The purpose guard, 4 occasions All Star and lately minimize by Doncic’s Mavericks, will reinforce the Milan crew to flee an uncommon disaster: he’s penultimate within the Euroleague
The fourth 12 months of Ettore Messina because the omnipotent chief of Emporio Armani Milan appeared to be the definitive one for the return to the tops of Europe of that historic crew that, underneath legendary names in keeping with its sponsor (Simmenthal, Tracer, Phillips, Stefanel…), dominated on the finish of the eighties, the place he received two of his three European Cups. “He has strengthened himself very nicely in all positions regardless of shedding El Chacho. For me, Olimpia Milan is our most harmful competitor. I am saying it now: Milan and Efes will play the Euroleague remaining”, anticipated initially of the course the at all times leguaraz Ergin Ataman. However the passing of the weeks has proven that his prediction couldn’t be farther from actuality.
As a result of, regardless of the large financial funding of Giorgio Armani, proprietor of the membership, Olimpia went right into a tailspin the place it issues most. In November and December, they misplaced 9 consecutive video games within the Euroleague and haven’t raised their heads: they’re tied with ASVEL and Alba from Berlin for the final place, with solely six victories, already removed from the playoff spots. So, additionally affected by accidents, Messina’s answer – who along with being a coach is president of basketball operations – has been to go for an NBA star. If he passes the physicals, Kemba Walker will play on the Mediolanum Discussion board.
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Not so way back, Kemba was a benchmark in one of the best league on the planet. In 2020 he performed his final All Star, however his knee started to place his profession downhill. NCAA champion with Connecticut in 2011 (he was MVP of the Last 4) and legend in Charlotte (his greatest season, 2018-2019, he averaged 25.6 factors and 5.9 assists), his gradual starting started with the Celtics. slope. Final 12 months, already weighed down by harm, he solely performed 37 video games with the Knicks, the place they promised to be pleased with one of many wildest abilities within the League.
A couple of weeks in the past, after Facundo Campazzo was minimize, the Mavericks gave him an opportunity. However the one from the Bronx barely performed 9 video games. After all, the one one with out Luka Doncic, as a starter, remembered his full days with 32 factors and 7 assists. He stated goodbye on January 5 and, in keeping with ‘La Gazeztta dello Sport’, at 32 he’ll begin his first journey in Europe.
He goes to a crew in disaster that, as well as, has simply misplaced two of its exterior references, Kevin Pangos and Shavon Shields. After returning to a Last 4 in 2020, final 12 months Milan fell within the quarterfinals with Efes, in the end champion. Vital gamers corresponding to Brandon Davies, Billy Baron, Johannes Voigtmann or Naz Mitrou Lengthy arrived in the summertime. And already in free fall, reinforcements like former NBA participant Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot. However, even so, regardless of main the Lega -tied with Scariolo’s Virtus-, the Euroleague continues to be torture: this double-header week they misplaced in Berlin and at residence in opposition to Zalgiris.