At a time in which the NBA has been embroiled in a hefty global political controversy that began with a tweet from Rockets general manager Daryl Morey in support of protestors against Chinese influence in Hong Kong—a political quarrel that has sapped the joy from the game for the past week—Divac’s lesson from watching the Yugoslavian national team fall apart resonates. “Unfortunately, we were just the team that had to be punished,” Divac said. “I always fight for sports to be neutral. It doesn’t matter, you know. But that’s life. You remember, Olympics 1984, as much as we can fight, those people were making the decisions. Unfortunately, a lot of them are bad decisions. Otherwise we would all feel and live in a peaceful world and have fun. Right?”
Mark Woods: The All Star Five for the World Cup: Bogdan Bogdanovic (Serbia) – the leading scorer in the tournament – Evan Fournier (France), Ricky Rubio (Spain), Luis Scola (Argentina), Marc Gasol (Spain)
Donatas Urbonas: Bogdan Bogdanovic and Evan Fournier share the first row in the World Cup final, which might indicate that they’re going to make the all-tournament team. 2-3 other players likely share the floor right now.
Serbia guard Bogdan Bogdanovic finished the 2019 World Cup with some phenomenal stats, including the number of 3-pointers he made in the tournament. In fact, Bogdanovic hit more 3-pointers by his own than seven national teams that participated in the World Cup.
Djordjevic did not want to use curse words at his postgame news conference, but he revealed later that Popovich, the five-time N.B.A. championship-winning coach, broke the pregame ice by jokingly calling them “a couple of losers” — with a profanity thrown in. “We were just looking at each other, saying, ‘We are playing this?’” Djordjevic said, referring to Thursday’s fifth-place-bracket game.