Originally Posted by Euroleague
Spain is all about NBA players now. In case you have not noticed, they turned just like USA. How good you are is based on your correlation to the NBA, according to Spanish basketball now. So since Rodriguez played 4 years in the NBA and had a solid year with Real Madrid, he will definitely have a great shot at being on their team.
Whether he is any good or not, besides the point. I would take someone like Rafa Martinez over him, but he has never had any "NBA interest", so he does not rate under the "new Spanish basketball philosophy".
Maybe Spain will get lucky and Lopez makes it instead, since he "played in the NBA". But honestly though, Lopez is pretty damn old looking out there now. He is still better than Rodriguez though.
Rodriguez's got bad press, and I don't think there's a single post in all the Internet not dishing him now.
Rafa Martínez is a good player, but he's been too irregular this season till Valencia's coach got fired. With Perasovic on board he's been better and could have a chance.
That said, IMO players who have already played for the NT and know the "stars", got a better chance of making the team.
That's why I think Raúl López's could be there. He played for Spain, played for Scariolo (with the NT and Khimki), is having a great season (outplaying Jackson), and knows his role as backup PG. Would be a great fit IMO.