Madrid collects the witness of Malaga as the seat of the Copa del Rey basketball. In a year marked by the uncertainty generated by the coronavirus pandemic, doubts about where the KO tournament – the great jewel of national basketball – was cleared by the election of Madrid’s WiZink Center as its venue. In this way, Madrid has won the race over other candidates such as Valencia or Gran Canaria.
The tournament will have Real Madrid as host as the Madrid team with the best balance at the end of the first round (something that has already achieved mathematically) so it has already secured its participation. Alongside Pablo Laso’s team will be the top seven after the first 19 games of the season. In total, eight teams will see the faces in the capital of Spain from 11 to 14 February as Onda Madrid advanced and as confirmed by Marca.
Real Madrid will have the opportunity to revalidate the title they won last season at Martín Carpena in Malaga, with Facundo Campazzo as MVP, and will be able to remove the bad taste from the mouth of the final lost to Barcelona in 2019 when the Cup was also played in their ‘home’. In fact, with this election, Madrid will match Vitoria as the cities that have hosted this tournament the most times with five editions each.
The vice president and spokesman of the Government of the Community of Madrid, Ignacio Aguado, confirmed the agreement between the ACB and the CAM on social networks: “Good news for basketball lovers! Madrid will host the Copa del Rey de Baloncesto in February 2021. Our region will once again be kilometer 0 of Spanish basketball.
” NBA STYLEThe Real Madrid will now try to be the main favorite for a tournament that Iberostar Tenerife, Barca, TD Systems Baskonia, Joventut de Badalona, Hereda San Pablo Burgos, Unicaja, and Valencia Basket would play today, which surpasses in basketball-average UCAM Murcia and Baxi Manresa, who present the same balance as the ‘Taronga’. However, there are still five days to finish the first round, and teams such as Andorra, Obradoiro, Fuenlabrada, or Estudiantes will rush their options to be in the corpora appointment.
Faced with the uncertainty generated by the pandemic, the clubs have agreed that to decide the classification for the Copa del Rey the first criterion is the percentage of victories over the total matches played by the team, thus avoiding harming some club if it cannot play all its matches before the deadline of January 10.