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Garbajosa and the unknowns of Spain for the World Cup: Ibaka or Mirotic? Abrines?



The president of the FEB declares himself a fan more of the Raptors and confa in the presence of Ricky Rubio for the big date

Serge Ibaka, during the final against the Warriors.
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The president of the Spanish Basketball Federation (FEB), Jorge Garbajosa, explained that the "momentous" call for the men's team for the China World Cup will be "a joint decision" with the coach Sergio Scariolo and the technical director Jos Ignacio Hernndez , while he has shown his confidence that there is no "major problem" for Ricky Rubio to compete in the competition, since the NBA franchises are "showing total collaboration with international federations."

The decline of Pau Gasol, that losing the World Cup in China due to injury, causes an important 'hole' in the inner game and Garbajosa was asked if that increases the options of Serge Ibaka to the detriment of Nikola Mirotic, since only one of them can be called due to the FIBA ​​regulations. "They are decisions that we talk a lot about, they put all the elements on the table to reach a joint decision." When you have to make such momentous decisions as the call for a men's World Cup, you have to value a lot of things: composition of the template, physical state … ", explained Garbajosa before the press.

"Sergio Scariolo, Jos Ignacio Hernndez (technical director) and I sit down, we talk, we make proposals and we give points of view Of course the word of the coach is decisive and our respect towards his work is maximum, but it is such an important decision we like to talk about it to decide the best, "he added.

In an informative breakfast organized by the FEB, the president explained that Toronto Raptors and Milwaukee Bucks, the teams of Ibaka and Mirotic, respectively, are the two NBA franchises with which he has "been able to speak the last two months". "Talking with Raptors operations director, Masai Ujiri, the modernity of the plot with which they face new international stages is praiseworthy, for Raptors, having Marc Gasol or Ibaka representing Spain is a plus for their franchise that favors Their external visibility is showing total collaboration with the international federations in search of common interest, "he said about the NBA's predisposition to give players to the World Cup.

In this regard, he hopes that there is no "greater problem" for Ricky Rubio I can go to China. "After not so many years in the NBA, Ricky for the first time can decide his future and that gives him more autonomy to negotiate, I have spoken with Ricky twice in the last few days and the feeling is absolute tranquility," he said. The Catalan become a free agent 1st of July and "I can start to negotiate." "With the prestige that he has earned with his performance on the field I am convinced that he will not miss brides, I hope he solves his future and completes the procedures as soon as possible so that he joins at the end of July with the selection". .

The unknown Abrines

Another very important name of the selection is that of Alex Abrines, who arrived without playing since February, when he rescinded his contract with Oklahoma City Thunder due to a personal problem that Garbajosa preferred not to speak out of respect. "Both Alex and his agent are personal friends, I have to be very respectful of their personal situation, when we talk about contracts or ankles, knees and shoulders, we can talk about them or ourselves, but when we talk about personal situations, it's something about the player. He knows that he has open the doors of the federation and that he has us at his disposal for what he needs, "he offered.

After a list of "around 16 players" that Sergio Scariolo "announce, as always, when the national competitions are over", the Spanish team will begin its preparation and "an atpica but very exciting tour" of friendly matches. "We will play four games in the national territory and three away, we have a special illusion about the game we will play against the United States at the initiative of USA Basketball on August 16 in California and that will help us increase our competitiveness", a record on the friendly star 'against the American team.

Two weeks later, Spain began its journey in the World Cup, where it competed in the first phase against Tnez, Puerto Rico and Irn. The tournament is of double importance because the first two European teams will go directly to the Olympic Games, while from the third to the tenth they will have to play a Pre-Olympic "at the end of May or the beginning of June 2020".

On the other hand, Garbajosa acknowledged that she is living the NBA Finals "like a fan of Toronto". "As a former player I have a special affection for the city and the franchise and I'm delighted, it's a franchise that has fought a lot. Larry Tenenbaum, a man who has not stopped investing economic resources in something that has caught me by surprise. I did not expect to see them ahead of Golden State in the Finals. I hope the next morning they finish it and they are champions of the NBA ", confes.

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