Greek coach has signed a three-year contract with the Catalan club
Greek basketball expert Georgios Bartzokas left Lokomotiv Kuban and is the new coach of Barcelona. Catalan powerhouse has agreed to the terms of the Russian club and paid the buyout of 500 thousand euros to Lokomotiv Kuban. Former coach of Olympiacos and Lokomotiv Kuban signed a three-year contract.
After the leaders of Barcelona broke up a contract with Xavi Pascual, a few names brought in connection with the Spanish club, and saga about a new coach ended with a sudden twist. Namely, first choice of Barcelona was Sarunas Jasikevicius, but according to the rules of ACB league, the coach in local clubs must have a minimum of two years of experience, and the club had to look for another solution.
President of the Russian team, Andrey Vedischev in a statement to the club’s official website acknowledged that the club unexpectedly lost the coach, but he respected the desire of the former coach, who admitted that the work in such a big club is dream come true.
Arrival of Bartzokas in the ranks of Barcelona could not pass without comment of the club’s captain, Juan Carlos Navarro. The legendary “La Bomba” said to the Spanish reporters that the arrival of new coach learned from the media, but also to have a very good opinion about him. Navarro added that he is confident that there will be significant changes in the team, especially in terms of the club’s roster, but added that he hopes that with the new coach Barcelona finally succeed to reach the trophy.
The new coach of the Catalan club, the 51-year-old Bartzokas in the previous years with great success led several Euroleague teams, and it should be noted that he is the first Greek coach to win elite European competition. Besides the great basketball knowledge, but also the authority which has, Bartzokas is the coach who knows to choose players in conformance with basketball he wants his team to play. Like most modern coaches, he is dedicated to the details in the game that often prevailing.
Barcelona in a short period of time managed to solve the coaching question, and the rest is enough time for the selection of players. It remains to be seen what moves will take on a new coach in the next period. The club has now lost its first playmaker Tomas Satoransky, who continued his career in the NBA, so Bartzokas firstly have to choose a new point guard. The club currently has more than a quality foundation and there is no doubt that the new coach going to improve the game, but it takes time and patience.