By: Nick Gibson / @euro_adventures
Even after watching them power through half of Italy to make the Lega Basket finals last season, qualifying for the EL in the process, it was easy to sleep on Cantu at season’s tip. They brought in veterans like Gianluca Basile and retained big pieces like Marco Scekic, but they failed to make that one big move expected from EL newcomers (Nancy grabbed Batum, Kazan got Domercant, Bilbao with Fischer). Sure Giorgi Shermadini, loaned from Panathinaikos late in the offseason, was a young, skillful big, but he wasn’t a star. Not by anyone’s standards.
But now, they’re at 3-1 and tied with Caja Laboral for first place in Group A thanks to terrific coaching from Andrea Trinchieri and a crowd that keeps Pala Desio rockin’.
But how good are they really? When the seats are filled with strangers and coaching can’t cure a bad shooting night?
Within these next couple weeks lies the answer.