Fuenlabrada fires head coach Luis Casimiro

Casimiro coached 2015 NBA Draft prospect Moussa Diagne

Photo courtesy of www.marca.com

UPDATE: Thursday, Jan. 8 at 16:09 CET

Montakit Fuenlabrada has hired former Pablo Laso assistant Hugo López as their new head coach.

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Montakit Fuenlabrada has fired head coach Luis Casimiro, the team’s official website announced on Tuesday.

The move comes after a 3-12 start for Fuenlabrada. The club has lost three consecutive games and is in danger of relegation to LEB ORO — Spain’s second-tier league — as they share the ACB’s worst record with Baloncesto Sevilla.

UPDATE: Tuesday, Jan. 6 at 21:43 p.m. CET

Fuenlabrada is attempting to hire Real Madrid assistant coach Zan Tabak, according to David Pick of BasketballInsiders.com.

Tabak, who joined Pablo Laso’s staff this summer, served as head coach of Baskonia during the 2012-13 season, leading the club to the ACB quarterfinals.

Tabak is also a former NBA and Euroleague champion. He was the backup to Hakeem Olajuwon during the Houston Rockets 1994-95 championship season, and he bounced around the NBA and Europe until he finished his playing career in 2005 with Unicaja.

Tabak previously played for Real during the 2001-02 season and served as an assistant with the club from 2006-2009.

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This is the end of Casimiro’s second stint with Fuenlabrada. He led the team from 2004-2008, but failed to produce a winning season in ACB play.

He returned to Fuenlabrada in March 2014, helping the club avoid relegation with a 5-8 record over its final 13 games.

Casimiro also led Manresa to its only ACB Championship in the 1997-98 season.

The club’s decision to fire him could impact the performance of Moussa Diagne, a 2015 NBA Draft prospect who has become one of the most exciting young players in Spain.

Diagne, 20, is averaging 4.4 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.1 blocked shots in 15 minutes per game. He is shooting 51 percent from the field and 80 percent from the free throw line.

The two best games of Diagne’s career have come this season against the league’s most high-profile teams. The Senegal native posted 11 points and 11 rebounds against both Real Madrid and FC Barcelona — teams loaded with former NBA players and draft picks.

Diagne, a 6’10” center, jumped to No. 4 in DraftExpress.com’s International 1994 rankings after his strong performances.

Diagne and Fuenlabrada play their next game on Sunday, Jan. 11 when they host Iberostar Tenerife (6-9). Tip-off is scheduled for 19:30 CET (1:30 p.m. ET).

Austin Green runs LosCrossovers.com from Madrid, Spain with the occasional help of his friends and colleagues.

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