The strongest Russian basketball club is preparing for change.
Although CSKA have beaten everything this season, it keeps the same coach and will have a big budget again, the movement of the players begins.
One of the team leaders, Corey Higgins, shortly after the VTB United League's 3-0 win against Chimki on Monday announced they would leave Moscow for four years. He's going to Barcelona.
The end of the season ended with contracts with Nando de Colo, Sérgio Rodriguez, Will Clyburn, Kyle Hines, Semion Antonov, Othello Hunter and Alec Peters.
Scanpix / ITAR-TASS / Colo Nando contract photo with CSKA closed.
"It's a shame, but by the end of the season, this team is about to end." Some people will not be there anymore, but that's life, – Rio Novosti was commented by CSKA president Andrei Vatutin. of sadness.
Corey Higgins still lost the team with the game? No comments. This is not what I'm doing, so life brings them. We will put in a new competitive team, but this will take time, success and market conditions – many nuances. Now you have to take advantage of the victory.
He said after receiving the message from the legendary CSKA midfielder Vladimir Tchakenko after the match.
"We have won both the Euroleague and the United League, this CSKA by spirit, character and relationship in the team was the strongest in recent seasons."
Photo of Scanpix / ITAR-TASS / Russia VTB United League Finals in Moscow CSKA tripled Chimki.
Vatatinas said that in the middle of the season, especially after losing home to Maccabi, Tel Aviv club, it was hard to imagine Eurolyga completing champagne and confetti in Vitoria.
After the third game of the VTB United League Final, he celebrated the 50th T-Shirt, which was number one.
"For some, there are several titles. But I guess that means we need to drink at least 50 grams for the win. How many of them will be 150 or 250, I will respond, "said A.Vatatin.
He pointed out that the victories were memorable and valuable. "You know, when you come home every night and your wife prepares you for dinner, whatever it is, sooner or later it will take that as a routine.And that makes dinner no longer bitter, and the wife is less loved.Yes, we like to win but no one brings titles to the tray.We deserve the title of champion.Yes, it happened many times, but it's not so easy.It's not our problem that nobody is defeating us "Said A.Vatatin.
Photo of Scanpix / ITAR-TASS / Andrey Vatutinas and Dimitris Itoudis
CSKA continued their contract with Dimitri Itoud at the end of the season but this coach will probably have to lead only a few of the players who have become champions.
"We have a lot of work to do. Life is such a thing that change is necessary. Each team lives only one season, and in the fall of some players we will not be able to see CSKA, "said A.Vatutinas.