HoopsHype Serbia rumors

September 14, 2014 Updates

Nikos Varlas: So, @Nenad Krstic announced that the Final was the last game of him with the NT Shirt. A silver medal is the right way to leave the team you love. Twitter @Eurohoopsnet

Since starting the national program in 2007 that was previously Serbia and Montenegro, this group has never faced the Americans. Nor have they won an international tournament, with a second-place finish in the 2009 Eurobasket and a fourth-place finish in the 2010 FIBA tournament as top showings. "They have a lot at stake here I feel, and they're outspoken about it," Team USA managing director Jerry Colangelo told USA TODAY Sports about Serbia. "This is their opportunity they've been waiting for, and they have a dream. But so do we, so it works both ways." USA Today Sports

"They're probably the hottest team, and they're playing at a high level," USA coach Mike Krzyzewski said of Serbia. "They have stars on their team, and Teodosic, I loved him when I saw him in the World Championships in '10, Bogdanovic is a rising star. Their big guys (including former NBA big man Nenad Krstic) are good, they're well coached, and they're strong. They can hurt you from many different positions. "They're just playing great basketball right now. Actually, it's beautiful to see. I hope I don't see that beauty tomorrow night." USA Today Sports

Pistons center Andre Drummond was an active participant in the practice’s final 15 minutes, open to the media, shooting free throws and working one-on-one with U.S. assistant coach Andre Griffin. “We’ve played hard this whole tournament and have given it our all,” Drummond told the Free Press after Saturday’s practice. “We’re excited to be here and we’re mentally ready for this game.” Detroit Free Press

September 13, 2014 Updates

And when all the pressure is on the other team, as it will be for the United States on Sunday, it can be an enormous equalizer. Just ask Spain. “We’re not going to be scared, for sure,” Krstic said. “Some players never get this chance — the chance to do something great in our lives.” SheridanHoops

Do yourself a favor and turn off the football for two hours and see what happens. When the Serbs are involved in a gold medal game, you really never know what you are going to get. “If they beat us, when it is over I will shake their hands,” Djordjevic told me. “But we are going to play our game.” SheridanHoops

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