Probably you don’t need my article to realize that the Polish team are in the last spot of their group in the Eurocup without any victory in 7 games. But I am not speaking only about the stats and the standings, I speak about attitude.
Yesterday, Slask Wroclaw hosted Paris Basketball. The French squad was the favourite to win the encounter, but it could be an opportunity for the Polish guys to break the ice. Why? Firstly because Paris Basketball played and lost Monday in the French Cup at Antibes, a second league team. Then, they travelled to Poland to play in less than 48 hours with Slask.
The French squad had only 9 players for the Eurocup game, including two very young players that almost couldn’t count for this battle, so the rotation was extremely short. On the other side, Slask Wroclaw had for the first time a complete rotation including the American Justin Bibbs and they played at home against a weakened team that travelled a lot during the last days and in a very short rotation.
I didn’t expect Slask to win or to win easily, but it is their attitude towards the game that makes me sick. In the end, they lost by only 8 points (69-77), while wasting a lot of free throws. Slask had 8 from 18 from the free-throw line, which is pathetic. Then, they didn’t play with confidence the whole game. They look like a team playing against Boston Celtics or GSW not against a French team decimated by injuries. Then, the icing on the cake, Slask players missed 2 slamdunks in the last quarter which means the other 4 points were wasted.
Slask could win the game, but even if they lost it, they could do it with dignity. Scoring 69 points at home in these circumstances is absurd!
The article was written by Gratian Cormos, a Romanian journalist, book writer, life coach and mentor currently living in Barcelona, Spain.
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