Saski Baskonia

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Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz
Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz logo
Leagues ACB
Euroleague
Founded 1959
History CD Vasconia
(1959–1976)
CD Basconia
(1976–1988)
Saski Baskonia
(1988–present)
Arena Fernando Buesa Arena
(capacity: 15,504)
Location Vitoria-Gasteiz, Basque Country
Team colors Maroon, Dark Blue
              
President Jose Antonio Querejeta
Head coach Sergio Scariolo
Championships 3 Spanish Championships
6 Spanish Cups
4 Spanish Supercups
1 Saporta Cup
Website baskonia.com
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Team colours
Home
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Away jersey
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Team colours
Away

Saski Baskonia, S.A.D., known as Laboral Kutxa for sponsorship reasons, is a Spanish professional basketball club from the Basque city of Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain. The club's name sponsor is the Basque bank Laboral Kutxa.

Well-known players who have played with the club have included Velimir Perasović, José Calderón, Arvydas Macijauskas, Andrés Nocioni, Fabricio Oberto, Igor Rakočević, Luis Scola, Goran Dragić, Tiago Splitter, and Mirza Teletović.

Sponsorship naming[edit]

Sponsor logo from the TAU era (1986–2009)
Sponsor logo from the Caja Laboral era (2009–2013)

Outside of Spain, the club was often referred to for years as TAU Cerámica Baskonia, a Spanish brand name of ceramics manufacturer TAULELL, which name sponsored the club from 1986–2009. Originally, TAULELL used another of its brand names, Taugres, as the name of the team, before changing the name to TAU Cerámica Baskonia in 1997.[1] TAU, Baskonia and TAU Baskonia were also frequently used to refer to the team. Baskonia, Saski Baskonia, and Saski Baskonia, S.A.D. refer to the name of the actual sports club itself. In 2009, the Spanish bank Caja Laboral became the new name sponsor of the club[2][3] and increased the amount of money that the name sponsor contributes to the sports club's budget.

  • Caja Álava 1983–1986
  • Taugrés Baskonia / Tau Cerámica Baskonia (1986–2009)
  • Caja Laboral Baskonia 2009–2013
  • Laboral Kutxa Baskonia 2013–present

History[edit]

The club was founded in 1959[4] as the basketball section of Club Deportivo Vasconia. It first played at Spain's highest level in 1971, and emerged as a major force in Spanish basketball in the 1990s. Most recently, Baskonia advanced to the Euroleague Final Four in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008, losing to Maccabi Tel Aviv in the 2005 final and 2006 semifinals, to Panathinaikos in the 2007 semifinals, and to CSKA Moscow in the 2008 semifinals.

Through outstanding scouting and shrewd management, Baskonia has built a squad that has been to four straight Final Fours and now is looking to take the last step to becoming a Euroleague champion. Baskonia's first trophy of any kind came in 1995, the Spanish King's Cup, when Pablo Laso and Velimir Perasović led the team to an historical win. The club was already making noise internationally too, reaching the Saporta Cup final in both 1994 and 1995.

When it hosted the same title game in 1996, Baskonia pleased its many fans by downing PAOK behind 31 points from Ramón Rivas. Baskonia made its first Spanish Championship playoff final in 1998 and added a second Spanish King's Cup title in 1999.

Fernando Buesa Arena (formerly known as Araba Arena), home of Baskonia since 1991

They then found quick success in the newborn Euroleague. With a deep roster featuring Elmer Bennett, Saulius Štombergas, Victor Alexander, Fabricio Oberto and a young Luis Scola, Baskonia reached the 2000–01 Euroleague playoff final series before losing to Kinder Bologna in the fifth and final game on the road. With winning momentum and the additions of Dejan Tomašević and Andrés Nocioni, Baskonia celebrated the next season with another Spanish King's Cup trophy and its first Spanish League title ever. Trophy lifting became a habit now. Baskonia snatched two more Spanish King's Cups, in 2004 and 2006, as Luis Scola and Pablo Prigioni played decisive roles, and success followed the team in the Euroleague. Baskonia's arrival to its first Final Four in 2005 couldn’t have been louder, as the team upset favored host CSKA Moscow in the semifinals, but couldn’t overcome defending champ Maccabi in the title game.

Back home, Baskonia again reached the Spanish League finals, only to lose in dramatic fashion. Baskonia returned to theFinal Four in 2006 but once again Maccabi stood in its way, this time in the semifinal. The team also made it to the Spanish League finals, but was swept there.

Fernando Buesa Arena at night

The next season, Baskonia won its Euroleague regular season and Top 16 groups before sweeping Olympiacos in the Quarterfinal Playoffs as Scola became the Euroleague's top all-time scorer (counting games played since the year 2000 only). Nonetheless, eventual champion Panathinaikos downed Baskonia in the semifinals and once home again in Spain, Baskonia lost in the playoff semifinals. Coming so close, but walking away without any trophies is sure to make Baskonia as hungry as ever going forward.

