The Catalan base, absent in the first four preseason games, overcomes the discomfort in his right knee and will debut against Lenovo Tenerife this Saturday (6:45 p.m.)
Lakovic already has one of his compasses for the 2022-2023 financial year in the Endesa League and in the EuroCup. Ferran Bassas, without participating in the four friendly matches against UCAM Murcia, Valencia Basket, Básquet Girona and BAXI Manresa due to discomfort in his right knee, works under the orders of the Slovenian coach, who is still waiting for Andrew Albicy -he will play the semifinals of the EuroBasket against the Poland of the also yellow AJ Slaughter and Olek Balcerowski-.
“I feel good, I am already training with the group and picking up the pace.
I stopped for a couple of weeks due to some problems, but now I'm fully recovered«, exposed the Catalan base.
Bassas, 30 years old and 1.81 meters tall, hopes to debut with the Claretian shirt in the first of the two preparation derbies against
Lenovo Tenerife, scheduled for this Saturday, starting at 6:45 p.m. in the Santiago Martín pavilion, on the occasion of the Isola Cup. The second will be this Wednesday at the Gran Canaria Arena.
Questioned by the squad made up by the sports director, Willy Villar, and by
Jaka Lakovic, the former Joventut player believes that “it seems very good to me. I think it's a very compensated squad in all positions,
we have players that we can complement each other, very capable of scoring from different placess«.
"And then with a good physique to be able to defend and play with rhythm, which is what Jaka wants, so
Now we have to start mixing and being able to work together, some have not yet arrived, but hey, the squad looks very good a priori and we are very happy about that“, he said.
Precisely, regarding the Balkan coach, he highlighted that «
he is a very demanding coachwhich requires a high pace of play from the group with very aggressive defense and that both in attack and defense has to be reflected on the pitch, that we be a team that gives everything at all times and that, above all, we play in equipment".
without the internationals
The Argentine forward Nicolás Brussino, brand new FIBA AmeriCup champion, is already on the island and soon the Brazilian Vitor Benite will do so,
but pieces will continue to be missing in the squad and in the coaching staff.
On whether it is a problem the lack of
important players, Bassas pointed out that “obviously it is, but we are not the only ones who have this problem. All teams have it, some more and others less.
We have had many players with the national team who have not arrived, but it should not serve as an excuse«.
"In the end,
it's everyone's problem, you have to get used to it, the calendar is like this and we work with those who are there, and those who arrive will gradually join in and will have less time, but it is like that. You have to adapt," he added.
Bassas asked the
Virgin of the Pine «
good health, that there are no injuries, that we can all compete at the highest leveland that happens to be healthy, to be all and that we do not have injuries«.
“From there, that we are competitive and that we can go as far as possible in all competitions.
I think that if we are healthy, we have a team capable of playing basketball very well. and, obviously, another wish would be for the Gran Canaria Arena to fill up and the fans to support us to the fullest“, he valued.