Spain wins two Basketball World Cup medals and two gold medals are awarded in Asia. The first was in Tokyo in 2006 and the second in Beijing earlier this week. Marc Gasol and Rudy Fernandez are members of the same team and have a third man play a role in both successes; Jorge Garbajosa is a player on the 2006 squad and is currently the president of the basketball federation in Spain. In 2006, Garbajosa was the joint scorer of the final with Juan Carlos Navarro as Spain thrashed Greece 70-47. Navarro and Garbajosa each had 20 points. In Beijing, he won his first gold medal as president.
The final was one-sided – Spain were the better team and dominated in every way. Argentina lacks energy and runs out of gas in the most decisive game, but South America need not be sad. They played a great tournament to earn a silver medal and confirmed that they have, once again, a good generation of players. It is not yet a team led by Manu Ginobili, Fabricio Oberto, Andres Nocioni and Luis Scola ̵1; the bridge between the two generations, but Argentina has once again become a world-class power. . Ricky Rubio has been selected as a World Cup MVP and, of course, is a member of the All-Tournament team along with Bogdan Bogdanovic of Serbia (the competition's leading scorer at 22.9 points per game), France's Evan Fournier, Argentina's Luis Scola and Marc Gasol of Spain. Incidentally, the four of them played a large part of their career in EuroLeague clubs and each of those four reached the EuroLeague Final Four, while the two celebrated the title. Only Fournier did not play in the EuroLeague.
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The next edition of EuroLeague will feature several winners gold and silver medals from this year's World Cup: champions Sergio Llull, Rudy Fernandez, Victor Claver, Pierre Oriola, Pau Ribas and Quino Colom and runners-up Facundo Campazzo, Gabriel Deck, Nicolas Laprovittola, Luca Vildoza and Patricio Garino. Spain finished the tournament unbeaten in spectacular performances as individuals and as a team, all managed by a great coach. Sergio Scariolo won the NBA title with Toronto as the assistant coach of the team in June, now a world champion with Spain as a head coach and his son Alessandro a U18 European Champion with Spain. Supporting the national team, there is a federation that works well in many ways, and the results prove good work. France won its second straight bronze medal and in Australia, despite losing what would be its first World Cup medal, it has been confirmed that it is a very good team.
The fifth in Serbia, far below the expectations of the people. It had a great first round, but was stuck on offense against Spain and Argentina. It played an inspired game against the United States and played well to defeat the Czech Republic in fifth place. The Czechs are sixth, which is also a pleasant surprise. Their leader is Tomas Satoransky, another former EuroLeague player with FC Barcelona, such as Bogdanovic, who played for Partizan Belgrade and won the championship with Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul. The United States is the biggest negative surprise; no one expects them to finish seventh despite having many top players skip the championships. Despite its many absences, the US team is not bad, but in my opinion, they lack a little imagination, improvisation and intelligence in their game. Basketball doesn't just bounce, shoot and "run and have fun." After this result in China, I anticipate that the USA will send a stronger team to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. finishing eighth, unlike Lithuania and Italy, ninth and 10th, respectively. After the Italians, we saw Greece, Russia, Brazil, Canada and Turkey … And at the very least, we have national teams based on their skills, traditions and players. In short, we've seen a valid World Cup in terms of level of play, but it's not unusual. Obviously there is not enough talent to host 32 teams. The fact that the championship was played in a big country like China, in eight different cities, made traveling difficult not only for national teams, but also for the media. Furthermore, working conditions are not the same for everyone – some travel an hour or two, but others take eight and more hours and are required to wake up early. It may seem like small details, but in a long competition, those little details are decisive and an extra day of rest can be worth a medal.
Yao Ming, president of the Chinese Basketball Association, gives the FIBA flag to representatives of the Philippines, Indonesia and Japan, who will be organizing the next World Cup in 2023. It will be a new experiment, copied from the last EuroBasket, performed in four countries in the latest edition. Until then, the world will be Spain champions for the next four years.