REAL MADRID: DID YOU KNOW THAT…
...Real Madrid has the chance to win its 10th EuroLeague title? It leads the all-time standings with nine titles, but only two of them have come in the last 35 years. Madrid won the competition in 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1974, 1978, 1980, 1995 and 2015.
...Madrid is in its eighth Final Four appearance since the format was adopted in 1988? Madrid previously reached the Final Four in 1993, 1995, 1996, 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015.
...Madrid looks for its 18th EuroLeague championship game appearance? It leads the all-time list with 17 title game appearances. Maccabi Tel Aviv has been to 14 EuroLeague and one SuproLeague title game. CSKA Moscow has reached the EuroLeague championship game 13 times.
...Madrid has the chance to lift its 16th continental trophy? In addition to its nine EuroLeague titles, Madrid has won four Saporta Cups, one Korac Cup and one ULEB Cup.
...Madrid leads the 2016-17 EuroLeague in performance index rating (101.7 PIR), assists (20.5 apg.) and two-point shooting (56.9%)?
...Felipe Reyes and Rudy Fernandez belong to a select group of players to have won both the EuroLeague and the EuroCup titles? Reyes lifted the then-called ULEB Cup trophy with Madrid in 2007 and Fernandez won it with Joventut Badalona in 2008. Both won the EuroLeague with Madrid in 2015. The list includes another Spanish player: Ricky Rubio won the EuroLeague with FC Barcelona in 2010 and DKV Joventut in 2008.
...Reyes and Fernandez belong to a select group of 22 players that have won the EuroLeague, EuroBasket and World Championship titles? Reyes and Fernandez are two of the three players on the list not hailing from the former Soviet Union or former Yugoslavia; Juan Carlos Navarro is the other. The list includes all-time greats such as Arvydas Sabonis, Drazen Petrovic and Toni Kukoc.
...Fernandez and Reyes headline the short list of players to have won a World Championship, EuroBasket, EuroLeague and EuroCup? They are joined only by Dejan Tomasevic.
...head coach Pablo Laso has previous Final Four experience as a player? He played at the 1995-96 EuroLeague Final Four with his current team, Real Madrid.
...Reyes and Sergio Llull are at their fifth Final Four? They were previously there with Madrid in 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015!
...Reyes is the second-best rebounder in EuroLeague history with 1,581 rebounds? Former teammate Ioannis Bourousis leads the charts with 1,603 rebounds.
...Fernandez is one of the four Rising Star Trophy winners present at the 2017 Final Four? Fernandez won the trophy in 2007 with DKV Joventut Badalona. Bogdan Bogdanovic (Partizan 2014, Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul 2015), Kostas Papanikolaou (Olympiacos Piraeus 2013) and Luka Doncic (Madrid 2017) are the other Rising Stars at this Final Four.
...three Madrid players - Reyes, Fernandez and Llull – helped Spain win the silver medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London? Reyes and Fernandez also reached the Olympic final with Spain at the 2008 games in Beijing.
...Andres Nocioni is one of the three Final Four MVPs present at this year's Final Four? Nocioni was chosen as the Final Four MVP in 2015. Vassilis Spanoulis (Panathinaikos Athens 2009, Olympiacos Piraeus 2012, 2013) and Nando De Colo (CSKA Moscow 2016) are the other two.
...Nocioni is the oldest player in this Final Four? Nocioni will turn 38 in September and this is his second Final Four appearance.
...Llull ranks 11th in assists in Final Four history? He has dished 31 assists until now and with his next will tie former MVP Anthony Parker of Maccabi Tel Aviv for 10th place. Theo Papaloukas leads the all-time standings with 59 assists.
...Llull needs just 7 points to reach the 2,500-point mark in his EuroLeague career? Llull, who enters the Final Four ranked ninth in competition history with 2,493 points, will have to pass Dimitris Diamantidis (2,495 points, eighth) and Mike Batiste (2,496 points, seventh) top get there and could conceivably catch Jaka Lakovic (2,524 points) for sixth place this weekend, too.
...Llull ranks fifth in career assists with 890? Dimitris Diamantidis leads the standings with 1,255 assists, with Vassilis Spanoulis (1,138) and Milos Teodosic (1,119) fighting for second place.
...Jonas Maciulis is seventh in career steals with 238? He needs 5 more to pass Juan Carlos Navarro of FC Barcelona Lassa for sixth place.
...Maciulis ranks second in three-point shooting percentage this season? He made 34 of 66 three-point shots (51.5%). Trey Thompkins is ninth (27 of 57, 47.4%).
...Reyes is third all-time in two-pointers made (831) and second in free throws made (837)?
...Anthony Randolph and Dontaye Draper are the only two Madrid players who were at last year's Final Four? Draper and Randolph were there with Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar.
...Gustavo Ayon leads the 2016-17 EuroLeague in two-point shooting percentage? He hit 155 of 217 shots inside the arc (71.4%). Othello Hunter ranks sixth in that list (110-of-168, 65.5%).