: ESPANA has the best and most deep collection of athletes, skill players in Eurobasket. They are well coached. All the players show good BB IQ. The team plays good defense and good offense. Spain seems to have the ability to switch gears. They play weak opponents in low gear and today when they play Lietuva they play high gear. I had my doubts about chemistry BUT not now. I will say I detest how European teams "sand bag" in group stages! They purposely play to the level of their opponents and sometimes lose games on purpose for better final positions. Many strong teams with 3 wins will purposely play at a low level or lose to rest players...
: France is better than I expected without center Ronny Turiaf. I thought that France and Italy would be on the same level, meaning B+ level. I was wrong. What is scary about France is that they are missing one of their best inside player Ronny Turiaf. With Ronny Turiaf and Joakim Noah at the front court and Tony Parker in the back court France looks scary good. The biggest test is how they handle Serbia. France has show that they are A level. With game changer Tony Parker they can beat anyone.
Serbia is Serbia. These guys have soul and body. Serbia seems to be mentally strong displaying an overall great psychology. Duda has this team at a good place. Srbija vs France should be interesting.
Jonas V is amazing! He is def ready for NBA next year. he is almost as athletic as American Blake Griffin! Lietuva can still win gold. I'm impressed with them. Today Spain showed that the liths have some weaknesses on defense. Turkey also exposed Liths weak interior defense. Still I would bet on the home team against most opponents. Most teams don't have the Front court power or guards to expose this weakness.
Turkey has grade A athleticism, skill, fundamentals and creativity. Turkey on paper could easily be undefeated right now. Reality is games are not played on paper and Turkey lacks overall maturity especially in the 4th quarter. Turkey needs to learn to finish strong! As far as physically gifted and depth of players they easily rank among the top 3 in this tourney along with France and Spain.
Italy has similar problems as Turkey. They have 7 quality players. Good coaching but lack defensive intensity and chemistry. Italy needs to play consistent and learn to finish strong.
Bo Mcalebb is playing amazing. Getting beat by FYROM is like getting hit by an earthquake, being attacked by a wild bear and struck by lighting all in the same day.
Say what you will but he is not winning alone. During the Greece game he did not score the last 6 minutes of the game??!! Greece had their chance to win a close game. They did not because of these guys; Pero Antic and Todor Grechevski. Today Antic had 14pts and 19rbs 3ast and 2blks!!! Don't only blame Bo alone if your team loses to FYROM! Don't blame naturalization! If you let two old guys with back problems beat your national team then blame fate, God or the universe. Or just be reasonable and admit your team played poorly cause they let some old guys out rebound and play defense on them.....
They are playing the best basketball in the tournament. I admire this team because they are playing to 100% of their abilities. Great shooting and ball movement, great defense, excellent coaching. I really like this team.
DENG...DENG DENG DENG DENG!! GB has overall quality talent. I'd give them a solid B-. They play with heart and direction. Just think how good they will be win they have Pops and Ben Gordan in the line up. The Oly games could be a bit more interesting with those guys.
This post has been edited by Raze Lupin: 05 September 2011 - 01:02 AM