The NBA and European basketball drink from a variety of sources, and this is what EuroBasket shows us openly.
In Europe, this is not a time for fickleness and self-centeredness. The stars – and many of them have moved to the NBA – have been left alone, failing when the group was not with them. Greece’s Antetokounmpo, Finland’s Markkanan, Slovenia’s Doncic and Serbia’s Jokic will be first, second, fourth and fifth respectively in the tournament scoring average, but none of them have reached the semi-finals.
Spain and France, the two finalists tonight, offer us the opposite. They are the product of a collective spirit, something that is not seen in the NBA, at least not outright.
Sergio Scariolo’s outfit maximizes that look.
There are some similarities between this team and Luis Enrique’s Football Spain. While putting the puzzle together, Scariolo and Luis Enrique lock themselves in a darkened room, lock it, sit down at the desk and light the lamp and move the pieces with a monocle, tweezers and contact glue. go.
(The context is timely: the football World Cup is already on the horizon)
Armed with structure, the result feels gray and confining, and casts doubts in the environment, which wonders about the absence of this or that, often a dazzling figure, and yet the team shoots up and down as it goes to the tournament. And as the compact progresses, it becomes exceptionally symmetrical.
There will be no stars in this final: neither Doncic, nor Jokic, nor Markkanan, nor Antetokounmpo.
When Lorenzo Brown doesn’t grow up, Rudy Fernandez emerges, or Osman Garuba, or Dario Brizuela, or Hernangomez.
– You and your brothers, do not you feel the pressure, the responsibility of inheriting the role of the Gasol brothers? Willie Hernangomez has been asked on frequent occasions.
When he hears the reflection, the giant canary looks down and shakes his head.
And he says no.
-Marc (Gasol) is only one, Pau is only one and Willy and Juancho are also only one. The key to our success is unity – it responds.
Like Antetokounmpo, Markkanen, Doncic and Jokic, Willy Hernangómez also plays in the NBA (Pelicans).
But unlike those stars, the Canarian center plays a minor role in the American professional league and doesn’t shine with its own light (or only) in EuroBasket, as his stats are more discreet. Willie Hernangomez is tenth in scoring per game with 21.6 and 18th in rebounding with 6.8.
Those are remarkable numbers, undoubtedly the best of Scariolo’s team (he is Spain’s top scorer and rebounder at this EuroBasket), but they are by no means the data of a decisive player, and this description tells us what this Spain plays. Is. Triumph and triumph (with this, he already has seven consecutive continental podiums) even when immersed in deep regenerative processes.
Seven innovations appeared in Scariolo’s list – the coach called no azulgrana and only one Madridist, Rudy Fernandez; The Seam Breaks – Seven debutants who never wrinkle while jumping on the track. They did not make it to the round of 16 (Lithuania) or the quarter-finals (Finland), not even on Friday night, when they played for a place in the final against the Germans, the powerful of Schröder and Wagner. host.
France, another monster with many heads and many solutions, moves within these parameters.
Yabusele (15 p. per game), Fournier (14.4), Gobert (13.6) and Hertel (9.8) share points in a homogeneous group accustomed to appearing in these parts (four podiums of the century so far, gold in 2013 with) and bronze in 2015) whose game has exploded geometrically (it won 1 against Turkey in the round of 16, 8 against Italy in the quarter-finals and 41 against Poland in the semi-finals).
Like Spain, France cherishes the coral excellence.