Tomas Satoransky: "Willy has become a bit Americanized"

The Czech guard speaks to the media as a new player for the New Orleans Pelicans, where he will once again meet the oldest of the Hernangómez.


Next season, Willy Hernangómez will celebrate his sixth year in the best league in the world. He landed in 2016, selected in position 35 of the Draft and, now, will begin his second season in the New Orleans Pelicans. It will also do so after signing a new contract for three more fully guaranteed courses. Great news for your interests, as your intention has always been to extend your NBA career to the maximum. And also for Spanish basketball, with one of its present and future values of more weight competing among the best. At the Tokyo Olympics, he averaged 6.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in 12.1 minutes, being one of the main references in his periods on the track. Ultimately, a continuation of the final stretch of his campaign in New Orleans, where he went from low to high to 7.8 + 7.1 which is his best record in terms of rebounds and his second best record in terms of rebounds. points.

Will continue to grow in the Louisiana franchise. Now alongside Tomas Satoransky, who came to the organization from the Chicago Bulls as part of Operation Lonzo Ball. For the Spanish pivot, it is not just any movement, since it represents a reunion: both players coincided at Sevilla in the 2013-14 season. So their relationship was very close. The Czech guard, in his first conference before the media as a Pelicans player, has remarked: "He was like one of my little brothers," he recalls. That was Tomas' last season with the Andalusian team before joining Barcelona, from where he would take off to the United States. He comes to New Orleans after three seasons with the Washington Wizards and two with the Bullls, where, last season, he averaged 7.7 points, 2.4 rebounds and 4.7 assists.

At the Pelicans, he will be one of the main arguments from the bench. In addition, after having shone with his selection in Tokyo. He averaged 10.7 points, 5.7 rebounds, 8.7 assists and, for the anecdote, he found out about his transfer when he returned to his country. "The timing was not the best, because I was on my way home through Paris. When I landed, I knew the exchange was official," he explains. The timing of his transfer was not the most appropriate, but reuniting with Willy considers it great news. Personally and sportingly speaking. "He always gives you numbers when he has the opportunity. He is the type of player who can give you 10 (points) and 10 (rebounds) in a quarter. He always plays with a lot of energy. I always tell him that he is like a child, but in the good meaning, because he plays with passion and he cares nothing more than helping his team and playing with energy ", he analyzes.

When talking about the Spanish player, all are kind words. Of course, taking into account that the Willy who left Spain and the current one are not the same. "Now he loves the weight room. Now he is much stronger. He Americanized a bit. I'm always making fun of him. I like how he found a way to fit in," he confesses with a laugh. Together, they will have to row to improve the results of a franchise that wants to establish itself among the new aristocracy of the competition, but that was left out of the playoffs. With Zion Williamson as the total star and amid rumors of some discontent, the team needs to start placing itself among the best. For this, in addition to Sato, players of the stature of Devonte 'Graham and Jonas Valanciunas have arrived and the renewal of Josh Hart has been undertaken. New season, new opportunity.

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