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  Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Sergio Rodriguez: "the NBA is far away"
By Jonathan Givony

Translated href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> Luis href=/profile//> Fernandez

Sergio href=/profile//> Rodríguez, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Spanish href=/profile//> wonderkid href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> seen href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> NBA href=/profile//> draft href=/profile//> stock href=/profile//> skyrocket href=/profile//> since href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> European href=/profile//> Junior href=/profile//> Championships href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Zaragoza href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> summer, href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> since href=/profile//> made href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> jump href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> lower, href=/profile//> youth href=/profile//> dominated href=/profile//> divisions href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Spain href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> toughest href=/profile//> league href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Europe href=/profile//> (the href=/profile//> ACB) href=/profile//> look href=/profile//> almost href=/profile//> effortless. href=/profile//> In href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> fixture, href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> powerful href=/profile//> Barcelona href=/profile//> squad, href=/profile//> Rodríguez href=/profile//> finished href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 18 href=/profile//> spectacular href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> 7/10 href=/profile//> shooting href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> 26 href=/profile//> minutes, href=/profile//> even href=/profile//> scoring href=/profile//> what href=/profile//> would href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> been href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> winning href=/profile//> basket href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> Barcelona href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> come href=/profile//> back href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 5 href=/profile//> seconds href=/profile//> left href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> equalize href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> send href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> overtime. href=/profile//> In href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> before href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> versus href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> usually href=/profile//> strong href=/profile//> Pamesa href=/profile//> Valencia, href=/profile//> Rodríguez href=/profile//> again href=/profile//> scored href=/profile//> 18 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> (this href=/profile//> time href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> perfect href=/profile//> shooting href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> only href=/profile//> 20 href=/profile//> minutes) href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> go href=/profile//> along href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 6 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> thorough href=/profile//> thrashing href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> Pamesa. href=/profile//> According href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> article href=/profile//> below href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> best href=/profile//> player href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> floor href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> both href=/profile//> games. href=/profile//> Obviously href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> done href=/profile//> absolutely href=/profile//> nothing href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> quell href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Spanish href=/profile//> sports href=/profile//> media href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> continuing href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> sing href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> praises href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> even href=/profile//> being href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> tout href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> potential href=/profile//> lottery href=/profile//> prospect href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Spanish href=/profile//> national href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> invitee href=/profile//> THIS href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> already, href=/profile//> maybe href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> little href=/profile//> bit href=/profile//> ahead href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> schedule href=/profile//> considering href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> age. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> young href=/profile//> Spanish href=/profile//> magician href=/profile//> doesn't href=/profile//> agree href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> point, href=/profile//> we've href=/profile//> translated href=/profile//> parts href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> article/interview href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> extremely href=/profile//> eloquent href=/profile//> Rodríguez href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> EFE href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> ACB href=/profile//> league's href=/profile//> website href=/profile//> today href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> keep href=/profile//> you href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> date. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> full href=/profile//> interview href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Spanish href=/profile//> can href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> found href=/profile//> here: href=/profile//> http://www.acb.com/redaccion.php?id=20750 href=/profile//>

"Estudiantes href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> best href=/profile//> place href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> me href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> continue href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> next href=/profile//> four href=/profile//> years href=/profile//> [he's href=/profile//> under href=/profile//> contract href=/profile//> until href=/profile//> 2008]. href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> don't href=/profile//> even href=/profile//> think href=/profile//> about href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> NBA. href=/profile//> That's href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> far href=/profile//> away. href=/profile//> To href=/profile//> go href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> NBA href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> dream href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> every href=/profile//> player, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> right href=/profile//> now href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> don't href=/profile//> think href=/profile//> about href=/profile//> any href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> that, href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> NBA, href=/profile//> nor href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> draft href=/profile//> or href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> senior href=/profile//> National href=/profile//> Team" href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> 18 href=/profile//> year-old href=/profile//> player href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> Tenerife href=/profile//> told href=/profile//> EFE. href=/profile//>

Rodríguez, href=/profile//> Estudiantes' href=/profile//> best href=/profile//> player href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> Pamesa href=/profile//> Valencia's href=/profile//> court href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> F.C.Barcelona, href=/profile//> understands href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> it's href=/profile//> still href=/profile//> soon href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> think href=/profile//> about href=/profile//> those href=/profile//> tasks: href=/profile//> "I href=/profile//> still href=/profile//> haven't href=/profile//> done href=/profile//> anything href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> professional. href=/profile//> Every href=/profile//> Sunday href=/profile//> it's href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> test href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> if href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> started href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> think href=/profile//> about href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> NBA href=/profile//> right href=/profile//> now, href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> wouldn't href=/profile//> do href=/profile//> my href=/profile//> job href=/profile//> right". href=/profile//>

