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THE 2006 WC SEMIS VS GREECE IN JAPAN HAD COACH MIKE KRZYZEWSKI THINKING NUMBER FOUR & NUMBER SEVEN IT SEEMED ALL GREEK TO TEAM USA WITH LITTLE SCOUTING ON THE 12 PLAYERS FROM A NATION THAT HAS NOT COME TO THE NBA PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 00:05

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After a terrible 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece, where the NBA stars of team USA, a nation of 314 million people lost to the tiny island of Puerto Rico 3.5 million people, Lithuania a nation of 3 million people and then Argentina in the knock-out round 41 million people, you would think not winning the Gold medal in 2004 and the hype of the coach K taking over in 2006, from Duke University, might make Jerry Colangelo eager to tell the new coach about the other squads that coach K might face in Japan.    Team USA scouting in 2006 was much the same, as what EUROJOHNBBALL found in the NBA when SIX NBA GM's had NO CLUE who  Greek PG Dimitris Diamantidis was as a 28 year old free agent.  The Spurs know Dimitris Diamantidis, Theo Papaloukas and Vassilis Spanoulis, because the Spurs DO THEIR HOMEWORK on the top players in Europe, better than any team in the NBA, but Team USA thought, that 12 players on a Greek squad that has 11 million people and at the time of the 2006 Semis game versus USA, had ZERO NBA players on the team, had little shot to defeat LeBron James, Chris Paul, Chris Bosh, Carmelo Anthony, Dywane Wade and Dwight Howard, along with other NBA players on the 2006 squad. Most media members from the USA that cover the NBA and almost every fan of the NBA in the USA have the same thinking of Basketball, IF YOU ARE NOT IN THE NBA, THEN YOU MUST NOT BE THAT GOOD.

Greece is the only nation from Europe that the NBA has not been able to grab the top players from and bring them to the USA, the entire Greek squad from the 2006 team could have made an NBA roster, either as a bench player, or in the cases of PG's Dimitris Diamantidis, Theo Papaloukas and Vassilis Spanoulis, the THREE guards that had 18 assists to only 3 Turnovers  and scored 42 points VS USA, they could have been BIG MINUTE PLAYERS in the NBA, but the 3 Greek PG's that won the 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013 Euroleague titles decided that staying in Europe was better than coming to an NBA coach like Jeff Van Gundy, in the case of Vassilis Spanoulis and got stuck in the corner, waiting to shoot a 3 pointer, while Rafer Alston, Luther Head and Tracy McGrady pounded the ball at the top of the key.

The pounding the ball at the top of the key system is still in play in Houston, with James Harden jacking up deep shots, with little thought of spreading the ball around to so called ROLE PLAYERS like the Spurs do in winning a title or the Greek players are used to playing like in the European inside-out style of having all the players on the floor touch the ball.   Vassilis Spanoulis spent that one horrible year in Houston and Antonis Fotsis played one season with Memphis in the NBA as a young player, but the other 10 players on the 2006 Greek roster were a mystery to those that do not watch the top league in Europe, the Euroleague and team USA led by coach K were just lost in how to stop the Papaloukas, Spanoulis and Diamantidis PICK & ROLL.

Greece won the game 101-95 and in the post-game press conference, Coach K did not even know who NUMBER 4 & NUMBER 7 were, when asked about Papaloukas and Spanoulis, WHAT WAS TEAM USA DOING IN JAPAN ?? JUST SIGHTSEEING ??   How do you not know the guys you are up against in a SEMIFINAL matchup.    Team USA got revenge in the 2008 Olympics with a 92-69 win, as Coach K did HOMEWORK on the NON-NBA GREEK STARS and took the ball out of the hands of Papaloukas, Spanoulis and Diamantidis trapping the Pick & Roll HARD, but why would it take a 101-95 loss in 2006 to get the USA coaching staff to be ready like they SHOULD BE FOR EVERY TEAM and not judge players because they are not in the NBA.   EUROJOHNBBALL was trying to tell media members in Philadelphia about 12 Greeks that COULD PLAY, but most just thought EUROJOHNBBALL was just CRAZY.   What was crazy is not knowing who Theo Papaloukas or Vassilis Spanoulis was in a SEMIFINAL matchup and calling them NUMBER 4 and NUMBER 7.     Having Smaller players guard BIG SOFO, Sofokils Schortsantis in the paint, as he scored 14 points in 17 minutes was also due to watching ZERO VIDEO on that 2006 Greek squad, but the SIGHTSEEING of Japan had to be great.

In a Yahoo interview with Marc Spears Coach K said the Greek loss made the SCOUTING INCREASE, (Knowing the Best Players on the other Squad is JUST BASIC STUFF)  that 101-95 loss just goes to show, if you are not ready it will show and USA just showed up and thought it was a summer AAU game, taking Greece for granted because of the NON-NBA factor.

 

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1. Vassilis Spanoulis - PG

2. Dimitris Diamantidis - PG

3. Theo Papaloukas - PG

4. Antonis Fotsis - PF

5. Lazaros Papadopoulos - C

6. Ioannis Bourousis - C

7. Sofoklis Schortsanitis - C

8. Kostas Tsartsaris - PF

9. Kostas Papanikolaou - SF

10. Georgios Printezis - PF

11. Nikos Zisis - SG-PG

12. Michalis Kakiouzis - SF-PF

13. Dimos Dikoudis - PF

14. Stratos Perperoglou - SF

15. Kostas Kaimakoglou - SF

16. Loukas Mavrokefalides - C

17. Kostas Vasiliadis - SG - SF

18. Nikos Chatzivrettas - SG

19. Panagiotis Vasilopoulos - SF

20. Kostas Sloukas - PG

21. Ian Vougioukas - C

22. Nikos Pappas - SG- PG

23. Vangelis Mantzaris - SG

24. Andrea Glyniadakis - C

25. Dimitris Mavroeidis - C

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