I take this opportunity afforded Gigantes -some of my reference publications for more than 20 years- to give my view about the wonderful experience we've had in the FIBA World Championship.
And, this time, will you allow me to begin by the end. The past is history. A wonderful story but in our dictionary complacency has no place. So I prefer to start with this.
We still will take a time to value the achievements this summer. It has been an intense championship and very fast. With a game system that did not benefit us, but while it's time to realize what we have achieved would like to tell me what I feel right now and what I would like to pass on to my team. And when I say team I mean everyone. Media, leaders, supporters, sponsors and institutions, of course, fellow coaches and players, the most important thing.
I feel that this group always has the feeling of arriving, never have arrived. I believe that greatness for a team is on the road to the goal and girls: we have not finished our work.
This silver medal was just one more step in a journey that began in Nordlingen (Germany) where we got out of the pit of Preuropeo in 2012 and earn the right to compete at EuroBasket France while we watched the Olympics in London by tele helplessly.
For this achievement, which we certainly had a great merit-was nothing more than a boost to continue working without giving anything of course. We set the counter to zero. We respect every opponent max because prove you're better than other team there is only one way to do it: on the pitch.
So outperform rivals on paper had better players than us, but as a team failed to improve. There was born the spirit of the 'mosca cojonera' brilliantly coined by Elisa Aguilar and memorable speeches on buses before games. Her teamate, the great Amaya Valdemoro, and she got the best touch to his spectacular career with a gold medal for the memories but we were not completely satisfied. We wanted more
We started preparing this summer to challenge us all. With much pain we had to make changes, discards and decide to work on a new version of the team. How difficult is it when parts of success!. But "win after win" is one of my obsessions and grandeur as we handle our basketball is a large group of players who are in the orbit of the team and know that at any moment can go back into the team. Unfortunately we can’t bring 20 players to a championship.
We come to Turkey where our first goal was to pursue happiness on a basketball court. And we feel that it can only be reached from teamwork. From the "service of us"
Some called me weeping by my statements after the results of the draw. But honestly I still think we could have lost to any of the three opponents in the first phase. Japan, Brazil and the Czech Republic there are three great teams and you saw the games -thanks for being there- checked what it cost them forward. The large final results were due to hunger and ambition unrepeatable players captained masterfully Laia Palau. A player with a personality that I love and who embodies the values of humility and work I always like to have on a team.
The story crosses models assumed a step further. That team grew to become larger every day. With the support of Ana Muñoz motivated us with his words after the quarterfinals, José Luis Sáez who was with us from day one, which filled us with pride and responsibility, Angel Palmi, with discretion, provided had the right word at the right time and all that in one way or another were kind enough to support us from Turkey or from a distance after follow through Teledeporte broadcasts. To all of you we are all thankful I did participate in this way.
I would like to reserve a special mention for the media. You starting with who were there with us Ricardo, Alex, Javi, Sergio and Elena and followed by all who followed us at a distance. Sounding freely. Whatever your opinion. For us that you work in Women's Basketball is a victory and we want you to continue doing that work to re-exited our game.
So, after beating two powers like China and Turkey before 10,000 spectators, and feeling the pulse of the history of Spanish Basketball Women got to the final against the best team in history. The real "Dream Team" American. A team at the height of the selection of the 92 men with two of the best players in the history -for me Moore and Taurasi are the best- playing together and a legendary team with a great coach in the band.
We could not compete as we would have liked. A poor start to create them deprived us of the problems we had planned. But sport is. Do we give up and fought to the end. The result was only proof that we have a long road ahead.
Next year we will start at the Eurobasket 2015. I do not know what result we get but what we do know is that we will work to pursue excellence. We are looking forward to that time because our team is a family. It's not a cliché. That a number of professionals and those who have agreed on the selection work with generosity and dedication have done for me the primary backing and motivation to try again. It is the basis for finding happiness that we all seek, and that few get to see. It is our secret