Pablo Laso Biurrun (born 13 October 1967) is a Spanish professional basketball coach and former player who is currently in charge of Bayern Munich of the Basketball Bundesliga and the EuroLeague. He was the head coach of Real Madrid for eleven seasons from 2011 to 2022, guiding them to two EuroLeague championships and six ACB titles. As a player, he was a prominent point guard in Spain and Italy.

Pablo Laso
Laso coaching Real Madrid in 2017.
Bayern Munich
PositionHead coach
LeagueBasketball Bundesliga
Personal information
Born (1967-10-13) 13 October 1967 (age 56)
Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
Listed height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Listed weight180 lb (82 kg)
Career information
NBA draft1989: undrafted
Playing career1984–2003
PositionPoint guard
Coaching career2003–present
Career history
As player:
1995–1997Real Madrid
1998–1999Pallacanestro Trieste
1999Baloncesto Málaga
2002Lleida Bàsquet
As coach:
2003–2004AB Castelló
2004–2005Pamesa Valencia
2006–2007Cantabria Baloncesto
2011–2022Real Madrid
2023–presentBayern Munich
Career highlights and awards
As player:

Spanish League career stats leaders

As head coach:

Professional playing career edit

Club career edit

Laso played 17,378 minutes (4th most) in 624 games (9th most) in the Liga ACB (the top-tier level Spanish League).[1][2] He holds the ACB records for most career assists (2,896)[3] and most career steals (1,219).[4]

He won the 1995 edition of the Spanish Cup, and won the Most Valuable Player award of the tournament. He also won the championship of the FIBA Saporta Cup's 1996–97 season.

National team career edit

Laso played in 61 games with the senior Spanish national team. He played at the EuroBasket 1989, the 1994 FIBA World Championship, and the EuroBasket 1995.[5]

Professional coaching career edit

In 2008, Laso led Bruesa GBC, to achieve a league promotion to the Spanish top-tier level Liga ACB

Laso led Real Madrid to win the EuroLeague championships of the 2014–15 season, and the 2017–18 season. He also led Real Madrid to win 6 Spanish League championships (2013, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019, 2022), 5 Spanish Cups (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2020), and 6 Spanish Supercups (2012, 2013, 2014, 2018, 2019, 2020).

Laso also led Real Madrid to win the championship of the 2015 edition of the FIBA Intercontinental Cup.

During the 2014 ACB Playoffs Real Madrid played a rematch of the 2014 Euroleague Final Four semifinal against FC Barcelona Bàsquet. Laso suffered an Achilles tendon rupture after Madrid's loss in the first game of the series. The coach chose to coach Game 2 on crutches, which resulted in a Madrid victory.[6] Laso opted for surgery and returned to Real's sideline in a wheelchair in game 4. The coach would be ejected from the game by referees early in the second half and was wheeled from the arena escorted by security.[7] [8] Barcelona would go on to win the ACB championship 3-1.

In July 2022, Madrid parted ways with Laso due to medical reasons. He had suffered a heart attack during the 2022 ACB Playoffs that forced him to stay in the hospital for two days. Real had consulted doctors and cardiologists who said it would be a risk for Laso's health if he continued his job as head coach.[9]

Head coaching record edit

G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win-loss %

Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the team played during the season. He also coached in domestic competition, and regional competition if applicable.

EuroLeague edit

Team Year G W L W–L% Result
Real Madrid 2011–12 16 12 4 .750 Eliminated in Top 16 stage
2012–13 29 21 8 .724 Lost in the final game
2013–14 31 25 6 .806 Lost in the final game
2014–15 30 24 6 .800 Won Euroleague Championship
2015–16 27 12 15 .444 Eliminated in quarterfinals
2016–17 36 26 10 .722 Lost in 3rd place game
2017–18 36 24 12 .667 Won EuroLeague Championship
2018–19 35 26 9 .743 Won in 3rd place game
2020–21 39 22 17 .564 Eliminated in quarterfinals
2021–22 31 21 10 .677 Lost in the final game
Career 310 213 97 .687

Honours edit

As player edit

As head coach edit

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ ACB data (in Spanish). Archived 2013-07-29 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ ACB data (in Spanish).
  3. ^ ACB data (in Spanish).
  4. ^ ACB data (in Spanish).
  5. ^ Pablo LASO BIURRUN (ESP) participated in 5 FIBA / FIBA Zones events.
  6. ^ BasketNews. "Coach Laso REACTS To Viral Young Luka Moments". YouTube. Retrieved 21 November 2023.
  7. ^ Eurohoops. "Barcelona with a vengeance". Retrieved 21 November 2023.
  8. ^ "La expulsión de Pablo Laso. Todas las imágenes que no viste por la tele". YouTube. Retrieved 21 November 2023.
  9. ^ "Real Madrid parts ways with Pablo Laso in heart attack aftermath". Eurohoops. 4 July 2022. Retrieved 5 July 2022.

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