Sergio Scariolo: "The importance of Pau in Tokyo will be enormous"

The coach of the Spanish National Team, Sergio Scariolo, spoke about Pau Gasol and the importance he will have in the rotation during the Tokyo Games.


The coach of the Spanish basketball team, Sergio Scariolo, assured this Tuesday that he will dose Pau Gasol in the Olympic Games, although the veteran pivot will have "enormous importance" in the team, which plays this Thursday against France in Malaga (7:30 p.m. ) a new friendly preparatory for Tokyo 2020.

After leading a first training session in the Malaga capital, to which the Spanish delegation arrived this Tuesday from Madrid, Scariolo highlighted to the journalists that the presence of Pau Gasol, on his return four years later to the National Team and after two years of injuries, it is going to be of "enormous qualitative importance" .

The coach of Spain specified at the José María Martín Carpena Sports Palace that, however, he will have to "dose" the Catalan pivot and use him "in the correct way", as he stated that Pau has shown "great performance" in periods shorter times

After having comfortably won the first two friendlies against Iran (96-53 and 88-61), the Italian coach indicated that Thursday's match against France "will be a change of toughness and brutal talent" with respect to the Iranian team, and said that it will be a "tough" match and in which things that need to be "improved" will be seen.On the adaptation of the new players in the concentration, he pointed out that they have fitted in "very well" and highlighted the work of Usman Garuba (Real Madrid) and Sergi Martínez (Barcelona) .

"It is the work of many years with the lower categories," said Scariolo, who also admitted that the Unicaja player Darío Brizuela "has options" to be on the final list for the Olympic event in Tokyo, although it will depend on "how he is armed. the role "in the escort position.

This Tuesday, in addition, the Spanish Basketball Federation announced two discards that will not continue with the team: center Sebas Saiz (Japanese Alvark Tokyo) and forward Sergi Martínez (Barcelona) .

The Spanish men's team will play its third friendly match to prepare for the Olympic Games in the Martín Carpena pavilion against France at 7:30 p.m. and then the women's team, which is also training in Malaga, will also do so in that scenario and before the same rival (10:00 p.m.) .

After his two triumphs against Iran and this first friendly against the Gauls, Scariolo's team will have two more friendlies ahead, as they will meet again with France in Paris and then with the United States in Las Vegas before facing the Games , in which he will debut on the 26th against Japan and then will play against Argentina and Slovenia.

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