Mirotic: "Barça needed someone like Jasikevicius"

The Spanish-Montenegrin has taken stock of the preseason and describes Nick Calathes, at the moment the only signing of the team, as "a real crack".


Nikola Mirotic is already beginning to act as leader in Jasikevicius' Barça. Yesterday Sunday, against Joventut, in the third pre-season match for the Catalans, he was decisive in the second half for the team's victory (68-75), the third in as many games.

The arrival of Saras to the Barça bench seems to have given the team a new look and Mirotic admits that "he has been surprised by how much he knows about basketball." "He is very detailed and likes to take everything to perfection. He is very demanding, but I think this group needed someone like that."

She says that her relationship with him "is very good even though we haven't been together for a long time." "At the moment, everything is going very well, we want to get to know each other better and to help each other in whatever way" .

Reveals that, "the arrival of a new coach and new assistants has created a slightly different environment, a different 'spark', with more enthusiasm and more enthusiasm in the team". "I think that is also part of that process that I have referred to before."

He has acknowledged that the end of last season, with the defeat in the final match of the Endesa League against Baskonia (67-69) was very hard. "At that moment I understood that we had failed the fans because, and I still think about it, we should have won" .

He also recalled that when he arrived at Barcelona he already said that "putting together the team was not going to be an easy process" and that they were going to need "a little more time". "I think that the defeat in Valencia caused that now we already know a little which is the way, because we already know what we can expect" .

Regarding the situation of the staff, he says that they arrive "physically well, excited, wanting to compete, with a fresh mind, very hungry for victories and to fight to achieve that goal, which is to win titles with Barça."

In the next two weekends, two titles will be played: the first, the Catalan League, to be played this weekend, on the 4th and 6th, and the Endesa Super Cup, on the 12th and 13th in Tenerife.

The Barça power forward only hopes, given these two commitments, that everyone arrives well, that they are healthy. He has been impressed by the game played by the only signing of the team, the Greek-American point guard Nick Calathes (39 points in three games) of whom he has commented, "he is a true 'crack". "I think we needed a piece like that too."

Qualifies the Palau fans as "spectacular". "I already said that I was very surprised by how they received me, the love I received on the court, from the people on the street or on social networks; something that I did not expect. Now I just hope to see the Palau Blaugrana full again again "

As for the future, he is "looking forward to continuing to wear this shirt and to continue winning titles with it, full again" .

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