Garbajosa on the FIBA-EuroLeague war: ‘The best for the future is to work together’ / News
The legendary Spanish player Jorge Garbajosa is today the current president of the Spanish Basketball Federation. He is one of the most important figures in the current FIBA-EuroLeague conflict.
|Place of birth:||Madrid, Spain|
The former Unicaja, Toronto Raptors and Real Madrid forward shared his thoughts on the situation in European and world basketball to a Serbian sports newspaper ‘Sportski zurnal’.
“There is a new positive sign, that the EuroLeague, FIBA and the NBA are sitting at the table to negotiate, to talk. This is an important step forward. Communication has been closed for a long time and now it’s open. And that’s the best place to start,” Garbajosa said.
“The best for the future is to work together. We have seen in over 20 years that working in a different way is not good for our sport,” the legendary player told the newspaper. “FIBA always tries to talk, to find common ground, but it was difficult because you were trying to talk and no one responds.”
“But now the dialogue is open. My wish is to go together respecting each other’s competitions, the values of each competition, team, player”, thinks Garbajosa.
Several notable coaches including Ettore Messina, Sarunas Jasikevicius and Zeljko Obradovic have recently expressed their opinion on having to play too many games. Garbajosa notes that only the EuroLeague has increased the number of games over the past few years.
“FIBA tries to protect the players first, not to stretch the competitions too much. In fact, a summer is now free for the players,” noted the former player. “But there is another important player at the table, and that is the domestic leagues. They are making an extremely important effort.”
“They are the base, where all the teams compete, where the basketball of the countries – plus the national teams of course – develops the players”, continued the president of the Spanish Basketball Federation. “We have to respect the national leagues.”
“A year has 365 days. Do you really think there is no place to play national team games, national league games and European competition games?” Garbajosa was adamant. “There are! We just have to find an agreement. And then the players would have better conditions to develop their careers.”
The EuroLeague is attracting attention as one of the few closed leagues in Europe that tries to emulate the NBA. Garbajosa disagrees that the NBA model should be followed in Europe. “I hear the NBA is a closed league and it’s the best league in the world. It’s not a closed league at all,” he said.
“The NBA has, first of all, a salary cap, so everybody’s in the same budget range, and then they have a draft. And the team that’s the worst in a season, in two years could be on top,” Garbajosa explained. “Anyone who wants to use the NBA as an example, to justify the idea that the Euroleague is a success if it is closed, is not telling the whole story.”
Will we see the day when EuroLeague players will be in the national team windows? Garbajosa is full of hope.
“Our players want to play for the national team, but they also want to play for their clubs. We cannot put them in the situation of choosing,” Garbajosa explained. “They just want to play, defend their national teams and their clubs. I saw that the Greek players will play in this window, which is a good sign of collaboration. But if we establish the schedule, then the players can do what they want. ‘they want. want.’