Originally Posted by Euroleague
No it's not true. Spanoulis never said anything about not playing if he is healthy. Navarro, Gasol, and Dirk are all washed up and completely riddled with injuries and old age.
So them playing or not, has no affect at all on the tournament, as they could not have any impact if they played.
Last year Gasol lead Spain in points and rebounds and a silver medal in the Olympics (behind only the USA so it would have been a gold in Eurobasket). Two years ago Navarro and Gasol lead Spain to a Eurobasket gold with Gasol being named to the All-tournament team and Navarro being the tournament MVP.
Yet all of a sudden they are washed up and can not have any impact. Once Spain with Gasol and Navarro lose to a team like Nigeria in an elimination game we can call them washed up and not able to have any impact in a tournament.