Since the return of Florentino Perez to the presidency in 2009, the commitment to basketball has been absolute. The continent’s most prestigious coach, Ettore Messina, was appointed by the club, while players Rudy Fernandez and Sergio Rodriguez were brought in from the NBA alongside individuals with great potential such as Jaycee Carroll. Even Serge Ibaka turned out for Real Madrid during the lockout experienced by North America’s top league.
This commitment has continued its progression since summer 2011, when former Real Madrid player Pablo Laso took the helm as head coach. Laso’s offensive brand of basketball had fans hooked from the word go, and under him the side claimed the 2012 Copa del Rey. With his style of play firmly established, the team then made the Euroleague final in 2013 and that same year brilliantly won the League against Barcelona. The 2013/14 season began with another Super Cup victory, before a Copa triumph in February of that campaign.
The 2014/2015 season saw the club lift its ninth European Cup following on from three successive final appearances. In addition to the success enjoyed on the European scene, Real Madrid lifted their 32nd League title, the Super Cup and the Copa del Rey, overcoming Barcelona in all three instances. In the 2015/16 season the winning streak continued and the club's list of honours was added to with an Intercontinental Cup, which was claimed after victory over Brazilian side, Bauru; the Copa del Rey crown, after a final showdown against Gran Canaria; and the 33rd League title in which Barcelona were defeated in the final series.