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The Crossover with Joe Arlauckas

English, Sports, 6 seasons, 78 episodes, 3 days, 15 hours, 23 minutes
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Joe Arlauckas sits down with some of the biggest names in European basketball - past and present - to learn more about their lives on and off the hardwood.
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The Crossover: Tony Parker

Four-time NBA champion Tony Parker chats to Joe about his life and career, in an interview recorded shortly before the point guard decided to end his time with the Charlotte Hornets and retire from basketball.   Parker discusses what he’ll do next and speaks about his growing involvement with sport in Lyon, including as President of EuroLeague wild cards ASVEL Basket.   The former France international and six-time NBA All-Star talks about his start in the U.S. and tells Joe what it was like to play alongside Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan at the San Antonio Spurs, under legendary coach Gregg Popovich. 
6/18/201928 minutes, 46 seconds
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THE CROSSOVER AT THE FINAL FOUR: F4GLORY

Joe Arlauckas sits down with EuroLeague legends Theo Papaloukas and Nikola Vujcic to analyse CSKA Moscow’s 91-83 victory over Anadolu Efes Istanbul in the 2018-19 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Championship Game. You’ll hear from CSKA coach Dimitris Itoudis, Ergin Ataman of Efes, the 2019 Final Four MVP Will Clyburn and the Season MVP Jan Vesely of Fenerbahce.
5/20/201946 minutes, 44 seconds
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THE CROSSOVER AT THE FINAL FOUR: READY FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

Joe Arlauckas has exclusive interviews with two players who’ll feature in Sunday’s Turkish Airlines EuroLeague decider and exclusive analysis from a couple of two-time EuroLeague winners. CSKA Moscow’s Cory Higgins talks on the morning after his side’s 95-90 comeback victory over Real Madrid, plus Adrien Moerman of Anadolu Efes Istanbul chats at the team hotel following their 92-73 victory over city rivals Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul. We also hear from defeated coaches Pablo Laso and Zeljko Obradovic. Joe sits down with EuroLeague legends Nikola Vujcic and Johnny Rogers to review the semifinals and discuss the all-important championship game between CSKA and Efes.
5/18/20191 hour, 10 minutes, 54 seconds
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THE CROSSOVER AT THE FINAL FOUR: SEMIFINALS ARE HERE

Joe Arlauckas brings his podcast to the Final Four in Vitoria-Gasteiz, as the Turkish Arlines EuroLeague season reaches its climax. In the company of European basketball greats Nikola Vujcic and Michalis Kakiouzis, Joe looks ahead to Fenerbahce v Anadolu Efes and CSKA Moscow v Real Madrid in Friday’s semifinals. There are exclusive interviews with Sergio “Chacho” Rodriguez of CSKA Moscow, Real Madrid’s Trey Thomkins, Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul’s Ali Muhammed and Tibor Pleiss from Anadolu Efes Istanbul.
5/16/20191 hour, 15 minutes, 47 seconds
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The Crossover: Zeljko Obradovic

Joe Arlauckas sits down with his old friend and legendary former coach Zelimir "Zeljko" Obradovic. The Serbian is regarded by many as the greatest European head coach of all time. He's taken clubs to 40 titles, including nine EuroLeague successes with five different teams. Obradovic tells Joe some of the tales behind the triumphs, including five EuroLeague trophies with Panathinaikos, but he also talks about some of his Final Four failures as well. Find out why Fenerbahce's celebrations had an extra special impact and hear behind-the-scenes stories from their EuroLeague-winning time together at Real Madrid, including the real reason that Obradovic kicked Joe out of practice.
4/30/20191 hour, 9 minutes, 41 seconds
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The Crossover: Adam Hanga

Adam Hanga is the latest EuroLeague star to sit down with Joe Arlauckas and talk about his life and career. The Hungarian discusses his family and basketball beginnings in Budapest, being drafted by the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA and the tough moments he experienced with his knee injury. Hanga also speaks about moving to Spain, how he became a defensive star and his spells with Baskonia and now FC Barcelona Lassa.
4/23/20191 hour, 11 minutes, 27 seconds
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The Crossover: Shane Larkin