With a solid track record for building some of the most competitive teams in the world, it is safe to say that Baskonia is always a top candidate for Euroleague greatness.

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Laboral Kutxa Vitoria roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
PF 4 Argentina Mainoldi, Leo 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in) 105 kg (231 lb) 29 – (1985-03-04)March 4, 1985
SF 5 Argentina Nocioni, Andrés 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 102 kg (225 lb) 34 – (1979-11-30)November 30, 1979
PG 6 Italy Poeta, Giuseppe 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 78 kg (172 lb) 28 – (1985-09-12)September 12, 1985
SG 8 Hungary Hanga, Ádám 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 93 kg (205 lb) 25 – (1989-04-12)April 12, 1989
C 11 United States Hamilton, Lamont 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 115 kg (254 lb) 30 – (1984-04-06)April 6, 1984
C 12 Senegal Diop, Ilimane 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) 98 kg (216 lb) 19 – (1995-04-04)April 4, 1995
SF 19 Spain San Emeterio, Fernando 1.99 m (6 ft 6 in) 105.4 kg (232 lb) 30 – (1984-01-19)January 19, 1984
C 21 Germany Pleiß, Tibor 2.16 m (7 ft 1 in) 122 kg (269 lb) 24 – (1989-11-02)November 2, 1989
PG 22 France Heurtel, Thomas 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in) 90.5 kg (200 lb) 25 – (1989-04-10)April 10, 1989
SG 25 Czech Republic Jelínek, David 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 85 kg (187 lb) 23 – (1990-07-09)July 9, 1990
PG 30 United Kingdom van Oostrum, Devon 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 93 kg (205 lb) 21 – (1993-01-24)January 24, 1993
SG 55 France Causeur, Fabien 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 90 kg (198 lb) 26 – (1987-06-16)June 16, 1987
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • Spain Iñaki Merino
  • Spain Ibon Navarro
  • Spain David Gil

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Roster
Updated: April 16, 2014

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2 Bench 3
C Tibor Pleiß Lamont Hamilton Ilimane Diop
PF Andrés Nocioni Leo Mainoldi
SF Fernando San Emeterio Ádám Hanga
SG Fabien Causeur David Jelinek Carlos Martínez
PG Thomas Heurtel Giuseppe Poeta Devon van Oostrum

Out on loan[edit]

Head coaches[edit]

Season by season[edit]

