Diaw’s France will play in the 2022 EuroBasket Final vs. Spain Sunday (19/9) after routing Poland in the semifinal. Les Bleus have secured a medal, unlike other powerhouses such as 2017 champion Slovenia, Serbia and Greece. “Basketball is still a team sport, it is played five on five, and everything can never depend on one player,” Diaw said. “In addition, now more than ever you need to have a deep bench, 10-12 players in the rotation to be able to think about a good result. Nikola Jokic, Luka Doncic and Giannis Antetokounmpo are great players, incredible, but they all have to be involved in the action and play well. That goes for every team, every contender for gold, every team on the planet that wants something more. It’s great when you have an extra class, but you also need a support system that will always be involved in both phases”.
October 1, 2022 | 3:58 pm EDT Update
Tony Jones: Jordan Clarkson on the difference of coaches: last year, we had been together for three years so camp had been a little more chill. So it’s difficult to really compare. This year we are playing a lot and a bunch of competing.
Tony Jones: Jordan Clarkson on tomorrows Utah Jazz preseason opener: I think we’re all excited to get out there and play against somebody else. We’re back to the grind and I think everyone is looking forward to it