The National Team is measured against Iran in a Fonteta that has already hung the “sold out” sign. The game will start at 4:00 p.m. (3:00 p.m. in the Canary Islands) and can be followed live on television through Cuatro. For this first test, in which he will distribute the minutes a lot, Scariolo will have the 18 players called up.
It will be a return to the special court. Pau Gasol will play a match with Spain almost four years after his last appearance in the match for the bronze of the EuroBasket in 2017. Sergio Rodríguez also dons the shirt of the National Team after playing his last match in the 2018 World Cup. And Abrines since 2017.
Marc Gasol, Rudy Fernández, Ricky Rubio, Víctor Claver, Sergio Llull, Juancho Hernangómez, Pierre Oriola and Willy Hernangómez they meet again with an official match with the last shock still on their retina, and it was the final of the World Cup in China 2019.
In addition to the comebacks, players like Sergi Martínez and Usman Garuba they will be able to add their first internationality with the Absolute Selection.
The memory of the last game between Spain and Iran is also recent, and it is that both countries met in the group stage of the World Cup. The clash was resolved with victory (73-65) and confirmed that the national team would enter the final phase of the championship as the first in the group. In total, there are four times that both teams have met and in all of them Spain has added a victory.
After this clash, the team will return to Madrid, where it will continue working on its preparation and on the next clash of the Tour, another Spain-Iran, but this time at the WiZink Center (July 5, 8:00 p.m.).
This match will be followed by the appointment of Malaga. On Thursday, July 8, the Spanish men’s teams (7:30 p.m.) and women (10:00 p.m.) will play a double confrontation against France at the Martín Carpena.
Scariolo: “Start shooting and compete”
Upon his arrival in Valencia, the coach, Sergio Scariolo, has assessed that “After a little less than a week, the team is where it needs to be, far from its best shape but the work has been good, the energy, the concentration, the enthusiasm, with those feelings of creating a cohesive and competitive group . But we are at the beginning and although we have to stop our preparation phase because we have a series of matches one after the other, I think we are in line with the plans we had.
For Scariolo, this first match has to serve “To start shooting, to compete, to take a little off the routine of always seeing the same faces in front of you, of knowing what the one in front of you is doing… It is a different stimulus compared to an opponent not extremely well known although of course we all remember that World Cup made things very difficult for us until the end. It is not the result that interests the most in this game ”.