As part of a motivational campaign developed by the urban clothing brand GRRR, during 2020, the VTB United League hall of famer EJ Rowland will carry out a series of intimate interviews with different Euroleague players. Brandon Paul, Jock Landale, Edwin Jackson, Anthony Randolph, or CSKA coaches Dimitrios Itoudis and Andreas Pistiolis will be some of the names that will chat with Rowland, who begins this series with Khimki’s star and EJ’s former teammate Alexey Shved.
In this first interview, Shved and Rowland talk about the differences between the NBA and Europe, the expectations of Khimki for this season and also some family and personal matters.
Regarding his team, Shved warns that they would like to be in the Final Four this year and aims to stay together as one of the keys to success: “We want to try to go to Final Four. This is hard. A lot of great teams, great players. But you know… some teams have great players and they play shitty. We just need to play together. If we understand each other it’s much easier and better for the team and for the result too. If the players start playing for themselves and being selfish nothing will be good so we just need to stay together. That’s the reason. And I hope we can do this this season.”
In his last year of contract in Moscow, Alexey ensures that “I like Khimki and I like Moscow for sure. We’ll see, this is a hard choice every time.” Asked about the possibility of coming back to the NBA, Shved highlights the importance of staying in his home country surrounded by his family, although he does not rule out any option: “For me it’s important to be close to my family and friends too. Everybody wants this and everybody likes it. I can’t say I’m there because of this stuff. We’ll see if something happens or changes after this season.”