Oriola left Barca disappointed with Jasikevicius and club treatment

Miguel Lois Vidal
2022-10-05 08:57

Pierre Oriola talked about his FC Barcelona's departure and how the club told him. He admitted he felt disappointed with Jasikevicius.

Credit: ZUMAPRESS.com-Scanpix
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A few days ago, Pierre Oriola announced he was no longer FC Barcelona player. The Spanish center made a statement in which he recognized he felt calm and proud of what he did during his five years at the Catalan club.

"I am leaving by technical decision two years before the end of my contract (terminated unilaterally by the club on June 30, 2022), but knowing that I always gave my best when I had the opportunity," he said.

After the official statement, Oriola was the special guest on the La Sotana podcast. He talked about his departure and how the club told him. 

Pierre Oriola

Pierre  Oriola
Position: PF, C
Age: 30
Height: 206 cm
Weight: 107 kg
Birth place: Barcelona, Spain

Oriola regretted how everything went.

"It's a club decision. You have to accept it when you're not part of a club's plans. But I'm disappointed because I still think I could have contributed more. I was the captain, and they haven't made a single statement," he began.

"I met with Mario Bruno and Juan Carlos Navarro to analyze my performance through the year. In the last five minutes, they told me I would not continue the following year. We could have avoided the meeting," he continued.

Oriola showed his disappointment with Sarunas Jasikevicius too.

"Coach Jasikevicius didn't say anything to me, and he only called me two months after I was kicked out asking if I was angry. I wasn't anymore, when a stage ends, it ends", he concluded. 

The Tarrega-born big man joined FC Barcelona in 2017 and was named team captain in 2020. Over the last five years, he logged 142 EuroLeague appearances, tallying 5.4 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 0.7 assists per game.

Basquet Girona showed interest in signing Oriola during the summer, but there is no news regarding his future yet.


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