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THE PLAYER

Upward

Desire to improve

Your rivals are in front, but your own personal challenge is inside you.

With your team

Major Projects

Although the 'life' of a professional player is usually short, its intensity and sacrifice makes it unique and valuable, especially when you are lucky, like me, having played in great teams and joined in great sports projects.

Like a grasshopper

Jumping higher

My game is aggressive, smart and fast, but always within my team. Each player is different and over the years you refine your technique to shape a unique identity, sometimes for better and sometimes for worse.

Falling flat

Falling flat

Accidental falls cannot always be avoided and injuries may become the real enemy of any player. Being in the 'dry dock' means to suffer for your team, unable to contribute with your effort.

Risk

5 X 1

Five players on each side and only one ball. A few seconds to finish the game and a single point of difference. Who will play it? Who will throw the last ball? A second to decide: victory or defeat, take a chance or pass the ball. How different is this sport compared to football! I often say half jokingly: "22 players + a ball + 90 minutes playing = 0 to 0." Forgive me football supporters, but basketball is .... something different.

Scoring highlights

Yes, indeed!

For me it was an icredible personal score, one of the best playing with Pamesa Valencia, because my father had made, years before, a similar record in the European league against Real Madrid I did not want to be less, because I had always heard of that impressive team and its name inspires respect in basketball history. A year later I joined them.

To death

Everything or nothing

Here there are no ties nor draws. We fight to death. Success or failure are only separated by a second, by one centimeter in the path of the ball. You receive the ball, fake a dribble, jump, throw the ball and ...........

Never in inferiority

Without springs but with courage

Your will and effort can 'give wings' to your feet (without 'energy drinks'). A good center, a good guard, a forward.... any of them will make up a bad result and will crush you if you rest on your laurels. Being tall is important, but there are more determining factors.