In Athens on Thursday (7:00pm UK) in-turmoil Panathinaikos are looking to once again become one of Europe’s top sides but they face an immediate test on that journey hosting Spanish champions and 21/22 EuroLeague finalists Real Madrid.
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Panathinaikos team news
Panathinaikos are, by some margin, the most successful Greek basketball club of all time. Domestically, they’ve won 39 league titles, tripling the tally of the next most successful side, Olympiakos. Similarly, their mark of 20 Hellenic Basketball Cups since the competition’s founding in 1975/76 is twice that of any other club (again, Olympiakos, with 10). And, since 1994, Panathinaikos have also been one of the EuroLeague’s most successful teams, reaching the Final Four 11 times and the final seven times, with an outstanding six wins.
Against this backdrop, a 2021/22 season that ended with a second-placed finish in the domestic league, defeat in the finals of Greek Basket League’s playoffs and runners-up medals in the Hellenic Cup (losing out to Olympiakos in all three), and, with just nine wins in 28 regular season games, no hope of a place in the EuroLeague playoffs will be seen as nothing other than an abject disaster. Not helping matters is the fact that, this past April head, coach Dimitris Priftis, general managers (and club legends, and the only two former players to have their numbers retired by the club) Dimitris Diamantidis and Fragiskos Alvertis and sporting director Nikos Pappas were all fired, with club president Panagiotis Triantopoulos resigning.
Now manning the bench is veteran Montenegrin coach Dejan Radonjić. Despite the immense turmoil at the club, Radonjić – who’s piled up silverware over the past decade and a half in the Adriatic League, Montenegro and Germany has talent at his disposal.
The front line boasts a pair of former NBA first round picks in team captain, starting center and 2022 All-Euro League Second Teamer Georgios Papagiannis, and former #2 overall pick (in 2011) Derrick Williams. Worth keeping an eye on behind them is backup power forward Lefteris Mantzoukas, who joined the team in 2020, at age 17, on a five-year contract, and now, just months after his 19th birthday, figures to play a prominent role this season. On the wings are shooting standout Marius Grigonis and the star of Poland’s. semifinal run at EuroBasket 2022, Mateusz Ponitka, with another former NBAer (and now European mainstay) Nate Wolters at point guard.
Real Madrid team news
One wouldn’t think it possible to win a championship in Europe’s top domestic league and come within a basket of a EuroLeague title while flying under the radar…
Now, to suggest that Real Madrid genuinely flew “under the radar” in 2021/22 would be hyperbolic. This is, after all, an unquestioned top-two team in Spain and a perennial power that turns out NBA talent – most notably Dallas Mavericks superstar Luka Dončić, and most recently 2021 #23 overall pick Usman Garuba.
All that being said, last season, at no point did it seem as though Madrid was the story, either domestically or in Europe… until the stakes were highest.
Now, of course, everything coming up Blanco.
In 21/22, across both Liga ACB and the EuroLeague, Madrid were inconspicuously, consistently very good. However, by the time the end of the season came around, high-flying Barça were flagging on both fronts, while Madrid were shifting into gear. In the Liga ACB playoffs, they swept their way to the finals, where they knocked off arch rivals Barcelona (the regular season’s high-flyers both in Spain and the EuroLeague) 3-1 in the best-of-five series.
That, of course, came after a EuroLeague campaign in which Madrid, as the #4 seed, didn’t just reach the final, but overcame a double-digit second half deficit to bounce Barça in the semifinals. Once All that kept Madrid from the EuroLeague title was an awe-inspiring offensive collapse in the final against Turkish side Anadolu Efes, in which Los Blancos scored just eight points in the third quarter, and just 23 after halftime. Even then, all that stood between them and glory was a single extra bucket, as they fell 58-57.