Spain's record basketball champions Real Madrid have parted ways with their coach Pablo Laso "for medical reasons".

After the 54-year-old suffered a heart attack during the Liga ACB play-offs in early June, the club decided to split after consultations with cardiologists and other doctors.

"For the club, Pablo Laso's health has top priority out of respect and love for him," said the royal team.

The medics said there was "a clear risk to the coach's health" if he continued.

Real can understand that Laso makes the decision sad.

"Absolutely irresponsible"

Madrid had offered the Spaniard a temporary resignation and to see how his health develops.

The situation should have been reassessed in “March or April”.

Apparently Laso refused, and now he was dismissed.

"Real Madrid believe that following this acute heart attack, it would be totally irresponsible not to make this decision," the statement said.

Even without Laso, the club won the championship title.

Laso has been in charge of Los Blancos' side since 2011. He has been extremely successful both as a coach and as a former player at the club.

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