After he stepped down from the interview podium, Djordjevic was intercepted by ESPN.com at the door and asked if he really expected that game plan to work so effectively against all those big names from the States. “Actually yes,” Djordjevic told me. “Why not?” Why not? “You guys are better, of course, but you have to prove it on the court.”
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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.”
In particular Alexander Djordjevic is very disappointed by Brian Scalabrine (206-C-78, college: USC) who left the team a couple of the days ago:’A disappointment on the human side, I didn’t expect that. This is my personal opinion. He was the first NBA player in Europe to go back to the USA without a contract, without playing the latest games and help the team and greet the fans, all at 33 years ago only for going on his knees to his wife that wanted him back. He hasn’t a team and an NBA contract yet. I was counting on his professionalism, respect for the club and especially for his young teammates. He could help us at least until tomorrow, the team needed it, but Scalabrine had a very negative attitude, as already shown in recent weeks, which gave us not so much on the field and beyond, indeed he has also negatively influenced other americans. We’re thrown off by this, thinking of a serious professional, but caused problems with teammates and club’.