Last 10 days were hectic but now I'm back to presenting Eurobasket teams. Ideally I'll write something on Real and Maccabi And if time allows, expand a bit more.
So, today... CSKA.
Their star player, Milos Teodosic, is gone to the Clippers, but CSKA still has a strong roster. The highlight of the summer was getting Sergio Rodriguez to replace Teodosic. CSKA remains one of the strongest Euroleague teams.
They have been at the top for more than 50 years.They have lost the Russian title only twice since 1992 (in 2001 and 2002), for a total of 24 Russian championships in 27 seasons. They were dominant in the Soviet era as well winning a total of 24 titles.
Among the few teams that broke the CSKA monopoly was Zalgiris Kaunas winning three titles in the 80s (1985-87), when they had Sabonis in their roster.
CSKA have also won a total of 7 Euroleague/Champions cup titles; only Real Madrid has more with 9.
Much of this success is owed to coach Alexander Gomelsky. He was their head coach from 1966 to 1988 - unfortunately, I do not know anything about his coaching style nor could I find any info; this despite him being a HoFer and having written several books on bball.
^Here with CSKA players. Nr 11 is Vladimir Tkachenko (7'3).
^He was nicknamed dad.
Finally, if you are into this kind of thing, he was a consultant at a Soviet movie about a bball player. The movie is online (but no subs) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9L_bultN6cc