"Ιt's foolish to change when you're 54. A man that has built his personality on certain values is not going to change. In Lille it was great and the next day after the final I talked with the Organization master to make the next plans. It's difficult to host children with health problems but we have two hospitals in Malaga and we arrange tackets for games, theatres and cinemas. Ι am proud of the Spanish National Team and the gold medal but I am also proud of the "Cezare Scariolo" organization that hosts hundreds of kids every year" said Scariolo.
"I dedicated the trophy to my mother and my sister that did not manage to watch the game in person. The most touching picture was Reyes raising the trophy in the 2011 Eurobasket. Reyes was not the captain but few days before had lost his father. He did it in order to honour his father".
About the retirements in Greek National team compared to Spanish players: "That's a big case. Spanish Natinal team means love , devotion, committment for every player. And all these come from the Association president Jose Luis Saenz. He cares about the team in a paternal way. He communicates with the players, he is interested in them and feels them. Garbajosa is extremely important to the team. Navarro came and supported us in person. The titles we have won also play a role. Our thirsty for more is enhanced".
"When you have a good team, you have to risk. You cannot carry sad players with you. They won;t be ready to win after all. We risked in Berlin. You have to be ready for the knock out stage. I was impressed by the Serbians and I wanted to play them. I respect Sasha Djordjevic and I wanted to see them at the end of the line".
About Gasol: "When you have a player thest is 35-years-old you can't tire him from the first games because you'll need him in the knock out stage. We had a certain plan with Gasol. His playing time was advancing game by game and in the end he could manage playing even 40 minutes".
For the game against Greece: "I felt that it was a very tough game. And I knew that if the score was close at the end of the third period we would face many problems. I respect Greece and we had to be up by 4-5-6 points at the end of the match in order to win. Eventually we didn't let them kill us when they were ahead with 4 points. We turned the game around without Pau in the line-up".
About the combination of NBA and European players: "There is no black or white in Basketball. Players from the NBA should settle in the european style of playing and Europeans should reclaim the NBAers. Everyone should feel useful. Sergio Llull is a star in Real Madrid but he was a team player in the Spanish national team. Pau is not like Slaughter and everyone should help him in order not to be excausted on defense. Sergi Rodriguez was determinant οn both sides of the court and Rudy was injured. We won the gold medal with two players that have never played before in the national team, Mirotic and Ribas".
For the future: "I won't work for a club. I will be committed to the national team. An Olympic season is demanding. I'll spent time with my family and of course I'll visit USA and watch how NBA teams operate. That;s my tartget. To work for a team in the NBA".
In the past I was close to Olympiacos. It was in the penultimate year with Malaga and we discussed it during the Athens Final4. I was abided with a contract and the agreement could not be done" the Italian coach said.