He is one of the figures that most contributes to making the Endesa League the best domestic competition in Europe and second in the world after an NBA in which he played five seasons of his career, and in which he never fell below double digits in average scoring , earned more than 40 million dollars and proved to have been able to stretch his career in the United States as long as he would have liked, but Nikola Mirotic surprised the basketball planet when the summer of 2019 decided to put an end to his NBA adventure to return to Europe and be the highest paid on the continent playing for FC Barcelona, the great rival of his birth club, Real Madrid.
Thus, it is not only his overflowing talent that makes the Endesa League and the Euroleague gain in prestige and repercussion, also the media attention generated by the curiosity of seeing him dressed as a Barça player, and still to get his first title in the most expensive squad from Europe as a culé star, to one of the most prominent players from the early years of Pablo Laso’s project at Real Madrid, who arrived at the age of 14 from his native Montenegro and from which he jumped to the Spanish national teams in categories inferior and absolute.
As a Barça player, and the greatest exponent of the great investment that the Blaugrana management has made in its basketball section, Mirotic has knelt in up to three finals since last year: the 2019 Super Cup and, in its 2020 editions, Endesa League and Super Cup; said goodbye to the first changes in the Copa del Rey and was left without knowing how far his team would have reached in the last Euroleague season – a title that Mirotic touched as a Real Madrid player with the lost finals of 2013 and 2014-, Competition that was canceled and that is the great objective of the mammoth basketball project of the board of directors chaired by Josep Maria Bartomeu, a lower-level basketball player for Barcelona, until his dismissal in the youth stage, and Espanyol.
The margin of error narrows
Mirotic, who at the individual level has not offered doubts about his MVP last season in the Endesa League at a rate of 20 points and 5 rebounds per game, despite being one of those pointed out for his bad Endesa League final in which he could having been his first title in Barcelona, he is once again the star of his team in a year in which, at last, the desired Sarunas Jasikevicius, a legend of the house as a player, has arrived on the bench.
is the number of titles that the Barça project has achieved with Mirotic as a benchmark of the four that, so far, it has had at stake
In Barcelona’s assault on all the titles at stake this season in the midst of a pandemic, Nikola Mirotic has been one of the first to fall infected with coronavirus, having been detected positive on the 11th of this month. Having quarantined, and once his release of the virus was confirmed, his team made the effort to try to get the Euroleague to accept his participation in the basketball classic last Friday against Real Madrid, but his presence was ruled out according to the protocol of action of the competition, which required fourteen-day isolation.
The Spanish-Montenegrin, who has been training with his teammates since last Wednesday, returned to the courts this Sunday against Andorra in the Endesa League, and thus arrives in optimal conditions to participate tomorrow in the match that his team will play against UCAM in the Palacio, where he made his debut in the Endesa League back in 2009, if his coach considers it appropriate.