“It has been a hard blow because Juancho is a very beloved member of the group, he always brings that point of joy, positivity, enthusiasm and energy that a somewhat veteran group like ours has always been very good, regardless of course of his talent and his qualities, which are unique “, has assured Serg scariolo. And he added: “We don’t have a player in the team who can replace him with that ability to be a good athlete and an excellent shooter.”
The two National Teams have landed this afternoon in the French capital, just a few hours after the double victory over France in Malaga and, as regards the Men, with the hindrance of the unfortunate loss of Juancho. But apart from the obvious setback that it represents in the face of the Olympic Games, for the coach “At this time, the main concern is that he can operate in the way that he and his NBA team consider best, that everything goes well and the recovery is as successful as possible to rejoin when it comes to an important season for him in the NBA and of course with an eye on Eurobasket 2021 ”.
Scariolo logically recognizes that the loss of the Wolves forward “It does disrupt the plans, it doesn’t have a substitute, so we have to look for adjustments, readjust things a bit and look for new formulas. We will probably have to be a little more flexible, because the quintet that started the matches was the world champion quintet and it gave us great guarantees and attack-defense balance, to be able to defend players of all roles … Now we will have to manipulate it a bit, although We have also changed it on occasions in the World Cup itself. We have to be open to all situations ”.
The coach faces this Saturday’s game as one more step in the preparation: “With two players missing like Pau and Alex, who make up the rotation, and with higher minute restrictions compared to the first game, I think it is a game to advance. We will still be able to do some tests, but nothing definitive that comes close to the formula we have in mind ”.