Facundo Campazzo and the illusion of being NBA champion

Facundo Campazzo enjoys his vacations in Argentina. After an intense season in the NBA and participation in the Olympic Games, the base returned to his country after two years. And on his break he was interviewed in Black box, a talk show from Filo News. “I would love to win an NBA title, but it is extremely difficult. It is a dream, a fantasy, but I choose to believe that I can achieve it. I’m in a team that can fight important things, “said the Cordovan.

The Argentine averaged 6.1 points and 3.6 assists in the 65 games he played in his first regular season with the Denver Nuggets and improved those stats to 9.3 points and 4.1 assists in the playoffs. The Nuggets will start the 2021-2022 season on October 20 against the Phoenix Suns, precisely the team that eliminated them last season.

Campazzo goes back a little further in time and remembers how he began his path in the NBA. “Many times you don’t take dimension of where you are. I dropped the chip when I put on my first training shirt. I looked at it and it had the inscription Nujggets, the 7 and my last name behind it. That’s where I thought ‘it’s me, I arrived’. Then the days passed and I began to naturalize it. The first days I saw everything broader. Later I got used to the dynamics and routines. I don’t take dimension from where I am. I try not to think so as not to lose focus and I try to live from day to day “.

Before coming to the Nuggets, Campazzo shone at Real Madrid and stood out as one of the best point guards in Europe. In fact, he extended his link with the Spanish club and that seemed to vanish the chances of reaching the best league in the world. “When I signed for 5 years with Real Madrid I thought it was the contract of my life, that it was already there. But I realized that I couldn’t live thinking that I hadn’t tried. I talked about it with my partner, with my family and with those closest and I decided to try to fulfill a dream. It was a recent dream because before it was more of a fantasy. “

And when it comes to fantasy, Facu, who used to play the Play Station with his NBA idols, one day found himself using his own animation in the video game. “My player in the Play is terrible. He wanted to play with me, do more things, but I did not give him the level. Maybe it is reality. I eliminated the game because I am connected to the NBA all day and every day: I compete, I watch videos, I analyze my opponents, I travel and, then, to return home, it seemed unfair to my family to play basketball in the Play “.

While Facu was enjoying his debut campaign in the United States, the Municipal Club of Córodoba, where the point guard started in the sport, decided to name his stadium Facundo Campazzo. “It’s hard to believe it and assimilate it. With my friends from the neighborhood we always go there and I have the memories of playing there together. I would put everyone’s name on it. It’s a pride, I can’t take on a dimension. When they did the opening ceremony, I was in the United States. and I did not know what to say because I am not used to this type of thing “, said the Cordovan.

Campazzo’s extensive season ended on a sour taste at the Tokyo Olympics. The Argentine team that had achieved the runner-up in the world in 2019 did not show the same level of play and was eliminated in the quarterfinals, with just 1 win and 3 losses. “We compared ourselves a lot with what we had done in China and that was not good. Maybe we relaxed. Individually we are better players, we all grew after two years, but we lacked being able to join as a team and that gives you the preparation, that this Once it was not so good. It was very difficult for us to find our game in the tournament and the rivals also had a higher level “, analyzed Campazzo.

It is a time of rest, of reunions and of family enjoyment for Facu, who will soon have to return to Denver for his second season in the elite of world basketball.