By Nikos Varlas/ firstname.lastname@example.org
In last season’s Final Four CKSA Moscow wanted to prove that the reason behind the failure in 2012 final was the difference between Ettore Messina and Jonas Kazlauskas on the bench.
CSKA was exposed on court by the eventual Euroleague champions. The rematch of Istanbul’s final turned out to be something between a fiasco and a long 40 minutes torture.
The main reason behind this new failure was the stunning LACK of quickness and athleticism in the most important positions of basketball, point guard and center, with the notable exception of Sasha Kaun who can affect the game, but not define it without a charismatic creator “feeding’ him systematically.
The king of one liners Pini Gershon once said that smart people learn from other peoples’ mistakes and stupid ones from their own. Ettore Messina has proven that he is smart, but for some strange reason his last season’s defeat in London wasn’t used as a lesson.
No matter the outcome this season for CSKA Moscow, it’s clear that the Italian coach has made some big mistakes in his recruiting. Essentially it’s the team with the biggest budget in the league and the same core of players from last season. Beating Nanterre by three and losing by a NEW team, no matter how talented, with the same disappointing way like you did in last year’s semifinal, without putting a fight, it’s just not normal.
So, even if CSKA makes changes and ends up winning the Euroleague, for the second straight summer coach Messina despite the big budget, couldn’t make the right choices of players in order to secure the best possible odds for his team on the court.
The 5 questions
Those are the basic question about CSKA Moscow at this point and each of them creates a lot of subquestions.
Τhe answers will be given during the season and it’s the job of coach Messina to find them.
Still we feel that also this season he has ignored some basic rules about balance and chemistry. Those were the main weapons of CSKA between 2006 and 2009 (when the team played four Euroleague finals and won two of them).
Last year, in its biggest hour the “bear” was clawless. This year?