While the Tokyo 2020 Olympics were the end, the cycle of Sergio Hernandez It was over when Federico Susbielles lost the elections of the Argentine Basketball Confederation in December 2019 to Fabián Borro, president of the CAB. The Bahiense continued because the Japanese appointment was close (it ended up being delayed by the Covid pandemic) and because the players asked for it. And now, although the campus confirmed its support, Sheep said goodbye in search of new challenges after 11 years at the helm of the National Team, divided into two stages.
“For me, the Selection stage is over. He could use a change and start a new process, and from now on he will have my full support. There are some who already want to withdraw me. I have nothing in sight, the Games have just finished, and I have no proposal from any club. Today I am not the coach of the Argentine National Team, I finished my contract and I could not meet with the leaders of the CAB ”, he commented in dialogue with TyC Sports.
The fall against Australia, in the Tokyo 2020 quarterfinals, was the last.
The 57-year-old coach, with short experience at the helm of Spanish Zaragoza in 2020-21, added: “The National Team belongs to everyone. I can’t help but think that the coaches who are in Argentina are not participants in everything that Argentine basketball achieves worldwide. The National Team will always have me available”.
DT regretted taking Tortuga to Japan.
True to form, Hernández took charge of Argentina’s weak performance at Tokyo 2020 by admitting that “the team was not up to scratch” and was even self-critical of the 12 chosen. According to him, Patricio garino Y Gabriel Deck They should have been left out because they were not 100% physically. “Pato Garino hadn’t played for a long time and I didn’t read it properly. I will continue to trust him my whole life, because he is a crack, but he came out of shape. I assumed I could play like I was in top condition and it wasn’t. And what about Gabriel Deck, who could not join the team in the beginning and did not fully recover from Covid … I know it leaves consequences. They didn’t talk about it, because Gabi doesn’t talk much and because we didn’t want to make excuses. But the reality is that Gabi couldn’t play. He made a tremendous effort, but he was not up to the task, ”he assured.
Néstor Che García is the great candidate for the National Team.
The CAB is already looking for his replacement and he would not be part of Hernández’s coaching staff (Silvio Santander or Gabriel Piccato). Néstor García, former coach of Venezuela and San Lorenzo, and Pablo Prigioni, who is an assistant in the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves and was also an assistant to Hernández in the Olympics, would be the two main candidates. Sheep said goodbye and another process will begin. With whom? To wait …