Hello everybody! My name is Suad Sehovic, and I am a team captain of Buducnost VOLI Podgorica. Some fans know me from the 7DAYS EuroCup, as this is my sixth season with the club, but it will be my first in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague. My younger brother Sead is also on the team. We have been teammates for the last four years!
I joined Buducnost in 2013 – after playing the first nine seasons of my career outside of my native Montenegro – and I have been with Buducnost ever since. As a team, we have been growing year by year, but had several near misses in trying to reach the EuroLeague. Finally, we won the Adriatic League last season and earned a place in the EuroLeague. I would say that last season was club's most successful in the last 15 years. It was a great success for each player individually, for the club, for the fans, for the entire country. We are all very proud now to be a part of this competition – and we cannot wait for it to start!
What makes it even more special is that I will be making this debut alongside my brother Sead. My brother and I have actually been teammates for more than half of our careers, with two different clubs and with the national teams, too. However, we also had seasons when we were with clubs that played against each other on a regular basis.
"All in all, it is a rare good fortune and a privilege to have your brother to play alongside you or against you, and that is something we are lucky to have been experiencing for years now."
When I started my professional career as a 17-year old with Bosna Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sead joined me as a 15-year old. At that time we lived together, and we both made our professional debuts with that club. We also played together in junior categories for Montenegro, and later on the Montenegrin national team, where at one point we were even both starters.
It has always been a wonderful feeling to play together with my brother, but we always tried hard to remain professional. We looked at each other as any other teammates. You can imagine, however, that we have always competed against each other. You never want to lose against your brother, despite him being the younger one, and that healthy competition always existed regardless of whether we were on the same or opposing teams.
There was a part of our career when we regularly faced each other, when I still played with Bosna while he moved to Buducnost for his first stint with our current club. Both Bosna and Buducnost played in the Adriatic League at the time. Buducnost was better, and my brother took those victories with his team, but also individually against me. It is not only that I admit that happened, but he has the statistics to prove it, too!
So, it was always competitive between us, but that has been a great boost to our careers, having someone like that to compete with in the most positive manner. We went against each other during the season, during off-seasons, and we constantly pushed each other. All in all, it is a rare good fortune and a privilege to have your brother to play alongside you or against you, and that is something we are lucky to have been experiencing for years now. Even at those times when one of us had to lose, we were back to being family right after the game.
Our parents did not play sports; only on our mother's side were there athletes, a grandfather and an uncle. I never really asked our parents if they cheered for one or the other, Sead or me, when we played against each other. Our mother usually could only tolerate watching part of the game; then, she had to leave the arena. I can only imagine that they were, first of all, very proud, and secondly, sure that at least one of their sons would win at the end of the game. Then they would go to console the other one. My parents, my wife and my two children, and my two sisters have always given me the biggest support throughout my career.
"The EuroLeague has always been an unfulfilled dream for me. But now, at the age of 31, I finally get to make my debut ."
I want to mention that I was actually on a EuroLeague team before this one. I was with Union Olimpija Ljubljana in the 2010-11 season, but I badly hurt my knee in the first month of the season and never played a EuroLeague game. Olimpija had a great campaign, made it to the Top 16, and was virtually unbeatable in its packed Stozice Arena that year. Unfortunately, I watched it all from the bench or from the stands.
It was a missed chance, and the EuroLeague has always been an unfulfilled dream for me. But now, at the age of 31, I finally get to make my debut in the best competition in Europe. It is a great honor to play in the EuroLeague, especially while representing and being a team captain of a club from my country, Montenegro.
We really had chances in the past to make it, and we deserved it last season. It was all the result of years of hard work. Our fans have always been with us, after wins and after losses, and they earned this, too. Everyone is impatiently waiting for all the best European teams, all 15 other EuroLeague clubs, to come to play in our Moraca Arena in Podgorica. That's a huge thing for the city, and for the entire sport of basketball in Montenegro. As far as expectations go, we know only this will be something new, and that the rhythm of games and the travel will be tough. We only hope to stay healthy, and we will surely give our absolute best.
Well, that would be it for this first blog. Stay tuned, because my brother Sead will be writing the next one!