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Basketball, NBA: Simone Fontecchio: “Utah is ideal for me, I thank Alba Berlin and coah Sacchetti for the trust”

Simone Fontecchio has just signed a two-year $ 6.25 million deal with the Utah Jazz, crossing the Atlantic Ocean at 26 years of age. He is a rookie of its own kind. “Senior” compared to fresh college talents, but already very experienced thanks to the last two seasons in the Euroleague and as a protagonist with coach Meo Sacchetti’s national team.
In Utah, Fontecchio will find a context under reconstruction. The sale of Rudy Gobert to the Minnesota Timberwolves and the desire to break off relations with Donovan Mitchell mark the closing of an era for the Salt Lake City franchise, unable to move beyond the Conference semifinals in the last 6 seasons of great resurrection after the gray period experienced at the beginning of the last decade.

Fontecchio delivered his impressions as an NBA player in a long interview with the Gazzetta dello Sport, of which we report some excerpts.

NBA

Simone Fontecchio, official signing with Utah Jazz

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The expectations with the Utah Jazz

“The situation is evolving after the sale of Rudy Gobert. Things can change quickly, especially in the NBA. No one guarantees minutes on the pitch, but there is a real opportunity. It is the ideal situation I was looking for. I am overjoyed.”

The qualities of being an NBA player

“In the NBA I think I can be there. I will have to be solid in defense and dangerous in archery. Of course, there is a wealth of options to expand and refine to prove that I can stay at that level.”

The moment he realized that …

“The first Euroleague match with Alba Berlin in 2020 in Tel Aviv. We lost, but in 20 minutes I had 16 points with 8 rebounds and one recovery. I was hesitant about my form due to a muscle injury in preparation. Instead I dispelled all doubts. I said to myself: ‘So you see I can play’? “.

The great maturation with Italbasket in Tokyo

“Last summer in the national team was another very important moment. I thank Meo Sacchetti for giving me all those minutes to play. I didn’t expect it. I was in a moment of hallucinatory form, I was always making the basket, it would have been difficult to substitute. personal satisfaction is nothing compared to the results of the team “.

Hear what Fontecchio said: “NBA? I have very high expectations … “

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