An astonishing start...
A terrible finish...
We beat both the finalists, Spain and Serbia. I really don't know how we lost that great momentum and started losing games after games. 5 wins in a row and then 4 losses in a row.
Turkey is a very interesting team. If you look at the last 2 games, we blew 15 point leads against France and Russia. From this, I think these losses are psychological. Starting the games so good, and blowing them in the 3rd quarters... I think these can be the result of either psychological problems or exhaustion of the players. Slovenia, and Greece games were so close. I think, there is an inside scorer problem. Also, the leader Türkoğlu is not playing the way a leader should play. I just think that he shines in NBA and European/World Championship games are just not suitable for him. I see some forwards or guards of other teams attacking at the defenses like noone else. Why doesn't Hedo attack the defense with his 2.08 agile length and with his great ball-handling skills? He sure can be way more effective than any other player in this tournament when he attacks at the basket. Why does he force shots?
I don't know what our path is going to be now for Turkey 2010. Are we going to stick with some of our idiots, like Erden, Atsür, Hersek, Savaş or are we bringing back Türkcan, Okur, Gönlüm, Peker, Erdoğan? What does Semih Erden do other than moving like a tall tree on the court? How do we make Aşık a reliable solid defensive-minded center who can also hit free throws and who has some post moves? Will Tunçeri and Arslan perform good in Turkey 2010, as they did in Poland? Is it time to replace Onan with Güler?
I do think we showed a bit potential but I don't know how we can reach that potential. It looks like there is a lot of work to be done for Tanjevic this year. What are some ideas?
Poland2009 convinced me to winning turkey2010. But it will be very hard to stop Spain and The USA.I hope It will be unforgettable tournament like eurobasket2001 and Champions League final 2005 in Istanbul. We will see.
The roster I would like to see next summer:
Tunçeri / Arslan
Erdoğan / Onan / Güler
İlyasova / Gönlüm / Kanter
Aşık / Okur / Peker
But obviously roster is not the main concern for the Turkish NT. A new coach would be an encouraging start. But apparently that's out of question.
Then the key is to continue the toughness and hassle on defense and add that an offense that is more defined, schematic and patient which tries to maximize the strengths of players like Türkoğlu, Okur and Erdoğan and cover up their weaknesses.
In summary a more wisely executed offense would top my wishlist. Then Turkey might have a shot at a medal.
Spain next year without Pau and Navarro. They decided to rest.
Spain is a great team but hey! they need Pau and Navarro if they want the gold medal.
Serbia was the team that impressed me the most in this tournament and after that Turkey. I know that Turkey played poorly in the last two games and 8th position really doesn't justify its true performance this year. Lets be honest.... you lost to Slovenia and Greece by two points. If you won either of these games you would be having a completely different discussion right now. You could easily be in the semis.
Turkey was better than Greece in my opinion, but the only thing we were slightly better was winning games in the last few minutes. We lost two games that didnt really affect us that much, but won the two most important ones when the score was very close at the end. If Turkey perfects that aspect of their game, they will be able to go higher. Other than that, I wouldn't really change that many of your players. If you bring your NBA primadonas, you will just get some selfish players who don't care as much. Give a chance to your own guys playing in Turkey and Euro leagues and let them blend and get to know each other even better. The secret of Greece is that we don't really have any stars. What we have is chemistry and our guys have been playing together for years. Get that right and you are a serious contender for a medal next year.
All the best and c u in next years tournament. I am hoping of going to Istanbul to see some of the games next year (and hopefully destroy ozziems armchair, properly this time)
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