It was 10 years ago, when Greece defeated the USA 101-95, on the semi-final of the Fiba World Championship in Japan.
LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Chris Bosh, Dwight Howard lost against Papaloukas, Diamantidis, Schorchianitis, Papadopoulos, Kakiouzis and Spanoulis.
The Greek team had a very good day - especially Vassilis Spanoulis and Dimitris Diamantidis - while the zone defense organized by the Greek coach Panayiotis Giannakis blocked the NBA stars who, despite their good performance, will not take part in the final. The best player of the USA team was Denver Nuggets star, Carmello Anthony, who scored 25 points. The other semi-final of the 2006 Fiba World Championship is the game between Argentina and Spain.
"I think we showed everybody that maybe we're not very good
athletes like them, but we know how to play the game," said Greek
guard Theodoros Papaloukas, who carved up the U.S. defense with 12
assists. "We are clever."
They ran like one play the whole game," Wade said.
In the earlier rounds, the U.S. applied defensive pressure to
create easy baskets. That didn't work against the methodical
Greeks, who committed only 10 turnovers, the fewest by an American
"They played damn near a perfect game," American forward Chris Bosh said.
Mike Wilbon of the Washington Post writes, "Our arrogance has no boundaries when it comes to international basketball, though it ought to by now, after yet another loss in a major competition."
After that, the USA won 2 FIBA World Championships (2010, 2014) and 2 Olympic Games in the row (2008, 2012).
Who can stop them after Greece, 10 years ago? Spain, France, maybe Serbia? Or they will win once again?