After yet another Milos Teodosic masterclass, Czech Republic coach Ronen Ginzburg said that the only way to stop him was for the police to come and arrest him.
But in truth, it was the only way that the CSKA Moscow guard could have been stopped as he steered Serbia to an 89-75 victory over the Czechs in their Eurobasket quarter-final on Wednesday.
Teodosic, who hit 12 points and dished out 14 assists, currently averages 8.3 assists a game, a Eurobasket-high, with Serbia leading the tournament as a team with 25.3 a game.
The veteran’s influence has Serbia leading the tournament in points scored with 88 points averaged in seven games.
“I’ve been privileged to play with him I think my entire life,” Serbia’s Stafan Markovic said afterwards.
“He’s special. He has showed that he is our leader, he is our true leader and when he is in the zone you can’t defend him. His passing ability is amazing and he is one of the best players in Europe right now.”
There won’t be many people arguing with that statement, as Teodosic guided Serbia past their slow start to get big guys Miroslav Raduljica and Zoran Erceg going, as well as long time playing companion Markovic.
“Teodosic is an amazing player, he does things in practice that I have never seen in my life,” Serbia coach Sasha Djordevic said. “His passing ability is amazing. He has put a big stamp on the last decade with the way he plays, his vision of the game is unbelievable.”
Czech guard Tomas Satoransky, who himself has been no slouch in this Eurobasket could only marvel at Teodosic’s genius.
“His ability to find the open man with his passes gave us big problems,” Satoransky said. “He is one of Europe’s top point guards for sure.”