The Honvéd is preparing for its return with careful construction

Wednesday, September 21, 2022 09:42

Márton Báder is not willing to put the stability of the club at risk by taking on too much responsibility with the certifications of Honvéd, who returned to the basketball NBI after 21 years.

After twenty-one years, the Budapesti Honvéd, which has been a dominant player for decades, has once again been promoted to the first division of the Hungarian basketball championship. After the final against Jászberény (which the Angyalfölds won with a sweep), the team’s professional management had barely two months left to put together a competitive team in the NBI as well. We talked with professional director Márton Báder about the tasks after promotion.

“Since only one team advances, we couldn’t know until the finals of the NBI/B playoffs whether we had to prepare for the first division, so time was really tight,” said the legendary figure of Hungarian basketball to the MOL Team. “Our goal was to keep the values ​​of last year’s brilliant team and to strengthen them in such a way that we could reasonably hope to maintain our first-class membership.”

The extra came last year, but you need it this year too!

The former center, who won the Hungarian and Croatian championships as well as the Slovenian championships, played in the Honvéd at the beginning of his very successful career, and has been working for the success of BHSE as a leader for two years. Báder said that last year, due to the many new signings, they could not be sure that the team would perform so well, but he considers the fight for promotion absolutely deserved.

Márton Báder (Photo: Budapest Honvéd Basketball Department)

“We lost in the first match of the regular season, but after the defeat against Veszprém, we lost the next match when it almost didn’t matter. We lost only once in the playoffs, so even though several teams started the season with the hope of promotion, we fully deserved to win the second division.”

“We had a lot of new players and we started the year with a new coach, in comparison, our game came together very quickly. We will need something like this this year as well, because although we have kept the core of the team, we also need reinforcements. “There is a huge gap between NBI Group A and NBI/B, against opponents with 4-5 legionnaires and selected players, we would not have much of a chance, but we have reached our goal this year,” Báder explained.

Photo: Budapesti Honvéd – Basketball

“Just like last year, this year too we will have several youth players in our rotation. Our clear goal and task is to make our Academy a base for the adult team. These young players can count on more playing minutes in the first division this year, but we are still planning further reinforcements. At the moment, we have a foreign player, but it is likely that foreign players will come to our team.”

They don’t think in one season

The professional director said that the goal of the team is to remain in the team and to maintain a stable NBI membership, but this is only considered as a starting point. In the longer term, the goal is a team that plays spectacular, crowd-pleasing basketball and operates with a strong Hungarian core, and the Honvéd is happy to take on the responsibility of moving basketball back to the capital.

Photo: Budapesti Honvéd – Basketball

“In recent years, several Budapest clubs have appeared in the first division, but a strong Budapest team is still missing from the top flight. Since I always thought that basketball should be about the audience and the players, we want to give the capital a team whose matches will really be worth going to.”

Photo: Budapesti Honvéd – Basketball

However, the responsibility does not end with the promotion of the game, in fact, in the current economic situation, the task of the professional director is not only to provide a competitive team to the coach, but also to ensure that the department stands on stable feet in the extremely uncertain situation.

“Although I’m very happy that we fought it out, overall we came up during a difficult period” – said Báder with a bitter smile. “It’s very difficult to plan now, so caution was also a factor when strengthening the team, as we definitely don’t want to overcommit ourselves. For the sake of an exceptional season, we do not want to take too big a risk, and I would like to be able to fulfill all our goals throughout the season,” stated the former classic.

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