Between 1987 (year in which the Barca ended Real Madrid’s dominance in the eighties) and 2004, the FC Barcelona He was the total dominator of the ACB League with 11 titles, against Real Madrid’s 4. However, since then that trend has been reversed. The Catalan team has won 4 leagues in the last three decades and in recent years the dynamics have been even worse: no titles since 2014 (they have not played any Euroleague Final Four in that time).
Thus, the president of the Blaugrana club, Josep Maria Bartomeu, I want to end this situation. He does not want to leave the club next summer without having achieved a great title in such an important section of the Blaugrana club and seems ready to throw the house out the window.
It all started last summer with the hiring of Nikola Mirotic and players like Cory Higgins or Brandon Davis. Now, after the tough defeat in the ACB League final against Baskonia, Bartomeu has gone one step further. He has hired Sarunas Jasikevicus as a coach and Nick Calathes as a new point guard instead of Pangos.
Barça already have a great squad and right now their starting quintet could be as follows:
That is the quintet today, but the one Bartomeu dreams of is the following:
1. Nick Calathes
The Greek point guard will share the base position with the Frenchman Thomas Heurtel and they could play many minutes together. We will see if Leandro Bolsaro continues.
2. Cory Higgins
Lots of quality. In one year the former CSKA has shown that he is a top Euroleague player who gives the team offensive solutions of all kinds.
3. Nikola Mirotic
Despite his bad ACB finish, his season has been outstanding, proving that in Europe he is a titan. Without a doubt, one of the top 3 non-NBA players right now.
4. Jan Vesely
The Czech is the most dominant center in Europe in the last five years and his incorporation into the Blaugrana team would make Jasikevicius’s automatically favorites to win all the competitions in which they compete next season.
5. Pau Gasol
Obviously, Pau’s arrival would be the icing on the cake. Right now it seems very complicated. On the one hand, he has his life in the United States and his priority is to find an NBA team when he can play again. On the other hand, Barça has short-term sports needs that may not be in line with a player who has been injured for more than a year and who wants to calmly recover to reach Tokyo next summer. We will see…