Be afraid, be very afraid … Sergio Scariolo has released a list of 13 players from which he’ll craft his Team Spain for the 2012 Olympic Games. To no one’s surprise, the prospective gold-medal game side will choose from a baker’s dozen which includes five who played NBA ball, six Euroleaguers and two guys from Valencia who played in the Eurocup.
The list includes: Jose Calderon (Toronto Raptors); Juan Carlos Navarro, Victor Sada (FC Barcelona); Sergio Rodriguez, Sergio Llull, Felipe Reyes (Real Madrid); Rudy Fernandez (Denver Nuggets); Rafa Martinez, Victor Claver (Valencia BC); Fernando San Emeterio (Caja Laboral Baskonia); Pau Gasol (Los Angeles Lakers); Marc Gasol (Memphis Grizzles) and Serge Ibaka (Oklahoma City Thunder).
Not bad, eh? And now we can speculate as to who might be the odd man out. This might be the toughest decision Scariolo has to face until met with the challenge as to how to cover Kevin Durant and Lebron James when both are on the floor for Team USA…
No Rubio when he did such a good job last olympics on defense as an 18 yr old.
Serge was born and raised in the Republic of Congo and didn't move to Spain until he was 17 so it's weird that he's allowed to play for Spain.
And does anyone remember Jorge Garbajosa?
Rubio is injured, broseph.. He may not even be ready to play by next year's training camp. If he was healthy he would be on the National Team no doubt though.
Scariolo chose Ibaka over Mirotic... How long will it stay like that?
-Rubio is injured
-Garbajosa is close from retiring
Those big men.. sheeeesh points in paint will be at an premium...but those guards will absolutely get roasted
Any information on Sergio Llull's buyout?
I wonder if the Rockets will bring him over if he performs well. Could be worth a look. Seems that they would be willing to given that they bought the second rounders rights from Denver for a lofty amount. Could be a good combo guard for them off the bench...