SERIE A 23.02.2012, 15:16 Redazione Sportando - E. Carchia 4
Petteri Koponen: 'Virtus Bologna helped me to become a real player'
Il finlandese parla in una lunga intervista a Il Corriere di Bologna
Petteri Koponen, in a long interview released at Il Corriere di Bologna, talked about his experience with Virtus Bologna and his future, with Dallas Mavericks who owns his NBA rights.
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SOURCE Corriere di Bologna
"I arrived in Bologna when I was 19 and they helped me to become a real player. Before I was just a young Finnish guy. I grew up with Virtus as a person and as a player. I accepted the proposal and the challenge that Virtus was offering to me. I don't have any regret. I don't want to talk dirty about people here in Bologna who didn't trust me. Everyone knows that Boniciolli and Pasquali didn't like me a lot. But that year was very important for me. I thought: 'now I will show to the people that I am a real player'. What will I do if Virtus Bologna is going to offer me a new contract? It is too early to talk about my future. At the end of the season my contract will expire and I want to see if any Euroleague team will make me a proposal. I want to talk with Dallas Mavericks as well because they own my NBA rights. If Virtus Bologna reaches Euroleague, it would be a huge opportunity for me to sit with the management and discuss a new deal. Siena and Milano? I was close to joining them in more than one occasion, but it didn't happen. I am happy to be here, I love Bologna but now I am ready for the next challenge. I am 24 and I want to play at the highest levels. For sure I don't want to sign for a great team risking to be a bench player for the entire season and I don't want to score 30 points at night for a weak team" said Koponen.