Joe sits down with Shane Larkin, to chat about his life and career. The Anadolu Efes point guard also opens up about his OCD and how the disorder impacts on the life of an athlete. He talks about his family and what he learnt about being a professional sportsman from his father Barry Larkin, who is in baseball’s Hall of Fame. Larkin discusses his disrupted college career, when he ended up as a huge part of a fabulous Miami Hurricanes team. One of his alley-oop passed prompted a standing ovation from Dwayne Wade and LeBron James, who were in the crowd. Since his NBA debut with the Dallas Mavericks, Larkin has played for US organisations New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets and Boston Celtics, while his first spell in EuroLeague was with Baskonia. The American tells Joe how and why he has made his moves around the basketball world.
4/16/20191 hour, 27 minutes, 15 seconds
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The Crossover: Vassilis Spanoulis

Joe gets his man, as Olympiacos captain Vassilis Spanoulis takes the time to sit down and talk through his life and remarkable career. ‘Kill Bill’ has amassed a huge number of personal awards and won plenty of major trophies, including three EuroLeague titles - one with Panathinaikos and two with Olympiacos, who Spanoulis led to a historic championship repeat in 2013. He reflects on his high profile move between the two Greek rivals and about the NBA draft that quickly turned to disappointment, causing him to turn his back on the Houston Rockets and come back to Athens. Spanoulis talks about his pride in representing his country, about his relationships with some of European basketball’s most high profile figures and reveals the games that he'd like to go back and play again.
4/2/20191 hour, 4 minutes, 10 seconds
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The Crossover: Pablo Laso

Joe catches up with an old friend - the Real Madrid head coach Pablo Laso. The two played together in Vitoria-Gasteiz, as well as for the club that Laso has so far led to sixteen trophies, including two EuroLeague championships. There are plenty of stories from their time as teammates, plus we get a fascinating glimpse into the mind of the twice Alexander Gomelskiy Coach of the Year as he discusses some of his most significant decisions and biggest games. Laso reflects on how Real Madrid conquered EuroLeague in 2018 with a hugely depleted line-up and about his part in the emergence of Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic, who swapped the Spanish capital for the NBA after that title. He also talks about his excellent playing career (Laso still holds the ACB records for most career assists and steals) and the decision to leave his hometown club Baskonia to join Real Madrid.
3/19/20191 hour, 26 minutes, 32 seconds
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The Crossover: Keith Langford

Keith Langford speaks openly about his basketball journey to date, which has been packed with individual awards, team honours, lucrative contracts and a few falling outs. The well-travelled American was an All-EuroLeague First Team selection in 2014 and is twice a winner of the Alphonso Ford EuroLeague Top Scorer Trophy. But Langford's career took a while to get going. Injuries caused doubts about how long he could be a pro and after his college performances failed to earn an NBA contract, he had some big decisions to make. Soon, passport in hand, he embarked on a roller coaster world tour, with stops in Italy, Russia, Israel, China and now in Greece with Panathinaikos. Langford gives his opinion on a few prominent coaches and is honest about why his relationship with some of them broke down.
3/5/20191 hour, 13 minutes, 31 seconds
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The Crossover: Anthony Gill

Joe sits down with Anthony Gill to chat about pranks, personal grooming and the American forward’s eventful basketball journey to date. His route through the college game was far from straightforward and since then the Khimki player has had to bounce back from a number of setbacks, including missing the NBA draft and failing his first European medical. But now he’s in Moscow and fired up by Khimki’s city rivalry with CSKA! Gill discusses his faith, the influence that his family has had on his life and values, and why #13 means so much to him. And he opens up about the death of his friend and teammate Tyler Honeycutt.
2/19/20191 hour, 3 minutes, 54 seconds
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The Crossover: Nikola Vujcic

Joe chats to the Croatian basketball legend Nikola Vujcic, whose one dream was to win EuroLeague. Maccabi Tel Aviv’s sports director started his career in the former Yugoslavia, when his father was away fighting in the civil war. As well as those early days, the five time All-EuroLeague selection talks about his many career highs (and occasional lows), about the basketball rivalry between teams from Croatia and Serbia and about making Israel his home. Vujcic also has great stories about helping to save his first club Split from bankruptcy and an explosive, uncharacteristic row with one of his coaches! The All-Decade Team member has shared a court with many of the best players we’ve seen on the continent, so standby for his take on the likes of Arvydas Sabonis, ‘Saras’ Jasikevicius and Darryl Middleton.
2/12/20191 hour, 5 minutes, 41 seconds
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The Crossover: Robertas Javtokas

