Scariolo: "Juancho has no substitute in the team"

The coach speaks in Paris, where Spain plays its second friendly against France this Saturday (20:30, Four). Neither Pau nor Abrines traveled.


The Spanish basketball coach, Sergio Scariolo, assured that they "do not" have a player "who can replace Juancho Hernangómez" after the shoulder dislocation that occurred this Thursday against France and that will prevent him from playing the Tokyo Olympics at the end July

"It was 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 at, regardless of course of his talent and his qualities, which are unique, "said Scariolo after arriving in Paris, where they will play this Sunday a second friendly against the French.

"We do not have a player in the team who can replace him with that ability to be a good athlete and an excellent shooter. At this moment, the main concern is that he can operate in the way that he and his team consider best, than everything. go well and the recovery is as successful as possible to rejoin when it touches an important season for him in the NBA and -of course- with his sights set on Eurobasket 2021 ", he sentenced.

The Italian admitted that the loss of the Wolves forward "disrupts plans" because "he does not have a replacement." "So we have to look for adjustments, readjust things a little and look for new formulas. We will probably have to be a little more flexible, because the quintet that started the games was the world champion quintet and they gave us great guarantees and attacking balance. defense, being able to defend players of all roles, "he recalled.

"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," added the Italian coach, who faces this Saturday's game as a further step in the preparation .

"With two players missing like Pau Gasol and Álex Abrines, who make up the rotation, and with higher minute restrictions compared to the first game, I think it is a game to advance. We can still do some test, but nothing definitive that comes close to the formula that we have in mind, "he concluded.

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