DETROIT (EuroBasket/FIBA Basketball World Cup) - New head coach Juan Antonio Orenga has already made a good impression on Spain's national team players in the NBA.
The former Spain center, who worked as an assistant to Spain boss Sergio Scariolo, was put in charge of the national side earlier this year when the Italian decided to take a break from international basketball after four years at the helm.
Orenga has already visited the Spaniards in the NBA.
"We all know Orenga but with the change of coach, it was nice for him to come here and see all of us,” said Spain point guard Jose Manuel Calderon, who moved to the Detroit Pistons from the Toronto Raptors before last month´s trade deadline.
"It was a nice touch that he took time to come and see each of us.
"He wanted to let us know that he would be there for us, that everything would remain the same.
"He asked what we thought could be improved or changed."
Judging from the recent success of Spain, not much should be changed.
The team has won the last two EuroBaskets and finished runners-up to the United States at the past two Olympics.
They will be among the favorites to win the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.
As the host nation, Spain already have a place in the tournament and therefore do not need to have a strong showing at the EuroBasket in Slovenia, which serves as the qualifying event for the World Cup.
It remains to be seen which Spanish players will show up in Slovenia.
Calderon, in an interview with RTVE (Radiotelevisión Española), says he can´t make a decision about his availability right now.
"I like to take things one step at a time,” he said.
"The logical thing, if all goes well, is that I will be there - at the EuroBasket.
"(But) I will not have a contract this summer. I have to sign a contract and the logical thing is that by August, I will have done that so everything should be all right.
"But when the time comes, we will decide.
"Right now, we are all focusing on the season and then when the summer comes, you have the holidays and then you change the chip and you know that you have the national team.
"It is difficult to think about what is going to happen in five months' time.
"The logical thing is that we will all go to the EuroBasket."
The temptation of trying to win a third straight gold medal in the competition may be too much to resist for the Spanish veterans.
Spain will compete in Group C with Poland, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Georgia and hosts Slovenia.
The tournament begins 4 September.