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Alessandro Gentile spoke to La Gazzetta dello Sport about his NBA dream and how he is not willing to give up yet, playing for Trento in the EuroCup and not in the EuroLeague, as it was expected, while sheds light to how his negotiations with Virtus Bologna didn’t work out this summer.
“Instagram reminds me of past photos, and I liked that photo, so I shared it. No subliminal messages. Again, EuroLeague is the highest level for a European player. The quality of the game has improved significantly compared to the NBA. I also love this new format with more teams”.
When asked whether the NBA will just be a dream for him, Gentile commented: “I hope not. Melli left at 28 years of age. Scola at 27. Give me some time. (Laughs) I’m very ambitious both as a person and as a player. This is my dream. Not disease, target. Last season in Milan, I was very close to Houston. I also spoke to Mike D’Antoni. Everything seemed okay, but it didn’t. work out”.
The 27-year-old player who negotiated with Virtus before joining Trento reflects on this offseason’s events. “I spoke with Djordjevic. He wanted me too. Then Virtus GM Luca Baraldi came into play. He did not agree with the coach and the deal ended there. ”
As to what has led him to not feel comfortable with playing at the fullest, Gentile added: “Panathinaikos and Jerusalem were two negative adventures, but with Virtus and Estudiantes I had two great seasons and in the National team I think I always played well. The past is largely behind. I cannot worry about those who continue to speak ill of me.”
Photo credit: 7DAYS EuroCup