Friday, January 21

“I learned a lot from my dark days”

  • The Mallorcan forward says that learning in his period of depression, which he has already left behind, will help him not to fall again

  • The Barça player exudes confidence in the national team, which this Thursday faces its second game against Argentina

The basketball team counts on Such with the best version of Alex Abrines (Palma, 1993), determined to enjoy his second experience in the Games after the bronze medal he won five years ago in Rio-2016. His return to the group of Sergio Scariolo, that this Thursday he faces his second match against Argentina, a team full of familiar faces and his rival in the 2019 World Cup final, this is excellent news for the sport and confirmation that he is enjoying basketball again, forgotten and the problems that made him temporarily leave the competition two years ago .

“For me it is a pride to be and to be part of this team again,” explains the forward of Barcelona, who wants to continue with the good feelings he has experienced this season with the Barça team, after achieving a historic double in the League and Cup, and maintains the same ambitious speech about the goal in the Olympic tournament as the rest of his teammates, and whose only complaint is having to miss her daughter’s first birthday Chloe, the same day of the inauguration. “It will be hard to go a month without seeing her,” he says in conversation with EL PERIÓDICO.

Single generation

“The aspirations are maximum, we want the medal. The team arrives very well. It is a group that has been working for a long time and those who have joined have done so with great enthusiasm “, he says. Abrines not only out of conviction about the team’s possibilities, but also because of the emotional component that represents the end of a stage for the generation that leads Pau Gasolbut that could also include his brother Bagasse, to Rudy Fernández, Sergio Rodríguez, Llull or Claver, for many years, the names that have made the family great.

“It is clear that our idea is to compete to the fullest and give everything. We are facing the last Olympic challenge for a whole generation of players, who may appear for the last time in the team, and we want to dismiss them as they deserve. We want the podium “, says the Mallorcan player, although he is aware that the challenge will be complicated” We have Argentina to Slovenia with Doncic that impresses, United States, France. It will be very demanding ”, he points out. Abrines and regrets the final loss of Juancho Hernangómez, that despite not having permission from the Timberwolves to play, has remained in the Olympic Village as a member of the group . “If we get something, it will also be his, because he is part of the family.”

Pau’s example

The eaves of the Barça recognizes that, in the end, it is a luxury on a personal level to have been able to enjoy the presence of Pau Gasol in the Barça and do it now also in the selection. “In the end it is an honor to be by your side. He never ceases to amaze us all after being unemployed for so long, how he faced the season and the great moment of form in which it ended. He is also in charge of playing the role of older brother, giving you advice. With me I did it in the Barça and now here, but also with Usman (Garuba). He is an example and a leader for this group. Everyone is proud to play alongside him ”.

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Abrines assures that he returns to enjoy on a basketball court and that his dark stage, which forced him to renounce the contract with Oklahoma in the NBA, he’s been left behind. “It is clear that I do not forget it because I learned a lot from that time. It will help me to try not to fall again “, explains the player, who surely understood Simone Biles’s problems very well. This interview was done before the American gymnast revealed the resignation to compete that has generated so much noise around the world .

Abrines has played his second year at Barça, in which “I had to play more in the position of three due to the injury of Claver and things have turned out very well for me. Also because I have put in a lot of work and that has made the season very good in every way, also because of the double, ”says the Mallorcan forward, who as soon as the season ended, he extended his contract with Barça until 2026.

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