In their first preparatory match for the Olympic Games, the United States lost to Nigeria (90-87). Despite this historic defeat, Greg Popovich does not want to be upset.
USA team Getting ready Jo de Tokyo Incredible defeat. Although there are many on earth, all Stars Such as Kevin DurantAnd the Damian Lillard or Jason Tatum, the American choice leaned against Nigeria (90-87). This is the first defeat in history United State against an African country. from his side, Kevin Durant He lost his first game in the US jersey with 39 national wins. However, the legendary coach San Antonio Spurs Greg Popovich, In charge of USA team, believed that this defeat could bring positive to his group.
“In a way, I’m glad that happened.”
At a press conference after the match, Greg Popovich He does not want to drown his players and emphasized the beautiful opposition of Nigeria : « Somehow, I’m glad that happened. This could be the most important game in our Olympic “championship” if we could learn from it. I found the Nigerian team to be very physical. They have done an amazing job at this level. Recoil was an issue for us. I almost returned the stat sheet to whoever brought it to me, and told him we had to give it back, and that there must be something wrong… because we were killed on the bounce. But we have a group of great players with great personality and we will find the solutions. I don’t think you should act like it’s the end of the world. To win the gold, we’ll have to take off the clothes, that’s all. »