LAS PALMAS (FIBA World Championship) - Juan Carlos Navarro is to captain Spain at the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey, coach Sergio Scariolo has confirmed.
As the team began their training camp in Las Palmas this week, the coach gave a detailed breakdown of what each member of his 15-man preliminary squad can bring to the team as they began their training camp in Las Palmas.
And he confirmed the Barcelona guard would be the leader of his team.
“He will be our captain not because of the number of caps he has earned but for his unsurpassed commitment and competitiveness,” Scariolo said.
The coach also confirmed that in the absence of Pau Gasol, he will turn to the Los Angeles Lakers star’s brother Marc to dominate under the basket.
“He is our first reference around the basket and he will take up his new role with strength and personality,” Scariolo said.
On star guard Ricky Rubio, Scariolo said: “He will amaze everyone with intuition and creativity.”
Barcelona center Fran Vazquez is in line to play in his first major international tournament since the 2005 EuroBasket, and Scariolo said: “His decision to return has given us great joy, and once again we can dominate above the rim.”
Spain will spend the two weeks and a half in Las Palmas, playing warm-up games against Canada and Cote d’Ivoire.
They will then head to Vitoria to face Lithuania and Slovenia. They also have games scheduled against Argentina, Brazil, Lithuania again, and the United States before heading to Turkey.