San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich leads the American squad at the FIBA World Cup this summer. Most of the top players have already turned down an opportunity to play for the team.
The likes of James Harden, LeBron James and Anthony Davis – among others – won’t be on the court.
With the nation’s best players avoiding the competition, another nation’s head coach took a shot at the American side.
Serbian national team head coach Sasha Djordjevic had a strong message for the United States men’s basketball team this week.
“Let’s let them [Team USA] play their basketball and we will play ours and if we meet, may God help them,” Djordjevic said in an interview for the Serbian national television, per Mozzart Sport.
It’s a bold message for the United States, who took down Serbia in the 2016 Olympics and in the 2014 World Cup.
However, now is the time to take a shot at the U.S. team when it is depleted of talent. Boston Celtics point guard Kemba Walker is the biggest name leading the U.S. team this summer.
The FIBA Basketball World Cup officially kicks off on August 31 and runs through September 15.
We’ll have to hope for a meeting between Serbia and the United States.