Gregg Popovich Takes Exception to Reporter’s Question After USA’s Loss to Australia


Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images

Gregg Popovich took exception to a question during the postgame press conference following Team USA’s 91-83 exhibition loss to Australia on Monday.

The legendary head coach appeared to disagree with the framing of a query about the wide gulf the United States used to have on many countries around the world:

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

This exchange between Pop and a reporter after USA’s loss to Australia 😳<br><br>(via <a href=””>@JeffGSpursZone</a>)<a href=””></a>

There’s no question the landscape has changed since the 1992 Dream Team won by an average of nearly 44 points at the Summer Games.

The quality of competition has risen in part because the NBA was so aggressive in growing the game internationally. The United States typically doesn’t send its strongest possible squad, either, with some top names inevitably sitting out.

To Popovich’s point, at the 2016 Olympics, Team USA won its group-stage games against Serbia and France by three points apiece. Only six points separated the U.S. and Spain in the semifinals. The United States did, however, blow out Argentina by 27 in the quarterfinals and beat Serbia by 30 in their championship rematch.

The 2019 FIBA World Cup was another reminder of how much the gap has closed on Team USA as it finished in seventh place after losing to France in the quarterfinals.

But that still doesn’t totally explain how the United States could drop back-to-back exhibitions on the road to Tokyo.

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

Professionals started playing for Team USA in 1992:<br><br>July 21, 1992-July 9, 2021: 10,581 days, 2 exhibition losses<br><br>July 10-July 12, 2021: 3 days, 2 exhibition losses <a href=””></a>

One would think a roster that includes Kevin Durant, Damian Lillard, Draymond Green and Jayson Tatum is well-positioned to win gold. Nobody in the 2020 Olympics can match the sheer volume of talent on Team USA.

Perhaps falling to Nigeria and Australia is the kind of wake-up call the players will need to see that talent alone doesn’t cut it anymore at the highest international level.

Stay connected with us on social media platform for instant update click here to join our  Twitter, & Facebook

We are now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@TechiUpdate) and stay updated with the latest Technology headlines.


For all the latest Sports News Click Here 

 For the latest news and updates, follow us on Google News

Read original article here

Denial of responsibility! TechAzi is an automatic aggregator around the global media. All the content are available free on Internet. We have just arranged it in one platform for educational purpose only. In each content, the hyperlink to the primary source is specified. All trademarks belong to their rightful owners, all materials to their authors. If you are the owner of the content and do not want us to publish your materials on our website, please contact us by email – [email protected]. The content will be deleted within 24 hours.

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Accept Read More