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Juan Carlos Navarro
Juan Carlos Navarro
Position: None
Born: 06/13/80
Height: 6-3 / 1.91
Weight:174 lbs. / 79 kg.
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Spain’s guards didn’t adjust by looking for Pau and Marc Gasol in the post enough, and then compounded that by missing all but two of their 22 attempts from beyond the 3-point arc. “Everyone thought we had won this before it started, but we didn’t prepare well for the game and were trying to play catchup the entire way,” Spain guard Juan Carlos Navarro said. “They prepared better than we did. We relied on doing what we always do, defend and get out on the break, but our shots didn’t fall, and they played with a lot of poise.”
See something else. While I assume that’s not exactly what Nic was trying to say, it perfectly describes what he needed to do after an eventful summer that unfortunately concluded with Batum committing a now infamous foul on Juan Carlos Navarro at the end of France’s 66-59 loss to Spain in the men’s basketball quarterfinals at the 2012 Summer Olympics. “What I’m mad about is what I showed to people about myself, what I showed about the game, about France, everything,” said Batum. “I feel bad about it because that’s not me. I’m human. I lost it. I just lost it. “You don’t want this type of action. I can’t do it. You can’t see that on the court. If the (International Basketball) Federation or the Olympics want to suspend me a couple games or fine me, I’m okay with that. I won’t say anything.”
You mentioned you watch film of other players as well – who are the guys you are watching? There are obviously a ton of great point guards in this league right now and certainly there are lessons to be learned from all of them, but are there a handful you focus on the most? Jeremy Lin: I’ve watched everybody and some of the names might be shocking, but the thing is every point guard does something better than me, so the key is learning from whatever that is. Players that I’ve watched – the obvious ones: Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Steve Nash, John Stockton, Gary Payton. And then you can go on to the ones who have very specialized skills: Juan Carlos Navarro and then Chris Duhon and Raymond Felton. They do things that are really, really good and better than me that other people might not see.
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Blazers coach Terry Stotts told me that he thinks he will speak to Nicolas Batum about his crotch crush of Juan Carlos Navarro but said that one incident shouldn’t define a person. “I haven’t seen the incident. I do know that things happen in the heat of battle that people regret. I haven’t seen it. There have been things in the past that have happened that were regrettable and players are not happy with it, they feel bad, they regret it and you move on. I don’t think one incident is going to define one person. Nic is a good young player. We want him to get better and move on from there.” Terry Stots: “I’m sure I’ll talk to him about it. It’s going to be hard not to talk about. We’ll see how it goes. From my understanding, he’s already apologized for it. He apologized and you move on. I’m sure it might come up once or twice, we’ll see.”
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After France’s Nicolas Batum delivered a vicious punch to the groin of Spain guard Juan Carlos Navarro, Batum left no confusion over his intentions. “I wanted to give him a good reason to flop,” Batum said. Batum was angry with the Spanish guards for falling to the floor for what he believed was incidental contact throughout Spain’s 66-59 quarterfinal victory over France at North Greenwich Arena. Asked by Yahoo! Sports if he believed his punch to the groin had given Navarro “good reason,” Batum smiled and said, “I hope so.”
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Navarro, 32, has been dealing with plantar fasciitis for a number of years. Coach Sergio Scariolo said Navarro sustained another foot injury near the end of Spain’s tournament-opening win over China on Sunday. “It was very strong and all of a sudden,” Scariolo said. “It is nothing related with his former problems. It is a probably a new injury. It is plantar fasciitis, but it is probably in a different place [within the foot]. “He couldn’t play. I don’t know how many games he will miss.”
He did acknowledge legit initial concern “when Kevin [Love] went down,” but that was the extent of Team USA’s internal fretting on this occasion. Especially when Spain appears to have far more serious injury worries — with star guard Juan Carlos Navarro forced to miss Spain’s win over Australia earlier in the day with worsening foot issues — and with Davis providing a promising counter to the hiccups with his success carrying out at least one element of Tuesday’s game plan.
Do you regret leaving the NBA? Juan Carlos Navarro: No, because there were some circumstances that prevented me from being comfortable. The team was very bad, there was the language barrier and my family, my kids, were not comfortable. So when I had the chance to return to my club to win titles again and feeling important, I didn’t let it go. Had I been on a better team, one that was in the playoffs, it might have been different.
Andrea Bargnani: Kaman, Noah and Gasol are just some of the NBA players in Lithuania this month, but there’s plenty of non-NBA talent here. @AndreaCentenari asked which of those guys I fear the most. I’d have to go with Juan Carlos Navarro of Spain. He just scores, scores and scores. Navarro has been a superstar in Europe for many years and is still going strong, as you could see yesterday.