The Italian power forward revealed, though, that before joining Efes, he was close to a deal with EuroLeague newcomer Virtus Bologna.
“Ergin Ataman called me. Explaining he wanted me to help defend the EuroLeague title, with an almost perfect Italian accent, I could not refuse.
I was really close to signing with Virtus Bologna but considering the possibility of competing alongside players such as [Shane] Larkin and [Vasilije] Micic cleared all my doubts,” Polonara told Corriere dello Sport, via Eurohoops.net.
At the moment, Achille Polonara is practicing with the national team of Italy, getting ready for the FIBA EuroBasket (September 1-18).
Italy will play France (twice), Serbia, Germany and the Czech Republic as part of its preparation for the EuroBasket. They will then take on Ukraine (August 24) and Georgia (August 27) in the tip-off of the Second Round of the Basketball World Cup Qualifiers.
Italy will host Group C of the EuroBasket in Milano and will face Greece, Estonia, Ukraine, Great Britain and Croatia.