Sergio Scariolo and Jordi Fernandez among the final candidates for the Raptors

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Cesare Milanti

03/Jun/23 11:15

Virtus Bologna’s head coach may be near to make the jump to the NBA

By Eurohoops team/

While getting to the LBA Finals with Virtus Bologna against Olimpia Milano, Sergio Scariolo is already planning his near future, which may see him make the jump to the NBA as a head coach after being Nick Nurse’s assistant from 2018 to 2021.

As reported by TSN Sport’s Josh Lewenberg, the 62-year-old Italian head coach and the 40-year-old Spanish assistant of the Sacramento Kings Jordi Fernandez “are believed to be among the final candidates” for the head coaching spot in the Canadian franchise.

“A final round of interviews is scheduled for this week/weekend & a decision is expected soon”, Lewenberg continues. The Toronto Raptors are coming off a 41-41 record season in the NBA, being eliminated in the Play-In Tournament by the Chicago Bulls.

Sergio Scariolo has been coaching since 1989 when he first sat on Victoria Libertas Pesaro’s bench. He went on to coach high-level European teams such as Real Madrid, Baskonia, Fortitudo Bologna, Olimpia Milano, and now Virtus Bologna, with which he’s coming off a 14-20 record season in the EuroLeague. With the Spanish national team, between 2009-2012 and since 2015 he has won 1 gold medal at the World Cup, 4 gold medals at EuroBasket, 1 silver and 1 bronze medal at the Olympic Games.

Jordi Fernandez, instead, began his coaching career in 2010, when he joined the Cleveland Cavaliers as an assistant coach, primarily focusing on player development. He then went on to coach the Canton Charge in the G-League, becoming assistant for the Nuggets in 2016. Joining Mike Brown on Nigeria’s bench in 2021, he followed him at the Sacramento Kings, where he helped the Californian side finish with a 48-34 record in the 2022-23 season, being eliminated in the Playoffs by Golden State.

PHOTO CREDIT: Virtus Segafredo Bologna