r.ubn Guerrero will be the main protagonist of today’s duel in Santiago de Compostela between Obradoiro and Unicaja. Marbella pvotu is at Fontes do Sar, with an ideal season to get rejected fame in Carpena. Now, he is trying to grow on Galician soil, not forgetting his roots as a passer and the regret that “I couldn’t help Unicaja more during the junior squad phase”. Before the duel, the pvot decided to join Radio MARCA Mlaga and MARCA.
An important week for S. Rubn Guerrero…
I don’t think it would be strange for me to face R. Unicaja. It will be when I go to Malaga. I’ve only seen a few comrades these days. It’s just a weird week because there are a few days to work but maybe subconsciously, because it’s Unicaja, there’s always a little bit more motivation.
Q. How is the adaptation going outside of Malaga?
R. It was difficult for me to adapt a little to the team’s play. But we enjoy the confidence and freedom Moncho gives us. I adapted well to the system because the game moves a lot, not just to finish it, but because you are the lead in the games. This pushes you to do more. By playing from the high post, I throw the ball to the ground more. I’m trying to expand this offensive game.
Q. Was it a difficult exit for you?
R. Maybe I had to leave Unicaja because I was the typical type: a player from Malaga and at home. That’s what leaving Malaga was for. Another player here, I am not considered a child. For my development, I think it will be good for me. I spoke with Moncho, whom I had not met until then, in the summer. He was very honest with me, he explained everything very clearly. I really enjoyed what we talked about: how we approached the year and my role here.
Q. I think you’re still waiting for Unicaja…
Of course. I haven’t watched all the games but I know the loose parts. It is striking that there is a change in the style of play due to the structuring of the squad. They are doing very well in both ACB and BCL. I wish they would continue like this…except this weekend (laughs). The demands in Malaga are always very high. It is said that you must qualify for the Cup and Playoffs every year. The point is, not everything should be thrown away if it can’t be obtained. I think we should support the team, also I see people going to Carpena.
Q. How is the transition from Ibon Navarro to Moncho Fernández?
With R. Moncho you can talk to him about anything. This helps you feel good on the track. Not that it’s easy, but I already had that reference. As seen on television in court. Very demanding, attention to detail. Ibon seems like a great coach to me. I bought it at a very difficult time to upgrade the team. The blame could not be placed on him in the summer. After we broke up, I even talked to him a few times.
It was a nice FIBA window with the choice of P….
R. I am very happy to be back in the election. I see it as a reward for what has been done in the season. I am always very excited to go to Las Ventanas, represent Spain and qualify for whatever competition it is. The work done by him and the entire coaching team around him is admirable. We’re recruiting non-Euroleague and non-NBA players, and we’re seeing how the team is surrendering all over Windows. Doing a good job and creating a group that always renews itself even though we meet 2-3 times a year.
I’m back with a friend like S. Alberto Díaz…
R. The European champions came in with more leadership, looser and perhaps more confident. With the pride of saying ‘it was us’. The reason people didn’t know Alberto before is because he didn’t follow the ACB, because that’s what he’s been doing for many years in Malaga. That’s why he came here.
Q. How is the gate to Unicaja?
R. The door is never closed by the club. Playing at home is every gamer’s dream, being this close to Marbella and your family… this is the ideal place. I will be pleased when favorable conditions are met. It will be seen in the future. It didn’t hurt me to leave Unicaja, what I do know is that it’s not better to leave the club in a better place.
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