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  • Don Giovanni
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    Rick Pitino will be the new coach:

    https://www.espn.com/olympics/basketball/story/_/id/28034020/rick-pitino-hired-greece-national-team-coach

    Pitino told reporters Friday that he will begin coaching the team for the Olympic qualifying tournament in June. Greece will be one of 24 teams playing for four Olympic bids during the June 23-28 event.

    "Obviously it's a great honor for me to accept this position, and I'm looking forward to it," Pitino said. "I'll spend most of the winter, once the brackets are announced, studying the film and we'll go to work."

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  • Amorgos
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    Spain are World Champions, easy winners over Argentina, 95-75 - that's how you get the job done

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  • Reaper
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    Spain win it.. or in reality again.. Catalans..

    Gasol - From Barcelona
    Rubio - From Masnou
    Rudy - From Palma
    Claver - From Valencia
    Oriola - From Tarrega
    Llull - From Menorca
    Ribas - From Barcelona
    Quino - From Andorra
    Rabesada - From Girona..

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  • Amorgos
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    I know, its incredible given our history and success.... its like the Azzuri not been able to take a proper freekick or something like that... I couldn't believe, watching on, all tournament as we would be lucky, and I mean lucky to sink 2/2

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  • Reaper
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    Originally posted by Amorgos View Post
    If only we could shoot free throws! That’s what cost us
    How many times have we said that over the years?

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  • Amorgos
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    If only we could shoot free throws! That’s what cost us

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  • Reaper
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    Originally posted by Don Giovanni View Post
    Greece beat the Czechs by 7 points, but we needed at least a 12-point margin to stand any chance of heading into the next round. There was one moment in the game where we looked like we could maybe do it, we had the 12-point margin with about 7 minutes left on the clock, but then the Czechs battled back and Antetokounmpo fouled out of the game.

    The loss to Brazil was the nails in the coffin for us.
    Yea the Brazil game was our final. They were dazed by Hellas first half of the game, no idea how stop conceding. That is when I stopped watching. Later heard they came back - couldn't believe it..

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  • Don Giovanni
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    Greece beat the Czechs by 7 points, but we needed at least a 12-point margin to stand any chance of heading into the next round. There was one moment in the game where we looked like we could maybe do it, we had the 12-point margin with about 7 minutes left on the clock, but then the Czechs battled back and Antetokounmpo fouled out of the game.

    The loss to Brazil was the nails in the coffin for us.

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  • Amorgos
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    Pretty poor in the US game, we had our chances to score points but kept rushing shots, not taking them when we should and as a result our shooting percentage was dreadful

    If we beat Czechs by 12 we are still in it but I don’t think we will, besides Yiannis and only 2-3 others seem up for it. The US blocked centre court so Yiannis couldn’t run in

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  • Reaper
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    Brazil game was very ethniki.. self sabotage second half. If I was not aware of the history of greek capitulation in these key games i would assume greece threw the game vs Brazil.

    vs the US we were always underdogs.

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  • Don Giovanni
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    We're as good as out. The USA took the game 69-53. They dominated the 2nd quarter, allowing only 8 points. Greece couldn't recover after that.

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  • Soprano76
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    Team has been severely disappointing all tournament; Greece has been getting shitty coaches for several years now, despite their being a lot of great Greek coaches in the Euroleague. Also, the way the FIBA game is played neutralizes Giannis' biggest strength - his athleticism.

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  • Reaper
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    The Brazil game was our final it seems.

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  • Don Giovanni
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    Game over at 103-97. We finished behind Brazil. Next round starts Saturday. We'll have to play the Americans and then two days later the Czechs. Because Brazil and the USA won all three games, we'll need to beat the Americans to stand any chance of making the quarters. The Turks managed to push the Americans to overtime, so it's plausible we could give them a run, but the odds are heavily against us.

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  • Don Giovanni
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    We're almost at garbage time now (last couple of minutes of the game). Scoreline is at 91-83 for Greece.

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