Gerard Pique will be pretty busy in the upcoming month with the small matter of defending Spain's World Cup title in Brazil. But if the Barcelona star ever gets bored while he's on duty with his national side he has one other hobby to turn to, the NBA Finals.
The defender was speaking to Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated and revealed that he is a massive basketball fan, with the San Antonio Spurs in particular being his team of choice. Which is perfect considering the side are currently competing in the Finals against Lebron James and the Miami Heat.
"I really like the Spurs," Pique said. "I mean, I know they are old. And sometimes you can feel in them that they are too old, and that the season is long for them. Gregg Popovich is doing a great job. He knows how to order the team. Like, sometimes [Tim] Duncan doesn’t play or [Tony] Parker doesn’t play or [Manu] Ginóbili doesn’t play."
That is actually impressive NBA knowledge for someone who spends all their time with a different kind of ball. The Barcelona man certainly knows his team and their big players well.
Despite his side losing in the Finals last year to the Heat in dramatic circumstances, Pique appreciated the level of basketball that we were all treated to.
"But the last NBA finals, I think, was amazing. It was one of the best I remember. It’s true that Miami has a really, really good team, but I prefer the Spurs."
Pique later went on to reveal that despite being 6ft 4inches and athletic, his attempts at dunking a basketball in a full height hoop are better left unspoken.