Miro Todic is a 28 year old 205cm forward from Serbia that just joined Khimik-OPZ Yuzny (Ukraine-Superleague) after playing for LeGamberi Foods Forli (Italy-Lega2) where he averaged 15,8ppg and 9,9rpg. He started his basketball career at Radnik Bijeljina. In 2003-2004 he played for Krka Novo Mesto (Slovenia-1A), then joined Union Olimpija Ljubljana (Slovenia). H ethen played three seasons for the Deutsche Bank Sklyiners from 2004-2007 reaching the Beko BBL final in 2005. He then played for AO Kolossos Rodou (Greece-A1) from 2007-2009. In 2009-2010 he played for Gymnastikos Olympia Larissas (Greece-A1): 12 games: 4.9ppg, 2.5rpg; in Feb.’10 moved to Sundsvall Dragons (Sweden-Basketligan, starting five): 8 games: 15.1ppg, 8.8rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 49.1%, 3PT: 45.7%, FT: 61.3%. In 2010-2011, he played for Achilleas Kaimakliou (Cyprus-Division A): 2 games: 0pts, 3.0rpg, in Nov.’10 moved to Ilysiakos Athens (Greece-A1): 24 games: 6.4ppg, 4.2rpg, FGP: 47.4%, 3PT: 21.6%, FT: 54.9%. Last season he played for Ilysiakos Athens (Greece-A1, starting five): 11 games: 10.6ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 59.6%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 55.9%; left in Jan.’12, later that month moved to Politekhnika-Halychyna (Ukraine-Superleague, starting five): 17 games: 13.2ppg, 7.4rpg, 3.1apg, FGP: 46.4%, 3PT: 38.7%, FT: 67.6%. He spoke to German Hoops before the Eurochallenge game against the EWE Baskets Oldenburg.
Tonight a big Eurochallenge game in Oldenburg. How excited are to be in Germany again?
I am very excited. I miss Germany very much. I love Germany. This is a big game tonight and I hope that we can do well.
How do you see your chances against Oldenburg?
They are a real good team with very good Americans and Germans. They are very strong at all positions. I remember playing against Adam Chubb and Ronald Burrell. They also have very good guards with Julius Jenkins and Rickey Paulding and the kid Chris Kramer is a very good player. Each player always gives the maximum and we will have to be ready.
What will be the first thing that you will ask Dominik Bahiense De Mello when you see him on the court tonight?
I already spoke to him at morning shoot around. The first thing we did was smile at each other. It was so nice seeing him again. We talked about our days in Frankfurt. We were so young then. My time in Frankfurt was one of my best years. It was so much fun playing with the Skyliners.
What do you remember from Malick Badiane kicking the chair in Oldenburg in 2005?
I remember that a little, but don´t really remember what happened. It didn´t surprise me that he did that. When things aren´t going well, then players tend to get emotional. These kind of outbursts can always happen in sport. Malick was a very good guy.
How will you beat the unbeaten EWE Baskets Oldenburg in the Eurochallenge tonight?
We have to stop their Americans and transition game. They have good shooters and inside presence. We will have to give a full team effort to win.
What is your role in the team?
They brought me in, because they want to secure the third position in the league and go as far as possible in Eurochallenge. They want to have a deeper rotation than before.
Why did you leave Italy a week ago?
I had problems with getting the payments, so I searched the market and got offers in Italy division one and from Yunzy and they gave me an offer I couldn´t pass up.
How has your game developed since Frankfurt?
I was a kid in Frankfurt in the years 18-21. I got a lot of experience playing many years in Greece. I got stronger physically as a player and has helped my game on offense and defense.
What is a hidden strength in your game that doesn´t get noticed right away?
I am a versatile player. The coach can use me in so many different situations like spreading the defense or letting me work in the post. It always depends how they guard me how I will be used.
How did Nino Garris get you to laugh?
Just seeing his face and reaction always got me to laugh. It was so much going to practice when I was a Skyliner.
Have you ever seen a better shooter than Jimmy Mckinney?
Jimmy was a rookie when I played with him and has developed since then. But I have seen many great shooters in Greece and Italy over the years.
How lucky have you been to have had Mike Kalavros as coach so many years?
It has been very important for my career having him. He has taught me so much. He really has helped change my game over the years.
Who wins a one on one in practice you or Vitaly Kovalenko?
Well I have only been here one week so we haven´t played yet.
What do you miss most from Germany?
I miss all the food, people and life. Germany is so organized and it is the best country that I have lived in.
How often did Murat Didin eat Kebap each day?
I don´t know since I didn´t see him eat it, but maybe a lot. I just have good memories of coach. He was a good coach. Frankfurt was one of the best times for me.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
American Gangstar. I have seen it 5 times.
Thanks Miro for the chat.