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Coach Gregg Popovich says some of Team USA critics ‘immature, arrogant’
by Jim Lemuel Wilson, September 15, 2019 7:02pm
Team USA head coach Gregg Popovich on Saturday (Philippine time) defended his squad from some critics, saying that some of them are ‘immature’ and ‘arrogant’ for not respecting the quality of basketball from the rest of the world and the effort that his team gave in the 2019 FIBA World Cup.
Talking with ESPN, Popovich said that some people wanted to play the ‘blame game’ and ‘shame game’ with Team USA’s performance.
“Some people want to play the blame game. There’s no blame to be placed anywhere. They want to play the shame game, like we should be ashamed because we didn’t win a gold medal?” Popovich said.
“That’s a ridiculous attitude. It’s immature, it’s arrogant, and it shows that whoever thinks that doesn’t respect all the other teams in the world and doesn’t respect that these guys did the best they could,” Popovich continued.
Team USA’s World Cup campaign started with National Basketball Association superstars opting out of the team. They won their games in the First and Second Rounds before losing to France in the Quarterfinals and to Serbia in the Classification Phase. The Americans beat Poland to claim the seventh spot, their worst finish in a major competition on the international level.
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