Marc Gasol talked about the upcoming Basketball World Cup and the level of competitiveness in the tournament.
Here is what the Spanish center told ESPN:
On the Basketball World Cup: “I think there’s a whole bunch of teams pretty much at a similar level. A lot of things and a lot of the outcome is gonna depend on the timing, what teams pick the right time and play good games when it means the most.
So, I see a group of eight, nine teams with a similar level.”
On Spain missing key players: “We miss (Nikola) Mirotic,(Serge) Ibaka, Pau (Gasol), Sergio Rodriguez, (Alex) Abrines.
We miss a whole bunch of guys. To me, it’s all excuses if you want to make them. With the void of some players comes an opportunity for other players to step up.”
On NBA players withdrawing their participation from Team USA: “I think all teams miss people. Obviously, Team USA has so many great names that it’s different for them but also, they have a lot of talent coming up.
There’s always a time of transition for teams, maybe for them it’s been all at once but at some point, there’s always that point of transition. I don’t feel bad for them because they still have a whole bunch of talent coming up.”