Asseco Prokom Gdynia is about to start its ninth consecutive season in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague, which says plenty about its consistency both at home and in Europe. Although Prokom went through a rough Euroleague stretch and missed out on the Top 16, the team regrouped to win its ninth consecutive Polish League title by downing Trefl Sopot 4-3 in the best-of-seven finals. Prokom has already established itself as the undeniable powerhouse in Poland and as a rising force in European play. The club opened its doors in 1995 and within five seasons had climbed to the top level in Poland and claimed its first title, the 2000 Polish Cup. A year later a second Cup arrived and the team reached the Korac Cup quarterfinals in its debut European season. In 2002 Prokom reached the Polish finals for the first time and in 2003 it matched that result while also getting all the way to the FIBA Europe Champions Cup title game, where it lost by a single point, 84-83, against Aris Thessaloniki. Prokom made its ULEB Cup debit in the 2003-04 season and advanced to the elimination rounds before going out to eventual champ Hapoel Jerusalem. Then the team focused on the Polish League and finally disposed of Slask Wroclaw in the finals to win the league title. Since then, Prokom has been the undisputed king of Polish basketball. The club did not need much time to prove itself a worthy Euroleague competitor as it reached the Top 16 in its first, third and fifth Euroleague seasons. In the 2009-10 season led by David Logan, Qyntel Woods and Daniel Ewing, Prokom made history, grinding through the Top 16 and into the playoffs for the first time, where it even took a game off of eventual finalist Olympiacos before bowing out. The expectations were ripe for another run in the 2010-11 season, but Prokom came up short in too many close games – going 2-6 in games decided by 7 points or less – and bowed out of the Euroleague by the end of the regular season. Still, Ewing carried Prokom through a tough seven-game challenge in the Polish League finals to help his team keep the title. Prokom finished the 2011-12 Euroleague season with just one win, but it has the stability, fan base, organization and sponsorship needed to bounce back right away. Its initial goal will be booking a Top 16 spot and if Prokom gets there, the team has the experience needed to fight for greater achievements. Expect Prokom to be a very dangerous foe in the 2012-13 season.