Bilbao Basket

Club Basket Bilbao Berri S.A.D.,[1] commonly known as Bilbao Basket (pronounced [bilˈβao basˈket]) and as RETAbet Bilbao Basket for sponsorship reasons, is a professional basketball club based in Bilbao, Spain. The team plays in the Liga ACB. Their home arena is the Bilbao Arena.

RETAbet Bilbao Basket
RETAbet Bilbao Basket logo
Nickname Hombres de negro
(Men in Black)
Leagues Liga ACB
EuroCup
Founded 7 March 2000
History Club Basket Bilbao Berri
(2000–present)
Arena Bilbao Arena
 Capacity 10,014
Location Bilbao, Basque Country, Spain
Team colors Black, Silver
         
Main sponsor RETAbet
President Koldo Mauraza
Head coach Veljko Mršić
Team captain Álex Mumbrú
Retired numbers 1 (14)
Website Official website
Uniforms

History

The club was founded in 2000 replacing the former city clubs: Cajabilbao and SD Patronato. After four seasons between LEB and LEB 2, Bilbao promoted to Liga ACB in 2004 by winning by 3–1 to Baloncesto León in the LEB semifinals.

Bilbao spent ten seasons in the top tier of the Spanish basketball becoming finalist of the league in the 2010–11 season, where it lost in the finals to FC Barcelona by 3–0. In 2012, Bilbao played the EuroLeague and it was eliminated in the quarterfinals by CSKA Moscow, who won the series by 3–1.

The best era of the club finished in 2013, when it lost the 2013 Eurocup Final at Charleroi against Lokomotiv Kuban.

On 17 July 2014, the ACB excluded Bilbao Basket from the Liga ACB due to its financial trouble,[2] but on August 8, the Association was forced to retire the exclusion and finally Bilbao Basket remained in the Spanish top league.[3]

Sponsorship naming

Bilbao Basket has had several denominations through the years due to its sponsorship:

  • Lagun Aro Bilbao Basket: 2004–07
  • iurbentia Bilbao Basket: 2007–09
  • Bizkaia Bilbao Basket: 2009–11
  • Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket: 2011–2012[4]
  • Uxúe Bilbao Basket: 2012–2013[5]
  • Dominion Bilbao Basket: 2015–2016[6]
  • RETAbet Bilbao Basket: 2016–present[7]

Logos

Bilbaobasket

Non-commercial logo since 2009

Iurbentia Bilbao

2007–2009

Dominion Bilbao Basket

2015–2016

Home arenas

Players

Retired numbers

Bilbao Basket retired numbers
No. Nat. Player Position Tenure
14 Spain Javi Salgado PG 2001–2010, 2016–present

Current roster

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

RETAbet Bilbao Basket roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
PF 50 Ghana Bentil, Ben 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 107 kg (236 lb) 23 – 29 March 1995
C 32 United States Gladness, Mickell 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) 104 kg (229 lb) 31 – 26 July 1986
G/F 11 Netherlands Hammink, Shane 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 86 kg (190 lb) 23 – 22 July 1994
PF 17 Belgium Hervelle, Axel 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 109 kg (240 lb) 34 – 12 May 1983
SF 10 Spain Mendía, Borja 1.99 m (6 ft 6 in) 89 kg (196 lb) 23 – 10 November 1994
SF 15 Spain Mumbrú, Álex (C) 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 100 kg (220 lb) 38 – 12 June 1979
PG 4 Serbia Rebić, Nikola 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 80 kg (176 lb) 23 – 22 January 1995
G 12 Argentina Redivo, Lucio 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 75 kg (165 lb) 24 – 14 February 1994
PG 14 Spain Salgado, Javi 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 82 kg (181 lb) 37 – 6 August 1980
G 9 Belgium Tabu, Jonathan 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 88 kg (194 lb) 32 – 7 October 1985
F/C 2 United States Thomas, Devin 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 111 kg (245 lb) 23 – 17 May 1994
SF 20 Serbia Todorović, Dejan 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 89 kg (196 lb) 23 – 29 May 1994
SF 19 Spain Tomàs, Pere 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 91 kg (201 lb) 28 – 5 September 1989
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (EBA) On assignment to Liga EBA affiliate
  • Injured Injured

