After a ten-month rehab Davis Bertans is Laboral Kutxa’s latest addition. And what a great one he is. The Latvian sharpshooter with unlimited range scored 11 points in only 16 minutes of play in Baskonia’s remarkable win over the reigning Euroleague champion Real Madrid. It was his second competitive game of the season. His second game after tearing his right ACL almost a year ago.
“I feel great. I mean, I’ve been waiting for this day for a long time, so it feels great to be back on the court. And to start with two wins [against Barcelona and Real Madrid] is amazing”, he told us after the game.
Bertans injured his right knee last March in a Top 16 game against Emporio Armani. Shortly after, he had surgery to repair his torn ACL in San Antonio. The Spurs, the franchise that holds his NBA rights, oversaw the whole rehabbing process, just as they did in 2013, when Bertans torn the same ACL while playing for Partizan Belgrade. “As it was the second time, I was probably less anxious to play. I was just taking my time, just one step at a time. Not thinking too much ahead, just one day at a time”, he told us.
Now Bertans is back with Baskonia and, from what he showed against Real, he can become an invaluable contributor for a team that is thriving after defeating Euroleague powerhouses CSKA, Barcelona and Real Madrid in consecutive weeks.
“We have a very good team this season. We have all positions covered and everybody is fighting. You could see it tonight [vs. Real Madrid] with all the offensive rebounds that pretty much sealed the deal. Now we just have to think one game at a time. That’s it”, Bertans said.