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The recently nationalized Lorenzo Brown, summoned for the Eurobasket

Sergio Scariolo includes the American point guard in a pre-selection of 22, although he also invites Madrid player Juan Núñez, brand-new continental champion with the U-20s, as a guest

Amador Gomez

The American base Lorenzo Brown, recently nationalized Spanish to be able to play the Eurobasket, is part of the preselection of 22 players facilitated this Thursday by Sergio Scariolo for the continental championship that will begin on September 1. The American player, who last season played for the Russian Unics Kazan and signed for Maccabi Tel Aviv, has no connection with Spain nor has he gone through any national basketball academy, so his express nationalization by letter of nature has generated great controversy.

Lorenzo Brown has become Spanish due to the numerous absences in the national team in the position of game director, with Ricky Rubio injured, Sergio Rodríguez withdrawn from the national team and Carlos Alocén also out after undergoing surgery for a serious knee injury. For this reason, just three weeks ago (July 5), two months before the start of the Eurobasket, the Government granted Lorenzo Brown nationality so that the 31-year-old player can represent Spain, although Scariolo has also included on the list, as a guest, the brand-new U20 European champion point guard and tournament MVP Juan Núñez (Real Madrid). Alberto Díaz (Unicaja) and veteran Quino Colom, a new Bàsquet Girona player and one of the five world champions called up, have also been shortlisted for this position, along with Rudy Fernández, Sergio Llull, Willy and Juancho Hernangómez.

After the farewell of the Gasol brothers, absent from the national team for the first time in 16 years, the generational change in the national team will be put to the test with a team that will have to be reduced to 12 players and in which experience and youth come together, with three players who have never defended Spain with the senior team, since Lorenzo Brown and Juan Núñez are joined by the forward of Estudiantes Héctor Alderete, who was also the European Under-20 champion last Sunday and was invited to the pre-list.

Brown’s nationalization has been criticized by the great legend of Spanish basketball, Pau Gasol, as well as by the captain of the national team, Rudy Fernández. “I don’t know if he has relatives somewhere in Spain,” the eldest of the Gasols ironically launched at the beginning of the month. “It doesn’t seem right to me,” proclaimed the Majorcan player, who learned from the press of the nationalization of the now Spanish-American player who blocks the progression of young people in the absolute.

Scariolo’s “positive” report

«I did not expressly ask Lorenzo Brown. The FEB (Spanish Basketball Federation) asked me for an opinion and I sent them a positive report of the player. I did express my concern about the state of the base post. It seems obvious to me that the FEB look at all the opportunities to maintain competitiveness, a necessary condition for the entire Spanish basketball movement to continue and maintain a privileged position on the international scene”, settled Scariolo, for whom “the values ​​of the national team they do not vary, although the level of talent does.

“We know the difficulty of the moment. The generational change in which we are is a great challenge. Generosity, cohesion, camaraderie, sharing the ball on the pitch, helping each other on defense and producing an effort that the fans are proud of are elements that have made us famous and admired around the world. Values ​​in which we so carefully raise the young players who come up from the quarry teams and who are very well prepared by the clubs, ”said the national coach on Thursday.

Without Barcelona internationals, since there are no Víctor Claver, Álex Abrines, Pierre Oriola or Sergi Martínez, the classics of the windows will not be missing in the preselection. In addition to Quino Colom and Alberto Díaz, they have also been called, among others, Sebas Saiz, Jaime Fernández, Xabi López-Aróstegui and Darío Brizuela, who will play the next qualifying window for the 2023 World Cup at the end of August, before the Eurobasket in Georgia (headquarters of Spain), Italy and the Czech Republic, with the final phase in Germany. Alberto Abalde and Usman Garuba are part of the call, but their incorporation to work together with the rest of the group will depend on the evolution of their respective injuries, as announced by the FEB.

The 22 shortlisted:

Bases: Lorenzo Brown (Maccabi Tel Aviv), Quino Colom (Girona Basketball), Alberto Díaz (Unicaja) and Juan Núñez (Real Madrid).

escorts: Darío Brizuela (Unicaja), Jaime Fernández (Lenovo Tenerife) and Sergio Llull (Real Madrid).

eaves: Alberto Abalde (Real Madrid), Héctor Alderete (Movistar Estudiantes), Jonathan Barreiro (Unicaja), Rudy Fernández (Real Madrid), Xavi López-Aróstegui (Valencia Basket), Miquel Salvó (Gran Canaria) and Santi Yusta (Casademont Zaragoza) .

Power forwards: Juancho Hernangómez (Toronto Raptors), Joel Parra (Youth) and Jaime Pradilla (Valencia Basket).

Pivots: Usman Garuba (Houston Rockets), Fran Guerra (Lenovo Tenerife), Willy Hernangómez (New Orleans Pelicans), Sebas Saiz (Alvark Tokyo) and Yankuba Sima (Baxi Manresa).

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