The greatest recognition of this team came this past year. The organization of the Final4 in Vitoria was the culmination of more than 30 years of the best sports management in the world of basketball. President Josean Querejeta has already said «my greatest wish is to organize a Final4 in Vitoria» in the absence of winning it, the club has already been four times in the Final4, the most management level summit has already been achieved.
Vitoria is a small city, a village compared to the big cities that make up the Euroleague, but it resists and this last season will be remembered as the biggest sporting event lived in the Basque Country to date. With just over 250,000 habitants, there are only 2 things about the weather and basketball in the city. Little is known about the weather, you never get it right, the umbrella always in your hand, on the same day you can see the 4 seasons of the year, in basketball the same uncertainty is the same, the same process of change but everything gets better with a fixed place in the Euroleague as its founder club.
Since 1959 the club’s founding date, two patrons have guided the club’s history, character and uncertainty. The character forged in many decades of fighting, passion, struggling players, dirt fields, asphalt, anyway and anywhere … of those players who taught the way, suffering, and unwavering love to some colors and they moved it to the next generations. That character is what now in modern times where sport is pure uncertainty, winning and losing are part of the same state of affairs, where victory is ephemeral and defeat simply changes cycles, which makes everything stay in foot where it is, that nothing falters, and that everything follow its own evolution, because the mark is already marked. Baskonia has found its raison to be in this context between character and uncertainty.
Heraclito would undoubtedly be a Baskonia fan, the river would be Baskonia and the different and changing water as it passes, they would all be one of the assets, professionals, players, and coaches that have passed and passed in an organization where only one thing is asked above all, ambition and effort. The one who gives it stays and the one who not doesn’t leave, it’s that easy and that simple.
The uncertainty of the end of the season with the budget cuts, the absence of a young players project, and especially the departure of the best players, only results in the same principles, search for people, players who put or at least Do not counterbalance your pocket to your desire to improve, evolve and grow. The two longest-running employees of the club, President Josean Querejeta, and General Manager Alfredo Salazar, personalize the permanence and change that defines the club in their figures.
The club makes it very easy, it’s your decision, here you have everything for your last big jump to the NBA, today Vicent Poirier, yesterday Luis Scola, Andres Noccioni, Pablo Prigioni, Arvidas Macijauskas, Tiago Splitter, Jose Manuel Calderon, Mirza Teletovic … and tomorrow? We do not know at the moment Michael Eric, and Pierria Henry are incorporations of a puzzle, which will surely speak.
The older brother of Baskonia is none other than Olympiacos. It is the second team in Vitoria for its fans, the answer is easy, if basketball in Europe was born somewhere that was undoubtedly Athens and surely did it in Piraeus.
Cradle of great players, Panagiotis Fasoulas, Giorgos Sigalas, or more current Printezis or of course Spanoulis, of great European achievements, was elected by the FIBA best European team of the 90s and has 3 Euroleagues.
Olympiacos is not a team to use, it is not a magnificent organization, not even a modern society with its well-defined plots, no, Olympiacos is more, it is the purest conception of sport, it is a team that is forged from passion, from the character, and the heart of the fans.
Only from that vehemence and from that passion can you understand his latest problems in the Greek league and his refusal to share space with Panathinaikos.
Baskonia’s older brother, Olympiakos, the character team with capital letters, that team that got back a Euroleague final and won it against CSKA, wants to re-dominate Europe, forgets the Greek league, and their steps are to form a leadership team in Europe.
The best news is the presence of Milutinov another year in the Piraeus, and Kuzmiskas, Ethan Happ, Will Cherry, and certainly some more … but whose main question is whether in the last seasons of Spanoulis, there will be room for another title European or we will have to start a complete renovation, to become again the one that was recently.