Spain has won two medals in the Basketball World Cup and both are gold medals shot in Asia. The first was in Tokyo in 2006, and the second in Beijing earlier this week. Mark Gasol and Rudy Fernandez were members of both teams and there is a third person who played a role in both wins; Jorge Garbayos was a 2006 player and is currently the president of the Spanish Basketball Federation. In 2006, Garbayos was the goal scorer of the finals alongside Juan Carlos Navarro, while Spain outscored Greece 70-47. Navarro and Garbayos each score 20 points each. In Beijing, he won his first gold medal as president.
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Spain returned home with several individual awards too, Ricky Rubio was selected MVP of the World Cup and, of course, was a member of the all-tournament team together with Bogdan Bogdanovic of Serbia (the top scorer in the competition with 22 , 9 points per game), Evan Fournier from France, Luis Skola from Argentina and Mark Gasol from Spain. It is no coincidence that four of them played most of their careers with Euroleague clubs and each of them made it to the Euroleague Final Four, while two celebrated the titles. Only Fournier does not play in the Euroleague.
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Next issue of next issue of next edition of next edition of next edition gold and silver medalists from this year's World Cup: champions Sergio Lulu, Rudy Fernandez, Victor Claver, Pierre Oriola, Pa Ribas and Quinn Colom and runners-up Facundo Campazo, Gabriel Dec, Nicolas Laprovitola, Luca Garidozo. Spain finished the tournament unbeaten with impressive readings as individuals and as a team, all managed by an excellent coach. Sergio Scariolo won the NBA title with Toronto as assistant coach of the team in June, is now world champion with Spain as head coach, and his son Alessandro was European U18 champion with Spain too. In support of the national team there is a federation that works well in many ways and the results confirm the good work.
Argentina, led by Campaco and Skola, winning a silver medal was a pleasant surprise. France won its second straight bronze medal, and Australia, although losing what would have been the first World Cup medal, confirmed that it had a very good team.
Serbia was the fifth, which was less than people expected. He had a brilliant first round but was stuck in a grudge against Spain and Argentina. He played an inspired game against the United States and played well enough to beat the Czech Republic in fifth place. The Czechs were sixth, which was also a pleasant surprise. Their leader is Tomasz Satoransky, another former Euroleague player with FC Barcelona, just like Bogdanovic, who played for Partizan Belgrade and won the Fenerbahce Beco Istanbul championship. The US was the biggest negative surprise; no one expected them to finish in seventh place, although many top players skipped the championships. Despite their many absences, the US team was not bad, but in my opinion they lacked some imagination, improvisation and intelligence in their game. Basketball is not just about rebounding, shooting and running and having fun. Following this result in China, I suspect the US will send a much more powerful team to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Poland was also a positive surprise; finished eighth, unlike Lithuania and Italy, which were ninth and 10th respectively. After the Italians we find Greece, Russia, Brazil, Canada and Turkey … And at the very bottom of the ranking we have national teams according to their skills, traditions and players. In short, we saw a proper World Cup in terms of game level, but it was not exceptional. Obviously, there is not enough talent to host 32 teams. The fact that the championship is played in a country as big as China, in eight different cities, made travel difficult not only for national teams but also for the media. In addition, working conditions were not the same for everyone – some traveled one or two hours and others eight or even more hours and had to wake up quite early. It sounds like a small detail, but with long competition, these small details are crucial and an extra rest day can cost a medal.
Yao Ming, President of the Chinese Basketball Association, handed the FIBA flag to representatives of the Philippines, Indonesia and Japan, who will coordinate the next World Cup in 2023. This will be a new experiment to copy it from the last EuroBasket , which has been played in four countries in its latest issue. Until then, Spain will be the world basketball champion for the next four years.