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“So far everything has exceeded my expectations. People talk a lot about Real Madrid, about how big the club really is, and I have seen that over the last weeks. I’m glad that I made the decision to move here.” When asked about the team’s magnitude, he answered: “In the United States everyone knows Real Madrid. When you hear that name you think of a winning team, with a lot of titles and great organization. They are comparable with NBA teams. So I didn’t’ have to do much explaining to people.”
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“I’m very happy that I took part in an historical cycle. This was unthinkable to me,” Nocioni said. “I thought about being in the Olympic Games once, and now I’m retiring with four, there is no way to explain this rationally. When I was a little kid everything I just wanted was to defend this jersey and play a South American (championship). It’s incredible, it just has been an incredible career.”
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Andres Nocioni, a scrappy, ornery forward known mostly for his time with the Chicago Bulls, is four years removed from his last NBA game but showed that he’s still got game as he recorded a tournament-high 37 points with eight 3-pointers, including a ridiculous, fading bomb from the left corner to force the first overtime. Argentina needed Nocioni’s heroics in a game in which Scola fouled out and Ginobili struggled to even hit the rim on some shots. Afterward, Nocioni was asked if the win against the team he called “our eternal rival” was any more special since it might be the final ride with his long-time teammates and he laughed. “It was the last ride four years ago,” Nocioni said. “Maybe we coming back in Tokyo. You never know.”