Spain's Basketball Coach Sergio Scariolo Steps Down
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Spain's basketball coach Sergio Scariolo has decided to step down and will be replaced by Juan Antonio Orenga, one of his assistants, the nation's basketball federation (FEB) announced on Wednesday (November 28). Scariolo, who also coaches struggling Italian club side Emporio Armani Milan, took over the Spanish national team in 2009, leading a squad including brothers Pau and Marc Gasol to back-to-back Eurobasket triumphs.

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SHOWS: MADRID, SPAIN (NOVEMBER 28, 2012) (REUTERS-ACCESS ALL) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) FORMER SPAIN BASKETBALL COACH SERGIO SCARIOLO, SAYING: "It is the moment to take a break and give some time and space to my family in the summer. It allows you to see things from another perspective. At this moment I repeat, I'm completely focused on the project I have with my team, Milan, it is the only short term plans that I have. I repeat how grateful I am that the Spanish federation, probably the best federation of the moment, wants to keep working with me in future projects." STORY: Spain's basketball coach Sergio Scariolo has decided to step down and will be replaced by Juan Antonio Orenga, one of his assistants, the nation's basketball federation (FEB) announced on Wednesday (November 28). Scariolo, who also coaches struggling Italian club side Emporio Armani Milan, took over the Spanish national team in 2009, leading a squad including brothers Pau and Marc Gasol to back-to-back Eurobasket triumphs. They won silver at the London Olympics in Scariolo's last major competition in charge, losing to the United States in the gold medal match in a repeat of the 2008 final in Beijing. Scariolo said farewell at a news conference in Madrid on Wednesday (November 28), where FEB president Jose Luis Saez announced that Spaniard Orenga would be taking over. "It is the moment to take a break and give some time and space to my family," said Sergio Scariolo. "At this moment I repeat, I'm completely focused on the project I have with my team, it is the only short term plans that I have. I repeat how grateful I am that the Spanish federation, probably the best federation of the moment, wants to keep working with me in future projects." Milan." the 51-year-old added. After paying a emotional tribute to Scariolo, Saez unveiled the name of Spain's next coach, Juan Antonio Orenga.