Luis Scola ‘worried’ about the future of Argentine basketball

On the big run in the last FIBA World Cup: I do think things happen sometimes that go against logic. But that doesn’t change logic. Logic is logic.

Luis Scola talks with Marc Stein about the future of Argentine basketball:

When you ask me if I’m worried or not, I am worried, but not because we might not win. I feel not winning is O.K. At the end of the day, you can’t invent players.

If you are Olimpia Milano and you play bad, you say, “O.K., we’re going to sign three new players.” You cannot do that with the national team. We have what we have.

Our generation was not something that was created by a program. It was just something that happened. I don’t know if we’re ever going to get another Manu. The Manus, the Andrés Nocionis, the Pablo Prigionis, we never got those guys in the history of our country. To think that we’re going to do that back-to-back to back-to-back, how realistic is that for us to think that way? I wish. The programs that are continuously feeding the N.B.A. with players — Serbia, Lithuania, France, Spain — when somebody leaves, somebody else is already pushing them out. We didn’t have that, and that’s what we need to build: some type of program for the 20 years to come.

Scola led Argentina to an amazing silver medal in the last FIBA World Cup.

Source: Marc Stein.

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