Gregg Popovich Has Tense Exchange With Reporter After Team USA’s Latest Loss (VIDEO)

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 10, 2016: Team United States during National Anthem before group A basketball match between Team USA and Australia of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Carioca Arena 1

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Team USA basketball suffered its second straight embarrassing exhibition loss while warming up for the Tokyo Olympics, and Gregg Popovich was not pleased with the team’s performance.

After losing to Nigeria over the weekend, Team USA lost yet again to Australia which has caused some to sound the alarm. It is just the first time since 1992 when Team USA began using professionals that the team has lost back-to-back exhibition games.

Following the game, Coach Pop was taking questions from the media about his team’s second loss in three days when he had a tense exchange with Joe Vardon of The Athletic.

Pop felt like Vardon was disrespecting other countries by suggesting Team USA should be blowing everyone out.

“You asked the same sort of question last time where you assumed things that are not true. ” Popovich said before Vardon interjected. “Can I finish? Can I finish my statement? Are you going to let me finish my statement or not? When you make statements about, in the past, just blowing out these other teams – number one, you give no respect to the other teams. I talked to you the last time about the same thing, we’ve had very close games against four of five countries in all these tournaments.

“So, the good teams do not get blown out. There are certain games that might happen in one of these tournaments like the World Championships or the Olympics where somebody gets blown out but in general, nobody is blowing anybody out for the good teams. So when you make a statement like that, you assume that’s what’s going on. And, that’s incorrect.”

In the two losses — 90-87 to Nigeria and 91-83 to Australia — Team USA has looked disjointed and has had no chemistry.

We will have to see if they can bounce back before the Olympics kick off later this month. Team USA will have a chance to do just that on Tuesday night aaginst Argentina.

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