Drive for 5: Oleson shoots for fifth pro championship

June 15, 2015

Brad Oleson basketball

Brad Oleson

Even at 32, veteran guard Brad Oleson can still play defense.

The North Pole star was named to the Euroleague All-Defensive First Team this season and is still called on to guard the opposing team’s top perimeter player.

His defense is a big reason Barcelona is back in the Spanish League’s ACB Finals this season and why Oleson is playing for his fifth championship since turning pro in 2005.

Barcelona beat Unicaja 77-74 in the decisive Game 5 of the Spanish playoff semifinal series to reach the ACB Finals against Real Madrid for the second straight year.

Game 1 is Friday.

Last year Barcelona won the championship to give Oleson his fourth career title.

He won his first La Liga title in 2010 with Caja Laboral. In 2007, he won a Spanish League second division title with Rosalia. In his rookie season he won a USBL championship with Dodge City.