Sergio Scariolo Rumors
Sergio Scariolo is a strong candidate for Virtus Bologna head coaching job, as reported by Il Corriere dello Sport and confirmed to Sportando. Sasha Djordjevic’s departure from Virtus Bologna was almost certain when Serie A playoffs started, also considering the elimination in EuroCup semifinals against Unics Kazan and the missed chance to play in EuroLeague next season.
Sergio Scariolo is preparing for a long summer in which he will lead once more the Spanish national team to the Olympic Games. However, he already knows what the future holds for him beyond this season. According to Eurohoops sources, the Italian coach will extend his contract with the Toronto Raptors with a new multi-year deal and he will remain a distinguished collaborator of head coach Nick Nurse.
Scariolo was hired by the Toronto Raptors in the summer of 2018, he was a member of the championship run of 2019, he coached one game this season getting the 122-111 win over the Houston Rockets, and of course, he has a long career in Europe. He has won twice the Spanish league, he is also a champion in Italy and has also won two Spanish and one Russian cup.
While Scariolo was still taking part in video calls with the normal coaching staff, it would be up to those available to be at Amalie Arena to present the video edits and strategies. Scariolo had to make sure his makeshift staff was aware of the change of responsibilities. “‘Let’s make sure when a timeout is called we regroup first instead of cheering for our players,’” Scariolo recalled telling the available coaches. Normally, front-row assistants strategize together at the start of the timeout, while other staff members greet the players who are coming back to the bench from the floor. “‘Now, the four of us, we are here, so let’s get together and talk quickly before going into the player huddle and presenting what we want to do next to the players.’”
Tim Bontemps: None of Nick Nurse’s assistant coaches who were in quarantine have been let out of it yet, meaning he will be coaching with a limited staff. Acting head coach Sergio Scariolo will be back in his usual role as assistant coach.