Melodies for the basketball soul in the championship final between Armani Milano and Virtus Segafredo Bologna which begins tonight at the Assago Forum (8.45 pm) on the first night of sighs. They had not found themselves as opponents at such a table for 37 years: a star for Virtus at the San Siro building that no longer exists. Orgy between adults, Meneghin expelled and out of the final, Milan who had remedied in race two in Bologna, in the third without his totem and with Carr limping he had to surrender. Similarities to the best-of-seven match this bizarre June? Only the mood of the coaches. In 1984 Dan Peterson, who had brought the Scudetto back to Bologna, led Milan. The same disturbance that today Ettore Messina will have in his fifth final for the title, 4 victories, 3 in Bologna and 1 in Treviso, leading Armani against the club that made him great, but to which he gave trophies and glory. Djordjevic, who has toured the world as the rival, has also been on the Milan bench in the two seasons in which he launched Danilo Gallinari. Beautiful generals, full of medals, vaccinated for everything, having experienced almost everything. Sasha the great Serbian in Europe and in the FIBA and Olympic world, Ettore della Trinacria blossomed in Veneto, but also an award-winning explorer in the NBA in San Antonio. Another special contact of the night: among the opponents to be feared the player Belinelli who was with him, Popovich’s assistant when the Spurs won the ring.
Nineteenth final for Milan, 9 wins, twelfth for Bologna, 8 wins. There is everything in the challenge among the most beautiful, rich and titled (28 championships to 15 for Milan, 13 European trophies in two). Messina blessed the team before confessing it after Cologne and the 3-0 over Venice, thanking those who brought them to this point after 87 games. Djordjevic the great chess player, born in the enclave of Partizan Belgrade, blessed the doctors who protected a worn-out team. He will have to move first and yesterday he did it flattering and challenging the enemies, happy with how his Virtus really took the last step in the technical evolution by eliminating Brindisi: «Nice challenge that we will do in the name of Virtus. Their big favorites after a beautiful Euroleague. Physical competition, for true champions. Shields and Punter for the quality in one on one, Delaney and Rodriguez for giving color to the game as our Teodosic does. Belinelli? We remodeled for a great and he responded great. Just the new calendar playing every two days ». Teodosic and Rodriguez? Well, they alone are worth the price of the ticket and tonight at the Forum there will be more than three thousand admitted, with a mask and, hopefully, with vaccination. Live television coverage on Raisport and Eurosport 2. This poor basketball couldn’t ask for more, this sport that he resumes did not have to offer.