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Iffe Lundberg: “Playing within the NBA was probably the most important achievement of my profession up to now”


By Cesare Milanti / info@eurohoops.net

Bologna, Italy – Before Iffe Lundberg was approached by CSKA Moscow initially of 2021, he was considered one of the purest scorers of the VTB League with Zielona Gora. Despite some doubts about him belonging to the EuroLeague level, he then went on to develop into one of the crucial essential players for Dimitris Itoudis, eventually convincing the Phoenix Suns on giving him an NBA opportunity.

Now, the Danish superstar has come back to Europe to start a latest chapter with Virtus Bologna, where he’ll find two old friends within the locker room: Toko Shengelia and Daniel Hackett. “It definitely helps to come back right into a latest environment where you’ve similar faces who can show you what to anticipate just from a team, city, fans, and club environment, apart from perspective. It has helped loads. After they saw that I used to be in talks with the club they reached out to me, asking if it was true. Also, if it were to occur, what I should expect just by living here? To date it’s been really very nice”, he said in an exclusive interview with Eurohoops.

Each within the Euroleague and within the Italian championship he’ll find one other representative of the Danish national team like Shavon Shields, with whom he shared the court as teammates just once.

“If Shavon and I were to play together for the Danish national team, I feel that will be very scary. We’ve only played one game together and it was really fun to play. I feel our potential was on a showcase”, he said in regards to the 94-98 victory against Belarus, during which Shields and Lundberg combined for 53 points.

“Obviously, he’s a great player and I feel I’m pretty good too, so it will be very nice to attempt to have that chance for an extended time period. But playing within the EuroLeague makes it tough, due to the schedule with the national team windows and all of that stuff. But when it were to occur, it will be very nice”, he added.

Similar to when he arrived at CSKA Moscow, he’ll find a great amount of competition in his position with combo-guards like Daniel Hackett, Milos Teodosic, and Nico Mannion, apart from specialists like Marco Belinelli and Alessandro Pajola. But he doesn’t appear to fear competition: “You mostly need to be in a situation when there’s healthy competition. Since you’re never too settled, comfortable, or satisfied and you usually must work hard to get what’s yours. I prefer it and if it might make me an excellent higher player, I’ll embrace it”.

Obviously, Sergio Scariolo will need a number of elements in fine condition as a way to face all of the competitions in a protracted and intense season. The Spanish national team head coach has been considered one of the the reason why Gabriel Iffe Lundberg decided to sign with Virtus. He appreciates his philosophy and type of basketball, so he enjoyed watching Spain go all of the option to the EuroBasket gold medal. “As a basketball fan before everything, I’ve watched Spain play over the past recent years, and in fact, they’ve been there for quite some time. Especially with the team that they’ve this 12 months where they didn’t have a primary star player, it was more team-oriented and so that you saw how every player embraced his role”, he said.

Lundberg, identical to Kyle Weems and Toko Shengelia, had nothing but great words for his latest squad: “They only fought for the team, and I feel this particular team this 12 months can be quite similar: we’ve many many talented players on this team and at the tip of the day everybody has to sacrifice something for the advantage of the team and for the greater good. I feel the sky’s the limit for us to be honest and we just must take it daily, because we’re a latest group, the coach has only been here for a couple of days and it looks pretty good”.

Finally, the Danish superstar talked about his NBA experience with the Phoenix Suns. He stepped into the court only on 4 occasions, averaging 3.3 points and a pair of.8 assists per game, but his eyes still shine when he’s talking about it. “It was very nice, it was awesome. For me, coming from Denmark and being the primary one to do it ever it’s something that I’m really happy with: probably it’s the most important achievement of my profession up to now”, he said, while keeping the door open for the longer term.

“If I actually have the chance to do it sooner or later again in the longer term, will I do it? I don’t know. We have now to see which situation I’m in. But in fact, it’s something that I’ll consider because I all the time consider all of my options”, he added.

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