Philadelphia 76ers Rumors
Were you more like, “I’m almost dead set on going to the NBA and will take the best offer” or “I’m only going if I have a really good option?” Sergio Rodriguez: At my age, you can’t bet it all on whatever comes. Financially, it had to be a place where… I’m not even talking about making a lot of money, but more like a situation that wouldn’t hurt me money-wise [Rodriguez had a buyout to pay]. Once that was clear with the Sixers, I talked with management and the coach and felt really comfortable and confident that was the place for me. We had discussions with other teams, but from the get-go it was clear Philadelphia had a lot of interest and I established good rapport with Brett Brown and (Bryan) Colangelo.
What do you know about the young guys on the team? Sergio Rodriguez: It’s a situation akin to the one I had with the Blazers back in the day, especially my second year. Brandon Roy already had a great season under his belt, then you had LaMarcus Aldridge and it was a young group which was winning more and more. There was a lot of progress and we all grew together as a team. Plus the atmosphere there was really good. That gave us strength to improve. In Philly, I think it’s similar. Young guys are really looking forward to winning after a bunch of tough seasons and hoping to be important players in the NBA.
Josh Lloyd: If anyone tries to tell you Nerlens is not a good player, check this out: No NBA player has ever matched Noel’s per game steal (1.8) and block (1.7) averages through his rookie and sophomore year and he has the second-highest career defensive box plus-minus trailing only David Robinson.
With Marc Gasol out of the picture, Spain have announced their final roster for the Rio Olympics that start in just over a week. Eurobasket 2015 MVP Pau Gasol is included and Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio makes his return to the international fold after two years. He also makes his first Olympic appearance since the 2008 Beijing Olympics after missing the London Games with a torn ACL. Veteran Juan Carlos Navarro makes his fourth Olympic appearance in what is likely to be the EuroLeague’s all-time leading scorer’s final international showing.