CSKA center talks on- and off-court life with teammate Kyle Hines
Join a conversation between CSKA Moscow big men Othello Hunter and host Kyle Hines in the second edition of The Kyle Zone, a new podcast featuring three-time continental champion Kyle Hines of CSKA Moscow.
A six-year EuroLeague veteran, Hunter actually rejected basketball in his youth.
"I didn't like basketball at all," he says. "I was playing American football, like a lot of guys in the neighborhood. I just always loved it."
He finally joined a team in his last year of high school and quickly made up for lost time, finishing as an NCAA runner-up and playing two NBA seasons before coming to Europe, which he now considers to have been his destiny.
"I would never have thought I would come here," Hunter says. "And now, I feel like this journey I've taken has been the best. Like, I'd rather be over here than home. That's just how I am. I would not have experienced all these countries I've been in otherwise... I love experiencing other cultures."
Hunter has had the privilege to play with some of the greatest guards in the game today, and talks about each of them. Vassilis Spanoulis is "a killer," Sergio Rodriguez "a leader on and off the court," Nando De Colo "a quiet assassin," Sergio Llull "a positive guy who loves life," and Luka Doncic "amazing."
Hunter also passes on motivational lessons to the listeners.
"Just believe in yourself: that's the main thing," he says. "I've always told myself that if I am going to go for something, I'm going to give it everything I've got. "
Hines and Hunter also compare the great derbies of European basketball, and discuss fatherhood, life in Moscow, entrepreneurship, sneaker collections, music and more.
The Kyle Zone is part of Euroleague Basketball Podcasts, joining The Crossover with Joe Arlauckas to let fans go in-depth with the protagonists of Europe's top pro basketball competition. The Kyle Zone is broadcast on iTunes, Audioboom, Spotify, RadioPublic, Google Podcasts, Stitcher and other platforms.