Scariolo says goodbye to the Toronto Raptors and returns to Italy

2021-06-17T21:24:17+00:00 2021-06-17T21:24:17+00:00.

Aris Barkas

17/Jun/21 21:24

The Italian coach is expected to sign a contract with Virtus Bologna.

By Eurohoops team/

Despite having a deal to extend his contract with the Toronto Raptors agreed upon one month ago, Sergio Scariolo confirmed via Twitter his return to Europe.

The 60-year-old coach is expected to sit on the bench of  Virtus Bologna.

“I have no words to express my feelings of gratitude to Larry Tannenbaum and his family, Masai Ujiri, Bobby Webster, and Nick Nurse for these three fantastic years in the Raptors family. I have learned so much from you all, had the good fortune to coach great players, and built relationships that will last forever,” Scariolo wrote in the message.

“A special thank you to all the players, the coaches, the team and arena staff, the fans and the people of Toronto, who welcomed me warmly and made the city feel like home from day one. Two years ago, we won a great championship together. I know everyone in the organization works hard, every day, to reach that goal again — and I will be cheering for the Raptors from Europe!”