Real Madrid announces the renewal of Pablo Laso's contract two days after notifying him of his dismissal. This was the man who best understood the fast-paced basketball of Vitoria's great technician. Sergio Llull will continue to wear white during the next two seasons, having been captain since Felipe Reyes' retirement. He was also the man that lifted the Endesa League Trophy together with Laso.
Real Madrid and the Menorcan point guard had been in agreement for several weeks on the renewal. This is also true of Rudy Fernandez who was another pillar of the many successes of the Chamartin team with Laso. They made Llull's continuity official from the "white house" on Wednesday, to try to move on from the controversy erupted following the controversial dismissal. The club said that Llull was dismissed in September due to clinical reports. However, Laso replied on Tuesday with a few messages on Twitter in which he stated that he has the approval of his doctors to continue his training at the highest level.
Sergio Llull wrote some words of support to the Basque coach just hours before Real Madrid extended his contract. "I was a player for Pablo Laso's Madrid and it was amazing. The Balearic thanked him for helping to bring this great team back to where it deserved to be.
In 2007, the Mahon one arrived at Real Madrid. Pablo Laso was appointed to the Whites bench four years later. They would become a formidable tandem. The Balearic was the most effective executor of the libretto the Basque transmitted to the band. Llull was already a League builder under Joan Plaza's orders in 2007. He was also one of the key pieces that Laso's project pivoted to. With which he returned Laso's show to the Palacio de los Deportes, the numbers can be summarized in the conquests of two Euroleagues six Leagues, six Cups seven Super Cups and one Intercontinental Cup. Llull was always a leading figure.
Laso and Llull were in perfect harmony, and Real Madrid's captain made a touching gesture to the coach on June 19. After the Whites beat Barca 81 to74 in the fourth match in the Endesa League, and secured their 36th title in regular tournament, the Balearic guard approached the coach who had been following the match foot, in order that he could lift the trophy that was a reward for a season filled with setbacks. As a way to thank him for his many years of hard work to bring Real Madrid back to the top of European basketball.
Sergio Llull has been wearing the white jacket for 15 seasons. He is now the player with 943 appearances in Real Madrid's basketball section history, surpassing Felipe Reyes and Fernando Romay. This record was previously held by Rafa Raullan. The Spaniard was named the Euroleague MVP in 2016-17 academic year. He has the most Euroleague games, wins, assists, and three-pointers in continental competition. These are some of the achievements he has achieved after refusing to listen to the siren calls from the NBA.