Marc Gasol on ACB start: 'The most important thing is that the team grows'

2022-09-28 14:59

Marc Gasol will come back to the Spanish Liga Endesa after a 14-year break this evening against Real Madrid. He praised head coach Aito Garcia Reneses and hoped for a successful start.

Credit: M.A. Chazo/FederaciĆ³ Catalana de Basquetbol
Credit M.A. Chazo/FederaciĆ³ Catalana de Basquetbol

Girona Basquet will start their Spanish ACB season start by facing the reigning champions Real Madrid on Wednesday evening.

Marc Gasol, who is also the president of the Girona club, will return to the first Spanish division after 14 years. Last season Gasol averaged 14.5 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 1.1 steals per game in the second division with Girona and helped them reach the first division.

Gasol spoke during the ACB Media Day about the upcoming challenge against Real Madrid and legendary coach Aito Garcia Reneses, who also will make the return to the Spanish ACB.

"We learn a lot from Aito, who teaches us how to improve and how we do things. He is a key piece, and we are very lucky. It is an honor to be able to share day by day with him and see his energy and insistence," Gasol praised Reneses.

The first Girona's match in the Spanish Liga Endesa comes today against the reigning champions Real Madrid, who recently captured the SuperCup as well.

"It won't be an easy start against Real Madrid and an opponent under the rim like Walter Tavares," Gasol told.

"You face a team like Madrid in the first game, after many years of not being in the ACB, and see the arena full. Seeing that helps you to give it a little more. Hopefully, we win, but for me, the most important thing is that the team grows and evolves”, the veteran center added.

The match is scheduled at 21:00 CET and will mark the beginning of the ACB league.

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