Pierre Oriola reviewed the news of Barcelona during the presentation of the Endesa League, held this Tuesday at the headquarters of the electricity company. One of the prominent names of his team, despite not being part of the squad, is Pau Gasol, whose future is still up in the air without knowing if he will continue playing.
“Since I was with him in the national team we have not spoken. I suppose he will be on vacation enjoying his family, that in the end basketball is very good, but the important thing is the family and he has a little girl. When he thinks he feels like it to return and want to return, as captain and member of the squad I will be willing to have him come back and help us as he did last year, “Oriola explained.
However, the presence of Pau has already reduced minutes and weight in the team: “Obviously it affects having Pau by your side. We are talking about the best player in the history of our country, one of the best players in Europe of all time and a full-fledged ‘All Star’ of the NBA. If this seems not enough to have him by your side … It is a very tough competition and obviously it was not easy in the last three months for me last season because it had more prominence than But in the end this is sport and I will continue working to have my opportunity to help the team. “
One more season, Barcelona and Real Madrid start again as great favorites to win the national titles: “The spotlight is always on us and on them, but Valencia has strengthened very well, Tenerife continues to take small steps forward and each time is closer to contest titles, Baskonia has also made a brutal squad, San Pablo Burgos is having incredible seasons, Zaragoza, Unicaja … Obviously the morbid is with Barça and Madrid, but we must not put aside all those teams that have been strengthened and the level of this League “.
Barcelona will defend this season the Endesa League and Copa del Rey titles won in the previous one. “It will be a demanding and difficult season,” acknowledged the pivot, who sees the new signings very integrated: “They have adapted very well. On paper it is very early to make predictions of what they can contribute, but we have already seen flashes by Rokas [Jokubaitis], Nigel [Hayes] has done a very good preseason, Sanli the pity that he is ‘touched’, Nico [Laprovittola] He has come with a lot of desire after his time at the Games … They are four quality signings that give us a ‘plus’ of versatility in this team “, he analyzed.