¿Who has not had at some time in his childhood a feeling of total helplessness playing basketball with ‘the elders’ in the backyard? Those bullies who stood out a head and a half and They didn’t even have to jump to take a rebound from you. or throw right under your nose? Something similar must have felt the pivots of Barcelona in the Endesa League final against Edy Tavares. The white giant, crowned MVP, showed a insulting superiority on the azure towers, unable to stop that corpation of 2.21 m, 2.36 m wingspan and 125 kilos of weight that went over them like a steamroller.
In the fourth game, the white colossus left images difficult to see in any final. He took rebounds over Davies and Smits, body with Sanli (2.13 m)a signing anti-Tavares express request of Jasikevicius and that it bounced out again and again when it collided with the wall. Y He blocked Mirotic and swelled to put baskets and make dunks without the Barça pivots being able to do anything except look at him. It was like a father playing with his children at home in a FEBER basket. A man among children.
The statistics of the final leaves embarrassing data for the three centers of Barça -Davies, Sanli and Smits– in his duel with Tavares. It is true that the Turk arrived diminished by a sprained ankle, but that does not tarnish the almost tyrannical rule of the white mass before them.
53 points, 25 rebounds and six blocks
He only scored 53 points, 25 points and six blocks. Between Davies, Sanli and Smits they had 63 points, 26 rebounds and a block. And the madridista accumulated 80 rating credits for 49 of his three opponents, whom he almost doubled. The comparison is odious for the Barcelona towers.
Barça has not yet found an antidote for the Madrid giant. for now has tied the Czech pivot Jan Vesely, with extensive experience in Europe and the NBA, to reinforce his interior game andTry to reduce as much as possible the devastating effects of Hurricane Tavares.
He was about to sign for Barcelona
The most paradoxical thing about the matter is that Tavares was about to be a Barça player. In 2017 I had a pre-agreement with them, who wanted him for 2018-19 like Tomic relief. But Madrid entered the scene after injuring two of its pivots, Ayon and Kuzmic. The player’s agents frustrated his first attempt arguing that he already had another project for the following season, but They returned to the fray and convinced him with an irrefutable offer: three seasons and more than two million for each of them. And the story changed.