The altitude of Teide, 3,718 meters above sea level, makes Tenerife the tenth highest island in the world, and the 2.17m of Giorgi Shermadini (Natakhtari, Georgia, 31 years old) has raised the roof of the CB Canarias until it was installed in the noble zone of the ACB classification and in the Cup semi-finals for the third time in the last four seasons. A worked climb to which the Georgian pivot has made a differential contribution. The leader in valuation of the Endesa League (23.3 on average per game) challenges Madrid de Tavares (2.21m) this Saturday in a duel of giants for the Cup final (16.00, #Vamos) .
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Shermadini became fond of basketball late and out of inertia, almost out of obligation. At the age of 16 and pushed by the evidence of his imposing body, unseemly among the kids in his gang, he began playing alongside his brother at Maccabi Tbilisi. The shortage of seven feet with its market conditions made it soon to be placed in the European showcase. At the age of 19, Obradovic's Panathinaikos recruited him as a bet for the future. He took a Euroleague scored on his resume, but the shortage of minutes while doing the military with Zeljko prompted him to look for a way out. There he began a journey with 10 team changes in 10 years. An adventure in which he alternated protagonism and ostracism, leadership and survival. A globe- trotting basketball player by profession .
Georgia is a land of wandering suitcases and nomadic spirits. After leaving Athens, Shermadini made a stop at the Olimpija in Ljubliana, then at the Cantú, and it was at the Italian Lega where he began to emerge. Then he was seduced by Maccabi of Tel Aviv, but in Israel he returned to the bottom of the bench, from which he left nonconformist heading to Olympiacos, where he arrived in December 2012. At 23 years old and just seven years of experience shooting to the basket, he added another Euroleague to his record. with the Piraeus team, the one that conquered the Spanoulis troop in 2013 against Madrid. Nor was he satisfied. “I have been a substitute in important teams and now I wanted to play minutes and have a leading role. If I do it well, maybe I'll go back to a great one, ”he explained upon arrival in Zaragoza, as if he were handling a roadmap drawn in his head.
Together with his compatriot Sanikidze, he led the CAI, trained by José Luis Abós, to the semifinals of the Cup 19 years later, but he ran into Laso's Madrid in the semifinals. After the feat, the Georgian couple broke up and Shermadini went back to Greece to knock on the doors of Olympiacos. There were no stripes for him and the disappointment was quick. After another stint in Cantú he returned to the ACB, this time with Morabanc Andorra. His remarkable connection with Albicy and his stamp of being a solvent and productive player put him once again in the sights of teams with higher aspirations. Malaga seemed a propitious place to finally gain stability, but the systole also had diastole
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matches First under Joan Plaza and then with Luis Casimiro, no He finished breaking the roof of the Carpena and responding to his own and others' expectations. “He's taking steps not to be a slow seven-footer . If he is in current basketball, it is because he is trying to adapt to the rhythm of more transitions, more aggressive defenses, constant changes, taking quick shots and having to return many times without touching the ball. It adapts to continue evolving and we have to exploit its virtues, which are many. That type of player occurs less and less in today's basketball. We are no longer talking about Roberto Dueñas or Fernando Romay, those players today have grown in athleticism and speed and change many shots ”, explained Casimiro himself. He had bought a house in Alhaurín de la Torre, where he wanted to put down roots with his wife and four children, but the plan did not work out.
The destination this time was Tenerife and Shermadini wants it to be the final one. “This club gives me everything: prominence, freedom on the pitch… and it helps me a lot with so many systems for me. We have great players, one of the best point guards [Marcelinho Huertas] and he is the best option for me . I told Txus [Vidorreta] that I want this to be my last team as a player, ”he declared in May last year after extending his contract, initially for one season, until the summer of 2023, as one who finally finds his place in the world. His connection with Marcelinho has put Tenerife on the map of the ACB and also of the Cup. Next challenge to continue growing, Madrid. "I will have to be prepared for Tavares," Shermadini declared between the evidence and the challenge. Fight of giants for the final.