Championship Sunday at the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four is a big day for any basketball fan. For Real Madrid, it’s an opportunity to add more trophies to the cupboard. Not just one, but two.
While Real Madrid's biggest stars are preparing to take on Olympiacos Piraeus at Zalgirio Arena for EuroLeague glory, Los Blancos’ future stars are competing for the Euroleague Basketball Adidas Next Generation Tournament Finals championship game at Kaunas Sports Hall.
Such days don't come around very often and when they do, it is a mark of great pride for all involved. The type of hard work and dedication needed to produce an elite juniors team pays off when it feeds top-tier talent to the senior team such as former EuroLeague MVP Luka Doncic in the past and currently teenage big man Eli Ndiaye, who started in the semifinal victory on Friday.
As a show of support for the club's young guns, many Real heroes of the past are in the stands for the ANGT Finals championship game, including Emiliano Rodriguez, Cliiford Luyk, Felipe Reyes, junior teams manager Alberto Angulo and basketball director Alberto Herreros.