For the second straight Summer Olympics, Spain's men's national basketball team had reached the gold-medal game, and for the second straight Summer Olympics, despite playing well enough to win throughout, it had met a narrow defeat at the hands of the United States. For the likes of veteran Spanish stars like Pau Gasol, Juan Carlos Navarro, Jose Calderon and Felipe Reyes, this could've been their last shot at taking out the Americans and claiming a place at the top of the medal stand, but in the end, there was just too much LeBron James, too much Kevin Durant, too much Chris Paul ... too much everything.
Faced with the end of your pursuit of gold, what do you do? Well, apparently, you go full-on metal band and start trashing your Olympic Village apartments, because screw it! You need to blow off some steam, you're leaving in the morning anyway, and hey, your national sports program will do you a solid and pick up the tab, right?
The details, sketchy though they are, of the curiously delayed story come to us from Lee Moran at the New York Daily News:
Manager Sergio Scariolo's team racked up more than $14,400 in damages to their two London 2012 rooms after the 107-100 loss, it was revealed Thursday.
The exact nature of the damage has not yet been confirmed, but the Spanish media has condemned the actions as "despicable" and "disrespectful."
And if there's any team that had a good vantage point on what despicable, disrespectful behavior looked like during the Olympic basketball tournament, it was Spain.Read More »from Spain men’s basketball team ‘trashed their apartments,’ ran up $14K damage bill after gold-medal loss to Team USA