I realized I’m absolutely focused in the Olympic Games so I think it’s a good moment to take a break before the opening ceremony. Today we are back with european clubs. I started with Maccabi Tel Aviv because it was the first FIBA team to defeat a NBA team in history but Real Madrid is the king of Europe with 9 championships and 8 runner-ups.
Another bit of history. An inevitably retro collection of a team sadly disappeared but of course it deserves to be remembered. Yugoslavia is considered one of the best teams in basketball history with 5 World Championships, 8 Eurobaskets and 1 Olympic gold medal. But between this achievements Yugoslavia is the reponsible team of 2 big eras of domination in the international basketball.
In history the Chicago Bulls were a loser team until two particular events.
After the last results in Euroleague … Maccabi Tel Aviv is defeated of the competition. Is the first time in half century that Maccabi doesn’t reach the Top16. But I’m going to give them one reason for laugh remembering better times.
The country where the basketball was born. This history in addition of his demography have become to USA in the best team in the FIBA history (14 olympic gold medals in 17 appearances and also 5 World Cup championships) and with the best domestic league in the world. However the differences have been decreased 2 times. First when the college players were replaced by the professionals and we could see the best team in the sports history. After Sarunas Jasikevicius gave the first warning to the professionals missing a buzzer beater in the 2000 olympic Games. In the next tournaments the USA professional team lost the 2002 World Cup in home, the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens and the 2006 World Cup in Japan. In the last years the USA team has recovered the lost prestige. What does the future hold?
Retired since this June Andrei Kirilenko (1981) was the total player. It’s hard to find a player able to score, rebounder and blocker. Well, Andrei was of the bests and playing as outside player. But besides, he had a big passing vision and he could steal balls as a point guard being a big man.
Hi again! I’m sorry for my few posts but I continue in beta version ;). Turn for the West and his classic team tonight. Los Angeles Lakers have 16 NBA championships and 31 West titles. Also the Lakers are the team where Pau Gasol won his 2 NBA titles and the team defeated by the Knicks in his 2 NBA championships :). When we talk about the Lakers everybody remember the “Show-time” era but the fact is that the Lakers have always been a champion team through the decades. Currently there are bad times in the Lakers leading the draft positions and being beaten by the “poor neighbor” in the last seasons. At least the jerseys don’t understand of results. In fact they increase his attractive so enjoy!
After Pau Gasol has been named Eurobasket 2015 MVP and considering the worsening of Syria crisis with millions of refugees I’m going to sell this special collector piece: The spanish national team 2006 Pau Gasol jersey when Pau and his teammates won the World Cup and Pau was named MVP of the tournament also in this competition. The jersey was signed during the Eurobasket 2015 first phase in Berlin (September 8th). Again the 50% of the sale price will be for UNICEF so please share!
And as good spanish I also have to share in the first places my Spain National Team collection. This is the opposite case to the Knicks. In 1999 a generation won the Junior World Championship over the USA team. Since that day I grew up seeing an espectacular team crush the rivals in the summer friendlies and winning titles or reaching the finals almost every year so when the team doesn’t play the final it seems a failure. But the reality is without any doubt very different. A generation that it will go down in history as sample of success and humility.
As Knickerbocker I must share in my first posts my New York Knicks collection. Like with women I’ve had more deceptions than joys. Big players and poor results. I guess there are a lot of things to do in New York City. But they are my colors. At least the victories produce more satisfaction without the apparent obligation of win every year.