the years Pass, although it seems like only yesterday when those kids without complexes defeated the united states in the World Junior 1999 to give Spain its first crown planetary. A generation that was the germ of the time more glorious of the basket national, whose booty amounted to twelve medals in the TWENTY-first century -including a gold at the World Cup, three European and two silver Olympic.
the juniors of gold will only continue to be inactive Pau Gasol and Felipe Reyes. The captain of Real Madrid a long time ago that was withdrawn from the selection, so has been the low of the Catalan language, due to injury, which has left Spain for the first time without a representative of the generation that served as an example for the young people who grew up dreaming to be like them. Llull, Ricky Rubio, Rudy Fernandez, and Marc Gasol are one of those kids who grew up watching triumph to the golden boys of the basketball Spanish and now taking up the baton to try to extend that winning streak. Because even though Pau will have in your roadmap a last dance with the selection -relies on getting healthy at the Tokyo Games 2020 to retire there-, what is certain is that the selection should look as the relay immediately… and that should come from behind.
“We have less experience and less talent so that we must have more hunger and more imagination to raise our way of playing. Before we had players that created baskets out of nothing as Juan Carlos Navarro and Pau, and that is not the case anymore. It is a challenge for the players, but also for the technical body,” acknowledged yesterday Scariolo after providing the list of the squad for the World cup.
Marc Gasol, the leader
16 players, among which there are many familiar faces and several of the “heroes of the window”, directly responsible of the classification of the team for the World Cup. “The backbone of the team is not going to vary -in reference to Marc Gasol, Ricky, Llull and Rudy Fernandez, but it is well-deserved the participation of so many players that have contributed to classifying to the equipment to China 2019. We will have to find other ways to compete,” said the coach, visibly upset for not being able to have Mirotic or Ibaka.
“Pau would have killed him for being here,” he noted, before pointing to Marc Gasol as the main reference of the team. “You are called to step out in leadership within the team and is prepared to do so. At the level of the game has finished with hunger, but physically, I was literally exhausted. I am sure that he has been a basketball in the hand, the head and the heart. His role in Toronto is different from what you will have in the selection and that will come in handy. Marc has been one of the that at all times he has expressed to me their desire and enthusiasm,” said Scariolo, who has called the players the 24 of July in Madrid, where they will concentrate for one week before starting with the tour of friendlies that, in addition to Spain, they will play against the United States in Anaheim and against Argentina, and Russia already in China.
Coincided with him Jorge Garbajosa, president of the Russian Federation, who highlighted the commitment of Marc in front of the other as Mirotic or Ibaka. “Since March, when I went to visit everyone in the NBA, he told me that he was going to be. He spoke of the concentration and of the project and I said, well, okay, that I don’t worry about it, because I was going to come,” said the dirigiste.