Title hunger

Baskonia-Barça and Iberostar-Madrid, semifinals this Saturday of the Super Cup in Tenerife. An uncertain season begins without an audience.


Some private executive referred to the Super Cup years ago as the cookie trophy. It was at the beginning of the century, when the ACB rescued the tournament in 2004 after 17 years without being disputed. Since then, a hole has been made in the calendar and also in the hearts of the fans. A very good way to raise the curtain each year. It is neither the League nor the Cup, it is clear, but it has been in the accounting for a long time. In Laso's Madrid, for example, that with the five Super Cups that he has already raised, he aspires to his twentieth title at the start of his tenth season on the white bench.

The slogan in Tenerife for participants could be something like “win now, who knows what the future holds”. The season is as uncertain as the end of the last one, with the damn pandemic turning the world upside down. Hunger for basketball, hungry for titles. The four teams aspire to a greater or lesser extent to embrace success with an express format of 26 hours (today, semifinals and tomorrow, final) in Tenerife, in the Santiago Martín de San Cristóbal de La Laguna pavilion, which will finally have no spectators in the slipway.

A high-level CBA begins, with a Super Cup in which everyone is there but not everyone who is (Valencia, Unicaja, Zaragoza, Burgos, Andorra ...). An event in which the classic final is possible, after Madrid and Barça did not see each other in the Malaga Cup in February or in the Valencia bubble in June, where both were shorn. The Catalans have this afternoon (18:30, #Vamos) a rematch option against their league executioner, Baskonia de Vildoza, and have added the tag back to the project, in Mirotic's second year, with the exchange of Jasikevicius for Pesic and the hiring of Calathes, a European star.


The templates, yes, are not closed. More suspense than other times due to the economic hardships derived from the coronavirus. Barça, who have Higgins and Kuric on leave, could come a pivot later. Madrid presents the news of Abalde and Alocén and awaits the NBA market for the outcome of the Campazzo case while accumulating guards and only has a pure five, Tavares. The champion Baskonia has undone the incorporation of Carrington although it boasts of Giedraitis, Peters and Jekiri, also of homegrown players (Raieste, Kurucs…) .

Meanwhile, the host, Iberostar Tenerife, which did seem to have a closed block awaiting the recovery of Yusta (cruciate ligament of the knee), has just lost Dejan Todorovic due to another serious injury. He falls short on the perimeter and without a hobby that pushes him tonight against the whites (9:30 pm, #Vamos); but it features the dynamic duo, Huertas-Shermadini, the new faces of Fitipaldo and Cavanaugh, and Doornekamp's reunion with Vidorreta. ACB basketball returns to the scene two and a half months later. It was missed.

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