Asked about 31 members of USA Basketball’s 35-player squad pool, who are retiring from consideration for a championship seat, Jerry Colangelo told Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press, “You can not help but notice and yourself to remember who you thought you were with and who did not show up “and that” no one had foreseen the excerpts we had. ” That can no longer be an excuse. The next World Cup will take place again a year before the Summer Olympics. It will take place again in September and in Asia, where Japan, the Philippines and Indonesia are host, meaning that the reasons for these withdrawals will not disappear in the foreseeable future. Until then, Colangelo and Co. must find a way to work within these rigors and produce a US squad capable of playing high-level FIBA basketball – ideally with more credible shooters and versatile big men than this year’s Model – and competitive for gold, with or without the cream of the harvest of American talents.
Who is Gregg Popovich?
Gregg Popovich is right when he says that the players who have shown themselves – those who have honored their commitment, have appropriated and played their donkeys – deserve respect and have nothing to be ashamed of. However, this does not mean Team USA brass should not take a look under the hood and try to figure out how to make this the last-seventh place the program has seen for quite a while.
Winner: Bogdan Bogdanovic
The Sacramento Kings Guard was probably the best player of the tournament. Bogdanovic scored an average of 22.9 points in 28 minutes per game, the second highest per game average at the World Cup, and scored 53 per cent from 3-point land on more than eight long-distance trials per match. He brutalized Italy in group play, shook the US in the comfort bracket and crowned his run by hanging 31 in the Czech Republic to secure Serbia’s fifth place:
This is about four places less than the Serbs – fresh from silver medals at their last three international competitions, with the up-and-coming NBA star Nikola Jokic at the head of a deep, tough squad – hoping to land at this World Cup. But while Serbia’s overall performance was a disappointment, Bogdanovic’s individual outing, which earned him a place in the All-tournament team, was anything but, marking the 27-year-old as a player worthy of a talented NBA season young Kings team to be watched.
Loser: Australia’s standing in the eyes of the basketball gods
Australia took part in the World Cup after never having won medals in a major international tournament. However, this year brought new promises. An unbeaten run through the group match brought the Boomers to the other side of the knockout round of Team USA, and a quarter-final victory over the Czech Republic brought Patty Mills, Andrew Bogut, Aron Baynes and Co. into the Final Four – just one win from a shot at gold ,
They were in the way of Spain, which had eliminated the Aussies at the 2016 Olympic Games with a single point in the bronze medal. Australia led most of the game but a late Spanish run made it tight late in the fourth. With a one-point lead over the last 10 seconds, Bogut was fired for a foul that sent Gasol off the line for free throws, which set Spain up by one. (Bogut later called the officers “cheating-ass motherfuckers.”) Mills responded with a foul on the other end, but split the pair free throws and forced overtime. After two extras, it was Spain that came out victorious, with Gasol leading the way to a 95-88 win that tore the hearts off the Australian side and put assistant coach Luc Longley in position to deliver the tournament’s quote ,
“It’s just a fuckin ‘… I do not know what we need to do,” Longley told Australian reporters. “We’ve found an altar somewhere and burned a sacrifice or done something for the basketball gods, because they are not yet kissing us on the tail, as they do in Spain.
After this devastating defeat, Australia still had a chance on the medal and had a 15-point lead over France at the beginning of the third quarter of the bronze medal match. But strong second halves from the Guards Nando De Colo and Andrew Albicy helped turn the tables and drove France to a 67-59 win to earn their second consecutive World Cup bronze medal. Once again, the Boomers went home without a medal.
“If you see Australia, the players, Bogut, Dellavedova – I know these guys and it’s terrible for them,” said French Guard Evan Fournier, who scored 16 points to end a strong tournament. “But that’s definitely what we did not want to end the tournament like this.”
Not a word yet about whether the ritual sacrifice will take place in Melbourne or Sydney.