ACB: Bara fires Pierre Oriola, another captain who leaves through the back door | CBA 2022


The player has announced on his networks that the club terminated his contract at the end of June. It is likely that Marc Gasol’s Girona will be his new destination.

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Bara has carried out a spectacular remodeling of its basketball section this summer. But, once again, the forms have failed him when it comes to treating his captain. If a couple of years ago he was not too fine when it came to closing Ante Tomic’s stage at the club, now he has made the same mistake again with Pierre Oriole.

Despite the fact that over the last few months there has been a lot of talk about the player’s possible arrival at Girona from Marc Gasol y Ato Garcia Renesespractically everyone took for granted that he was still linked to the Barcelona discipline, while trying to find his best physical shape again after a season too marked by injuries.

The reality, however, is very different: the club terminated his contract at the end of last Junedespite the fact that his commitment lasted in principle until 2024. This has been pointed out by the interested party himself through social networks.

“Today I put an end to a dream. My dream. Five years wearing the shirt of the best club in the world, defending these colors in every game and, above all, aware at all times of what Bara is and what this shield means” , says Oriola at the beginning of his particular open letter of farewell to the Barça supporters.

“I’m leaving due to a technical decision the lack of two to finalize my contract (unilaterally terminated by the club on June 30, 2022), but knowing that I have always given my best when I have had the opportunity. I leave with the peace and pride of someone who gives 100% from the first to the last daybut this does not mean that this It was not the end that I wanted in this club“, reiterates the power forward, who also wanted to thank all those who have supported him in this stage that has had such a lackluster ending.

“Thank you Pala”

“Thanks to all the colleagues I have had by my side over the years, and to all the people who made it possible for me to be part of this great family. Lastly, and most importantly, thank you Palau. I only have words of thanks to all of you. To all those who have always been loyal to the team and who have always had good words for me. You have made me feel at home from the first day and I will always carry this with me. See you soon, culs!”, assures Oriola.

This is an intervention that represents, in fact, his official goodbye to a club he arrived at in 2017, from the ranks of Valencia, and with which he has won a Liga and four King’s Cups. In 2020, after the entity decided not to prolong its commitment to a Ante Tomic who had been its captain during the two previous campaigns and after spending no more than eight years in the ranks of the club, which he arrived at at zero cost after Real Madrid dispensed with his services.

The arrival of Jasikevicius to the Barça bench was one of the keys for the club to get rid of Tomic, but the forms, of course, were not exactly up to the circumstances. The Croatian, finally, opted to enroll in Joventut de Badalona in which, year after year, he has continued to show that he still has many things to say in the ACB.

a new destination

In the case of Oriola, what has finally been his last season as a Barcelona player has not exactly been a bed of roses. The injuries punished him profusely throughout the course and he was not, far from it, a regular in the Lithuanian coach’s plans.

Perhaps at Girona, if his signing is finally closed, he will be able to enjoy basketball again alongside players like Marc Gasol or Kameron Taylor and under the orders of the incombustible Ato García Reneses. However, there is no doubt that his departure from the Palau could have been managed in a less traumatic way and that he recognized the mark he has left on the Barcelona imaginary.

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