Sergio Scariolo Rumors
Despite the FIBA ban imposed to the Spanish national team for Eurobasket 2017 and also the threat about the Olympics, coach Sergio Scariolo believes that the “La Furia Roja” will be in Rio. As he said to Marca.com: “I can not conceive the Games without the Spanish team that won on the court the right to participate. Those who have to work in order to resolve this situation are doing well, We work as if there is no possibility to miss the Olympics”.
“Marc is hoping to be there, but health comes first and the main thing is he recovers 100 percent,” Scariolo told the Spanish media yesterday. “When the time comes, he will tell us what’s his situation and his club’s opinion because with Marc there’s a lot of factors at play. I wish it was only up to him to make the decision.”
“I have no plans to coach a club this season because there are the Olympic Games next summer” Scariolo told Il Corriere dello Sport. “I hope I can get a call from the NBA next summer, maybe better than the one I received this summer. Never say never but my target is the NBA” added Scariolo.
The two finalists have so much in common, says Scariolo, who confirmed to ESPN.com that he will look to land a seat on an NBA bench once the 2016 Olympics are done. “It is certainly not the two teams with the most talent. That’s obvious and evident. “But in theory, we can consider ourselves equal in qualities that are more intangible than the two teams [France and Serbia] going for the bronze medal. But, in sport you admit there is a margin for mental force, for the spirit of team, for tactics, for other factors that contribute to quality.”
Gasol is battling an injury and Spanish team doctors wanted to limit his minutes — but Gasol would have none of it. From Nikos Varlas at EuroHoops.net. As Spanish coach Sergio Scariolo revealed in the press conference: “The doctors told me that Pau couldn’t play more than five minutes straight. But after the first five minutes, when I asked him to come to bench he told me now. “I will take the risk”, he answered me and he had an amazing game”.