The last time Real Madrid made a Euroleague Final Four, Maccabi stomped on them 82-63 in Barcelona to advance to the 2011 Finals. Two years later, Real Madrid is the first Euroleague team to ensure their place in the Euroleague’s final weekend.
This year it will be in London. The team Madrid swept to get there?
In March of 2002, a 16-year-old Maciej Lampe played his first ever Euroleague Top 16 game for Real Madrid. The Polish prodigy scored seven points in 14 minutes and a little over a year later, the Knicks made him LeBron James’ opposing bookend as the 30th pick of the 2003 NBA Draft.
New York whipped around and dealt him to the Suns in the Stephon Marbury trade, and three years and 64 games later, Lampe was out of the league at the age of 20.