In this episode of The Crossover, Joe sits down with one of Lithuania’s best-known basketball players, former Zalgiris center and now Zalgiris Kaunas Sports Director, Robertas Javtokas. Javtokas opens up about his childhood, including how attempts to rebel against his parents and their basketball dreams saw him sent away to school in America - without a scrap of English in his repertoire! – the eventual return to his home country which he longed for, and the bittersweet nature of his charmed life in Greece playing for Pana amongst one of their superstar squads. The giant Lithuanian also talks about the motorcycle accident that almost cost him his life, how he defied the medical world and made an incredible basketball comeback despite all the odds, and how the decision to retire tormented him long before he called time on his playing career. He also talks tattoos, getting drafted in the NBA by accident and ice fishing with his children!
1/22/20191 hour, 37 seconds
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The Crossover: Kyle Hines

CSKA Moscow center, Kyle Hines, is the latest EuroLeague star to sit down with Joe Arlauckas, and with three EuroLeague titles to his name - and counting! – the American knows better than most what it takes to become the best in Europe. The CSKA captain talks about disregarding those who questioned his aptitude for the game and staying focused on himself, the moments in his career that will stay with him forever, and how a gift from his Grandmother shaped his destiny, enabling him to capitalise on his opportunities in Europe and leaving a trail of broken records in his wake. Hines tells us how his wife is his biggest fan and greatest basketball critic, how much it means to him to give back to the game and help future players, as well as offering a unique insight into both the glory and the bitterness of defeat when it comes to EuroLeague’s Final Four! The CSKA star also reveals the exciting new project he has been working on with EuroLeague Basketball, bringing you – the fans! –unprecedented access to some of your favourite players and their lives on the road. Stay tuned…
1/8/20191 hour, 16 minutes, 29 seconds
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The Crossover: Jayson Granger

KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz’s Jayson Granger, sits down with Joe in this episode of the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague’s official podcast, for a revealing chat about his life on and off the court. The Uruguayan born guard speaks about growing up the son of a basketball legend in his home country, his initial struggles when he moved to Spain to pursue his EuroLeague dreams, and recovering from the bitter disappointment of just missing out on a place in the Final Four in 2017\. Granger also discusses the close-knit nature of Baskonia and the chemistry within camp, his quirky sneaker fixation, how computer games got him into trouble with his former coach and he also reveals his romantic side!
12/27/201852 minutes, 47 seconds
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The Crossover: Aleksandar Dzikic

Budućnost Podgorica head coach Aleksandar Dzikic joins Joe on the latest episode of the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague’s official podcast. Last season, the Montenegrin side were crowned champions of the ABA League for the first time in their history, securing a spot in EuroLeague for 2018-19. The hugely experienced Serb first came through the coaching ranks at Partizan, where he has been head coach on two different occasions. In between, he had spells in Slovenia and Lithuania, as well as in the NBA Summer League and with the Minnesota Timberwolves in the NBA itself. Dzikic reflects on the highs and lows of his coaching career, talks about life in Belgrade during the Yugoslavian conflicts of the 1990s, chats about his eccentric parents, about motivating people with music and about how he managed to get away with accepting two NBA offers at the same time!
12/11/20181 hour, 9 minutes, 27 seconds
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The Crossover: Nick Calathes

Panathinaikos point guard, Nick Calathes, joins Joe for the third instalment of the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague’s official podcast. The Greens’ playmaker talks about honing his craft against his big brothers in their parents’ yard, his controversial decision to bypass the NBA and come over to Greece, plus how much he learned in his early years playing under notoriously tough coach Željko Obradović. We also learn more about the failed drug test that led to what he describes as his lowest point, how he bounced back and why last season was such a golden one for the Pana talisman.
11/27/201834 minutes, 25 seconds
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The Crossover: Fabien Causeur

Joe Arlauckas chats with Real Madrid shooting guard, Fabien Causeur, in the second episode of the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague’s official podcast. The Frenchman speaks about growing up in a basketball-obsessed family, how his career nearly came to an abrupt end, and how sweet it was to win the EuroLeague title playing for his dream club. We also learn about his model wife, the love affair with his EuroLeague trophy, and movie-star moments with his talented dog!
11/13/201852 minutes, 49 seconds
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The Crossover: David Blatt

In the first episode of the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague’s brand new podcast, one of the most revered coaches in European basketball, David Blatt, sits down to chat with one of the EuroLeague greats, Joe Arlauckas.  The Olympiacos head coach talks openly about how a trip to the Maccabiah Games changed his life, how it feels to achieve over 800 victories and counting, and what it took to achieve Olympic glory with the Russian national side. We also hear his take on his turbulent time in the NBA, the EuroLeague championship with Maccabi in 2014, and his future hopes for Greek giants Olympiacos Piraeus.
10/30/201856 minutes, 5 seconds
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