Scariolo calls Ricky Rubio: “He told me that he would like his first official match to be with the national team”


Six months after the fiasco at the World Cup and with our sights set on next summer, where the team will play in the Valencia Pre-Olympic (July 2 to 7) for its ticket to the Paris Games, Sergio Scariolo He once again recruited his troops to face the qualification matches for Eurobasket 2025. A window that will see him face Latvia next Thursday the 22nd in Zaragoza and Belgium in Charleroi on Sunday the 25th and in which there was a major surprise: Ricky Rubio He is among the chosen ones.

He told me that he would like his first official match to be with the national team.. It was exciting, I was in the hospital with my mother. I told him to adjust his expectations, not to expect to be the MVP of the 2019 World Cup. That takes time. “You have to have a lot of prudence and patience,” confirmed the coach about the Barça player, who has not yet made his Barça debut after confirming his return a few days ago after more than six months away from the fields due to his mental health problems. .

A list of 14 players in which 10 of them play in the Euroleague. In addition to Ricky, the return of Carlos Alocnthe presence of the Madridistas Alberto Abalde and Rudy Fernndez (is not Lull) and the azulgranas Daro Brizuela and Joel Parra (is not Willy Hernandez). Of Juancho Hernangmez. Alberto Daz, Vctor Claver, López Arstegui, Jaime Pradilla, Jankuba Sima, Jaime Fernndez and Sebas Saiz they complete a call in which they are not even Lorenzo Brown or Juan Nez. In addition, there are six guests from the training categories. Hugo Gonzlez, Eli Ndiaye, Lucas Langarita, Jordi Rodrguez, De Larrea and Mario Saint-Supery.

A special window. Because, after the rapprochements between FIBA ​​and the Euroleague, with their old battle somewhat more softened, for the first time in years players from the highest continental competition have it easier to go with their national teams beyond the summer. Mainly because the Euroleague matchday is not played.

Scariolo, who was recently in the US visiting the Spanish NBA players, acknowledged that some of the absent players had asked him not to be there to rest or recover from their discomfort. The coach made special mention of Lorenzo Brown: “I saw him in Belgrade and I was surprised by his willingness to be in the Windows. A back problem has prevented him from being there, but there is optimism for the Pre-Olympic.”

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