These are difficult and tough times. “These words, spoken after the defeat against Real Madrid (65-83), were part of the speech that Dusko Ivanovic shared with the media last Sunday. An appearance, that of the Montenegrin coach, in which He did not hide his concern about the problems the team is going through.

“We could lose all three games, but in a different way. Against Unics we had no character and there we began to lose confidence, but a week ago we played well,” he acknowledged. A concise and precise summary that described the poor performance of the Alava team in the last week, in which they have accumulated four consecutive defeats: two in the ACB and two in the Euroleague.

We could lose all three games, but in a different way. Against Unics we had no character and there we began to lose confidence

Dusko Ivanovic (Baskonia Coach)

The concern, in addition to the quantity, is accentuated by the way in which these defeats have been produced. After falling by 1 point in Murcia – with only one basket in the last two and a half minutes – Baskonia left an unusual feeling of helplessness in their duels against UNICS, Zenit and Real Madrid.

Jayson Granger talks to Matt Costello and Tadas Sedekerskis during a game.
Jayson Granger talks to Matt Costello and Tadas Sedekerskis during a game.ACB PHOTO

Against those of Kazan, those of Ivanovic were 29 down (48-19) after an 18-0 run in the second period. Against Zenit, two sets – one 24-0 and the other 16-0 – in the second and third quarters led them to lose 83-54. And against the whites, the difference reached up to 27 points (38-65), at the beginning of the last chapter.

The first move

The image of the Baskonia prompted Granger to apologize on Twitter, but beyond that gesture, it was reasonable to expect some movement. Above all, after hearing the diagnosis from his technician: “We are a good team, but limited in some positions.”

We are a good team, but to some extent limited in some positions

Dusko Ivanovic (Baskonia Coach)

And the first reinforcement has not been long in coming. The Baskonista club announced this afternoon the arrival of Lamar Peters, a 23-year-old and 1.83-meter point guard who signs until the end of the season. Trained at Mississippi State University, he tried out in the Development League with the Knicks and last year he played for the Turkish Bursaspor. The signing of an interior after the loss of Alec Peters is not ruled out either. Doubts about the position of Baldwin IV and the slow adaptation of Marinkovic, Costello or Enoch also affect this erratic Baskonista start.

Via Marca.com