Willy: “Barça have valued me. Madrid did not see that it had a place ”

Willy Hernangómez (29 years old, 2.11) is already at the top with the National Team. After being one of the protagonists of the market and having signed for Barcelona, ​​thus ending his stay in the NBA, The center has the future resolved and the peace of mind to focus now on the World Cup, which will take place from August 25 to September 10. The review of training, his signing by the Barça team and the moment his brother and teammate Juancho is living have been some of the topics that the eldest of the Hernangómez has dealt with.

Training with Spain. First days of hard training. To get to know each other, to grease that machine, to begin to know the plays. We have new people. But, above all, a lot of enthusiasm, a lot of ambition and a lot of desire. Now we have a rest day and tomorrow afternoon we will add more hours of training.

Pressure. Being current champions does not give extra pressure. It is a reflection of the good work and the trust we have in each other. I don’t think we have to put pressure on ourselves. We have seen what has happened in recent years. We have to trust what Sergio (Scariolo) asks and demands of us. Then, as always, the competition will put us in our place. The goal is to reach the top. If we achieve it, it will be a joy for everyone and if not, it will mean that we have to continue working and push forward.

Ricky and Juancho. We are happy for Ricky. It’s a pleasure to see him again with a ball in his hands, doing magic and smiling. As basketball fans we needed to see him with a ball. I am very happy for Juancho, he has worked a lot in recent months, that he has an opportunity to play basketball again and feel important. I am happy for my brother. In training he is dominating and I am happy for him.

The DNA of the Family. It is the DNA that we have in The Family. It is what they are teaching us. Rudy, Sergi, Claver… It is the DNA that we now try to transmit to the youngest like Caicedo, Izan… We come here to compete and have fun with everyone and the way we train is something unique. It can be seen in the FEB grassroots basketball, both for girls and boys we are achieving a lot of success and hopefully it will continue like this in the future.

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His signing for Barça. I am happy that many teams both in the NBA and in Europe are interested in my brother. He has made the best decision for his life and for his future. I would love to play with him, it hasn’t been possible for next season but we have a lot of gas left in the tank and I’m sure there will be more opportunities. If we play against, which has happened to us in the NBA and ACB, we will play and then we will go to dinner and toast to life.

The reactions to his signing. Well, I understand all the opinions. I have been surprised for good by the number of people who have supported me and understood me. I was looking for a place where I would have the opportunity to play basketball. Barcelona has been an opportunity from the first moment and I am very happy. I have to be grateful to Real Madrid. He signed me in the youth ranks, he gave me the opportunity to debut in the ACB and Euroleague. But I am also very grateful to Cajasol Sevilla, the Knicks, Charlotte, New Orleans… I have been in many teams and I was looking for the option to play and be happy. Barça have valued me and I feel happy about it.

Have your future closed. It gives us peace of mind to have a team before the championship and allows you to be 100% focused on what you have to be. We wanted to be calm before the World Cup.

personal moment. Many more teams from Europe called me and that is a recognition of the player that I am. I only asked for a chance. I am from Madrid, I was born here. They did not see that it was here, they thought that it had no place. But from the beginning they gave me the opportunity and for me it is an exciting challenge. I want to play and compete.

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