Sergio Scariolo Rumors
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”.
Pau Gasol was in pain just before the start of the game against Poland and he had to run to the locker rooms in order to get medical treatment. However, this was the start of an amazing story. 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”. Spain’s leader led his team to the quarter-finals with an extraordinary performance, having 30 points on 6/7 from the three-point range. And while Rudy Fernandez is day to day and may miss the next big game versus Greece in the quarterfinals, Gasol is ready to play: “I never jumped off the boat and I will not do that now. We play against Greece, I will play for sure”.
Without having fully committed as yet, Pau Gasol is warming to the idea of joining Sergio Scariolo’s team and taking part in EuroBasket 2015. Before makes up his mind, certain details need to be sorted out, but his decision may well be announced this Wednesday in Madrid.
The Spanish Basketball Federation (FEB) is very upbeat on the likelihood of having this star player in the team. So optimistic are they that if in the end he decides to give it a miss, it would be seen as a terrible blow. Scariolo met with Pau last week and both were satisfied with what was said.