ACB Liga Endesa The point guard says goodbye to the white club this Sunday before going to the Nuggets
Ehe Real Madrid icon in recent years deserved a warm ending with the love of what has been his hobby and the entire WiZink Center stood up chanting his name and breaking their palms as he was substituted a few seconds from the end. But Facundo Campazzo’s farewell will be cold, in an empty room due to the situation caused by COVID-19. At most, he will have the embrace of his teammates, the coaching staff and the rest of the team members. It is not a small thing to have the recognition of those who have sweated and won with it.
This afternoon, in front of BAXI Manresa, the Argentine base will say goodbye to Madrid. Thursday’s game against CSKA is too far for him. He goes off to fulfill his dream of playing in the NBA. He will do it at the Nuggets, with whom, as soon as he opened the free agent market in the early hours of Saturday, he reached an agreement for two seasons. Today, in the event that he leaves Madrid, he could already sign his new contract. But until the last moment he will give everything for the white set.
“I know the market opens today [por la madrugada del sábado] and I know that on Sunday [por hoy] we play against Manresa and what Facu is going to play against Manresa“Pablo Laso guaranteed at the conclusion of the match against Fenerbahce, in which Campazzo gave his last recital in the Euroleague.”Great players are capable of playing well themselves and making their teammates play. Facu has been very good and so has the rest of the team “, analyzed the Madrid coach after Campazzo’s 12 assists.
Nothing to do with the player who leaves with the one who arrived in 2014 from Peñarol de Mar del Plata. Just compare the statistics in the graph on the left. But more important than the numbers is the influence that Facu has had on the team in recent years, especially since a Luka Doncic left who has already welcomed him to the NBA.
Campazzo has passed to coexist in the shadow of Sergios, Rodríguez and Llull, upon their arrival to dominate European basketball. When he landed in Madrid, he was obliged to show everything he had inside in a few minutes. Complicated for those who always liked the joyful and risky game. With the 2015 Euroleague won with little prominence, he went on loan to UCAM Murcia where he arrived as a private and left as captain general. Thus the return was won.
He soon had to take responsibility for Llull’s serious injury in the summer of 2017. More mature, the pressure could not. He was gaining weight in the team year after year until being the leader: MVP of the three national competitions at the same time and probably the most determining point guard in Europe on both sides of the pitch. Normal for the NBA to keep an eye on him.
“If I get to my roof and give to play in the NBA, welcome,” he said in an interview with MARCA upon his return to Madrid. Three courses later and at 29 years old, the moment has come, although with him it is difficult to know if he has peaked. Breaks them all. The 1.79-meter point guard who had to hear that it would not be valid for the ACB, to lead Madrid, to play in the Euroleague … He has before him the greatest challenge of his life. Before he will have a cold and undeserved farewell.
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