Zeljko Obradovic puts Turkish finals to side, attends Pavlos funeral in Athens


Fenerbahce coach Zejko Obradovic attended the funeral of long time Panathinaikos president Pavlos Giannakopoulos in Athens, mere hours before his side face Tofas Bursa in Game 5 of the Turkish League finals.

Together with Giannakopoulos, Obradovic spent 13 years of his career in Panathinaikos, turning them into the Greek powerhouse and with that into a EuroLeague dynasty, where they won five championship titles between 2000 and 2011.

“He was like my father. I have big respect for him,” Obradovic said of Giannakopoulos on Monday.

Giannakopoulos passed away following a short illness at the age of 89.