Capitanes de Ciudad de México

The Capitanes de Ciudad de México (English: Mexico City Captains) are a Mexican professional basketball team based in Mexico City. The Capitanes compete in the Liga Nacional de Baloncesto Profesional (LNBP) as a member club of the league. The team plays their home games in the Gimnasio Juan de la Barrera.

Capitanes de Ciudad de México
Capitanes de Ciudad de México logo
LeagueLiga Nacional de Baloncesto Profesional
2017–2020
NBA G League
Beginning in 2020
Founded2017
HistoryCapitanes de Ciudad de México
2017–present
ArenaGimnasio Juan de la Barrera
Capacity5,242
LocationMexico City
Team colorsBlue, yellow, black[1]
     
PresidentMoisés Cosío
General managerAlfonso Monroy
Head coachRamón Díaz Sánchez
OwnershipMoisés Cosío[2]
Websitecapitanes.mx

The Capitanes were established before the 2017–18 season after the Mexican capital had been without a basketball team for a decade. The team was announced in October 2016.[3]

In December 2019, the National Basketball Association's commissioner Adam Silver announced that the Capitanes will be joining the league's developmental league, the NBA G League, for at least five seasons beginning in the 2020–21 season.[4]

HistoryEdit

FoundationEdit

The Mexican capital had lacked a competitive basketball team for a decade. In an attempt of reanimating the passion for basketball in Mexico City, a group of investors led by Moisés Cosío, announced the foundation of this new franchise.[3] The group of investors accepted that the situation was challenging but Jordi Funtantet stated: "It means a challenge and a very big opportunity, a challenge because as you say, it comes back and we have to assure the fans that we will be here for them (...) we are a team that can place their trust where they can deposit their passion for the basketball,".[5] It would be the first LNBP team not economically linked to the government and with totally private investment.

The players that were aimed to be brought into this new franchise were to be a solid base from the national team, and more experienced players from abroad.[5]

The first seasonEdit

The management stated that the team's goal for the season, was to be qualification to the playoffs with an aim to the semifinal. The head coach for the season, was to be the Spaniard Ramón Díaz, who had been previously involved with the National Team, as an assistant coach. The state of the Gimnasium was improved, including dressing rooms, and the playing surface.[6]

Their first preseason game ended in defeat against an amateur side. Their first official game was played on October 13, and ended in a 90-87 win for the Capitanes, against the Aguacateros de Michoacán.[7] Their first season went extraordinarily, specially considering they were a new team. The Capitanes amassed a total of 21 wins in their first 30 matches, powered by an outstanding offense commanded by Pedro Meza, Fernando Bénitez, and Emmanuel Ándujar, who all received call ups to the All Star game in early December, along with head coach Ramón Díaz.[8]

NBA G LeagueEdit

In December 2019, commissioner Adam Silver of the National Basketball Association (NBA) announced Capitanes were joining the NBA G League.[9] Starting from the 2020–21 season, the team will stay in the G League for five seasons and will be the first team outside the United States and Canada to do so.

Logo and uniformsEdit

 
The landmark, upon which the logo was based,

The Capitanes colours consist of blue, yellow and grey. The uniforms consist of a blue home jersey with an embroidered yellow outline, and yellow lines in the sides. The away jersey is the exact opposite of the home, as in mainly yellow with blue embroidery. The alternate colour is grey, with yellow embroidered in the neck and sides.

The team's logo consists of a yellow and blue rendering of the Monumento a la Revolución, a landmark of Mexico City, with the word Capitanes, underneath it, and Ciudad de México, in a smaller typography.

PlayersEdit

Current rosterEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

Capitanes de Ciudad de México roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Wt.
G 2   Mendoza, Rigoberto 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 86 kg (190 lb)
F 7   Andriassi, Moisés 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
F 8   Álvarez, Antonio 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
G 11   Meza, Pedro 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) 83 kg (183 lb)
F 12   Hernández, Héctor (C) 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 85 kg (187 lb)
F 16   Delgado, Raúl 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 88 kg (194 lb)
F 20   James, Joel 2.10 m (6 ft 11 in) 117 kg (258 lb)
F 23   Oglivie, Ernesto 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 93 kg (205 lb)
G 27   Girón, Daniel 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 94 kg (207 lb)
G 33   Méndez, Orlando 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 84 kg (185 lb)
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  •   Injured

Updated: 14 October 2020

Home arenaEdit

 
The Capitanes home arena

The Juan de la Barrera Olympic Gymnasium is a sports venue in Mexico City where the volleyball competitions of the Olympic Games of Mexico 1968 were held. It is located next to the Francisco Márquez Olympic Pool, occupying an area of 11,152 M2.

The two levels of stands, with capacity for 5,242 spectators, surround the area of competitions. The heating zone, showers, changing rooms and infirmary are connected by exterior ramps.

Season by seasonEdit

Champions Runners-up Playoff berth
Season Tier League Finish Wins Losses Win% Playoffs International competitions Head coach
Capitanes
2017–18 1 LNPB 2nd 26 14 .650 Won quarterfinals (Correcaminos, 3–2)
Won semifinals (Fuerza Regia, 4–1)
Lost finals (Soles)
Ramón Díaz Sánchez
2018–19 1 LNPB 1st 27 13 .675 Won quarterfinals (Abejas, 4–0)
Won semifinals (Soles, 4–2)
Lost finals (Fuerza Regia, 2–4)
Americas League
4th Place
Ramón Díaz Sánchez
2019–20 1 LNPB 2nd 25 11 .694 Lost quarterfinals (Aguacateros, 1–4) BCL Americas
Group Stage
Ramón Díaz Sánchez
2020–21 NBA G League Ramón Díaz Sánchez

In international competitionsEdit

  Champions    Runners-up    Third place    Fourth place  

Year Competition Round W L W%
2019 FIBA Americas League Fourth Place 2 3 .400
2019–20 BCL Americas Group Stage 1 3 .250
Total 0 Titles 3 6 .333

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Capitanes de Ciudad de México Reproduction Guideline Sheet". NBA Properties, Inc. Retrieved May 18, 2020.
  2. ^ "Capitanes". lnbp.mx. Retrieved 2018-01-22.
  3. ^ a b "Los Capitanes, el nuevo equipo de basquetbol de la Ciudad de México | Publimetro México". publimetro.com.mx. Retrieved 2018-01-22.
  4. ^ "NBA G League Expands to Mexico City in Landmark Partnership with Capitanes". NBA G League. December 12, 2019.
  5. ^ a b Juan Carlos Díaz. "Presentan a Los Capitanes de la CDMX". deportes.televisa.com. Retrieved 2018-01-22.
  6. ^ "Capitanes, el nuevo equipo de la Ciudad de México [ENTREVISTA] | Diario de México| Diario de México |". diariodemexico.com. Retrieved 2018-01-22.
  7. ^ "Capitanes - Con un apretado 90-87 los Capitanes hacen..." Facebook. Retrieved 2018-01-22.
  8. ^ "Nacionales se llevan el Juego de Estrellas de la LNBP - Grupo Milenio". laaficion.milenio.com. Retrieved 2018-01-22.
  9. ^ "NBA G League Expands to Mexico City in Landmark Partnership with Capitanes". NBA.com. December 12, 2019. Retrieved December 16, 2019.

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