- Chronicle: Patty Mills destroys the Czech Republic and takes Australia to the semifinals
"The atmosphere is sensational, great. Next question." That's how quickly the topic on the boos of the Chinese public dodged the pivot of the Australian team Andrew Bogut , after the game played by his team against Senegal in the first phase. And it is that despite being an already veteran player who can not give the benefits of yesteryear, the number one of the NBA Draft in 2005 remains focused on helping his team despite the age and not being precisely the player more loved by fans in this World Cup.
His confrontation with the spectators is caused by a comment on social networks about local swimmer Sun Yang . The winner of the 200 and 400 meters freestyle in the last World Cup, was involved in a controversy having to pass an anti-doping control . Members of his team destroyed with a hammer the samples taken from Yang due to the doubts he had about those responsible for carrying out the test. After this episode, the Australian swimmer Mack Horton decided not to pose next to the Asian after managing to finish second in the 400 free.
Bogut, in an ironic tone, positioned himself on the side of his countryman and posted a comment on Twitter that unleashed the anger of Chinese fans. "The swimmers who win a medal against Sun Yang should destroy the podium with a hammer," said the pivot in reference to what happened in the anti-doping control.
The former Golden State Warriors player seems increasingly grown up with the fact that in every stadium he is called when he comes into contact with the ball. Against Czech Republic in the quarterfinals he signed his best game so far in the World Cup: 10 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 blocks , considerable figures for a player on the downhill like him at 34. Beyond the numbers, the important thing was that the Australian giant did not crumple at the decisive moments, and it was essential to stop the Czechs when the match was more even.
The Boomers have once again achieved their goal and will fight again in a final phase for the medals as in the Rio Olympics in 2016 . With a block similar to the one that was planted in the semifinals three years ago, the Australians, led again by the San Antonio Spurs base Patty Mills , will try to take revenge on Spain after the painful defeat suffered in Brazil in the bronze match (89 -88 in favor of Scariolo's with some very controversial arbitration decisions). On Friday and with the public against it, Bogut will try to contribute his grain of sand to take Australia to its first World Cup final.
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