The two veterans are not interested in retiring from their national team now that the Olympic Games are over. “They gave it all for the National Team and they still want to play for Spain” Garbajosa said. “The seasons are long but Pau’s dream is to keep playing for his National Team” Garbajosa said.
Andrea Bargnani officially signed with Laboral Kutxa Baskonia, forgoing another season in the NBA. Bargnani was presented at the team press conference on Tuesday. When asked why he decided to make such a big change in his career by reporters, he gave a simple answer: “I wanted to be the protagonist of a major project.”
Andrea Bargnani was officially presented today by his new team, Laboral Kutxa Baskonia, and he spoke about his ambitions on personal and team level. As he said: “I wanted to be the protagonist of a major project”. This is pretty much the explanation about his decision to return to Europe, accepting the new challenge in his career: “Every season is always the most important.”
As he said in the press conference after the game according to the Spanish news agency EFE: “I do not know how I will process all of this. I love to play in the national team of my country and I feel something special. It’s very special. I’ll do everything I can but I will not be rigid in any thing that has to do with the national team. There is a lot of talent and I love being on top of the tournaments. As times goes by, I will have to leave and when the time comes I’ll do it. It’s part of my career. I can not ask for anything more. All of this is a gift and I’ll play any time I can. It will be an honor. I’m having fun”.
According to the Spanish news agency EFE, the Italian coach who is the most succesful coach in the history of the Spanish national team stressed the fact that “in a complicated tournament from the beggining” the team found its way: “This team and the players to come and the Spanish sport in general owes a lot to the veteran players on our team and those who have left in previous years. They have changed the way we see elite sport in our country. I found a great sport but low in competitiveness when I came to Spain. They have managed to cultivate ambition and self confidence”. Speaking about the tournament, he added: “We are happy and proud of this achievement. This medal is the ultimate conquest of any professional engaged in sports. I thank my players for the attitude and composure in a difficult time. It was a difficult year, a difficult tournament with two defeats at the start, which is unusual. We recovered, we stood up and we could reach our goal, achieving a medal”.