Madrid adds Sanchez at point

Jul 03, 2008 by Print
Pepe Sanchez - AXA FC Barcelona One of the Euroleague's signature point guards is changing sides in an archrivalry with the announcement on Wednesday that Real Madrid has signed Pepe Sanchez to a one-year contract. A former Euroleague and reigning Olympic champion, Sanchez (192, 31) moves to Madrid after a season with another Spanish club, F.C. Barcelona, for whom he averaged 4 points and 3.6 assists in Euroleague play. Sanchez made a splash when he arrived to Europe from his native Argentina and immediately became a Euroleague champion in his first season, with Panathinaikos in 2003. The following summer, Sanchez was a starter as Argentina became Olympics champion in Athens. Sanchez later hooked up for three seasons with Unicaja starting in 2004, helping that team's progression from Spanish King's Cup winner in 2005 to Spanish League champion in 2006 to Final Four participant in 2007. Already considered a world-class passer, Sanchez became known for late-game shooting heroics, too. His one season at Barcelona ended in with the team reaching the Euroleague quarterfinal playoffs and Spanish League finals. "Pepe Sanchez is a highly intelligent player who is able to make his teammates much better," Real Madrid head coach Joan Plaza said of the signing.