He said other Spanish athletes have also expressed their concerns about the virus and are also considering skipping the games. “It wouldn’t surprise me to see some athletes deciding not to participate in the games to avoid putting their health and the health of their families at risk,” Gasol said, adding that he was among the athletes making such considerations. “I’m thinking about (whether or not to go),” he said. “Just like every athlete, or any other person considering going to Rio, should be thinking about it.”
Lionel Messi: Soccer will be the main focus while I’m in the Bay Area, naturally, but part of me is also hoping to meet Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors. Seeing him play is magical. Everyone loves what he does: basketball fans, teammates, rivals. Our small sizes, and even our playing styles, are similar. In December he sent me his signed Warriors jersey. I sent back my signed shirt in April to return the favor.
Lionel Messi: If you watch Curry play—or, just as revealing, warm up before the game—you notice his relationship with the ball. It’s like his body and mind are always on the same wavelength with el balón . I try to have that connection in my sport too. As a child I always had a ball on me, from the time I woke up to the moment I went to bed. More than once I slept with my ball. In those days kids could go out on the streets in Rosario and be safe playing soccer even if they came back late at night. Unfortunately times have changed, and you don’t see that much any more due to the crime, not only in Argentina but also in the rest of South America. Those moments with my friends and the ball—just us, no coaches—are beautiful memories for me.
Satoransky, speaking before the last regular season game of Barcelona, said on the matter: “I have not spoken to the Washington Wizards on this issue and I asked from them to leave me alone until the end of the season. I have not discussed anything with them”.