Georgios Bartzokas confirmed as new Lokomotiv Kuban coach

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Lokomotiv Kuban have announced that former Euroleague winner Georgios Bartzokas will be their head coach on a two-year deal.

As reported in our Daily Gossip column on Saturday afternoon the Greek play caller takes over from the departing Sergey Bazarevich as the Russian side looks to improve on a fairly disappointing end to last season, where they knocked out of the Eurocup and eliminated in the VTB League, both in the semi-final stages.

Bartzokas has moved around Greece in his coaching career after spending nine years as a player at Maroussi before retiring in 1992.

He joined Olympiacos in 2012 from Panionios and he helped the Piraeus side win the 2013 Euroleague title in London.

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Bartzokas resigned less than a week before the 2014-15 Euroleague was due to start, and until today has taken a break from coaching.

“Lokomotiv Kuban is a great club and I am happy be part of it,” Bartzokas said. “It is necessary to build and establish its place in the elite.”

Note: Quote taken from Lokomotiv Kuban was translated from Russian into English and might not be 100 percent accurate.