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Real Madrid veteran swingman Rudy Fernandez said that he definitely thinks his team can play, and compete, in the NBA.
“Real Madrid can compete in the NBA, for sure. We beat Oklahoma, it was preseason for them, they were starting, traveling, etc. It has nothing to do with the regular season, but we are a great competitive team,” Fernandez said in an interview with Spanish DAZN TV. He was referring to a 2016-2017 preseason win of Real over the Oklahoma City Thunder in an exhibition game that was held in Madrid.
From 2008 to 2011, Fernandez played in the NBA with the Portland Trail Blazers. He briefly joined Real during the 2011 NBA lockout and after a stint with the Denver Nuggets, he signed with the Spanish powerhouse in 2012. He’s been there ever since.
Former Real Madrid and current Charlotte Hornets center Willy Hernangomez stated that “Real Madrid is an NBA level team,” in an online edition of the Luis de Carlos Forum. Hernangomez played for Real’s senior team in 2015-2016 before moving to the NBA by signing with the New York Knicks.