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“We did not plan to embarrass Nigeria,” US basketball coach speaks about that humiliating defeat
Mike Krzyzewski, the coach of the US male basketball team, has denied suggestions that his team came all out to embarrass the Nigerian team, in the Group game at the ongoing London 2012 Olympics.
“It is wrong for anyone to say that it was a game plan to embarrass Nigeria because of the interest the game generated since the draw was made,” the softspoken coach said. “The result turned out that way because of the shooting percentage we had on the night. We have never had it so good at shooting and I am sure it is so for many teams across the world. Our shooting was incredible and we are surprised by what we achieved.
“It was just that Nigeria happened to be the team on ground the day we got it so right. If it was another team and we had this kind of shooting performance they could never have come near us. Indeed it was a night of shots on both sides because the Nigerians were scoring highly too.
“The Nigerian team is a winning team. They did not get to the Olympics by a wild card; they battled their way to this place from the Venezuela qualifiers which featured great teams from Europe. Yes, we came determined to win the game because any slip can be dangerous but it was a night that what we have always trained for worked perfectly.”
D’Tigers were whitewashed 156-73, setting new Olympics records. It produced the widest losing margin in Olympic history; and the best scoring percentage ever for Team USA. At the two-points range, they hit 30/37 (scored 30 out of 37 attempts) and an incredible 29/46 in the three-points range. Anthony Carmelo who led the scoring on both sides with 37 points hit 81 per cent of field goals – 13/16 from the two-points range and 10/13 for three-pointers.