Greek nationwide workforce head coach Dimitris Itoudis addressed the painful EuroBasket quarterfinal loss vs. Germany with pleasure, specializing in constructing a course of.
Dimitris Itoudis introduced all Greek nationwide workforce gamers and personnel collectively in the course of Mercedes-Benz Enviornment.
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A few of them had been crying and could not imagine what simply have occurred.
That is the place the place many individuals thought Greece could be on the final day of the EuroBasket 2022, lifting a trophy on the rostrum.
However Giannis Antetokounmpo, Dimitris Itoudis, and the Greek workforce gathered to simply accept a painful loss within the EuroBasket 2022 quarterfinal vs. Germany 96-107.
The generational expertise on the nationwide workforce roster would not essentially translate into successful the championship. That is what Serbia and Greece can affirm. Two of their gamers had been the NBA MVPs of the final 4 seasons.
“I want to say massive congratulations to my workforce. These are robust moments, and you must stand up when falling,” Itoudis left the match with pleasure in his group.
“That was males’s battle on the market. Germany was higher. But it surely’s only a starting. We have to take nice classes out of that. Each particular person,” he continued. “I want to say we actually loved the journey and journey. I believe we made many individuals pleased with how this workforce performs. We wished to win the struggle, however it did not occur.”
Itoudis believes that the chief of this group may even take good classes that he’ll talk about with him later privately.
“Concerning Giannis [Antetokounmpo] and dealing with him, it is easy as a result of he is extremely motivated. A really humble particular person. His method normally in life and sports activities is phenomenal,” Itoudis mentioned BasketNews.
“He positively must breathe now, see the issues, return wholesome to the NBA, win titles over there, and are available again at any time when it is allowed and attainable to assist his nationwide workforce,” Itoudis concluded.
Itoudis may even attempt to come again stronger, however it will not be quickly.
On account of his obligations to Fenerbahce Istanbul, he will not handle to be a full-time nationwide workforce head coach throughout the FIBA World Cup window throughout the membership season.
The 2-time EuroLeague champion, who had by no means labored with the nationwide workforce earlier than, mentioned it was a special journey.
“It is the dash. And within the dash, typically you would possibly make errors. I am additionally speaking about myself. We have to handle these errors and embrace what occurred. Take it as it’s. And go grow to be higher,” Itoudis responded.
“I believe this expertise was additionally vital for me. We wish to create habits. How we’ll do it? If we’ll be all collectively. Different nationwide groups, Spain, had the identical teaching workers and all this nice course of. Congrats to Sergio Scariolo, my pal, and the Spanish basketball federation. They created habits, and that is nice,” Itoudis concluded.
Nevertheless, when requested about how robust it will likely be to discover a stability between working for a demanding EuroLeague membership and nationwide workforce, he raised the query that also bothers him.
“It is not possible to be there in home windows as a result of I’ve to be centered on the EuroLeague. I actually imagine that in the long run, individuals will sit down and discover the absolute best options, so now we have all coaches and gamers,” Itoudis expressed his want.
“That is an enormous dialogue you opened now, and I actually haven’t got lots of time. I am going to simply let you know one thing. When NBA gamers are usually not coming to home windows as a result of it isn’t attainable, everyone has peace with that. When EuroLeague gamers are usually not going, everyone is attacking EuroLeague. I do not perceive why. Have you ever questioned why? That is not honest,” he added.
Concerning the loss, Itoudis praised Germany for an unbelievable recreation.
“Congratulations to Germany. They deserved to win and had been a greater workforce,” Itoudis mentioned within the press convention.
“We had been chasing them lots of time primarily as a result of they shot the ball exceptionally nicely. Wagner, Obst, they mixed for 10 of 14 3-pointers. We had been giving them confidence from the start,” Itoudis emphasised.
“We discovered a method. We discovered lineups proper there. We managed a technique to come again with a improbable shot earlier than halftime. However the third quarter damage us loads,” he added. “It was excessive tempo recreation within the first half. However we did not make pictures within the third quarter, not because of German’s protection. We missed layups, open appears, and free throws. It got here to 10-26, which damage us loads.”
“A lot of credit score to Germany. A lot of credit score to their gamers. Even when they play in EuroLeague, Champions League, or NBA. As you possibly can see, Wagner had an damage however acquired an injection to assist his nation. That claims loads. I’ve solely to say the very best for his or her teaching workers, the group, and the way they battle. I believe that is a great way.”