It was a "spirited" matchup between Team Spain and France as things got chippy in their quarterfinals contest.
However, "chippy" wouldn't be the right word to use. Perhaps the game was a flop-fest mainly from the Spaniards. Time after time, we saw Rudy Fernandez sell hits, other players flop which led to Team France's Nicolas Batum clocking Juan Carlos Navarro in the groin to "give them a reason to flop" according to Batum.
And if flopping wasn't an issue among Team Spain, many felt they threw the game against Brazil to get an easier path to the finals and a chance to get gold. It got so bad, that even Manu Ginobili's brother called Spain out for that alleged tactic.
So needless to say, Team Spain isn't well-liked among international team right now.
Going back to Batum, as if hitting a guy in the nuts wasn't enough, he went on to say he feels Spain doesn't deserve to win a medal and that France did because of their alleged tank job versus Brazil.
So it was only a matter of time before someone from the Spanish team will fire back at Batum and France and that would be Jose Calderon.
"(The French) say they deserved to win because of the Brazil thing? They can play for places fifth to eighth, that's what's up."
Bam! That just happened.
Say what you will about flopping and tanking games, as much as those tactics might be looked down upon, who has the last laugh right now? That be Spain. Spain is still in the tournament going for an Olympic medal while France and Batum are not.
Think about it, would you do anything to help your team win? Would you f
lop if it meant getting the ball back in a critical moment in the game? Would you want to take the easier path to glory and do whatever it take to make that happen? Of course you would for the team.
As far as Spain and France goes, this is budding into a rivalry. I suspect if these two teams qualify for the 2016 Rio Games, it will sure be one matchup to watch. I just hope Batum doesn't hit players in the pills.
(h/t Hoops Hype)
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