Terry Porter, Igor Kokoskov at 2015 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four International Coaches Clinic

Terry Porter, former two times NBA All-Star player and head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks and Phoenix Suns, and Igor Kokoskov, the first European assistant coach on a NBA bench, with 14 years experience and with a NBA title in 2004, are two of the outstanding lecturers at the 2015 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four International Coaches Clinic, which will be held in Madrid, Spain, May 16 and 17.

They will be joined by other great coaches such as Fotis Katsikaris, Luca Banchi and Sito Alonso. After the 2014 Milan edition, Euroleague Basketball and Giorgio Gandolfi – Sport Marketing, Events and Communication renew their partnership for the International Coaches Clinic that will enhance the 2015 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four.

“We are very excited to be able to announce that there will be a 2015 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four International Coaches Clinic” said the Euroleague Basketball President and CEO, JORDI BERTOMEU. “Over 220 coaches from 30 different countries worldwide attended the 2014 event in Milan – this was testament to the quality of the clinicians as well as the organisation by Giorgio Gandolfi. The clinicians in 2015 will be just as good if not better therefore we encourage all interested basketball coaches to register for the clinic, allowing them to participate in the celebration that the Euroleague Final Four promises to be in Madrid over the 14-17 May this year!”

“Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four are undoubtely the most important basketball event for club in Europe” add GIORGIO GANDOLFI, Founder & Principal of Giorgio Gandolfi – Sport Marketing, Events and Communication. “We are grateful to Euroleague Basketball for trusting us after the great success of last year clinic in Milan. Basing upon the several requests coming from all over the world, I think the 2015 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four International Coaches Clinic could be more and more international, and a sure success with a strong representation of spanish coaches”.

Sponsored by SPALDING and ZEEBRA, the Clinic is organized in collaboration with FEB (Federación Española de Baloncesto), FBM (Federacion de Baloncesto de Madrid), AEEB (Asociación Española de Entrenadores de Baloncesto) and the official agency Viaje El Corte Ingles. FIBA, World Association of Basketball Coaches, EUABC (European Union Association of Basketball Coaches), NBCA (National Basketball Coaches Association) and ACB will be partners of the event.

Early registrations are open from February, 16th to March, 16th (or till a maximum of 200 coaches registered) with special discounts. All the details are in the registration form along with special travel packages provided by the partner Viaje El Corte Ingles.

For logistic reasons, April 1st will be the last day to request a letter invitation for coaches who need consular VISA.

THE LECTURERS

TERRY PORTER is the former NBA coach of Phoenix Suns (2008-2009) and Milwaukee Bucks (2003-2005). He served also as assistant coach of Sacramento Kings, Detroit Pistons and in 2014 Minnesota Timberwolves, acting head coach while Adelman was not with the team. Porter spent 17 years in the NBA as a player playing 1,274 games and scoring 15,586 points for Portland Trail Blazers (10 years), Minnesota Timberwolves, Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs, being two time NBA All-Star (1991, 1993) and playing in two NBA Finals (1990, 1992).

IGOR KOKOSKOV is the former NBA assistant coach of Cleveland Cavaliers, Phoenix Suns, Detroit Pistons and Los Angeles Clippers. He was the first European-born assistant to sit on a Division-I College Basketball bench at Missouri University and on an NBA bench, spending the last 14 years in the league, and winning the 2004 NBA title with the Detroit Pistons. Former assistant coach of Serbia National Team with coach Zeljko Obradovic, since 2008 he is the Head Coach of Georgian National Team.

FOTIS KATSIKARIS is the Head Coach of the Greek National Team since 2014. He started his coaching career in 2003 coaching AEK Athens, then he coached Dynamo St. Petersburg, Pamesa Valencia, Aris Thessaloniki and Bilbao Basket. With Bilbao he reached the ACB Finals in 2011 and he was awarded as Eurocup Coach of the Year in 2013.

LUCA BANCHI is the Head Coach of EA7 Emporio Armani Milan. He won that last two Italian Championships, in 2014 with Milan and in 2013 with Montepaschi Siena, along with the Italian National Cup. Previously, he served as assistant coach of Simone Pianigiani at Montepaschi Siena, winning 6 straight Italian Championships, 5 Italian Supercups and 4 Italian National Cups.

SITO ALONSO is the Head Coach of the Club Basket Bilbao Berri since 2014. He became Head Coach of the Joventut Badalona for the 2008-2009 season, after serving as assistant coach of Aito Garcia Reneses between 2005 and 2008, winning an Eurocup, a Copa del Rey and a ULEB Cup. From 2011 to 2013 he was Head Coach of Lagun Aro San Sebastian, being awarded as 2012 Spanish Coach of the Year. Meantime, he was also assistant coach of Juan Orenga on the Spanish National Team and Head Coach of Under 20 Spanish National Team.