King’s cup basketball
The escort of Barcelona, european champion (2015) and the world (2019) with the Spanish team, faces this Thursday at the Valencia Basket (19.00) in the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey.
Pau Ribas (Barcelona, 1987) is living in a season is somewhat bittersweet. It was proclaimed world champion with Spain last year, but an injury forced him to stay more time low than expected in his return to Barça and their coach, Svetislav Pesicis not giving too much prominence. However, he knows that the requirement of a computer as this is the maximum, and puts the collective above the individual issues. Has only one aim: to win.
- This year the crossing with the Real Madrid would come in the semi-finals. Does that influence in any way to prepare for the Cup?
- To Me it is indifferent. To win, you have to win three matches, it gives me the same order. If you win, you pass, if not, for home.
- The last two finals that were played were very matched.
- Obviously, Real Madrid has more quality and more experience in these matches. We are happy to be matched with them, because a few years ago were superior. That means that we have improved as a team and that we are in a good dynamic. This year we have the best squad possible to try to win titles.
- The last two editions have traveled to Barcelona. What that means more pressure for the team?
- Here we play to win. If we win, all is well; if not, there is a crisis. That gives us confidence. We know that with Pesic the Cups have gone well, we have won the last two titles with him, and we are good. We’ll see if we can corroborate on this, but now we only think of the Valencia.
- What was special winning the trophy in the trail of the great rival?
- Yes, it was special to win the Cup in Madrid and against Real Madrid. It was a difficult match for everyone. For us, for them, for referees… we should All forget about a little bit of that and focus on the Cup in a healthy way. In sport there is no past, only the present, and our present is trying to do it right.
- What does the fact that there is so much expectation with the Euroleague can reach descentrarlos?
- If I’m honest, within the team that we are not defocusing. A lot of people talk about the Euroleague, but I’ve been five years here and I have not yet achieved the title of the ACB. In the locker room we want to fight for the League, the Cup and everything. Now is when you begin to decide the titles, at the end of the season we’ll see how everything has gone, but our confidence is absolute.
- On A personal level, his season is still a roller coaster.
- Came to win the World cup, play well, take minutes and, in the first workout, I hurt. It is hard, because you get either way, with confidence, with the morale boost that gives you to be world champion, but the sport is as well. Dragged on for more of what we all expected, but all that is already forgotten and I feel very good, with a lot of energy and with a lot of confidence. The sport is the present, and to think in November, which looks like it was doing anything, because it is not worth. There are four months of competition, the best of the season and I’m very psyched to do well and help the team.
- What are you expecting this year?
- I came to Barça to win, not to play more or less. I’m here to help the team as much as they can and right now all our options are intact. I always want to win, wherever you are, I have accomplished titles in all teams in which I played. In this aspect, the individual role, with the 33 years that I’m going to meet in a couple of weeks, no longer is what matters most to me. It is different if you compare it to when you have 26 years, with the whole race ahead and you want to go climbing objectives. You focus on winning, the Euroleague is the only title I’m missing. I care more about the team than the individual issues.
- How long he sees playing basketball?
- Physically, I’m fine. Mentally, also. Things can change, I want to continue, but I also alargaré too. When you see that I don’t feel as I have felt throughout my career, I will decide to leave. More than anything, to be able to do other things. Everyone says it, the sport is very nice, but while you’re playing. There are many other things that can and can’t do, be with family, with friends, a thousand stories that you can not devote. When you see that I am not focused 100% on basketball, well, I’m going to another thing.
Carlos Sainz presents the new McLaren: “More compact and more thin”
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The MCL-35, the first McLaren designed by James Key, was introduced in Woking six days before its premiere at the track. The new car, with which scuderia british aims to consolidate the improvement is targeted in 2019, seems to have excited about Carlos Sainz. “It seems much finer. That touch matte paint is very good. I like it a lot,” said the rider from madrid on the car, which will attempt to repeat the sixth place of the World.
Sainz, who will share the garage with Lando Norris, not facing up to the new season as merely a transition until the revolution rules, 2021. “After the last GP of Abu Dhabi press the reset button and worked very hard to try to improve every detail of our car,” revealed the third-ranked of the last GP of Brazil.
