Lo Pablo Laso said in the preview of last week’s Euroleague game against Bitci Baskonia and his optimistic prophecy has been fulfilled: for the first time in many months, Real Madrid has had all its players available this Monday. At a greater or lesser pace, they have all exercised, although it may be premature to see some of them in this Thursday’s game against Maccabi.
Anthony Randolph, who ruptured his Achilles tendon almost a year ago, had been working with the group for some time. Trey Thompkins has already recovered from knee arthroscopy. Carlos Alocén has overcome his back problems. Jeffery Taylor is fine from his hamstring injury. And Nigel Williams-Goss has already returned after injuring the extensor tendon in his finger.
Of course, coaches prefer to have all their players healthy, but Laso’s job is not easy now. The technician must be putting in the rotation and in a competitive rhythm those who have been unemployed for a long time at the cost of subtracting minutes from those who are performing at a high level. And the team is a train at full speed, going through its best streak of the season. He has not lost since October 29, has remained undefeated in November and has accumulated nine consecutive wins.
Those recovered pieces, in addition, must be placed on a calendar that increases as the end of the year arrives. In the Euroleague, this Thursday comes Maccabi and then Barcelona, ??Albe Berlin, Armani Milan, CSKA and Fenerbahce. Perhaps the Endesa League matches, in theory less demanding, will be used to roll over to the ‘signings’.