Yesterday, Gregg Popovich and Team USA opened their Olympic games with a tough matchup against rival, France. To a lot of people’s surprise, France upset the overwhelming gold favorites in a 83-76 win over Team USA.
Team USA loses to France 83-76 in its first game of group play 😳
🇫🇷 Evan Fournier: 28 PTS
🇺🇸 Jrue Holiday: 18 PTS pic.twitter.com/t0QGjo4x38
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) July 25, 2021
Team USA led for majority of the game but when it came down to close it out, Boston Celtics guard Evan Fournier lit up for 28 points. But France is good, and yet they still shouldn’t beat the US ever. Like I said in a previous blog. When you have 12 of the top 20 players in the tournament and lose, people are quick to point fingers. And that finger is being pointed at Head Coach Gregg Popovich.
USA Coach Gregg Popovich on Tokyo Olympic opening loss to France: "When you lose a game, you're not surprised. You're disappointed. I don't understand the word 'surprised.' That sort of disses the French team, as if we're supposed to beat them by 30. That's a hell of a team."
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) July 25, 2021
This tweet from Ben Golliver was Pop’s initial reaction… Team USA has dominated France since 2006 and France only has Fournier and Gobert. But later in the afternoon and into today, reports surfaced that the team is upset with how Pop has managed them so far. I didn’t want much of the game, but sitting Tatum in favor of Zach LaVine should be a fire-able offense.
Then when there is smoke, there is fire.
Report: Team USA players are frustrated with Gregg Popovich ‘running the San Antonio offense’ https://t.co/aN4rEs4xbw
— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) July 25, 2021
It is very obvious Pop is running a “Spurs offense.” You have the best 5 players in the tournament and you are running a fucking offense from your 33-39 team this season. If this was happening under Coach K they would have called for his head and sent him back to Duke. But with Pop everyone seems to give him a pass, why? Is it because he is a numerous NBA Champion, or does the media have a soft spot for the old zany, outspoken coach? If it is the NBA Champion part, then newsflash buddy this is the Olympics and running a broken offense isn’t going to work.
It is plain and simple. Either they win Gold or Gregg Popovich gets fired and they move forward with a younger coach for Team USA. No in-betweens, just get it done!
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