Anadolu Efes reunites with Ataman
The statement highlighted Ataman’s storied career, which includes three domestic titles, five Presidential Cup titles, four Turkey Cup titles, a third spot in the EuroLeague and a EuroCup title.
He has coached in 197 EuroLeague games and is set to make a new start with the club in its Round 13 road game at the Khimki Moscow Region on Dec. 20.
For the past five years Ataman has coached Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul, which he led to the historic 2016 EuroCup crown as well as the Turkish League title in 2013.
He resigned from Galatasaray at the start of this season after he had left the Turkish national team, which he was coaching alongside the club, in 2016.
The outcome dropped Efes to a 3-9 record, with the team now sharing last place in the EuroLeague standings after 12 of 30 rounds in the regular season.
This was the second stint for Perasovic with Efes after he coached the team during the 2010-11 season. Last season he guided the team to the playoffs, where Anadolu was ousted by the eventual EuroLeague runner-up Olympiacos Piraeus in a dramatic five-game series.