Creus, Oleson and Bladé. PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB.

Brad Oleson is officially a new Barça Regal player. The former Caja Laboral shooting guard was presented this Tuesday afternoon at Can Barça. “I’m very pleased to be here, this is one of the best clubs in Europe. It was an easy decision, I will try to help the team as much as I can,” he declared. The American believes that he can “help out on defence, bring energy and positivity and [I’ll] do anything the manager asks of me.”

He’ll wear the number 24

The new Blaugrana will share the same position as Juan Carlos Navarro: “I play in the same place that Juan Carlos Navarro does, but we’re different. I don’t have his attributes, but I do have my own and I’ll try to show that on the court.”

One of Oleson’s first challenges at Barça Regal will be to play in the Copa del Rey in Vitoria in a little over a week. He admitted that he has a bit “of a strange feeling” when it comes to the tournament. But in any regard, he wants “to win the first match against Madrid in order to have the chance to play against Caja Laboral.” The Alaskan-born player admitted that playing against Madrid always brings an extra dose of “motivation.”

The transfer conditions

During the presentation ceremony, the director responsible for the section, Joan Bladé, explained the conditions of Brad Oleson’s transfer to the team. “We haven’t paid a transfer fee. Barça, however, are now responsible for the player’s existing wages for the rest of the season and the wages stipulated in the two-year contract he signed with Caja Laboral,” he said. In addition, Bladé thanked Oleson “for the effort and the commitment to come to the Club.”

The technical secretary, Joan Creus, talked about the player’s technical attributes: “he has the right technical characteristics for the situation the team is in at the moment. He’ll be a refreshing player for the ACB and, with our injury problems, we think he’ll be effective.” He added: “He’s a player for the future, we were thinking about this season and the following two years. We’re convinced he will be useful.”

14-man roster

Oleson won’t be able to participate in the Euroleague this season seeing that he’s already defended the colours of Caja Laboral, but according to Creus, he’ll be a tremendous help in the Liga and the Cup. “We have a 14-man roster, 14 in the ACB and 13 in the Euroleague. Big clubs usually manage 15 or 16-man rosters. The idea is to have fresh players in important matches.” At the same time, the technical secretary ruled out the possibility of releasing players from the team, and he didn’t close the door on bringing in additional talent. He added: “modifying your squad is habitual in modern basketball [...] Our philosophy hasn’t changed, we’ve only added a player.”

Marcelinho praises Oleson

Marcelinho Huertas, Oleson’s ex-teammate at Caja Laboral, didn’t miss the presentation ceremony. “He already knows some of the players on the team and that will help him adapt. He’s very capable on offense, especially from the three-point line, and he can shut down shooters. He’s very complete.”

After the presentation, Brad Oleson trained for the first time with his new team. The former President of the Generalitat, Pasqual Maragall, watched the training session.