Juancho Hernangomez put together a terrific FIBA EuroBasket 2022 performance. The Toronto Raptors forward scored 27 points to help Spain defeat France 88-76 in the gold medal game.
Juancho dazzled with a barrage of three-point shots. In the second quarter, he nailed six consecutive threes en route to winning EuroBasket Finals MVP.
It was a special moment for the talented NBA athlete. However, it couldn’t top his excitement of watching his brother, Willy, get the recognition he deserved.
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In a video shared by SportsCenter, Juancho was moved to tears watching Willy win his first EuroBasket MVP award. After six NBA seasons and playing internationally, Willy had earned one of the top honors in his career.
“My brother and I come from a humble family in the outskirts of Madrid, Las Rozas,” Willy said after the game. “We always thought we would have to fight and work hard for everything. We never thought we would get to play in the (Spanish pro league); we never thought we would get to play so many years in the NBA.
“So, we simply continued to work and grab our chances and to be playing for the national team together and winning EuroBasket is more than a dream. I am extremely proud of all my teammates, of my coaching staff and the whole of the Spanish federation from the top to the bottom. We deserve this goal medal.”
Willy averaged 17.2 points and 6.9 rebounds during EuroBasket play. He is the seventh European athlete to win the EuroBasket MVP. He joins Paul Gasol, Juan Carlos Navarro, Juan Antonio Corbalan, Wayne Brabender, Emiliano Rodriquez and Rafael Martin on the list.
This season, Willy returns as a key backup for the New Orleans Pelicans. The fan-favorite drew praise across social platforms.
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Comedian Adam Sandler weighed in on their performance. He shouted out Juancho on Twitter after Spain won their fourth gold medal in six tries. Both Juancho and Willy starred in Sandler’s Netflix movie “Hustle” this year.
Juancho played main character Bo Cruz alongside Sandler.
“I’m extremely proud of the way my brother grew through the tournament,” Willy said. “We trusted him from the beginning. I knew that he would let the game come to him. We needed him today and he was there ready for us. It was Juancho, but no Bo Cruz today.”
The Hernangomez brothers now turn their attention to the upcoming NBA season. They will share the floor again as the Raptors play the Pelicans Nov. 30.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Juancho Hernangomez sheds tears watching brother wins EuroBasket MVP