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Coaching greats Pesic, Laso, Kokoskov on hand for the FECC in Tel Aviv
TEL AVIV (FIBA Europe Coaching Certificate) - Tel Aviv is not only hosting the FIBA U20 European Championship. It is also the home for the last clinic of the 2017-19 cycle of FECC, with big names on board.
FIBA EuroBasket 2017 winning coach and current Sacramento Kings assistant Igor Kokoskov, double EuroLeague winner and five-time Spanish champion Pablo Laso, and FIBA Basketball World Cup and FIBA EuroBasket winner Svetislav Pesic were all present in Tel Aviv to work with the newest generation of up-and-coming coaches during the clinic. Pesic, of course, is the mentor of the project, and has been a part of it from the very start.
"I always said it was a great program. It's a great opportunity for ourselves, coaches, to keep learning and progressing, but most importantly it helps us improve the level of youth players all over Europe," Laso said after his lecture in Israel. Real Madrid head coach has been a lecturer with the FECC since the start of the project.
"The organizational part was really nice, the concept of the FECC is fantastic, good for all of these young coaches who have shown consistency throughout the clinics, and the initiative to be here, to be involved. This is a very good thing for European basketball, and for these coaches coming from all the different national federations," Kokoskov added.
"I remember when I was on the other end, especially when we had a lot of lectures in the former Yugoslavia with names like Zeljko Obradovic, Dusan Ivkovic, Dule Vujosevic, when I rewind the whole thing in my mind, I realize how much they had influenced me. And these experiences nowadays do too, it's not just a lesson, it's more of an exchange of ideas and experiences," the first NBA head coach born and raised in Europe said.
All of those who were part in the FECC had the pleasure of watching the games in the Shalom Zysman Sports Hall and the Shlomo Group Arena live and in person, feeling the electric atmosphere when the hosts were on the court.
Of the court, they are taking the Final Exam 2019, consisting of filing the final paper, written exam, oral exam and on court demonstration. Another 20 percent of the final grade is given through homework and workshops held since the start of the course in 2017.
During the FIBA U16 European Championship 2019 a new course will start, which will last until the FIBA U20 European Championship in 2021.