Nikola Vujcic was unveiled as Maccabi Tel Aviv’s new administrative manager on
Sunday and promised he had returned to the club to do a whole lot more than
replace “light bulbs.”
The 35-year-old Vujcic, who won two Euroleague
titles in six years at Maccabi (2002-2008), played for Croatian side Split this
past season while also occupying the general manager’s position and will replace
Gur Shelef in Tel Aviv.
“I’m not going to be the one who changes the
lights but if I have to do these types of things I will not be ashamed,” Vujcic
said. “But the main thing will be the professional side and anything regarding
basketball. Of course, I will also be involved in technical stuff, but I’m sure
Maccabi didn’t bring someone from Croatia to change the lights.”
couldn’t hide his excitement at being back in Tel Aviv. “It’s a big honor to be
part of such a big club,” he added. “I never actually left Maccabi. I was always
in touch with Maccabi and knew what was going on. For me to come back here is
like to come back home.
“My six years in Maccabi were the best six years
of my life. I’m really looking forward to working here. Maccabi is a very
organized club and everyone knows what they have to do and I’m not here to
change many things, just to add some things.”
Maccabi part-owner David
Federman heralded the Croatian’s arrival.
“The reason we brought Nikola
is in order to use his knowledge in basketball and to be involved on a daily
basis with every single decision we have with every single player and to be a
middleman between the management and the coaches,” Federman
“The relationship between him and coach David Blatt is
extremely good and what we’ve seen in the first week here is far beyond any
expectations we had. He’s going to be an enormous benefit to us in terms of
Vujcic already sat in on a meeting with the agent of captain
Lior Eliyahu in which the forward was offered to restructure his contract or
look for another team. However, the former center claimed his role is more of an
“On every decision I will give my opinion, but I’m not the
one who will make the decisions. The ownership will be the ones who make the
decisions,” he said.
“From the first day I got the offer to be part of
Maccabi I was very excited. This is a big thing for me and my family. I think I
can really help a lot.”
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