ANDhe open secret to occupying one of the most important benches in Spanish basketball has not taken long to confirm. Baskonia has announced that its new coach is the Catalan Joan Peñarroya. The one from Terrassa left Valencia Basket and heads for the team that, precisely, left the ‘taronja’ in the lurch‘ in the quarterfinals of the Endesa League PlayOff.
Baskonia experienced a year of ups and downs under the direction first of Dusko Ivanovic and then Neven Spahija. Blank in terms of titles, those who resist from the Endesa League of the pandemic, and with the stain on the history of running out of the Copa del Rey. In Euroleague they did not work either despite the disqualification of the Russian teams. Y in the League semi-finalists, but with a bitter end after not having the slightest chance against Real Madrid (3-0).
To resume the winning course, they bet on Joan Peñarroya. One of the technicians who continues to progress. Twice champion of the Basketball Champions League, with San Pablo Burgos, and one of the Intercontinental. In Valencia, only one course with the semifinals of the Eurocup as the best argument.
Before him, the requirement will be to return a Baskonia to his place. With a squad that has left doubts, because Marinkovic’s long-term bet did not work. Others like Giedratis ended up coming to less. And there are cases, like Enoch’s, who may have a vision of the future linked to the NBA.
Another question mark is the star Wade Baldwin IV. Questioned by Ivanovic, but from less to more, including an outstanding performance in the PlayOff in which he took on stripes. Baskonia must re-sound the market and Peñarroya is the first piece of it. Valencia, for its part, seems to opt for Álex Mumbrú.