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Pablo Laso's era in Real Madrid is likely to come to an end as Chus Mateo will start the 2022-23 season as a new team's head coach, El Espanol reports.

3-pointers this season

35%
9,6
Points made: 9,6
Accuracy: 35,3%
Place in standings: 3
Record max: 18
Record min: 1
Most made 3FGs: Sergio Llull

For the Royal club, Pablo Laso's health is the priority. According to Marca, Laso claims to be fully recovered from the heart problems and is eager to return to the bench and complete the remaining year of his contract, but Real do not want to take a risk.

El Espanol reports that Real have offered Laso all kinds of proposals in recent weeks. The club is willing to pay for the remaining year in the contract, despite Laso missing the entire upcoming season. However, the Spanish mastermind rejected the offers, and he's looking at the possibility of working for another team.

Real gave the coach some time to reflect, and he agreed to answer definitively in the coming days, the report says.

Real have told the head coach that it is only a decision for his health and that he has nothing to do with the sporting aspect. Real Madrid have no intention of hiring a new coach, whatever Laso's response may be.

The 54-year-old Pablo Laso suffered a myocardial infarction on June 5, just a few hours after leading Real in the second match against Baskonia in the ACB league semifinals.

Despite such events, Laso rejoined Real's practices before the ACB final series against FC Barcelona and celebrated the victory with the rest of the team. El Espanol claims that at all times, Real recommended Laso stay at home and rest. The team's doctors also didn't support such a decision.

Currently, Laso takes medication due to the consequences of the heart attack. He must avoid high-stress situations.

Real have bad memories from the past when the former team's head coach Ignacio Pinedo died after suffering a heart attack in the 1991 Korac Cup final. Therefore, Real do not want to take the risk with Laso and suffer another possible tragedy. 

Medical reports also advise against the immediate Laso's return to coaching.

Pablo Laso has been a head coach of Real since 2011. During his long tenure in the Spanish capital, he won the EuroLeague title twice in 2015 and 2018 and navigated the squad to six Spanish league trophies, six Spanish Cups, and six Spanish Super Cups.

Real Madrid

Position Player Status
PG Carlos Alocen Signed until 2024
PG Nigel Williams-Goss Signed until 2022 +1
SG Alberto Abalde Signed until 2025
SF Adam Hanga Signed until 2023
SF/PF Gabriel Deck Signed until 2024
PF Anthony Randolph Signed until 2023
PF Guerschon Yabusele Signed until 2025
C Walter Tavares Signed until 2024
C Vincent Poirier Signed until 2024
Coach Pablo Laso
Expired contract Thomas Heurtel (will not return), Sergio Llull, Fabien Causeur, Rudy Fernandez, Jeffery Taylor (will not return), Trey Thompkins (will not return)
Rumored to leave Pablo Laso (story), Nigel Williams-Goss
Interested Sergio Llull, Rudy Fernandez, Mario Hezonja (story), Pierria Henry, Dzanan Musa (story), Sergio Rodriguez (story), Fabien Causeur (story)

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