SArunas Jasikevicius, Barça coach, was humorous awaiting Pau Gasol’s decision. “When he gets tired of golf, he still calls us. He’s playing golf a lot right now and he has to improve.”
Seriously speaking, we have no news from Pau Gasol and, for now, we continue with what we have
This Wednesday, against MoraBanc Andorra, first friendly
After his touch of humor, the Lithuanian coach of the Blaugrana became a little more serious. “Seriously speaking, we have no news from Pau Gasol and, for now, we continue with what we have,” said Jasikevicius, from the first day of preseason in Encamp (Principality of Andorra).
Barça will not have until Saturday in group dynamics with the new point guard Nico Laprovittola nor with the forward Álex Abrines. The two were the last to arrive for the Olympic event with their respective teams. Of course, those of ‘Saras’ Jasikevicius will play their first friendly match with MoraBanc Andorra at the Encamp Sports Complex tomorrow (7pm). “This is a preseason game. We will do our best and perhaps the result is secondary. We will give the opportunity to make their debut to some of the young people who are very excited as we are.”
With four Barça B players
The current ACB League champion arrives in Encamp with four B players: Michael Caicedo, Gael Bonilla, Ibou Badji and Agustín Ubal. The news from Barça for this new season are the Turkish center Sertac Sanli (Anadolu Efes), the guard Rokas Jokubaitis and Nigel Hayes (Zalgiris) and Nico Laprovittola (Real Madrid).
“We are integrating the new players little by little. Álex Abrines and Nico will not be working with the group yet, but they will play the friendly match on Monday against Limoges. Closed squad? We are always open to whatever may come up. Even so. We have a compensated squad with many options in any position, “argued the Barça coach.
The captain of the Blaugrana, Pierre Oriola, faces a new season with only four new faces. “This will be a very exciting course. This preseason will help us to polish details and unite more as a group.”
Tomorrow, in Encamp, the first friendly match at 7:00 pm against MoraBanc de Ibon Navarro and on Monday against Limoges in the French league.