A handful of teams from the 7DAYS EuroCup have hit the ground running with the start of preseason practices and training camps this week.
Training camp begins for several teams
There is always a lot going on at this time of the year as players and coaches get to know each other and their new surroundings around sometimes grueling schedules that can include fitness workouts, two-a-days and learning new systems. Two of the first teams to get the ball rolling were last season’s runner-up, Frutti Extra Bursaspor, and quarterfinalist Cedevita Olimpija Ljubljana.
Interestingly, several of the teams who got an early start this week are teams with new head coaches in the drivers’ seat, including Frederic Fauthoux and Mincidelice JL Bourg en Bresse, Erdam Kam and Turk Telekom Ankara, Raoul Korner and Veolia Hamburg Towers, Anton Gavel and ratiopharm Ulm, and Jaka Lakovic and Gran Canaria.
"We are willing and motivated as is usually the case in the first week, but we'll try it to stay the same in the second and third ones,” Lakovic updated reporters. “We will be missing six players [due to national team games] that are important to our roster. With a new coach, new philosophy... we will have 10 days tops to prepare for the first game. It's a problem, but other teams will suffer the same way."