Rudy Fernandez, despite his rookie status, has played in big games
against grown men. Years playing in the ACB and Euroleague has given
Rudy more than a taste of what it takes to get it done with big things
on the line.
"I play in playoffs every year in ACB," said
Fernandez. "In Spain, the first round is 1-1-1. The second round is
best of five, 2-2-1. Finals are same as second round."
not ready to say those postseasons in Spain have fully prepared him for
what he's about to experience in the NBA playoffs.
know, I think yes," replied Fernandez when asked if he can apply
anything from the ACB playoffs to the NBA. "But this is the first time
I play in the NBA and the first time I play in the playoffs in the NBA.
Everything is new for me. But right now I’m focused on playing hard
According to Fernandez, he thinks his years playing
and winning with the Spanish National Team will serve as better
preparation than the ACB postseason.
Said Rudy: "I have the
experiences from the national team and I think that’s better
experience. In Spain, (ACB) competition is good, it’s hard. But it’s
not like the national team, playing world champions, second in the
Olympics. I think this is the bigger experience for me."