-back EuroLeague titles with Anadolu Efes.”
Ataman, 56, has been the head coach of various Turkish teams such as Türk Telekom, Ülkerspor, Beşiktaş, Galatasaray and Anadolu Efes. He also managed two Italian teams, Siena between 2001 and 2003, and Bologna in the 2006-07 season.
Ataman became the first Turkish manager to win the EuroLeague title with Anadolu Efes in the 2020-21 season. The successful coach won the EuroLeague title for the second consecutive time with Anadolu Efes this year.
Wojnarowski’s tweet caused a stir on social media with many Twitter users commenting on Ataman, who also coaches the Turkish national basketball team.
A few NBA fans called the allegation a “dream” as the majority wrote that they wanted to see him in the NBA.
The Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Lakers came to the fore as the two teams with the most fans wanted to see Ataman coach.
In a recent interview, Ataman announced his wish to work in an NBA team, but as a “head coach”, and not as an “assistant”.
“There’s no Europe-based coach leading an NBA team. I’m a man who likes to defeat and shoots hard targets for himself,” he said.
“If an NBA team calls, then we go there and do what we do here. I have no downside,” he added.