The Barça Regal manager, Xavi Pascual, and the Dallas Mavericks manager, RickCarlisle, met on the Palau Blaugrana court this Monday afternoon. The two managers wished each other luck ahead of tomorrow's match as they posed for the television cameras. “Barça are one of the best passing teams that I have ever seen. We have to approach this match as if it were an NBA game. All of them have the quality of NBA players,” said the Mavericks manager. Carlisle also commented that his team needs to improve on the performance offered in Berlin: “We have to play our game, with out style. Against Alba Berlin we turned over 27 balls and we didn’t rebound well. Therefore, we’ll have to take more care of the ball and control rebounds better.”
The American basketball team attracted a lot of attention from the press this Monday morning at the Palau Blaugrana. The Dallas Mavericks held a closed-door training session ahead of Tuesday’s match against Barça Regal – the game is scheduled for 21.00 and will be played at the Palau Sant Jordi. After the session, Nowitzki, O.J. Mayo and Kaman talked to the awaiting press. “It’s going to be a tough game. Barça have been one of the best teams in Europe for a long time. They have really good exterior players, like Navarro, and players that can open up the court. We’ll have to play better than did in Berlin, where we had really hard time winning the game,” said Nowitzki.
The German player still remembers his youth team trials with Barça Regal: “I was 17 and I was thinking about coming to Barcelona, but in the end I decided to go to the NBA. They showed me the city but it was a long time ago. I’m happy to be back.” When asked about his future plans, the player didn't rule out a move to Europe: “Everything is possible, but I still have two years on my contract with Dallas and I’ll be 36 [when it’s up]. We’ll see how I’m feeling in two years. If I can’t play 80 or 100 games a year, Europe could be a possibility.”
Classic Clásico experience
Nowitzki and his team-mates were among the 96,000 thousand fans at the Camp Nou for last night's Clásico against Real Madrid. “It was incredible. The whole team was there and we were impressed the moment we entered the stadium. It’s a once in a lifetime experience,” he said.
O.J. Mayo praises FC Barcelona Regal
O.J Mayo, one of the Mavs that was most thrilled with the Messi-Cristiano matchup, praised Barça’s basketball team: “Barça Real will be a very strong opponent. We’ve seen a couple of videos. Marc Gasol is always telling me about Juan Carlos Navarro. I’m excited to play with him. It’ll be a difficult match because they’re playing at home.”