• Opinion The return of Deck, an unprecedented event

Just a few months ago, the outlook for Real Madrid invited pessimism. It was as if one of the most buoyant eras in its lustrous history was fading away without anyone seeming to do anything to remedy it. Some stars escaped, others aged and


's Barça emerged ready to put an end to the cycle. But there was a road map. Silent and strategic. The return of Gabriel Deck and the renewal of

Guerschon Yabusele

, the two movements in the offices of last week, confirm the 'Plan renove': there is


for a while.


Alex Tyus

was the paradigm of depression. A veteran in the twilight of his career was the only market argument for

Anthony Randolph

's serious injury


Facundo Campazzo

had just fled to the NBA and the team was supported by the omnipresence of


, the strength of a


that would not take long to pack and an 18-year-old boy,

Usman Garuba

. A rickety and exhausted squad that would end up yielding in the Cup final, in the Euroleague quarters and also for the ACB title, despite the collective's meritorious rewards of self-esteem. The first blank year of the Laso era was, however, a fallow period.

In addition to the pandemic and the general austerity of the club in these times, one of the great problems for the necessary reconstruction was precisely in the clutches of that insatiable NBA that took Deck for two million euros when in a couple of months it ended contract and was free. On the reverse side of that tyranny, Madrid has found its loophole. And the first stone of the re-foundation came in April, when the arrival of

Vicent Poirier

was announced .

The example had been Edy Tavares.

Players rebounded from a League that gobbles up stars without too much consideration.

Like the African, Poirier had almost no minutes for two years since he jumped from the Baskonia.

In the prime of his career.

And at that door, Madrid knocked "the first", as the Frenchman confessed in an interview on the website of his Federation, where he also spoke of what it meant to return to "have fun" and the "NBA business."

“The mindset here is less businesslike.

There is an element of affection that you cannot find there ”, he acknowledged, now in white.

Heurtel and Hanga

With Poirier and Tavares, Madrid raised a wall, two towers unmatched in Europe, both in their prime. But much more was missing. In the summer came

Nigel Williams-Goss

, an American base physicist with many suitors, and Guerschon Yabusele, another NBA renegade.

Thomas Heurtel and Adam Hanga

represented two market opportunities, proven, experienced players, who would soon fit in. Differentials, one in attack and the other in defense. And with the plus of arriving repudiated by the eternal rival.

While waiting for the recoveries of Randolph and

Trey Thompkins

, Laso recovered the strength of a physical and extensive squad, from which two veterans like

Felipe Reyes and Jaycee Carroll

came out (in addition to a


that never performed as expected) and that counted with the impulse of the prolific quarry.

Juan Nuñez, Tristan Vukcevic or Eli Ndiaye

have shown to be ready despite their age, integrated into the day-to-day life of the first team.

Klavzar, Baba Miller or Sediq Garuba

discovered in the emergency game against CSKA that there is still much more in the fishing ground led by

Alberto Angulo


But the icing on the cake for the future has arrived in recent days. The penultimate stone. With the return of Deck and the renovation of a Yabusele that had left doors open: he had only signed for one year. Both until 2025. Two 26-year-old talents supporting everything else. Still with NBA clauses, but with contracts commensurate with their status. And with the tattoo of his bad times on the other side of the pond.

So Laso, the same one who juggled a year ago to simply survive, is today, just over a month away from the first title of the course, with a squad of 15 pieces plus three promising homegrown players.


Llull and Rudy

as champions of competitiveness, a nucleus of players over 30 (

Causeur, Randolph, Thompkins, Taylor, Hanga and Heurtel

) and another as a pillar of the present and tomorrow.

Between the 21 of

Carlos Alocén

and the 29 of Tavares, Abalde (26), Poirier (28), Deck (26), Yabusele (26) and Goss (27).

Suddenly, muscle, favorite of all.

And with plans for even more:

Juancho Hernangómez

, another bouncer, will be the great goal of the summer.

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