Mumbrú before Katsikaris, duel of two old acquaintances in Bilbao

"Fotis brought a new air to the club, a lot of professionalism, they were the best years of the club regarding results," summarizes the coach of RETAbet. Cake for the 500 games of the Biscayan entity in the elite.

Mumbrú faced the Tenerife of Vidorreta on the opening day of the ACB and tomorrow faces are seen with Katsikaris and his Granca. It will also do so with Duran, at the head of Joventut and Sito Alonso and Murcia. Coaches with those who have been at your service and from those who have been learning and absorbing as a sponge part of what you know. Fotis made the leap to the fight for the titles but also sponsored a stage in which Bilbao Basket was thrown into the bush spending what he did not have and that resulted in a ruin from which he has been about not to leave. Actually, for the exalero the great teacher has been Aito and has many tics of Sito.

“Fotis brought a new air to the club, a lot of professionalism, they were the best years regarding results, we always gave war, we got Miribilla to be an impregnable place where it was very difficult to win,” Mumbrú values of the Greek coach of Gran Canaria, who Last year he was working in the NBA as an assistant. “I have been with him for many years, I appreciate him and he knows how I think and how he thinks, but in the end what we have to see is what kind of games we meet, what kind of environment, how we will manage the emotions during the game ... ”, adds the RETAbet preparer, who has received this morning, as well as the team, the surprise of a Don Manuel pastry cake with candles with the number 500 and a series of basketball motifs, alluding to half a thousand of meetings held by Bilbao Basket in the highest category last day

He has not designed many trippers to one of his mentors, although he knows him by heart. “Both Fotis and I are of few tricks and we rely on the day to day so that the weekend goes well. We expect a hard, physical game, with a lot of alternation, with an important fight for the rebound in the two baskets and the most orderly team, the one that knows how to control the advantages better, will be the one who takes the game to the end ”.

After falling Valencia, Baskonia and Fuenlabrada, two Euroligas, in Miribilla, two consecutive appointments arrive before postin teams like Granca and Real Madrid. "It is very important to play in Miribilla - Mumbrú agrees - since last year, in the history of the club it has always been important and we have to assert our house, to be able to play in our field." The RETAbet does not believe that the bad start of the yellows suggests that they are caught at the right time. In fact, two of the three island victories have come off their field, the last in the Fonteta. “It is clear that the teams called to be up, like Gran Canaria, always start from less to more. It is normal. They are teams that are gradually improving their game. Gran Canaria started with some unexpected result, but every time it is playing better and they have the whole week to prepare the game, apart from the quality they have ”, the Barcelona coach crumbled, that Rafa Martínez started the week with some discomfort.

Meanwhile, the 'men in black' digest the second defeat of this year after two extensions, in Manresa. The stumble in the Nou Congost is taken as an accident, without more, "you want to win but it shows that the team fights, that dares until the end; we have played two extensions in a month that in the end the two have left cross ... we have to learn from those things, we have to relativize, know everything we have done well, improve and learn from mistakes, especially in the final minutes, and increasingly be a little more solid in those situations, ”he concluded.

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