Juan Carlos Navarro

Juan Carlos Navarro / PHOTO: ARXIU FCB

It’s not about how something begins, it’s about how it ends. And this time around the season could not have ended on a more positive note. Everything indicated to the possibility that the team might close out the year without a title, something that hadn’t happened since the 2008 season. But the season didn’t end in disaster because the men managed by Xavi Pascual came into the final stretch of the season on brilliant form. They ended the year with the Liga Endesa trophy.

The fact that Real Madrid were the team to best in the final made Barça’s feat even more impressive. It’s logical that the blaugrana would improve over the season seeing that they had made many changes to the roster the previous summer. Every player needs time to adapt to his new team and also adapt to Barça’s unique playing style. The Spanish Super Cup and the copa del Rey were won by Real Madrid, beating Barça in the finals of both competitions. But in the second half if the season Barça became a nearly unstoppable force.

After a great showing in the Top 16, it seemed as though the Final Four showdown with Real Madrid in the Euroleague would be relatively even. Nothing farther from the truth seeing that Barça sustained a defeat so heavy that Pascual defined it as one of the worst in his managerial career. In the third and fourth place match, Barça bounced back and defeated CSKA Moscow.

Turning back to the domestic league, Barça finished the regular season in third place and faced off against Laboral Kutxa in the quarterfinals (2-0), Valencia Basket in the semifinals (2-3) and Real Madrid in the final (1-3). Winning the league after overcoming two playoff series without home court advantage is not something just any team can do, but Barça were more than capable. The 2013/14 Liga title was the perfect ending to a good season.