The Real MadridReal Madrid defends the title won a year ago in an overwhelming way in Malaga, but no longer has his leader from those glory days at Martín Carpena, Facundo Campazzo, who recently opened his NBA adventure.
Champion in five of the last seven King’s Basketball Cups, the white team does not arrive with the clear favoritism of other years and its candidacy seems more equal to those of Barça, Valencia Basket or TD Systems Baskonia, which last week launched a serious warning by sweeping the WiZink Center in a Euroleague match (64-84).
All in all, Real Madrid reaches the Basketball King’s Cup as the outstanding leader of the Endesa League, where he has only conceded one defeat in 21 matches, and will try to assert himself in his fiefdom before a debut of maximum demand against the Valencia Basket, a rival that comes at a very good time after recently beating Baskonia himself or CSKA Moscow.
Barça also repeats as a great contender for the title, which comes with the unbeatable endorsement given by its leadership in the Euroleague. Nikola Mirotic, MVP of the 2014 Cup when he was still wearing white, is still looking for his first title as a Barça player and this new attempt starts against him Unicaja, an adversary in full reconstruction under the new command of Fotis Katsikaris.
Together with Valencia Basket, the other candidate to unseat the two ‘big’ is the Baskonia, a club that already knows how to do it after being proclaimed champion in the last Endesa League. The team from Vitoria, absent last year, lifted the last Cup that Real Madrid and Barcelona have not won in 2009 and will start their way against Joventut de Badalona.
In addition, this Cup is also a great opportunity to shine for Lenovo Tenerife Y Inherit San Pablo Burgos, the two Spanish clubs that have grown the most in recent years and protagonists of the first quarter-final match. The Canaries come fourth in the Endesa League thanks to their lethal partner Shermadini-Huertas and the Castilians, euphoric after winning the Intercontinental Cup a few days ago.