On Sunday afternoon, USA Basketball claimed yet another victim during their pillaging of the FIBA World Cup as they came home with a gold medal.
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After trouncing Serbia in the World Cup Final, Team USA celebrated their victory including guard James Harden.
The Houston Rockets star proved to be extremely effective on the offensive side of the floor but on defense, well, it was typical James Harden. Of course, All-Star level defense wasn’t needed thanks to Team USA’s absurd margin of victory during the tournament, though Serbia doesn’t think USA Basketball came away completely victorious.
That’s the word from Miroslav Raduljica who suggests that while Harden and Team USA came away with a better medal, they didn’t come away with the best beard of the tournament.
“We lost the game, it’s true, but my beard is still better than James Harden’s,” the free agent big man said to Eurohoops.
That might be the best backhanded compliment in the history of international play.
Of course, Raduljica was simply having fun and wasn’t attempting to take a true shot at James Harden or Team USA, though the comment certainly created a few laughs.
Harden will of course return to his Houston Rockets with a gold medal while Miroslav Raduljica will take Serbia’s silver and possibly head to China where he’s currently being courted.
If only the big man could ever bring his talents stateside and the two could have a true beard face-off. Alas, I guess we’ll have to live off FIBA World Cup memories.