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Igokea appoint Dragan Bajić as new head coach and add Michael Green to the 2019/20 roster

This was quite a busy day for Igokea's management.

Dragan Bajic (Photo: Mornar/Media Pro)

This was quite a busy day for Igokea's management.

The club announced that it has appointed Dragan Bajić as new first team head coach, while Igokea also penned a deal with American point guard Michael Green.

Dragan Bajić is a well-known face in Laktaši. He was the head coach of Igokea from 2011 to 2013 and then from 2015 to 2018, so this will be his 3rd time to coach the Laktaši squad. Bajić will replace Marko Barać who was coaching the first team of Igokea in the previous 4 rounds of ABA League.

Recall that last summer Igokea appointed Aleksandar Trifunović as first team head coach, however due to his health condition Trifunović was unable to coach the team, so assistant coach Marko Barać led Igokea’s troops in the opening 4 rounds of the season.

„It was decided that Dragan Bajić take over the team. Aleksandar Trifunović will remain in Igokea and he will act as Bajić's advisor until he fully recovers. After speaking with Trifunović and after consulting the doctors we decided not to take the risk, as Trifunović’s health condition is our primary concern. When Aleksandar fully recovers we will sit down with him and speak about the future plans. At the same time Bajić is a true friend of Igokea and he will definitely remain part of our club in the future.”

Also, Igokea announced that they have signed a contract with American player Michael Green until the end of the season. Green is a 34-year old point guard and he is coming to Igokea from France where he played for SIG Strasbourg.

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Bajić ponovo na klupi Igokee, potpisao i Majk Grin

Dragan Bajić će na klupi Aleksandrovčana zamijeniti Marka Baraća koji je u odsustvu prvog trenera Aleksandra Trifunovića vodio ekipu na startu sezone. Četiri poraza na početku ABA lige primorala su upravu kluba da reaguje, pa je odlučeno da se na klupu vrati Bajić koji je sa Igokeom pravio najbolje rezultate u njenoj istoriji.

- Odlučeno je da Bajić preuzme ekipu. Trifunović ostaje u klubu kao Bajićev savjetnik dok se potpuno ne oporavi od posljedica moždanog udara. Sjeli smo i dogovorili da se zajedničkim snagama vratimo pobjedama. U dogovoru s Trifunovićem i uz konsultaciju sa ljekarima, nismo željeli da preuzimamo rizik, jer je Trifino zdravlje na prvom mjestu, bez obzira što ima veliku želju da se vrati na klupu. Kada se potpuno oporavi, onda ćemo svi zajedno sjesti i dogovoriti se o daljim koracima. Bajić je veliki prijatelj kluba i sigurno će u budućnosti ostati u Igokei na nekoj funkciji izjavio je Igor Dodik.

Povratnički debi Bajić će imati u nedjelju protiv Zadra u Laktašima.

Igokea je angažovala iskusnog Majka Grina na poziciji organizatora igre. Ugovor je potpisan do kraja sezone. Grin je američki internacionalac, rođen 1985. godine i visok 185 cm. U karijeri je nastupao za brojne klubove, Antalija, Lijež, Kantu, Vareze, Himki, Pariz Levaloa, Umana Venecija, Balikešir, Pinar Karišiaka, Aek i Strasbur iz kojeg dolazi u Laktaše.​