Updated: February 26, 2018

On loan

Bilbao Basket players out on loan
Nat. Player Position Team On loan until
Spain Unai Mendikote SF Spain HA Zornotza June 2018
Serbia Vasilije Vučetić C Spain Sammic Hostelería June 2018
Spain Aitor Zubizarreta G Spain Sammic Hostelería June 2018

Depth chart

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2 Inactive
C Mickell Gladness Devin Thomas
PF Axel Hervelle Ben Bentil
SF Pere Tomàs Alex Mumbrú Shane Hammink Borja Mendía
SG Dejan Todorović Lucio Redivo
PG Jonathan Tabu Nikola Rebić Javi Salgado

Source: ACB
Colours: Blue = homegrown player; Red = non-FIBA Europe player

Coaches

Season by season

Season Tier Division Pos. W–L Copa del Rey Other cups European competitions
2000–01 3 LEB 2 13th 13–20
2001–02 3 LEB 2 1st 31–8 Copa LEB 2 C
2002–03 2 LEB 6th 21–14 Copa Príncipe RU
2003–04 2 LEB 1st 29–14 Copa Príncipe SF
2004–05 1 Liga ACB 14th 12–22
2005–06 1 Liga ACB 15th 13–21
2006–07 1 Liga ACB 10th 15–19
2007–08 1 Liga ACB 7th 21–15 Semifinalist Supercopa RU
2008–09 1 Liga ACB 8th 15–19 2 Eurocup SF 11–3
2009–10 1 Liga ACB 9th 16–18 Quarterfinalist 2 Eurocup 3rd 13–5
2010–11 1 Liga ACB 2nd 26–17 Quarterfinalist
2011–12 1 Liga ACB 6th 19–17 Supercopa SF 1 Euroleague QF 10–10
2012–13 1 Liga ACB 7th 20–17 Quarterfinalist 2 Eurocup RU 13–4
2013–14 1 Liga ACB 14th 12–22 Supercopa SF 2 Eurocup L32 8–8
2014–15 1 Liga ACB 5th 21–18 Quarterfinalist
2015–16 1 Liga ACB 10th 16–18 Semifinalist 2 Eurocup L32 11–5
2016–17 1 Liga ACB 10th 14–18 2 EuroCup RS 3–5
2017–18 1 Liga ACB 2 EuroCup RS 2–8

Trophies and awards

Trophies

Individual awards

All-ACB First Team

EuroCup MVP

All-EuroCup First Team

All-EuroCup Second Team

EuroCup Coach of the Year

Notable players

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

Criteria

To appear in this section a player must have either:

  • Played at least three seasons for the club.
  • Set a club record or won an individual award while at the club.
  • Won the medal with his national team.
  • Played at least three seasons in the NBA.

Matches against NBA teams

6 October 2013
Bilbao Basket 104–106 Philadelphia 76ers
Bizkaia Arena, Barakaldo
Attendance: 13,538

Rivalry

Bilbao Basket has a strong rivalry with Saski Baskonia. Their games together are called the Basque basketball derby.

References

  1. ^ "Relación de SAD — Portal del Consejo Superior de Deportes" (in Spanish). Consejo Superior de Deportes. Retrieved 7 September 2016.
  2. ^ "Bilbao Basket no completa el proceso de inscripción para la Liga Endesa 14-15" (in Spanish). ACB.com. July 17, 2014.
  3. ^ "Comunicado Oficial de la ACB" (in Spanish). ACB.com. August 8, 2014.
  4. ^ "El Gescrap Bizkaia ya es una realidad" (in Spanish). ACB.com. November 11, 2011.
  5. ^ "Nace el Uxúe Bilbao Basket" (in Spanish). ACB.com. December 21, 2012.
  6. ^ "Dominion, nuevo patrocinador principal del Bilbao Basket" (in Spanish). ACB.com. March 24, 2015.
  7. ^ "Nace RETAbet Bilbao Basket" (in Spanish). ACB.com. 27 October 2016.

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