Julius Lamas, one of the most important coaches in the history of Argentine basketball, will leave the board with hoops and lean towards the one with arches. The former national team strategist will join the coaching staff of Abel Balbus, who is launched as a coach and plays in a big club: San Lorenzo. Information indicates that the former soccer player was offered to the Cyclone after the departure of Pedro Troglio (Today Fernando Berón directed as an interim in the draw against Platense). The data? Lamas was a basketball coach at the Boedo entity and is a self-confessed fan.
“I want to announce that I have decided to retire and stop directing basketball professionally. I go through this moment with a lot of emotion and the desire to thank you. I am proud to say goodbye to the road I have traveled, knowing that I dedicated myself passionately and that I gave all of myself in the search for constant improvement. I didn’t keep anything. It is time to learn new things and work in the sport from another role”, were some of the lines of Lamas, who communicated his determination on social networks among multiple thanks.
“I am arming the coaching staff. I already put a ‘ten’, Julio Lamas. Because he is a well-known person in the world of sports, very intelligent, to help a lot in everything that is the management of the group. Logically, Julio is not going to be training, but he is a very serious person, he is a ‘ten’ and I want all ‘ten’ by my side”, declared Balbo a few weeks ago, who is eager to begin his first experience as a coach and he had already been close to Newell’s as a manager.
Y Lamas had admitted what “Abel offered me to integrate his technical body to help in the management and construction of the project. Now we are working and organizing everything, then I am going to function as one more member of the work team”. Despite the prejudices that may arise within the world of football due to the change in discipline, Balbo did not hesitate: “They can criticize me, but when I am convinced of something I am not afraid of criticism and then I accept it, and if it is constructive one listens to it. But that July is going to be very important, I have no doubt about that. He is going to be my right hand, he is going to help me in everything that is management and he has enormous experience”.
As for clubs that are identified with soccer, Lamas went through Boca and Real Madrid in addition to San Lorenzo. During all of them he maintained contact with the coaching staff of the soccer team, according to him. He had two spells on the Argentine basketball team: from 1997 to 1999 and from 2011 to 2014 (he won the FIBA Americas championship in 2011).
THE COMPLETE COMMUNICATION OF JULIO LAMAS:
“Hello everyone! I want to announce that I have decided to retire and stop directing basketball professionally. I go through this moment with a lot of emotion and the desire to thank you.
First of all three people:
My mom, María Vicenta, who gave me everything and took care of me; León Najnudel, who gave me knowledge and opportunities with total generosity; And Alejandra Rebora, my partner, the person who always supported and helped me. Without them it would not have been the same.
Then, a special thanks to the clubs and national federations that chose me and trusted me. To their directors. To all the colleagues I had in each of the technical bodies that we make up.
And in the end (but not the last), the players, the main reason why I started being a coach: to teach the kids of my club, Deportivo San Andrés, how to play. That’s when I fell in love with basketball, teaching and being part of a team.
I am proud to say goodbye to the road I have traveled, knowing that I dedicated myself passionately and that I gave all of myself in the search for constant improvement. I didn’t keep anything. It’s time to learn new things and work in the sport from another role”.
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