Juan Carlos Navarro, the star of the gala, led Spain to win its second European basketball championship in Kaunas, Lithuania.
Navarro achieved 27 points for his Spanish team, followed by Pau Gasol (Los Angels Lakers) and Jose Calderon (Toronto Raptors) with each 17 points, then Rudy Fernandez (Memphies Grizzlies) with 14 and Marc Gasol with 11 points (also Memphies Grizzlies).
“It’s a very sweet moment for Spanish basketball,” the Los Angeles Lakers star Pau Gasol said.
Another important player was Serge Ibaka, who had five blocks in a really short time. He said: “This was my destiny and I have achieved my dream. It is my first year with the team and look! Yes sir, five blocks, that’s right man.”
Spain took control early and they could hold it almost continously. “No doubt it was the best team,” France coach Vincent Collet said. “We tried, for a long time we were not far but not very close either. Every time we got close they found a solution. When you lose to a better team, there is not much to say.” So of course the Spain coach Sergio Scariolo was really proud of his team, which kept its nerve all the time.
As well the NBA star of the French team, Parker, had to admit:: “That’s where we want to be as a team. They’ve been together for more than six years and it makes a huge difference. … I know what it’s like after winning three titles with the San Antonio Spurs.”
Furthermore, the Spanish top scorer Navarro earned the honor to be elected the Most Valuable Player of the tournament. It´s more than obvious that the Spanish players are not only successful in the Spanish league (ACB – Asociación de Clubs de Baloncesto) and Europe, but also in the whole world. Here begins the ÑBA
They´re looking forward to the Olympic Games and we keep our fingers crossed for it.