Friday, September 10th, 2010 at 8:00 am  |  14 responses

Polladaday: Biggest FIBA Fail?

As we approach the semifinals at the World Championships in Turkey, it’s apparent a few teams fell short of expectations. Who exited too early?

Which international team was the biggest disappointment?

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  • http://www.hypebball.com Sam Raphael Chadwick

    I say Spain over Greece are the biggest disapointment so far, Spain were supposed to be either the best or second best team in the world alongside the USA, instead they lost out to Serbia. And Greece who again were up there with the best were unfortunatle to face Spain to qualify for the last rounds.

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    Spain.. and i’m lukewarm with Rubio’s game in this tournament.. and Navarro should be back in the nba..

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    I’m also very impressed by that Huerta guy from Brazil in the game against Argentina..

  • http://www.slamonline.com niQ

    Isn’t it obvious?

  • http://twitter.com/HarryByrdMan44 LA Huey

    How can it be anyone other than Spain? Two losses in pool play (one being to a French team lacking Parker and Noah) and getting rain’d on by Serbia.

  • http://www.twitter.com/hurstysyd Hursty

    thought this ‘fiba fail’ would have something to do with the refs, the court advertising, the dancers, or the B.O (in Danny Grangers opinion).
    In regards to the actual poll though, I say its a tie between Spain and Greece. They were equally awkward to watch at times. Greece with the 3′s, Spain.. Just in general.

  • Chris

    Greece without a doubt! Way too much hype, by many accounts it was supposed to be their most complete squad ever. They looked strong in exhibitions before the fight with Serbia. They were never the same after that. Later in pool play they tried those stupid euro tactics of losing on purpose to avoid a touch knockout stage. Well it back fired and they had to play Spain anyway. They started as tournaments favorites and departed as a joke team, it was all too much that one of their best players in this era called it quits immediately after losing to Spain.

    Turkey & Serbia should have got more hype relative to Greece & Spain. Both were even with Greece last year in the Euro championships. And the only thing that lifted Spain above everyone else was literally Pau Gasol’s presence. Without Gasol Spain is even with several teams.


    On another not I’m nervous about Lithuania. Linas Kleiza is a beast. I can’t believe Denver wasted that asset. smh



  • ilyasova

    greece is obviously the biggest dissapointment. also they dont have a future without papaolukas and diamantidis class players.

  • http://twitter.com/HarryByrdMan44 LA Huey

    I never went for the Greek hype. They are capable of an upset but not going all the way. Spain, however, I thought had enough talent and continuity to overcome the loss of Pau but also losing Calderon seems to have been too much.

  • ilyasova

    i think Spain’s loss to Serbia was not a coincidance or lack of concentration. i was expecting them to have problems in defence at forward positions. garbajosa isn’t quick enough to chase shooting pf’s. and fernandez is little short for his position. he tried to defend bjelica and keselj who are 2.08m(6ft10). serbia made 10+ 3pointers from forward positions. also rubio is not a good asset for spain, if he doesnt start shooting long distance shots.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    Like I said a few months back, Spain is incredibly overrated…PERIOD

  • JD

    In fairness to Spain, they didnt have Pau Gasol, or Jose Calderon and plus did anyone see that game they played great, and so did Serbia, they were just really unlucky that a guy made a shot 35 feet out which was contested by someone who was 3 inches taller than him, they showed incredible charachter to come back from like 14 points down with less than like 4 minutes to go