The href=/profile//> Canarian href=/profile//> [His href=/profile//> hometown href=/profile//> Tenerife href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Canary href=/profile//> Islands], href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> raised href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> player href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Spanish href=/profile//> Federation href=/profile//> formation href=/profile//> center href=/profile//> Siglo href=/profile//> XXI href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Basque href=/profile//> Country, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> there href=/profile//> went href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> Adecco href=/profile//> Estudiantes, href=/profile//> where href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> learned href=/profile//> how href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> deal href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> staring href=/profile//> role href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> received href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> four href=/profile//> games href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> Estudiantes href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> team. href=/profile//>

"Those href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> passing href=/profile//> things. href=/profile//> Next href=/profile//> week href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> could href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> well href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> then href=/profile//> everything href=/profile//> would href=/profile//> change, href=/profile//> so href=/profile//> that's href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> important. href=/profile//> I'm href=/profile//> relaxed, href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> worry href=/profile//> about href=/profile//> going href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> practices, href=/profile//> work href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> enjoy href=/profile//> what href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> do", href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> stated. href=/profile//>

One href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> characteristics href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> playmaker href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> creativity href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> court, href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> ability href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> invent, href=/profile//> something href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> assures href=/profile//> "is href=/profile//> only href=/profile//> possible href=/profile//> if href=/profile//> you href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> fun, href=/profile//> because href=/profile//> if href=/profile//> you're href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> happy href=/profile//> about href=/profile//> what href=/profile//> you href=/profile//> do, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> fantasies href=/profile//> won't href=/profile//> come href=/profile//> out, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> that's href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> reflected href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> court. href=/profile//> But href=/profile//> when href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> fantasies href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> there href=/profile//> you href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> stimulate href=/profile//> them". href=/profile//>

"I href=/profile//> came href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> Estudiantes href=/profile//> because href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> its href=/profile//> competitive href=/profile//> offer href=/profile//> [the href=/profile//> combination href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> competitive href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> willingness href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> club href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> develop href=/profile//> young href=/profile//> talent], href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> what href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> took href=/profile//> into href=/profile//> account href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> most. href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> did href=/profile//> right. href=/profile//> This href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> going href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> right href=/profile//> way. href=/profile//> Besides, href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Estudiantes, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> relationship href=/profile//> among href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> professionals, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> players href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> youth href=/profile//> categories href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> fans href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> good. href=/profile//> Young href=/profile//> players href=/profile//> don't href=/profile//> look href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> players href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> untouchable href=/profile//> beings", href=/profile//> added href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> point href=/profile//> guard. href=/profile//>

Rodríguez href=/profile//> keeps href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> head href=/profile//> cool href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> doesn't href=/profile//> get href=/profile//> carried href=/profile//> away href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> euphoria href=/profile//> around href=/profile//> him, href=/profile//> although href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> doesn't href=/profile//> rule href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> anything href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> considers href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> "the href=/profile//> [Spanish] href=/profile//> senior href=/profile//> national href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> isn't href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> private href=/profile//> group href=/profile//> because href=/profile//> now href=/profile//> there href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> opportunities href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> youngsters, href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> what href=/profile//> happened href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> Rudy href=/profile//> Fernández". href=/profile//>

(....) href=/profile//>

"What href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> most href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> fun. href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> distribute, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> also href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> score. href=/profile//> To href=/profile//> tell href=/profile//> you href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> truth, href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> everything href=/profile//> about href=/profile//> basketball. href=/profile//> I've href=/profile//> been href=/profile//> only href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> months href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> still href=/profile//> need href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> lot href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> time href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> adapt href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> rest href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> my href=/profile//> teammates", href=/profile//> revealed href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> best href=/profile//> European href=/profile//> junior href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> summer. href=/profile//>

"I'm href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> happy href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> my href=/profile//> situation href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> team. href=/profile//> Nobody href=/profile//> gets href=/profile//> anything href=/profile//> free href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> isn't href=/profile//> easy href=/profile//> because href=/profile//> you href=/profile//> don't href=/profile//> always href=/profile//> get href=/profile//> opportunities. href=/profile//> You href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> work href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> lot. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> minutes href=/profile//> I've href=/profile//> earned href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> reflection href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> my href=/profile//> work href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> chances href=/profile//> I`ve href=/profile//> been href=/profile//> given", href=/profile//> assured href=/profile//> Rodríguez, href=/profile//> whose href=/profile//> confidence href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Estudiantes, href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> "last href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> verge href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> missing href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> playoffs href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> then href=/profile//> finished href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> finals", href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> absolute.

 
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