The MCL-35, with a nose more thin, keeps the color orange, papaya, with which the team will pay homage to Bruce McLaren, the season which marks the 50th anniversary of his tragic death. In addition, the blue covers the spoilers front and rear, while on the side of the vehicle continues to stand in the gap for a primary sponsor.
Montmelo, 19 February
“Last night, after many months of hard work, our people, was the first to see the MCL-35, before displaying it in the world today. Each team member has invested a great amount of time and energy in the design, engineering and production of a car ready to take to the track for the first time in pre-season testing,” said Andreas Seidl, chief sports McLaren, in reference to the six sessions of official practice sessions, which will be held in Montmeló between 19 and 21 February and on 26 and 28 February.
The team directed by Zak Brown has announced the arrival of eight new business partners for a total of 38 sponsors. In addition, this will be the last season with the Renault engine, before the return of Mercedes in 2021.
Improve the 145 points last season, which reached the fourth position in the table, represents the main challenge for McLaren, which will be pursued by Renault, Alpha Tauri -old Toro Rosso – and Racing Point.
The reappearance, with change of ‘look’, of Ernesto Valverde after his departure from Barcelona: “I Try to turn the page”
Exactly a month after being abruptly fired as coach of Barcelona, Ernesto Valverde has re-emerged publicly this Thursday. What has been done in the Bilbao International Football Summit, held in San Mamés, which has come to receive the Award referred to, which gives the organization of the event. ‘Txingurri‘ had planned to go even following on the bench of the Camp Nou (as long as the schedule permitted) and has complied with its commitment after its cessation. The only difference, perhaps, is that he has done with a beard, a ‘look’ that was never seen in public.
In the talk that has been offered during the conference, Valverde has recognized that the only party full football that has seen this month was the duel of the quarterfinals of the Cup final between Barca and Athletic, the last two teams that he has trained. “Non-profit to generate controversy, it was a match very similar to the first game of League that we play in San Mamés”, has commented, ‘Txingurri’ who, true to his style, has not given rise to headlines grandiloquent about his recent termination.
“I don’t think if I’ve been wronged, I have to avoid it. I try to turn the page, at the end we are thinking about what has happened and why. We’re going to look forward I don’t have to look back,” he explained, acknowledging, that yes, he would have liked that his dismissal would have occurred otherwise, although, “training the club has been incredibly lucky”. For the moment, Valverde is not asked to return to the game immediately: “I plan to go to see several teams and also I want to be with other coaches to chat with them and confront issues and different situations.”
The Valverde has been one of the great names of the BIFS, which this year celebrated its fourth edition, the novelty of doing it for the first time in San Mames. In addition to the former coach of Barça, which has received the Prize Regarding have been present the national team coaches of Brazil and Argentina, Tite and Lionel Scaloni, and Fabio Capello. In addition, through video conference have participated in, Roberto Martinez, coach of Belgium; Robert Moreno, coach of Monaco; and the former footballer Gica Popescu. Among the public was Unai Emery, recently deposed as coach of Arsenal and a speaker at previous editions of the BIFS, and Javier Irureta, as well as representatives of the Athletic as their sporting director, Rafa Alkorta.
Anthony Randolph: “My job is not to smile”
Anthony Randolph (Würzburg, Germany, 1989) imposes. Not only for his 211 centimeters, also by his legend of bad fleas. And because not remembered an interview from that to come to Spain, and beyond by 2016. During the conversation, shortly before leaving to Malaga, where this Thursday (21.30 h.) faces the RetaBet Bilbao, does not engage in changing suspicions. It is not the most sympathetic of the world, but neither leaves us in no doubt that he is not here to do grace: he gets angry a lot, when things don’t go as he wants. That is not precisely what has been occurring lately, it is as solid as ever, essential as always for the Real Madrid: “My job is not to smile, I take it very seriously”.
“I haven’t really changed anything. As a professional, you try to do the best possible every year. Fortunately, I have been improving, always one step more. And I think that is what is happening now”, analyzes over a course as all they expected from him since he landed from the Lokomotiv Kuban, with the aura of wing-power forward with all the elements to have succeeded in the NBA. Only Campazzo can boast of being in a moment more sweet than Randolph, scorer of the team in Euroleague (13,7), where nearly 50% from the triple -in ACB lower your minutes-, holder always, that deadly weapon from the corner that used to powerful sunrises, as if with he Pablo Laso tried to make things clear from the beginning.
