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Friday, February 28, 2020

Serbia coach has trash talk for Team USA ahead of FIBA World Cup

Serbia national basketball coach Sasha Djordjevic seems to be looking forward to a potential matchup against the United States.

In an interview on Serbian national TV this week, Djordjevic had some trash talk for Team USA ahead of the FIBA World Cup.

“Let’s let them [Team USA] play their basketball and we will play ours and if we meet, may God help them,” he said in a semi-serious tone, per Eurohoops.

While Djordjevic’s remark may be a bit tongue-in-cheek, he has reason to feel confident with Denver Nuggets star Nikola Jokic manning the middle in a four-out offense. Also riding shotgun for Serbia is a number of NBA-tested talents, including former LA Clippers guard Milos Teodosic, Dallas Mavericks big man Boban Marjanovic, and Bogdan Bogdanovic and Nemanja Bjelica of the Sacramento Kings.

Team USA did beat Serbia the last time they faced off in the 2016 Olympics. This time around however, the Americans could struggle to contain a well-spaced, Jokic-centered offense, especially with the number of star withdrawals (some more unusual than others) that they have endured.

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