Atléticos de San Germán
|Atléticos de San Germán|
|Nickname||El Monstruo Anaranjado|
Arquelio Torres Ramírez Coliseum |
|Location||20px San Germán, Puerto Rico|
White, Orange, Black. |
|Head coach||23x15px Hector Bobby Porrata|
|Championships||14 (1932, 1938, 1939, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1985, 1991, 1994, 1997)|
The Atleticos de San Germán (lit. "San German Athletics") also known as La Cuna del Baloncesto en Puerto Rico is a BSN basketball team from Puerto Rico. San Germán has won fourteen championships (ten from 1932 to 1950, one in 1985 and in 1991, 1994, 1997).
Following the 1985 championship, San Germán began to develop many young, talented players who would later lead them to several more championships, the first coming in 1991 when development of these players peaked. Under the guidance and stellar play of José "Piculín" Ortíz, los Atleticos won their second championship in six years. The 1991 team, however was quite different from the '85 team. It was very young (with the exception of Ortíz) and for that reason received the nickname of "Los Nenes" (The boys). It included Eddie Casiano, Nelson Quinones, Luis Allende, Yan Garcia and Oscar Santiago, the core of the Atléticos who won the championship in 1994.
Soon after, public feuds between Ortíz and the team owner led the star center to move to Europe to play in Greece. The young players then reaching the height of their careers then won another championship for San Germán. In 1997, Eddie Casiano carried the team to victory over an underdog Carolina team. The great play of Quiñones and Casiano led San Germán to their league leading 14th championship.
A change of ownership and more disputes eventually led San Germán to trade Eddie Casiano to Leones de Ponce. Ortíz returned from Europe, but was then traded to Cangrejeros de Santurce. Both players have won championships with their respective teams while San Germán is still in the hunt for the 15th championship.
San Germán is again full of new blood and hoping to break a seventeen-year drought in 2014 and bring the championship back to City, which is considered by many to have had the most traditional and dominant teams in the league. After a few "trial and error" years, the team is, once again, owned by a local Consortium Board that is injecting new life and new hopes onto the team, as well as the fans, and airs of championship are felt through the city, as in years past.
The team's roster is formed by: