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Ahora vamos por una medalla, no importa de qué color sea

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I mean it sincerely; I almost died when Vasilopoulos banked that triple with 30 seconds left. It was an amazing shot! My previous lay in was also tough, but let’s say the ball went in cleaner, it was more elegant. On that play I didn’t want to pick and roll, I preferred one on one, but I knew they were going to give me the right so I went that way but finished with my left hand. If I throw that ball with my right it was a pass to my father that was in the stands behind the board.

We are one and one now. Lithuania beat us with a shot at the end and today Greece failed theirs. On our first game we lost and today we won. Things are this way, they come and go. You have to give props to the Greek team as they played brilliant defense on us. It was a very tough game, physical and tiresome. They played very well. We never thought we could beat them by 15 points, but the two or three times that we had a six or seven point lead we couldn’t break their spirit, they came back right at us. Last 2 plays with a couple of 3’s; I think we were 64-57 up and they came close again. They have a lot of experience and execute really well.

We could stay in the game with the outside shooting, a couple weird, but they went in. Anyhow, yesterday’s star was Carlitos (Delfino). I think that few times I have seen a player do this kind of second half in a game. Impressive! He put the team on his shoulders and did an impeccable basketball demonstration. I am proud of him and of this team, the best I have ever been a part of in my life. For the character, for the way it gives it all, for its professionalism, for how we take care of each others back and we cheer ourselves, I think it has to be not only an example for sports but for all society. If you just were able to experience the communication this group have. I would love you to understand that. It’s fabulous.

The main objective is accomplished. Now we are going for a medal doesn’t matter what color it is. We are happy because yet again we are one of the best four teams in the world, for several tournaments now already and it’s been a while. I don’t think another country have ever done this. Nothing was easy for is, everything is tough, but we are very happy to be on semi finals again. With time I think all this will be more appreciated, because I don’t forget that 8 years ago we were fighting for an eight place in the world cups and did not make the Olympics at all.

Now we are going for the miracle. They are the favorites and we have very slight chances maybe a 5 or 10 %, but while that minimum chance is alive we have to try it. In Indianapolis they had a 58 games winning streak and nobody gave a shit for us and we still pulled it through. Why can’t we make this upset then? No, No, the impossible the unthinkable again. It’s truth we are complicated with our injured players and that we are a short team, but we have to step on that court to get a win without thinking in the bronze medal. If they have a 20 point lead and we see it’s too complicated, I am going to be the first one to ask to be substituted. They are super physically gifted, have 12 top notch players that play at the highest level, all NBA stars and we would have to play brilliantly and make more shots than usual to beat them. I repeat, the chances are slim but we have try.

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