Barely a day after Serbia, the other big favorite for the title in the World of basketball that is played in China, falling eliminated, the united States suffered the same fate. The Gregg Popovich could not with France (79-89) and they were out of the fight for the medals.
The american team - left out of the top four in a World championship for the fourth time in its history , after Yugoslavia'70s, the Philippines'78 and Usa'02, and will have to live with the 'shame' of fighting for positions from the fifth to the eighth. A fight will begin, precisely, against Serbia.
"what is Your next match with Serbia? One as the other, both had different objectives," he confessed with a certain bitterness the technician of the selection american.
The americans, undisputed leader of the basketball international during the last decade , must relinquish his crown on chinese land after being eliminated in the quarterfinals. Since the 2006 World cup, when Greece eliminated him in the semifinals, the united States had chained five gold medals in international Olympic Games (three) and Global (two).
The absences of their best players in NBA has taken its toll in China. Without LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, James Harden, Anthony Davis, Kyrie Irving... among others, the united States went to the appointment with your potential diminished.
however, when Popovich was asked by these absences in the press conference after the shock, the coach was blunt , avoiding to focus the result on them and giving merit to what was achieved by the French.
"what If you weighed our absences? is is Not very respectful of those who are here to talk about that and is not very respectful of France , who has made a great World cup so far and we have been defeated. They have done an exceptional job and it is thanks to his trainer. They made a great game on both sides of the field, especially in the facet defensively and they are a team with a lot of quality," settled.
Updated Date: 11 September 2019, 22:25
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