Sergio Scariolo Rumors
Virtus Bologna’s win over LBA newcomer Tortona in SuperCup Quarterfinal game yesterday night was overshadowed by a serious injury occurred to Nigerian center Ekpe Udoh, who appears to have injured his patellar tendon in a no-contact situation. Former Fenerbahce center was taken out of the court in a stretcher and after the game coach Sergio Scariolo confirmed the seriousness of the injury, adding that the team will look for a replacement in the market: “He’s our cornerstone, both on attack and on defense. It’s dramatic, I hope that it serves to understand that you need to respect the players. Here there are stickers on the court everywhere, in the NBA it’s not the case. We will look for a replacement”.
“We are in shock and worried,” Scariolo said after the game on Udoh’s injury. The Italian coach spoke against the use of slippery stickers on basketball floors which have often caused players to hurt themselves.
Former 8th pick and the New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina could be back playing in Europe. On Saturday, the head coach of Virtus Bologna, Sergio Scariolo, revealed that Nico Mannion will miss the beginning of the season and that the club is looking for a replacement. According to the Gazzetta dello Sport and La Repubblica, Ntilikina is one of the Virtus’ targets. However, reports say that the French point guard is not the first name on the Italian club list.
Orazio Cauchi: An interesting note from Sergio Scariolo’s press conference: the coach said that Chris Chiozza, who negotiated with Virtus before agreeing to a two-way contract with the Warriors, might get an Italian passport in the upcoming future.
Ben Golliver: Spain coach Sergio Scariolo on the end of an era: “This is a time to really enjoy the moment. Being a part of a legend is a privilege. … I couldn’t even dream of anything like this when I took over. … Our link will be there forever.”
Two different emerging stories after Spain claims the win, 81-71, against Argentina on Thursday. Ricky Rubio after recovering from an early injury punched in a team-high 26 points, also a personal-best in FIBA competitions. He was coming off 22 points in the opener. He made 8/13 field goals, including 5/6 threes in his second appearance in Tokyo’s Saitama Super Arena. The team led by Sergio Scariolo fought its way out of a nine-point hole and remained in charge for most of the Group C fixture of the Olympic Games basketball tournament.
Carlos Alocen has not traveled with the Spanish national team to Las Vegas as a precaution after learning he was in close contact with a person since testing positive for coronavirus, the Spanish Basketball Federation announced Thursday. Alocen, 20, was not expected to make the final cut for the Olympic Games squad. However, head coach Sergio Scariolo wanted to test all remaining 14 players against the USA at Las Vegas on Sunday.