What is the reason of this stability? “I don’t have time to think about it, to sit down and analyze. We are in the middle of the season, there are many parties. I just try to stay focused, is what worries me. Could not even tell you my stats, because I don’t know“. When you try to go beyond and questions for the MVP, that they never conquered from white in any of the titles he won since he arrived (one Euroleague, two Leagues and a Cup), it also clears balls: “It’s an individual award and it would be a good thing, but what you do does not matter. What matters is to win the title. One of the worst feelings is seeing another team lift the trophy.”
This happened to Madrid in the last two Cups, that he escaped in the end adjusted and controversial against Barca. Just last year, in that outcome that sparked all the storms, it was the same Randolph the protagonist. First with the lack to Singleton that the arbitrators passed. His was after the plug that considered illegal and in fact it was a rebound. As if aguardara the question, sketch out a half-smile, sardonic, looking off to the other side and pass word. “I don’t want to talk about it.” But how…? “I don’t want to talk about that. All made mistakes”.
The career of Randolph always has lacked the colophon. Project star -was born in Germany because his parents, the military both, they were there for, but grew up in Los Angeles, left-handed dressed quickly excelled in the same university that Shaquille O’neal (LSU), number 14 of the draft of 2008, never did catch on in the NBA, despite the fact that he lived for nights to remember, mainly in the beginning of those Warriors who with the time were going to dominate. In his second season, he made 28 points, 13 rebounds and five assists for the Magic (he averaged 11.6 and 6.5 young, with barely 20 years of age), just before everything started to go wrong. As always, a transfer, the decisions of third-parties, their bones on the Knicks, where he signed another huge performance (31 points and 11 rebounds to the Mavericks), again the suitcases towards Minnesota, and then Denver… a wandering already unbearable and a project from star to drift with only 24 years old.
“I really don’t know what happened. It is something that you have to ask the General Managers and coaches. I don’t decide whether to play more or less or whether or not to extend the contract. The best thing I could move was to come to Europe and Madrid. It is the best club in which I worked, one of the best in the world, even ahead of some of the NBA“, he recalls, without play to imagine and no longer claims to return: “I don’t know how it would have been my career there. I don’t think most in the NBA, I do not worry”. What are the advantages of Europe? “Here, compete for titles every year.”
“A false history”
Cost, but in Madrid it found its stability. In the capital of Spain came into the world a year ago, his son Julian -Kayla was born in Denver in 2014-. Here enjoys the food and the wine, his passions of gourmet. And, newly renovated, until 2023, at least here will continue. After seven seasons, will become one of the aliens with more impact in the club’s history. What is clear -“I want you to remember me as someone who went out there and laid it all to win, one of those americans who came and won many titles and loved and enjoyed being part of the club”, though these waters were not always calm.
Something happened at the end of the course 2018. His performance is performed, Laso left with him and disappeared from the final CBA against Baskonia. Opened an exit door. Tidal waves that don’t want to remember. “It was not a bad time. It was the fault of the media, were wrong, it was a false story. And what shows that I am here and I just renew” ditch. “Decided that we had more options to win with others on the track. And it’s understandable. No one remembers who played, and yes that we won“.
There is much that Anthony found himself in Madrid, and not only that alias will put Samu -Castillo, physical therapist – and that you take it with humor, now, yes. Toñejo values bet by the continuity, by foreigners who stay years, against the usual rule, which is “clearly the reason for the long period of success”. “We build a group, and remains, in good times and in bad. We know how to help us, to know us. And we know how to win titles, that is something you have to learn.”
Also put a value on what he brings Pablo Laso: “a Lot.” “It’s probably the best coach in Europe. Loves the basketball. It is not only that you pay attention to everything that happens in the ACB and in the Euoliga, I called attention to his work with young players: he knows all of the new generations. And it is brave to let them play, it’s a great ‘developer’ talent and has a tremendous capacity to handle the super-star. For me it is an honor to play for him,” he concludes.
Just ask Randolph by the aura of rebel without a cause, for that feeling of anger permanent. “The fans only see a small part of my life, a couple of hours on the tv playing basketball, little to get an idea of how I am. Don’t see me with my friends and my family. I don’t care that people see me smile or seem happy. I love what I do, that is what guides me”, he reasons.
– But, how is Randolph a fun guy?
-You just have to ask my colleagues about that.
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