EuroBasket 2022: what we liked and disliked

EuroBasket 2022 closed its doors on Sunday with a frustrating France-Spain final lost by the Blues. Despite everything, the tournament was particularly entertaining and rich in diverse and varied emotions. Here, in bulk, is what we have retained from these two weeks of competition.

We liked: The gigantic race that the Poles had to put on before playing against France. Given the hangover they had and which allowed us to go to the final, we would have liked to participate in the party with them, Warszawa Style.

We didn’t like: This impression of seeing the same France-Spain match for 15 years, with a spatio-temporal fault in 2013 which allowed us to face La Roja without Sergio Scariolo. The guy has the same psychological ascendancy on Vincent Collet as Mike Tyson on a featherweight. 6 to 0 for Scariolo in matches in official competition.

We didn’t like: The fact that EVERYONE told the Blues to stop losing balls in a mess, but they still screwed up 20 possessions (TWENTY!) in the final. Madness is always doing the same thing but expecting a different result…

We liked: Terrence Tarpey, third of the name, emperor of the Kingdom of France and Navarre (oh no, shit, another victory for those damn Spaniards…). The captain of Le Mans entered through the back door to find a place in Vincent Collet’s roster and today we can no longer imagine living without him.

Tarpey is the player who has made the most interceptions in this EuroBasket 2022, all teams combined. He also became the Plus/Minus King, with a staggering differential in each match for Les Bleus (still the only positive in the final). We also want his jersey which is selling so well.

We liked: The abundance of unlikely scenarios (yes, we did Latin in college, keskiya?!) in this EuroBasket 2022 full of twists and drama. Overall, it was rather in favor of the Blues, who were quite inspired by the London Braqueuses to advance in the tournament.

We liked: Giannis Antetokounmpo. For his level of play, of course, he who was elected in the best five of the tournament despite his inability to lead Greece beyond the quarter-finals. But also, and almost above all, because he shut his mouth on the whistles throughout the competition despite his status as a world superstar and two-time NBA MVP. You know where we’re coming from…

We didn’t like: Luka Doncic the unbearable. In contrast to what we have seen from Giannis, Luka’s relationship with refereeing is more and more irritating, not to say totally unbearable for a spectator, even a fan of him. Whether he outrageously dominates matches (god knows that was the case in this Euro) or whether he is in difficulty, the Slovenian is constantly in dispute and Calimero syndrome.

The nature of his game means that he causes mistakes, sometimes gross, it must be recognized. But twisting to this point pretending there is a conspiracy against him or a desire to harm him is exhausting and exasperating. This is probably what prevents him today from being totally adored and already considered the best player in the world.

France-Spain: the notes of the Blues – EuroBasket 2022

We liked: Luka Doncic the sublime. Because yes, despite what we said just above, what the hell is he strong. His solo numbers, his performances and his supernatural shots carried his country to the quarterfinals, with a match with 47 points against the French team (a record in the 21st century). When you manage to put aside your behavior with the referees, it still often touches on the divine…

We didn’t like: Arbitration in this tournament. Let’s start by saying that poor refereeing is 99.9% never responsible for a team’s defeat or victory. Simply, if only from the point of view of the spectator and the feeling of fairness, it’s still better when you don’t have parodies like we saw during this Euro.

There were still three referees fired from the tournament (El) manu militari for a blunder during Lithuania-Germany, a very random and crazy use of video and variable geometry treatment depending on the reputation of the players. Nothing hugely new under the sun, but it’s heartbreaking nonetheless.

We liked: the fact that there are no more small teams. As we have seen, even Spain lost a pool match against Belgium. With all due respect to our neighbors, we wouldn’t have thought that possible a few years ago. Seeing Poland, Finland and the Czech Republic, to name just these three, do great competitions where they would have taken monstrous prices in the past, it’s very promising.

There was a guiding idea and game intentions behind each team. The level of EuroBasket 2022 was already very high and it will only go up as it grows.

We liked: the hatching at the very high level of Franz Wagner, excellent with Germany in line with his great rookie season. We can’t wait to see what’s next in the NBA. Oh shit, no, he plays in the G League in Orlando…

We liked: another outbreak, more discreet, that of Deni Avdija. Israel didn’t make it past the first round losing their final pool game against the Czech Republic, but Avdija showed he was the boss of the team. His duel with Lauri Markkanen against Finland and his very good overall level, with playmaking, scoring and defense, is very good news for the Wizards.

