London Olympics): Wanted. Vaunted. Haunted. These
three words probably best describe Bob Donewald Jr’s time and stint as coach of
the Chinese National Team.
42-year-old took charge of the Chinese team just before the 2010 FIBA World Championship at
Turkey and then steered them through a gold medal at the 2010 Guangzhou Asian
Games and the 26th FIBA Asia
Championship at Wuhan (China) last year
before signing off with what went down the history as China’s worst performance
in the Olympics in two decades.
spoke to this website in the afterhours of China’s fifth defeat in as many
Asia: Before leaving for the
Olympics you said, the performance of the team will be something that the fans
can be proud of. At the end of the Olympics, do you stand by your
Of course I do. This level just proved to be too much for us. I felt
as the tournament went on our swagger left us. We were beat up and in the end
couldn’t deal with this level. However, I hope the fans realize the leaders, the
coaches, the players – everyone associate with Team China gave everything they
Asia: Take us through the
· Spain: We
battled in this one – could not make enough plays to overcome the talent they
had. I felt the game was closer then the final score showed.
· Russia: They
are really good – their length and physical play took us out of it. We lost
confidence during this game because of the way they play.
They wore us out physically. We battled during the 1 and 3 quarters but the 2
and 4 we were tired from the physical play. Those 2 quarters was the
· Brazil: They
are a team I believe can medal. The injury to Sun Yue took away a big play maker
for us. He rolled his ankle in the shoot around that morning. Having said that
the speed and size of Brazil is a combination that I think makes them dangerous
Britain: We were spent. Our confidence was gone and down in the paint they
took it to us. Turnovers hurt us some but overall the losses piled up on us and
we didn’t have any swagger left.
Asia: Is there something you
might have wanted to differently / better against each of the
No. We are who we are. I thought overall my guys gave it everything
they had. In the end, China Basketball
has work to do to compete against the world’s best. We have proven we can
dominate Asia and that is something all of China should hold the head up high
Asia: Is there something that
you missed overall?
No. It was a great run.
Asia: As you leave the team,
what are your thoughts?
I will miss these players!
The leaders were great to me and gave me a lot of support. It will be a
part of my career that I always look back upon with a smile.
Asia: What next for Bob
Going fishing for a while and wait and see if the phone
Mageshwaran / FIBA Asia