Lucas: Olympiacos is a great challenge

Kalin Lucas is the new addition to the Olympiacos roster and spoke to olympiacosbc.gr from across the Atlantic for his decision to come to Greece…

Kalin Lucas is the new addition to the Olympiacos roster and spoke to olympiacosbc.gr from across the Atlantic for his decision to come to Greece…

“It hasn’t been a tough decision to make. I wanted to play someplace where I can become better, where I can improve and with a good team schedule. I know that Olympiacos has a great coach and a very good coaching staff that knows how to make a player better” the 23year old American commented at first and then added: “I haven’t watched much European basketball. But I know that Olympiacos is a team that has been among the best in the recent years, a team that aims to the Euroleauge Final Four and that always aims high. That’s why Olympiacos is a great opportunity for me and I would like to contribute the best I have to the team”.

For the talented American guard, coming to Piraeus is: “A great challenge. I have dealt with many challenges in my career and I think I have coped. Playing for Coach Tom Izzo at the university is a challenge, coming back from my injury had been a great challenge, and coming to Greece is a great challenge. However, if you don’t have challenges ahead of you, you can never become better and I want to be the best I can”.

Lucas talked about his injury in the 2009-2010 season that did not allow him to help MSU chase after the dream: “I had been unlucky. I could not help my team. But his made me better and stronger. I thought a lot about things at the time and became a better person and player”.

As for what it is to expect from Kalin: “I try to do what the coach wants me to do in the game. I’ll play tough, I’ll defend, I’ll pass the ball, I’ll score if needed. I’m not afraid. I want to come soon and meet with my coaches and team mates so as to understand a lot more”.


It was the end of the '30s when the Olympiacos Basketball team was founded with players form the "Ionidio" School. Great personalities of Greek basketball wore the 'red' shirt, coaches wrote history, victories came and Olympiacos played a leading role inside and outside the Greek borders.

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