“The Lost Tapes”, powered by Stoiximan, are back with a special “EuroBasket” edition and in Episode One of the mini-series Vassilis Skountis hosts the Coach of the Greek National Basketball Team, Dimitris Itoudis in a deep dive about all things basketball, the NBA, the EuroLeague, Giannis Antetokounmpo and what we should expect of Greece in the upcoming EuroBasket!
Watch the full interview here:
Dimitris Itoudis was born in Trikala, Greece and as a player he suited up for Ermis Trikala Imathia and Alketas Alexandria before deciding to move to Zagreb, Croatia (former Yugoslavia) where he studied at the city’s University of Physical Education with a specialization in basketball. He quickly took his first coaching steps there, initially at the developmental departments of Mladost and then as the main coach of the youth (U-18) team of K.K. Zagreb, followed by a three-year stint next to Bosko Bozic in the men’s team, while at the same time he was the first coach of the university team. Upon his return to Greece in 1995, he became an assistant coach with the Greek Basket League club PAOK B.C., taking over as the head coach in 1996 when he reached the FIBA Saporta Cup. He was an assistant coach with the Greek club Panionios B.C., during the 1996–97 season, before becoming the head coach of the Greek club, Philippos Thessaloniki, from 1997 to 1999 and then the head coach of the Greek club MENT. Next year he became the assistant coach of Željko Obradović, with the Greek club Panathinaikos B.C. up until 2012, being a part of 5 EuroLeague championship teams (2000, 2002, 2007, 2009, 2011), 11 Greek League championship teams (2000, 2001, 2003–2011), and 7 Greek Cup winning teams (2003, 2005–2009, 2012).
In 2013, Itoudis became the head coach of the Turkish Super League club Banvit and then the next year he moved on to CSKA Moscow, putting his very own stamp on the team in his first season, winning the VTB United League, after eliminating Khimki with a 3–0 series sweep in the league’s finals series. In his second season with CSKA Moscow, he became the first Greek basketball coach to win the EuroLeague with a foreign (non-Greek) club. In 2016, he was named the EuroLeague Coach of the Year, while in 2022, he left CSKA Moscow after winning 2 EuroLeague trophies and 6 VTB League Championships, signing a 3-year-deal with Fenerbahçe of the Turkish Basketball League.
Stay tuned for more episodes from “The Lost Tapes, EuroBasket Edition” coming soon…!
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