FENERBAHCE ISTANBUL: DID YOU KNOW THAT…
...Fenerbahce Istanbul has made it to the Final Four for just the third time in club history? It has also become the first Turkish team to reach three Final Fours, and in consecutive years!
...Fenerbahce has the chance to become the first Turkish club to win the competition? Fenerbahce reached the EuroLeague championship game last season, which is the best result to date by a Turkish club.
...head coach Zeljko Obradovic is the winningest person, player or coach, in EuroLeague history? Obradovic has eight Euroleague titles (Partizan Belgrade 1992, Joventut Badalona 1994, Real Madrid 1995, Panathinaikos Athens 2000, 2002, 2007, 2009, 2011), which is more than any participant since the competition began in 1958.
...Obradovic is at his 16th Final Four – more than any other coach or player since the format was adopted in 1988? CSKA Moscow leads all European clubs in Final Four appearances with 16 – which is as many as Coach Obradovic.
...Obradovic has taken six different teams to the Final Four? He has been there with Partizan, Joventut, Real Madrid, Benetton Treviso, Panathinaikos and Fenerbahce. Boza Maljkovic – with Split, FC Barcelona, Limoges, Panathinaikos and Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz – has coached five different teams to the Final Four.
...Obradovic took Panathinaikos to the Final Four eight times? No other coach has taken the same team as many times to the Final Four. Aito Garcia Reneses took Barcelona six times and Ettore Messina did the same with CSKA Moscow.
...Obradovic is looking for his 11th appearance in the championship game? He has reached the final with five different teams - Partizan, Joventut, Madrid, Panathinaikos and Fenerbahce.
...Kostas Sloukas and Pero Antic have the chance to win their third Euroleague title? Sloukas and Antic were teammates on the Olympiacos Piraeus squad that won consecutive EuroLeague titles in 2012 and 2013.
...Antic is undefeated in the EuroLeague semifinals? Three games, three wins: with Olympiacos in 2012 and 2013 and last season with Fenerbahce.
…Sloukas has never lost a EuroLeague semifinal? Four games… four wins!
...Jan Vesely could become the third Czech player to win the EuroLeague title? Jiri Zidek (Zalgiris, 1999) and Lubos Barton (Barcelona, 2010) were the first two to lift the EuroLeague trophy.
...Luigi Datome could be the first Italian-born player to win the EuroLeague in seven years? Gianluca Basile was the last Italian player to lift the trophy, with Regal FC Barcelona in 2010.
...Datome leads the 2016-17 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague season in free throw percentage? He made 45 of 47 free throw attempts (95.7%). Bobby Dixon ranks fourth (45-of-49, 91.8%).
...Bogdan Bogdanovic is one of two players to ever win multiple EuroLeague Rising Star Trophies? Bogdanovic was chosen as the Rising Star in 2014 and 2015. Nikola Mirotic also won back-to-back Rising Star awards in 2011 and 2012.
…...Bogdan Bogdanovic is one of four Rising Star Trophy winners at this Final Four? He is joined by newly crowned Rising Star Luka Doncic and Rudy Fernandez, both of Real Madrid, and Kostas Papanikolaou of Olympiacos.
...the first - and to date only – Turkish player to win the EuroLeague was Ibrahim Kutluay with Panathinaikos in 2002. Several Fenerbahce players could join him on this select list if Fenerbahce wins the title.
...Ekpe Udoh leads the 2016-17 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague season in rebounds (7.6 rpg.) and blocks (2.1 bpg.)? Amazingly enough, Udoh has blocked 122 shots over the last two seasons and been blocked just 13 times!