We liked: Guerschon Yabusele. The Dancing Bear was one of the best French players in this tournament, if not THE best. The former Celtic has more and more confidence in himself and his attacking game. Half-provocative question: beyond the opinion that we can have on the naturalization of Joel Embiid, do we really want to see less Guerschon on the ground?

We liked: The heat strokes of Thomas Heurtel. Edwin Jackson summed up the character wonderfully.

We didn’t like: the end of george eddy with the Blues. Not only are we disgusted to know that we will no longer hear George on the meetings of the France team, but we also have the impression that we have forced his hand a little by announcing that he would not officiate. more on this niche without leaving him the scoop of the ad.

Mister George is not dead and you can always find him on Canal Plus Afrique in particular, to comment on the NBA. However, this should not prevent us from saying thank you to him for having been the voice that accompanied the exploits and disappointments of the Blues during all these years, among other memories that there is still time to celebrate.

We liked: the Spanish gaming academy. Yes, we are a bit sadomasochistic, but we must recognize that to play at this level, with such collective mastery, without any brother Gasol, nor Ricky Rubio and in what should have been a transition tournament, it is prodigious. It was in basketball that La Roja outclassed the Blues and won this EuroBasket 2022, full stop.

Spain is still a very big step ahead of the rest of the competition when it comes to training and basketball culture. It is in this kind of context that we understand it well.

Disgusted by Juan Hernangómez, the Blues lose the final

We didn’t like: the naturalization of Lorenzo Brown. It is precisely because Spain has a breeding ground, a know-how and a formidable culture that we grant ourselves the right to be a little angry on this precise point. We are generally not for sports naturalizations, including that of Joel Embiidbut it’s still much less disturbing when it concerns a nation with modest basketball means and the player has a little connection with sauerkraut.

Lorenzo Brown had no connection whatsoever with Spain. He has never played there and does not speak the language. The fact that he was excellent throughout the tournament, as Anthony Randolph had been with Slovenia, it still stings a bit…

We liked: Gordon Herbert and the defense of Germany. The Germans honored their status as host country and we even thought for a time that they could go all the way. The bronze is already a great performance for which the fans can thank their players, but also and especially coach Gordon Herbert.

The former coach of Paris Basket de Pau-Orthez recalled that he was a master tactician, capable of defending the lead to a team that played exciting, disciplined and effective basketball. The way Germany harassed us defensively in the pool match made an impression.

We liked: the ultra-classy tribute to Dirk Nowitzki in opening. Even in a suit, it’s always a treat to see him on the field.

We liked: Rudy Gobert. People might dwell on his disappointing final, but Rudy was instrumental and decisive for the Blues in the tournament’s toughest moments. Defensively and at the finish, he took responsibility to lead the Blues to the final. In any case, Wolves must have liked what they saw a lot, regardless of the criticisms we hear here and there about their complexes in attack. Gobert is in the best five of the tournament and it is highly deserved.

We liked: the heart of Italy. In the end, it was probably their excessive emotionalism that cost them their quarter-final against France, but we had rarely seen a national team unite so much, from the last substitute to the coach, the “Mouche Atomique” Pozzecco.

We liked and disliked: that bastard Rodolfo Fernandez Farres, better known as Rudy Fernandez. We can hate him, we can love him, we can fucking HATE him!!!!, but his performance in the last minutes of the match against Finland was crazy and the way he behaved as a veteran-leader been wonderful. If he retires soon, we’ll be left with another Fernandez, Jaime, to hate. Honor and traditions are safe.

We liked: see Goran Dragic systematically finish first in all counter-attacks. We would have thought we were back to his drag racing debut at Euro 2007.

We liked: the resilience of the France team. Managing to get out of the hole you dug yourself, match after match and put yourself in a position to be able to take the matches on the wire, that’s a rare quality. The EdF lacked consistency, but not resources. Even if the defeat hurts, even if Spain seizes this EuroBasket 2022, we still end up with a superb silver medal on which few people would have bet after the opening match or at 75-77, throws against us to follow, seconds against Turkey and Italy. Thanks guys.

Willy Hernangomez MVP of Eurobasket 2022, Rudy Gobert in best five



EuroBasket 2022: what we liked and disliked