Italian coach Sergio Scariolo has been linked with Spain national team for a while and eventually he was announced as the new head coach. Scariolo is currently working in Russia with Khimki. One of Spain NT members Jorge Garbajosa is also playing there.
There will be some pressure on Scariolo as defending World Champions will targetting gold in Eurobasket 2009. Though it won't be a new thing for him as he has been working with the top level teams in Europe since 1997. 48-year-old coach was in charge of three Spanish basketball giants: TAU Ceramica, Real Madrid and Unicaja.
Spain will play in Group C in Eurobasket 2009 against Great Britain, Serbia and Slovenia.