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Spanish coach warned Europe not to underestimate USA before 2019 FIBA World Cup

Spanish coach warned Europe not to underestimate USA before 2019 FIBA World Cup

The Spanish coachSergio Scariolo warned the European teams that there should not be many US stars to abandon the 2019 FIBA ​​World Cup but despise the reigning world champion.

Spain coach Sergio Scariolo warned that the USA basketball team will still be the number one candidate for the championship, despite many top stars being absent. Scariolo is an assistant to Nick Nurse's coach at the Toronto Raptors during the last NBA championship season.

"As an insider, I understand that a few pillars of absenteeism are not a big deal for the US team. Sometimes people in Europe don't understand that the NBA has such great talent. They not only have 5 or 6 excellent players, it is best to focus on those who appear instead of those who are absent".

The US team must bid farewell to a series of stars as they value the preparation process for the NBA season. Coach Gregg Popovich stands in front of the prospect that only half of the squad will be All-star. Many additional summoned names do not even claim the official rate at the club.

Spain team also faced many difficulties in terms of force. Legendary Pau Gasol must withdraw from injury, while naturalized couple Nikola Mirotic and Serge Ibaka both refuse to attend FIBA ​​World Cup. However, coach Sergio Scariolo believes that the current names are enough to help La Roja compete.

"We are in a new challenge, a different challenge. Many players have never played such a big role in the national team, but we are very interested in this new challenge", said Scariolo.

"Most of the names on this list of 16 players have qualified for the qualifiers, so everything at the training camp is going smoothly. We have just started and have not been able to say many things, but the whole team understand each other, wishing to fight together and not be selfish, this is the premise for us to build a fortress.

Spain is focusing on preparing for the friendly tournament in Malaga including Democratic Republic of Congo rivals, Ivory Coast and the Philippines. At FIBA ​​2019 World Cup, World No. 2 team will be in Group C with Iran, Puerto Rico and Tunisia.