Some Rudy quotes on playing with Spain this summer, and the disappointing end of the season:
"I will play with Spain at EuroBasket," he said. "It's very important for us to qualify for the Olympics. I have to be there with them, to represent my country."
Fernandez had hoped to go deeper in the NBA post-season with the Portland Trail Blazers but they fell to the red-hot Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the Western Conference play-offs.
Dallas then eliminated Gasol and the Lakers in four games.
"I feel a little disappointed to finish the season early because I feel when we played against Dallas we could have passed them and faced the Lakers," Fernandez said. "We fought all the regular season to get to the play-offs and right now we feel like we didn't finish the war. But it's basketball and it happens. You have to be ready for this situation, be strong and learn from it."