ATHENS (EuroBasket/FIBA Basketball World Cup) - Andrea Trinchieri has turned Mapooro Cantu into one of the top sides in Italy and a regular participant in European club competitions.
Greece expect him to do even better with their national team.
The country's basketball federation, which appointed Trinchieri at the start of the year, has at last had an official unveiling of the coach in Athens.
Instantly recognizable because of his full head of hair and spectacles, the 44-year-old Trinchieri spoke about his new opportunity.
"The Greek basketball (tradition) is one of the most powerful in world history," he said.
"My position, therefore, has great responsibilities. All great things are never easy."
That will be the case for the Greeks at the 24-team EuroBasket in Slovenia in September.
They will compete in a Group D that includes Russia, Turkey, Italy, Sweden and Finland.
Only the top three sides will advance to the next round and every victory will be precious.
Most federations, at least publicly, are trying to temper expectations ahead of the EuroBasket, stressing the main aim is to finish high enough in the standings to earn a trip to the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.
Not so for Greece.
"Our work (with Trinchieri) is up to the FIBA Basketball World Cup but I think (it will go) until the Olympic Games in 2016,” said Greece Basketball Federation President George Vassilakopoulos, while sitting alongside the new coach at a press conference on Monday afternoon.
"First stop is the EuroBasket in Slovenia, where our goal is to reclaim the first place."
Greece last won that title in 2005 in Belgrade.
They claimed bronze in 2009 and finished sixth in 2011.
"We have a very good team, a coach who has proven in the past in Italy and the Euroleague he is an expert on the European scene and I have been struck by the way he works," Vassilakopoulos said.
"He is industrious and gives importance to human relationships."
Trinchieri has already spoken to many of the players.
Two other Greeks that he plans to meet are iconic figures in the sport whose days in the national squad seem to be over.
They are Dimitris Diamantidis and Theo Papaloukas.
Diamantidis, who turns 33 on 6 May, retired from the national team after Greece's elimination from the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey.
He remains the leading player in the Panathinaikos squad, one that nearly upset Barcelona in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Quarter-Finals.
Papaloukas celebrates his 36th birthday on 8 May.
He hasn't played for Greece since the 2008 Olympics.
In December, after a stretch with Olympiacos and then Maccabi Tel Aviv, the point guard rejoined CSKA Moscow, the club he spent several years with starting in 2002-03.
Part of the Diamantidis and Papaloukas legend was EuroBasket 2005, where they led Greece to a come-from-behind triumph over France in the Semi-Finals.
They also played in the team that upset the United States in the Semi-Finals of the 2006 FIBA World Championship.
"I have great respect for what Diamantidis has done and still does in his career," Trinchieri said.
"I wonder, 'who am I to go to the door and ask him to return, after everything he has done for Greece...?
"Maybe when I go to ask him for a frappe, we'll talk about basketball. Chances are that he will teach me some things."
Trinchieri says Papaloukas' form is being helped by CSKA coach Ettore Messina but can't consider the national team right now because he is still in the season.
"We'll see," Trinchieri said.
"We are fortunate, though, because we (Olympiacos guard) Vassilis Spanoulis.
"There are three dominant players in Europe, Diamantidis, Spanoulis and (Spain's Juan Carlos) Navarro."
Spanoulis was also a key man in those Greek sides of 2005 and 2006, as well as current national team stars Antonis Fotsis and Nikos Zisis.
Trinchieri, who is about to lead Cantu in the Italian play-offs, believes there is a particular style of Greek basketball.
"What I have realized playing against Greek teams is that I have found they read the game well, although players don't jump like LeBron James and do not run like Derrick Rose," he said.
"The philosophy is simple. Good defense and movement of the ball on offense.
"I do not see many Greek teams play differently.”
Greece last played at the 2012 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament, where they were eliminated by Nigeria.
Elias Zouros was the coach of that Greek team.
"When the team enters the stadium, it always go out to win," Trinchieri said.
"However, there's always a 'but'.
"We must start from the last game, which was a bad match against Nigeria, and we can start something new, hopefully better."