Orenga calls on youth; a call to battle from Lemanis
VALENCIA (Jeff Taylor's Eurovision) - In life, don't stress out over things that you have no control over.
But in life, if you can make a change when change is needed, be bold enough to do it.
Spain boss Juan Antonio Orenga did just that this week.
Abrines had some ups and downs with Barcelona this season and for some observers did not seem to merit a place in the national team but he's young, talented and has the potential to be great.
"We need to open the door to future talent and to upcoming talent," Orenga said.
We suspected back in 2011 Abrines had a big future, when he was the MVP of the U18 European Championship.
During EuroBasket 2011, Abrines also played at the U18 All-Star Game and took part in a dunking contest that got the crowd in Kaunas, Lithuania, excited.
That should be viewed as an valuable opportunity.
In 2006, Fran Vazquez had to withdraw from the squad because of a back injury so then coach Pepu Hernandez called one of the three invitees, Marc Gasol, into the team and his career has been on the up ever since.
Having watched both Diaz and Hernangomez this season, it's safe to assume that the latter is a lock for the Spain squad in the coming years. He's a beast.
Hernangomez benefitted from the excellent coaching of Aito Garcia Reneses at Cajasol and is sure to make some headlines soon.
As for Abrines' impact on this year's team, Orenga said: "He can help us in many ways.
"Alex has an incredible capacity for penetrations and finishing.
"He also can give us a defensive intensity that will allow us to rest our number three (small forward)."
He will now play alongside Spain's Thunder star, Serge Ibaka, at the World Cup.
Orenga impressed last summer with his ability to motivate players.
It has to be a real confidence booster for Abrines to know how the national team boss feels about him.
Someone else that we're going to see in Spain this summer who seems a perfect fit for his national team is Australia boss Andre Lemanis.
He has said the right things in the wake of Pat Mills' rotator cuff injury, something that has just knocked the high-scoring guard out of the Boomers’ World Cup squad.
"This is a reality in sport and every team/player has their challenges to overcome," Lemanis said.
"It is better to know this now than have a player go down two games into the World Cup."
Lemanis gave an inspirational comment on facing challenges head-on.
"To succeed at anything," he said, "you need to have resilience, belief and an ability to overcome adversity.
"The spirit and mateship of the Boomers environment will continue to serve us well."
If the Boomers players follow their coach's advice, they’re going to be tough to play.
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