Spain’s list for the Paris Games: Álex Abrines returns for Juan Núñez

Spain already knows its 12 players who will attend the Olympic Games of Paris 2024. The FEB made official the list of those called up by the national coach Sergio Scariolo for the event in the French capital. There is only one modification in the base that attended and won the Fuente de San Luis Pre-Olympic in Valencia: Álex Abrines, Barça’s guard, comes in for Juan Núñez, who could be his future teammate in Barcelona or jump to the NBA.


The return of Opening yourself to the national team is not a strange novelty. The guard was injured, with a fibrillar tear, after the first preparation match against Italy and did not abandon group discipline at any time. In fact, in Valencia he ended up being part of the training routines of his teammates while he carried out increasingly complete training sessions with the national team trainers. He is a confident shooter and could be Scariolo’s starting ‘2’ from the start. to partner with Lorenzo Brown. In Valencia, that role was filled by veteran Sergio Llull.

Juan Núñez, the great sacrifice

Juan Núñez falls after not finishing unleashing his maximum level in the Pre-Olympic. Although last summer’s World Cup was very interesting, in Valencia he did not play in two games, against Angola and the final against Bahamas. Of course, against Finland he played much more alongside Darío Brizuela. “Juan was injured for a while and during games it is really difficult to manage three point guards at the same time. We prefer (against Angola) Alberto [Díaz] for the physical component,” Scariolo acknowledged after his first absence. Díaz is different, defensive and vital for the Brescia coach’s plans.

During games it is really difficult to manage three bases at the same time

Sergio Scariolo

This is the call


The call is completed by base of Pre-Olympic players: Brown and Díaz as bases, Llull, Brizuela, Rudy, Xabi López-Arostegui and Abrines on the outside, and Juancho Hernangómez, Jaime Pradilla, Usman Garuba, Willy Hernangómez and Santi Aldama on the inside. Aldama and Brown were the best of the Pre-Olympic and Rudy, another point of attention, will fulfill his dream of the sixth Olympic Games.

The key will be the physique, something vital as Spain’s difficulties showed after the absence of Abrines for the entire pre-Olympic tournament and of Juancho Hernangómez after injuring his adductor in the first match. “We have fallen one after another, but the composure of the team is admirable. Both of the starters and those who have come out to support,” Scariolo recalled after the pass. Paris will be another height to climb.

In the national team, which will have a few days off after the Olympic qualification, the mood changes. Confidence and determination after the pass. “Who didn’t trust?” said Garuba, one of the most powerful voices of the locker room. “We’ll go and enjoy it, it only happens once in a lifetime,” added Willy. The 12 ‘Praetorians’ of Scariolo they are ready.


Davide Piano

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