Ergin Ataman, who recently led Panathinaikos to their seventh EuroLeague title, expressed his readiness to coach in the NBA.

The Turkish coach has now secured his third EuroLeague championship, having previously won back-to-back titles with Anadolu Efes in 2021 and 2022.

Ataman responded to a question about the possibility of coaching in the NBA, stating his willingness to take on the challenge.

“It used to be my dream, now it’s not, but if they want a star coach from Europe, here I am,” Ataman said, via (h/t HoopsHype).

He emphasized his confidence in adapting to the NBA, asserting, “Why would I be afraid to coach NBA stars?”

Ataman’s coaching achievements in Europe have solidified his reputation as one of the top coaches on the continent.

His unexpected success with Panathinaikos this season adds to an already impressive coaching resume.

Ataman’s openness to an NBA coaching role highlights his ambition and belief in his coaching philosophy.