Khalifa Diop, the great bet of CB Gran Canaria for this campaign, He came to the fore yesterday to recognize after the defeat against Lenovo Tenerife in the presentation of the team before the yellow fans (77-91) that «it has not been our best preseason game», although he considers that it is a warning «to improve the level of defense».
“Every day you learn something more and today [por ayer] we saw that we need to come out with greater force behind”, stressed the youth squad of Senegalese origin who, at the same time, stressed that, “with the squad that there is”, he hopes that this is going to be “the best season” for Granca.
Even so the center also wanted to make it clear that the absences in the Claretian squad somehow reduce the level of the team in this preseason. “We’re not all here yet, because we’re missing AJ Slaughter and Olek Balcerowski, so I’m confident we’re going to have a good season,” he added.
As for the feelings that Diop has in these summer games, to which he arrived late after playing the World Cup qualifying matches with the Senegal team, Khalifa stressed that he feels “somewhat looser”, and “good level”, although at the same time he also made it clear that he has to “pick up the physical rhythm when standing for a while”.
«It has been an intense summer in which I have learned many things both with Senegal and with the subject of the NBA. I think I can get to have a little more prominence this season in defense and attack », he added.
Regarding the league debut against Barça next Friday (8:30 p.m., #Vamos), he expressed that “it will be a difficult match in which we will have to show ourselves solid during the 40 minutes because they have the best players in Europe. In any case, we want to be among the top places in the League and we must not waste time and we must show it from the beginning with whatever team it is », he sentenced.