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Lassi Tuovi – always learning!

Interview with Lassi Tuovi (Assistant coach of Finnish National team – Susijengi – in Finnish)

Lassi Tuovin haastattelu (Suomeksi) – Nanterre, Ranska.

Lassi Tuovi – Nanterre, France

One of the Assistant Coaches of Finnish National Basketball team, Lassi Tuovi, has spent the autumn going around games in France and Germany and looking at the game from the stands. In which he calls a break from coaching for the autumn and also a learning experience.

It was an informed choice to do this says Tuovi, and adds – you can learn basketball (tactics) in many ways and seeing the game from a different point of view is refreshing. Also being invited to see EuroLeague games, etc has been a good way to learn new things with different teams. For a coach, to be able to observe how other coaches work is one of the best ways to learn new things – so I will definitely take something out of this autumn..

He also adds that as himself and Jukka Toijala (another assistant coach) are spending time traveling and seeing games – there might be some new ‘tricks’ to take back to the National Team with them, once the International seasons returns next summer.

Returning to the Wolfpacks experience in Spain2014 – he admits that as the team didn’t reach their goal, a slight disappointment is one of the feelings – especially when reaching the goal was ‘one basket away’. But after couple of extremely successful EuroBasket’s – maybe the World Cup 2014 in Spain might have left the team with little extra ‘hunger’ for the international competitions in 2015.

Lassi Tuovi – Nanterre, France

Kataja Basket – EuroChallenge in Mons

Small re-cap of the past weeks EuroTravel to Belgium for first EuroChallenge game of 2014-2015 season.

Kataja fan and the cheerleaders
Kataja fan and the cheerleaders

For the last three season I’ve been lucky enough to cover Kataja Basket in EuroChallenge, and it has taken me to exciting places in Latvia, Cyprus, Turkey, Romania.. to name few. Since the ‘regionalisation’ of the competition the visits have been closer to home.. but games have been good (mostly).

Pete still knows how to handle the ball.
Pete still knows how to handle the ball.

So the first trip of this season took me to Mons in Belgium – where Kataja faced the Mons-Hainault team. Traveling to the game with the flu, wasn’t the greatest experience while driving Folkestone to overnight and then continue to Mons.

THREEE !!!
THREEE !!!

Game itself is something Kataja might quickly forget – only five players scoring and home team were comfortable winners in the end. But at least one Kataja fan took advantage of the local hospitality (see picture!!) – where as the team certainly know they can perform better.

Wiring images abroad can at times be challenging – despite all the help from the club, giving me THREE different passwords to THREE different networks.. none worked for me during the game. My mobile didn’t want to connect to internet and my Mi-Fi didn’t want to either. So it was lots of frustration as you battle against print dead-line on a timezone an hour ahead of 8.30pm tip-off.

From my own point of view – Mons seemed nice enough city and enjoyed the art installation that they were building there, also took in the sights of the funfair and ate fries&sauce while watching the locals enjoy late night out.

When photographer gets bored with the game
When photographer gets bored with the game

Second part of the ‘road-trip’ took me to Women’s Volleyball Champions League game… but more of that in my photo blog (so as to keep these pages just for basketball).

Next weekend – off to cover some BBL and DBBL in Germany!!