TD75 wrote:A thought. Maybe it is better for the Greek NT to lose the next game and be out of the tournament, than extending the tournament with a badly constructed roster.
A few notes:
- The Greek NT depends too much in spurts of scoring. That is a very bad sign.
- I hope Giannis benefits from this experience. His individual play is lacking, which is something I expected in FIBA basketball. He needs to operate much better in closed spaces. He desperately needs to shoot more (with the understanding that he may be less successful initially). He needs to make faster decisions too.
- The coaching staff in Greece needs to be restructured. If they believe they need to play "their type of basketball" without adapting to Giannis' playstyle (and most importantly Giannis' drawbacks) they might as well not call him. If they wish to build a team around him, they need to at least have people that understand Giannis' play.
- Several players in the Greek NT team are not able to play international basketball any more. They are too slow.
The US NT has a lot of problems on its own. They should be concerned moving forward. Not all teams will be as badly constructed as the Greek NT or lack talent like other teams they have faced so far.
i haven't watched all the games, just today. it seemed though that giannis shot the ball pretty well and confidently, in fact he looked like greece's best shooter ( his misses looked good), but i don't think they wanted him taking more shots. Giannis is too humble in this setting to make demands. greece bricked wide open three after three nothing giannis can do there
- Giannis is not Greece's best shooter, not by a long shot.
- Today's game was an exception in terms of the frequency he shot.
- Being humble has little to do with not taking a wide open shot. Being not confident has a lot to do with it. I doubt Giannis is not shooting because a coach in the Greek NT told him to (let's not project Kidd's situation in this case without proof). If that is the case, Giannis should be wise/mature enough to disregard him.
- I agree that Giannis can't do something when everyone around him bricks shots. Maybe people need to remember that when that happens in the NBA too, right (ECF anyone)? That does not absolve him from making individual mistakes though.