Season Tier Division Pos. Postseason Cup Competitions European Competitions RS PO Cup EU Tot
1969–70 3 3ª División 1 Promoted
1970–71 2 2ª División 2 16–4 4–0 20–4
1971–72 2 2ª División 1 PromotedChampion 19–3 2–0 21–3
1972–73 1 1ª División 10 Copa del Rey semifinalist 12–18 3–3 15–21
1973–74 1 1ª División 8 12–16 12–16
1974–75 1 1ª División 8 Copa del Rey quarterfinalist 8–14 1–1 9–15
1975–76 1 1ª División 8 Relegation playoffs 8–14 6–4 14–18
1976–77 1 1ª División 10 Copa del Rey First Round 8–14 2–3 10–17
1977–78 1 1ª División 10 Copa del Rey First Round 7–1–14 0–1–11 7–2–25
1978–79 1 1ª División 8 Copa del Rey semifinalist 9–13 4–2 13–15
1979–80 1 1ª División 11 Copa del Rey Round of 16 5–2–15 0–1–1 5–3–16
1980–81 1 1ª División 14 Relegated Copa del Rey Round of 16 6–20 1–1 7–21
1981–82 2 1ª División B 2 Promoted 19–1–6 19–1–6
1982–83 1 1ª División 13 Copa del Rey Round of 16 3–3–20 1–1 4–3–21
1983–84 1 Liga ACB 9 Round of 16 Copa del Rey Round of 16 7–21 2–1 9–22
1984–85 1 Liga ACB 10 Round of 16 Copa Asociación champion 8–20 0–2 2–0 10–22
1985–86 1 Liga ACB 9 Round of 16 Copa Príncipe quarterfinalist 3 Korać Cup Second Round 16–12 0–2 1–5 0–1–1 17–1–20
1986–87 1 Liga ACB 8 Quarterfinalist Copa Príncipe Round of 16 13–15 2–3 0–1 15–19
1987–88 1 Liga ACB 8 Quarterfinalist Copa Príncipe Round of 16 16–12 3–2 19–14
1988–89 1 Liga ACB 7 Quarterfinalist Copa del Rey Round of 16 21–15 0–2 2–1–1 23–1–18
1989–90 1 Liga ACB 7 Quarterfinalist Copa del Rey quarterfinalist 23–13 0–2 2–1 25–16
1990–91 1 Liga ACB 4 Semifinalist Copa del Rey quarterfinalist 21–13 5–3 1–2 27–18
1991–92 1 Liga ACB 4 Semifinalist Copa del Rey quarterfinalist 3 Korać Cup quarterfinalist 24–10 6–5 0–1 6–6 36–22
1992–93 1 Liga ACB 11 Round of 16 Copa del Rey semifinalist 3 Korać Cup Group Stage 17–14 2–0 1–1 6–4 26–19
1993–94 1 Liga ACB 11 Round of 16 Copa del Rey runner-up 2 European Cup runner-up 16–12 1–3 2–1 11–4 30–20
1994–95 1 Liga ACB 5 Quarterfinalist Copa del Rey champion 2 European Cup runner-up 23–15 1–2 3–0 12–3 39–20
1995–96 1 Liga ACB 8 Quarterfinalist 2 European Cup champion 21–17 1–2 13–1–3 35–1–22
1996–97 1 Liga ACB 5 Quarterfinalist 3 Korać Cup Round of 16 20–14 1–3 8–2 29–19
1997–98 1 Liga ACB 2 Runner-up Copa del Rey quarterfinalist 3 Korać Cup Round of 32 27–7 7–3 0–1 5–3 39–14
1998–99 1 Liga ACB 5 Quarterfinalist Copa del Rey champion 1 Euroleague Group Stage 24–10 1–3 3–0 4–6 32–19
1999–00 1 Liga ACB 4 Semifinalist Copa del Rey quarterfinalist 2 Saporta Cup Round of 16 21–13 4–5 0–1 9–5 34–24
2000–01 1 Liga ACB 3 Semifinalist Copa del Rey quarterfinalist 1 Euroleague runner-up 27–7 5–4 0–1 15–7 47–19
2001–02 1 Liga ACB 1 Champion Copa del Rey champion 1 Euroleague Top 16 24–10 9–2 3–0 13–7 49–19
2002–03 1 Liga ACB 6 Quarterfinalist Copa del Rey semifinalist 1 Euroleague Top 16 18–16 2–3 1–1 11–9 32–19
2003–04 1 Liga ACB 3 Semifinalist Copa del Rey champion 1 Euroleague Top 16 28–6 4–4 3–0 13–7 48–17
2004–05 1 Liga ACB 2 Runner-up SC semifinalist, CR semifinalist 1 Euroleague runner-up 28–6 8–5 1–3 13–11 50–25
2005–06 1 Liga ACB 2 Runner-up SC champion, CR champion 1 Euroleague semifinalist3rd 25–9 6–4 5–0 18–7 53–20
2006–07 1 Liga ACB 3 Semifinalist SC champion, CR semifinalist 1 Euroleague semifinalist4th 26–8 5–3 3–1 20–4 54–16
2007–08 1 Liga ACB 1 Champion SC champion, CR runner-up 1 Euroleague semifinalist4th 22–12 7–1 4–1 16–9 49–23
2008–09 1 Liga ACB 2 Runner-up SC champion, CR champion 1 Euroleague quarterfinalist 28–4 5–4 5–0 14–7 52–15
2009–10 1 Liga ACB 1 Champion SC semifinalist, CR semifinalist 1 Euroleague quarterfinalist 27–7 8–2 1–2 11–9 47–20
2010–11 1 Liga ACB 4 Semifinalist SC semifinalist, CR semifinalist 1 Euroleague quarterfinalist 23–11 2–3 1–2 10–10 36–26
2011–12 1 Liga ACB 3 Semifinalist SC runner-up, CR semifinalist 1 Euroleague Regular Season 23–11 4–3 2–2 5–5 34–21
2012–13 1 Liga ACB 5 Quarterfinalist Copa del Rey semifinalist 1 Euroleague quarterfinalist 25–9 1–2 1–1 13–15 40–27
2013–14 1 Liga ACB SC semifinalist, CR quarterfinalist 1 Euroleague Top 16 0–2

Honours[edit]

Trophies[edit]

Individual awards[edit]

Notable players[edit]

To appear in this section a player must have either:
  • Played at least one season for the club.
  • Set a club record or won an individual award while at the club.
  • Played at least one official international match for their national team at any time.
  • To perform very successfully during period in the club or at later/previous stages of his career.

Matches against NBA teams[edit]

14 October 2010
Memphis Grizzlies United States 110–105 Spain Caja Laboral
16 October 2010
San Antonio Spurs United States 108–85 Spain Caja Laboral

Notes and references[edit]

External links[edit]