Rudy Fernandez: 'This gold medal is perhaps the most special one'

2022-09-18 21:21

Rudy Fernandez won his 4th EuroBasket gold medal and claimed this one has the greatest value in his NT career.

Credit: FIBA
Credit FIBA

The Spanish national team beat France to claim their 4th EuroBasket gold medal in 13 years.

Team captain Rudy Fernandez managed to capture all of them. And it doesn't matter if it's a star-studded Spanish NT or a squad that experiences the generational change.

EuroBasket 2022 was another tournament where Fernandez showed his true leadership off and on the court.

He remembered his best days in the tough quarterfinal game against Finland where Real Madrid veteran had 11 points (1/2 2PT, 3/5 3PT), 5 steals, and 15 EFF.

In the final, the 37-year-old Fernandez scored 7 points and collected 6 EFF. Those numbers were even below his tournament's averages: 7.6 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists, and 8.9 EFF.

"If I had no words in the Round of 16, imagine now that we are champions," Fernandez commented after another victorious final. "I am very proud of this group. This medal is very special, perhaps the most special because we worked a lot.

In addition, I am missing my great life pillar, my father. I can only feel pride for this group of people, who have worked hard with great humility. And we have always had Sergio Llull in mind," Fernandez told the Spanish media.

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