Spain has won two World Basketball Championship medals and both are gold medals won in Asia. The first was in Tokyo in 2006 and the second in Beijing this week. Marc Gasol and Rudy Fernandez were members of both teams, and there is a third man involved in both wins. Jorge Garbajosa was in the squad in 2006 and is currently president of the Spanish Basketball Association. 2006 Garbajosa was together with Juan Carlos Navarro, the top scorer of the final when Spain against Greece with 70: 47 hit. Navarro and Garbajosa each scored 20 points. In Beijing he won his first gold medal as president.
The final was one-sided – Spain was the better team and dominated all the way. There was a lack of energy in Argentina and gas was lost in the deciding game, but the South Americans do not have to be sad. They have played an excellent tournament to win the silver medal and confirmed that they have a good generation of players again. It's not like the team around Manu Ginobili, Fabricio Oberto, Andres Nocioni and Luis Scola ̵
Spain returned home with several individual awards. Ricky Rubio was elected to the World Cup MVP and was of course a member of the all-tournament team along with Bogdan Bogdanovic of Serbia (with 22.9 points per game, the top scorer of the competition), Evan Fournier from France and Luis Scola from Argentina and Marc Gasol from Spain. It is no coincidence that four of them have spent much of their careers at EuroLeague clubs and that each of the four fours reached the final of the EuroLeague while two celebrated the title. Only Fournier did not play in the EuroLeague.
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The next edition of the EuroLeague will feature several gold and silver medalists This year's World Championship awaits: champions Sergio Llull, Rudy Fernandez, Victor Claver, Pierre Oriola, Pau Ribas and Quino Colom, as well as second-placed Facundo Campazzo, Gabriel Deck, Nicolas Laprovittola, Luca Vildoza and Patricio Garino. Spain ended the tournament undefeated with impressive individual and team performances, all led by an excellent coach. Sergio Scariolo won the NBA title with Toronto as assistant coach of the team in June, is now with Spain as head coach world champion and his son Alessandro was also with Spain U18 European champion. In support of the national team, there is an association that works well in many ways, and the results confirm this good work.
Argentina, led by Campazzo and Scola, winning the silver medal was a pleasing surprise. France have won the second bronze medal in a row, and Australia has confirmed that it has a very good team despite the absence of its first World Cup medal.
Serbia was fifth, which is less than expected. It had a brilliant first round, but was bogged down in the offensive against Spain and Argentina. It was an inspired game against the United States and it was good enough to beat the Czech Republic in the fifth game. The Czechs were sixth, which was a pleasant surprise. Their leader is Tomas Satoransky, another former EuroLeague player at FC Barcelona, as well as Bogdanovic, who played for Partizan Belgrade and won the championship with Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul. The United States was the biggest negative surprise; Nobody expected them to finish seventh, although many top players skip the championships. Despite his many absences, the US team was not bad, but I think there was a lack of imagination, improvisation, and intelligence in their game. Basketball is not just recreation, shooting and "running and having fun". After this result in China I assume that the USA will send a much more powerful team to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Poland was also a positive surprise. In contrast to Lithuania and Italy, which were each in the ninth and tenth place, they finished eighth. After the Italians we find Greece, Russia, Brazil, Canada and Turkey. And at the bottom of the table are national teams that match their skills, traditions and players. In short, we've seen a world championship in terms of gameplay, but it was not exceptional. It is obvious that there is not enough talent to take in 32 teams. The fact that the championship was held in as big a country as China in eight different cities made traveling difficult not only for the national teams but also for the media. In addition, working conditions were not the same for everyone – some traveled for an hour or two, others for eight and more hours, and had to wake up early. It sounds like little details, but in a long competition these little details are crucial and an additional rest day can well be worth a medal.
Yao Ming, president of the Chinese Basketball Association, presented the flag to FIBA representatives from the Philippines, Indonesia and Japan, who will coordinate the next World Cup in 2023. It will be a new experiment copied from the last EuroBasket played in four countries in its latest edition. Until then, Spain will be basketball world champion for the next four years.