Team USA upset with Antetokounmpos after foul


Members of Team USA and Greece had to be separated after the FIBA game today. USA players, especially Jaylen Brown, were furious about the late foul by Thanasis Antetokounmpo on Harrison Barnes. 

The teams didn’t have the traditional postgame handshake. USA coach Gregg Popovich gathered his team on the floor to allow the Greeks to leave so the two teams wouldn’t meet in the tunnel.

“Yeah, I said something to Giannis. Well, Giannis said something to me,” Jaylen Brown said. “But we’ve got bigger fish to fry. So we move on.”

Giannis Antetokounmpo declined to talk to the media after the game.

Barnes, who finished with nine points and seven rebounds, was uninjured.

“The game was over; probably a frustration play,” Barnes said. “Apologies only go so far. If I don’t get up and something would’ve happened, apologies aren’t going to help us in the next game. Luckily everything is all good.”

The United States is now on the brink of securing the top spot in Group K following this 69-53 victory over Greece at the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup.

The United States (4-0, eight points) is the only undefeated team in Group K and will secure a spot in the knockout phase with one more win.

Brazilian Coach: ‘We Have Several Players Who Can Stop’ Giannis Antetokounmpo

Brazil proved it had “several players who can stop” Giannis Antetokounmpo when it beat Greece 79-78 in a thriller Tuesday at the FIBA World Cup, according to head coach Aleksandar Petrovic.

Antetokounmpo was limited to 13 points and fouled out late in the fourth quarter.

Anderson Varejao led the way for Brazil with 22 points and nine rebounds, and 39-year-old Alex Garcia improbably held The Greek Freak in check.

Per Eurohoops:

“Why this sport is wonderful? On the other side, you have a guy who won MVP, he’s 23 years old, and who stops him tonight? The guy who is 40 years old and kicks his ass. That’s basketball,” said the brother of the late, great Drazen Petrovic while slapping his hand on the table euphorically.

Coach Petrovic also mentioned that he wasn’t worried at all about Giannis; he was afraid of EuroLeague stars Kostas Sloukas and Georgios Printezis might do.

“We showed that we have several players who can stop Antetokounmpo. But yesterday I was more occupied with Sloukas and Printezis, and that’s what happened today. When I was preparing this game, a lot of people talked and joked about how to stop Antetokounmpo. I had for six months in my head, since the semifinals between Toronto and Milwaukee, how to stop Antetokounmpo. The problem tonight for us was Sloukas and Printezis.”

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