Rudy Fernández’s historic record and the basketball groups for Paris 2024
Yeray Vergara
July 8, 2024

Men’s basketball already has its twelve participants for the Paris 2024 finals. The last four have emerged from the pre-Olympic that has just ended. The Olympic basketball tournament will be played from July 27 to August 10 at the Pierre-Mauroy Stadium in Lille and the finals at the Arena Bercy in Paris and among those teams is Spain.

In Spain there is a player who is already a player of record, Rudy Fernandez. The small forward made his debut in the Olympic Games in Athens 2004 and in Beijing 2008 he amazed in the Olympic final scoring a dunk against Dwight Howard, one of the best defenders in the NBA at that time.

Rudy has always made a difference, if it was not because of his physique, it was because of his head, talent or ambition. Rudy Fernandez announced that he will leave basketball in a few months and his dream was to do it after the Paris 2024 Olympic Games as he promised his father. Implicit in his farewell is the desire to excel and the ambition to go one step further. With Spain qualified, Rudy Fernández will make history by becoming the first male player to compete in six editions of the Olympic Games and fulfill the wish he promised his father.

The basketball tournament is made up of three groups of four teams each, with an initial phase of three games and the two best teams in each group and the two best third place teams will advance to the final phase. After the pre-Olympic, the groups are: Group A with Australia, Greece, Canada and Spain; Group B with France, Germany, Japan and Brazil; and Group C, Serbia, South Sudan, Puerto Rico and the United States.

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