Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is a big NBA fan and misses the games during the lockdown. He was asked to name his favorite NBA player ahead of the NBA 2K20 Sunday game against Formula One driver Pierre Gasly who is a fan of the NBA. Courtois’ pick is Luka Doncic who came through Real Madrid’s basketball system to become and NBA superstar.
What do you love most about the NBA?
Courtois: “The NBA is the athleticism, the playoffs, how the NBA works, with the salary cap, the Draft… I think it’s really exciting.”
How much have you missed them during the lockdown?
Courtois: “We were getting to the end of the regular season and then the playoffs, which is the most exciting time of the season, but obviously health comes first. I’m looking forward to the rest of the season when it can start again.”
Which of your Real Madrid teammates would make the best NBA player and why?
Courtois: “I could say is Isco because he has some really good technique in three-point shooting, so probably him. Sergio Ramos as well because he plays basketball at times, Modric or Areola – he also has a nice shooting technique. There’s many NBA fans in the Real Madrid locker room.”
Who is your favourite NBA player and why?
Courtois: “At the moment, I’d say Luka Doncic. He comes from Real Madrid, he’s a young European. He’s dominating quite well with the Mavs; I really like him. But I also like Giannis, LeBron, Harden… I don’t really have a favourite player, but I know Luka quite well, so maybe him, I enjoy watching him play a lot.”