The annual EuroLeague Coaches' Meeting was held in Barcelona, Spain, on Tuesday, which gave the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague head coaches the opportunity to sit down with Euroleague Basketball representatives to converse about several topics before the new season gets underway. The meeting took place at Euroleague Basketball's headquarters, as the coaches were able to see the roadmap the competition has set as we enter the 2023-24 season.
Euroleague Basketball President Dejan Bodiroga and CEO Paulius Motiejunas were the first people to take the floor, welcoming everyone to the meeting.
"It is a great pleasure to welcome you here. Thank you for coming. We have this meeting to talk about and reflect on the last season, and also to discuss the present and to talk about our future. It's not a secret that we are coming off one of the most competitive seasons in the history of the EuroLeague," Bodiroga began.
"It's a great pleasure to have you all here before the season," added Motiejunas. "I know myself how difficult it is for you to travel and leave your teams in preseason, so we really appreciate you all being here."
Next, the introduction of the new play-in tournament was brought up by Euroleague Basketball Competitions Senior Director Diego Guillen d'Arlot de Saint-Saud, who also discussed the season calendar.
New Euroleague Basketball Officiating Director Daniel Hierrezuelo had the chance to meet the coaches away from the court for the first time in his new role, too. Hierrezuelo explained some of the new changes that have been made, particularly in relation to how referees will be assigned moving forward.
"I want to share with you the vision for the next three years. Talking about the project, we want to achieve our own identity and improve referee quality," stated Hierrezuelo.
Understandably, the coaches want to be on the same page as the referees in order to avoid any tense moments during the season, which makes meetings such as these so important.
"I think it's crucial. I think every day, every year and every season, we can get better in that regard," commented EA7 Emporio Armani Milan head coach Ettore Messina. "There have been changes in the officiating department and, like every change, it brings excitement, curiosity and definitely energy."