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May 27, 2020, 6:00:00 AM

Sergio Rodríguez Keen on Staying with Olimpia Milano

Sergio Rodríguez signed a three-year deal with Olimpia Milano in 2020. He is focused on staying with the team and leading them to the promised land.

He believes that the team has ‘tremendous potential’ in European tournaments. It will be a big task for Rodríguez but he has experience in winning in Europe, managing to win the EuroLeague two times. The most recent of which was just last year when he won with CSKA Moscow.

Rodríguez is a talented basketball player, managing to play multiple seasons in the NBA. He was an integral part of the Portland Trail Blazers in the late 2000s, partnering up with his fellow Spaniard Rudy Fernandez in the lineup. He would be traded to the Sacramento Kings where he would be productive for 39 games. In the 2010 trade deadline, he was traded again to the New York Knicks for former All-Star Tracy McGrady.

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His most prominent strength is that he is a reliable point guard. He averages good assist numbers and when needed he can score effectively. This is more prominent in his time in Europe where he regularly averages double-figure point averages. Earlier in his career, he was not a good three-point shooter, but through the years he has improved into a sharpshooter.

When he made his return to the EuroLeague, he was met with critical acclaim. In the 2014 season, he managed to win the MVP. He has been a stable point guard ever since with Madrid and Moscow. In the middle of those runs, he had a short stint with the Philadelphia 76ers where he was a productive veteran in the young lineup.

Now with Milano, Rodríguez wants to become a player that is the unanimous leader of a team. He is not considering a return to Spain because he feels that he has accomplished everything there. Now he wants to lead a team on his own.

He said, ‘I am not considering anything other than staying in Milan. I have two years left on my contract, I think the team and the club and the city have tremendous potential. I’m very happy. I don’t think about anything else’.

Rodríguez is also glad that he is reunited with his former coach Ettore Messina at Milano. He is an important part of Rodríguez’s resurgence in Europe after a four-year stint in the NBA.

He said, ‘Messina has been in the NBA, CSKA again. He has a more global vision of everything. He’s improved like the great talent he is. As you add experience, you improve. I’m proud to be able to work with him daily, learn from his wisdom, and be able to share good times. Because this year there have been very good moments, both on and off the court. He’s a coach who perfectly understands the player and with whom we all feel very comfortable working’.

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Words: Cholo Martin

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