As the dust settles on EuroBasket 2005, and basketball players return to clubs in Europe and North America to begin preparations for the new season, spare one last thought for the gold-medal winning Greeks, the side that had the most important of ingredients for victory in Belgrade.
Humility, modesty, there is no “I” in team – whatever you want to call it – the Greeks had it.
When Greece arrived in Belgrade to take part in the glamorous tournament, all of the players left their egos at the door.Even now, as champions, players refuse to talk about their own accomplishments.
We want to know, for example, why Greek centre Konstantinos Tsartsaris, a reserve who had nine points on four of five shooting from the floor in 16 minutes, saved his best performance for the final game.
We will never know.
“Everybody played well,” said Tsartsaris to PA Sport.
“Everybody had to do something for the team. The Greek team is the true meaning of the word “team”.
“We don’t have a (Dirk) Nowitzki or somebody else, so everybody has to do a little bit of something to achieve our goals.”
Everyone is singing from the same hymn sheet.…