Scariolo: We knew that Simic is a talented player, Barcelona does not invest in players for no reason

Nice words from the Spanish coach for Teodor Simic. photo: EPA-EFE / Andrzej Grygiel

The selector of the Spanish national team, Sergio Scariolo, is satisfied with the victory of his basketball players over Macedonia at the start of the 2023 World Cup qualifiers.

Although Scariolo did not play with the strongest team (he plays in the qualifiers without the basketball players from the Euroleague and the NBA), Spain achieved a convincing triumph over the decimated and rejuvenated Macedonia of 65:94. The Spanish coach at the press conference after the match said that the young Simic who was the best in the ranks of Macedonia has great potential.

- This is just the beginning, the first match, we had players who made their debut today, I am satisfied with what the youngest showed, but we are facing new challenges in this qualification cycle. Our defense was very good for most of the match, we kept the opponent at a weak average in the field shot. We did not hit many open shots, but it is good that we created such situations, that makes me happy. We knew that Simic is a talented player, Barcelona does not invest in players just like that. I think he lacks the muscle mass to be able to cope with rivals in his position, but in any case he has great potential. He is already a quality player, but he needs more strength to be able to progress even more - said Scariolo.

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