Most Valuable Player in the regular season, finals and All-stars, Ji almost claimed every individual honor, but on the collective level, she dreamed of winning the championship.
The Azzurri will take on Poland and the Netherlands on October 11 and 14. Enditem
Barca coach Ronald Koeman made no secret of his wish to see the 19-year-old return to the Camp Nou, but Barcelona were unable to close a deal before the transfer window closed on Monday night.
"Hearing the saddening news, I burst into tears. Kobe had a huge influence on me. His grit and dedication pushed me to fight until this end out of love for basketball," Ji said.
"It's not easy for me after so many years. I finally won the league title," she said. "I wanted this title the most. Even though I had many individual awards, but without the championship, I would still feel a pity."
Questions about Loew's future are popping up, and concerns about the outcome of next year's European Championship are growing.
"I am taking it year by year and we have just started a new season: I hope I can last a long time in the national team," he commented.
MADRID, Oct. 9 (Xinhua) -- Spain will face Switzerland in the UEFA Nations League on Saturday at Real Madrid's Valdebabas training ground.
"I've reached a level of maturity that has allowed me to be a part of the national team," he said. "It's a position in which we've always had players with a lot of quality that have created history.
Now the duo share the record of 20 Grand Slam singles titles.
He also revealed a plan to invite psychiatrists to help his team cope with the challenges.