Bilbao Basket

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RETAbet Bilbao Basket
RETAbet Bilbao Basket logo
Nickname Hombres de negro
(Men in Black)
Leagues Liga ACB
Founded 7 March 2000; 17 years ago (2000-03-07)
History Basket Bilbao Berri
(2000–2002)
Bilbao Basket
(2002–present)
Arena Bilbao Arena
Arena Capacity 10,014
Location Bilbao, Spain
Team colors Black, Silver
         
Main sponsor RETAbet
President Koldo Mauraza
Head coach Carles Durán
Team captain Alex Mumbrú
Retired numbers 1 (14)
Website Official website
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

Bilbao Basket, also known as RETAbet Bilbao Basket by sponsorship reasons, is a professional basketball club based in Bilbao, Spain. The team plays in the Liga ACB. Their home arena is the Bilbao Arena.

History[edit]

The club was founded in 2000 replacing the former city clubs: Cajabilbao and SD Patronato. After four seasons between LEB and LEB 2, Bilbao promoted to Liga ACB in 2004 by winning by 3–1 to Baloncesto León in the LEB semifinals.

Bilbao spent ten seasons in the top tier of the Spanish basketball becoming finalist of the league in the 2010–11 season, where it lost in the finals to FC Barcelona by 3–0. In 2012, Bilbao played the Euroleague and it was eliminated in the quarterfinals by CSKA Moscow, who won the series by 3–1.

The best era of the club finished in 2013, when it lost the 2013 Eurocup Final at Charleroi against Lokomotiv Kuban.

On 17 July 2014, the ACB excluded Bilbao Basket from the Liga ACB due to its financial trouble,[1] but on August 8, the Association was forced to retire the exclusion and finally Bilbao Basket will continue in the Spanish top league.[2]

Sponsorship naming[edit]

Bilbao Basket has had several denominations through the years due to its sponsorship:

  • Lagun Aro Bilbao Basket: 2004–07
  • iurbentia Bilbao Basket: 2007–09
  • Bizkaia Bilbao Basket: 2009–11
  • Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket: 2011–2012[3]
  • Uxúe Bilbao Basket: 2012–2013[4]
  • Dominion Bilbao Basket: 2015–2016[5]
  • RETAbet Bilbao Basket: 2016–present[6]

Logos[edit]

Home arenas[edit]

Players[edit]

Retired numbers[edit]

Bilbao Basket retired numbers
No. Player Position Tenure
14 Spain Javi Salgado G 2001–2010

Current roster[edit]

RETAbet Bilbao Basket roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
SG 4 United States Bamforth, Scott 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 85 kg (187 lb) 27 – (1989-08-12)12 August 1989
SG 8 Sweden Borg, Tobias 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in) 81 kg (179 lb) 23 – (1993-11-02)2 November 1993
PF 25 Croatia Buva, Ivan 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 98 kg (216 lb) 26 – (1991-05-06)6 May 1991
F/C 50 Nigeria Eric, Micheal Injured 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) 109 kg (240 lb) 28 – (1988-06-24)24 June 1988
PF 17 Belgium Hervelle, Axel 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 109 kg (240 lb) 34 – (1983-05-12)12 May 1983
SG 13 Slovenia Lapornik, Miha 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 92 kg (203 lb) 23 – (1993-10-18)18 October 1993
PG 30 Spain Llorente, Sergio 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in) 26 – (1990-09-13)13 September 1990
SF 10 Spain Mendía, Borja 1.99 m (6 ft 6 in) 89 kg (196 lb) 22 – (1994-11-10)10 November 1994
SF 15 Spain Mumbrú, Álex (C) 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 100 kg (220 lb) 37 – (1979-06-12)12 June 1979
PF 34 Montenegro Nikolić, Danilo Injured 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 93 kg (205 lb) 24 – (1993-04-08)8 April 1993
PG 14 Spain Salgado, Javi 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 82 kg (181 lb) 36 – (1980-08-06)6 August 1980
PG 9 Belgium Tabu, Jonathan 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 88 kg (194 lb) 31 – (1985-10-07)7 October 1985
SF 20 Serbia Todorović, Dejan 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 89 kg (196 lb) 22 – (1994-05-29)29 May 1994
C 22 Serbia Vučetić, Vasilije 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in) 21 – (1996-05-04)4 May 1996
Head coach
  • Spain Carles Duran
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Roster
Updated: September 26, 2016

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2 Bench 3
C Michael Eric Ivan Buva Vasilije Vučetić
PF Axel Hervelle Danilo Nikolić
SF Alex Mumbrú Dejan Todorović Borja Mendía
SG Scott Bamforth Miha Lapornik
PG Jonathan Tabu Tobias Borg Javi Salgado Sergio Llorente

Coaches[edit]

Season by season[edit]

Season Tier Division Pos. Postseason W–L Copa del Rey Other cups European competitions
2000–01 3 LEB 2 13 Relegation playoffs 13–20
2001–02 3 LEB 2 1 Promoted 31–8 Copa LEB 2 C
2002–03 2 LEB 6 Quarterfinalist 21–14 Copa Príncipe RU
2003–04 2 LEB 1 Promoted 29–14 Copa Príncipe SF
2004–05 1 Liga ACB 14 12–22
2005–06 1 Liga ACB 15 13–21
2006–07 1 Liga ACB 10 15–19
2007–08 1 Liga ACB 7 Quarterfinalist 21–15 Semifinalist Supercopa RU
2008–09 1 Liga ACB 8 Quarterfinalist 15–19 2 Eurocup SF 11–3
2009–10 1 Liga ACB 9 16–18 Quarterfinalist 2 Eurocup 3rd 13–5
2010–11 1 Liga ACB 2 Runner-up 26–17 Quarterfinalist
2011–12 1 Liga ACB 6 Quarterfinalist 19–17 Supercopa SF 1 Euroleague QF 10–10
2012–13 1 Liga ACB 7 Quarterfinalist 20–17 Quarterfinalist 2 Eurocup RU 13–4
2013–14 1 Liga ACB 14 12–22 Supercopa SF 2 Eurocup L32 8–8
2014–15 1 Liga ACB 5 Quarterfinalist 21–18 Quarterfinalist
2015–16 1 Liga ACB 10 16–18 Semifinalist 2 Eurocup L32 11–5
2016–17 1 Liga ACB 10 14–18 2 Eurocup RS 3–5

Trophies and awards[edit]

Trophies[edit]

Individual awards[edit]

All-ACB First Team

EuroCup MVP

All-EuroCup First Team

All-EuroCup Second Team

EuroCup Coach of the Year

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]

6 October 2013
Bilbao Basket 104–106 Philadelphia 76ers
Bizkaia Arena, Barakaldo
Attendance: 13,538

Rivalry[edit]

Bilbao Basket has a strong rivalry with Saski Baskonia. Their games together are called the Basque basketball derby.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bilbao Basket no completa el proceso de inscripción para la Liga Endesa 14-15" (in Spanish). ACB.com. July 17, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Comunicado Oficial de la ACB" (in Spanish). ACB.com. August 8, 2014. 
  3. ^ "El Gescrap Bizkaia ya es una realidad" (in Spanish). ACB.com. November 11, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Nace el Uxúe Bilbao Basket" (in Spanish). ACB.com. December 21, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Dominion, nuevo patrocinador principal del Bilbao Basket" (in Spanish). ACB.com. March 24, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Nace RETAbet Bilbao Basket" (in Spanish). ACB.com. 27 October 2016. 

External links[edit]