The number of foreign players is increasing after every season, and you could easily make an argument that the world is slowly but surely catching up.
One of the most established European coaches by the name of Svetislav Pesic, who is currently serving as head coach for Barcelona, had a compelling case in favor of European basketball in comparison to the NBA.
“In basketball, if you want to change the rhythm, to play transition or position, you cannot change rhythm on offense, but on defense. Then you can take the initiative on offense and play fast break, controlled basketball, or long plays. That’s how it’s done in Europe. It’s not like the NBA, which is not basketball.”
Pesic thinks the high-scoring games in the NBA are proof of game without defense, which is an essential part of the game.
“Every night or morning, if you see the NBA results, it’s 129-119, or 122-120, 120-115, etc. Everybody celebrates everybody is happy. Anyway. The best basketball in the world today is in EuroLeague.”
Pesic further explained what he meant by the lack of defense in the NBA and why Euroleague has more to offer, especially when it comes to the actual creation in the game.
“In Euroleague, you can see everything. You can see the defense; you can see offense, you can see tactics, 3-pointers dunking, the creation of the game. Everything. What we didn’t have in Europe until now is that we didn’t ‘sell’ our basketball very good, like in the NBA. We didn’t learn how to sell our product in Europe.”
Pesic is regarded as one of the best coaches in Europe at the moment and has won numerous titles and medals during his playing days but also as a head coach of different teams from Europe.