Last? More like 12th in Europe.
And why do you always give meaningless comparisons with other ex-Yu countriues? They're stupid tbh and desparate from you.
Anyways, shiaben, what do you think of Iran's chances?
At best, the only match we'll probably win is Egypt and if we do manage to win them probably by an average of 10 points, won't be easy.
The last time I paid attention to the team was I think about a year or two ago. One thing I remembered when it came to that first ever match-up against the U.S. was that our team relied a whole lot on jump shooting because of their size/athleticism. Even our big man like Haddadi who is 7'2" doesn't have the concept of low post. He prefers to go for short ranged jump shots more than any other shot. Only against the weaker Asian teams does Iran drive more to the basket, use bigs, but against top tiers like U.S. Spain I think they struggle to get in the paint and have to rely more on the outside jump shooting. We'll keep these games usually leveled in the first half, but by the time the 2nd half is over the opponent usually blows us out. We're terrible when it comes to perimeter defense, we just cannot defend at all, especially if there are taller shooters like Batum, Durant, etc. this is a nightmare as we give them a good 1-2 feet open to shoot their shots to avoid foul trouble and they end up making that 3 7/10sxs.
I'm interested to see how we'll do against Brazil but when I saw Nene on that roster I feel extremely nervous now
Monster group, I hope we can at least make a few of these matches close/competitive.
BTW YBC don't be so pessimistic. Bosnia will definitely have its chances to qualify in the near future. The fact that ex-Yugo nations and even countries like Turkey are keen to naturalize some of these guys shows that the country produces solid talent. You guys had your first NBA player and for his first year he's done a great job considering how so many European guys go bust, followed it up with a more productive second season. That itself is a light for optimism.
You guys have defeated some solid nations and kept that last game against Serbia respectable regardless if it was a loss. Russia and Turkey didn't even qualify so it is not always going to be easy. I was shocked to see Finland through, I never really thought of them as a basketball nation. But if they pulled through Bosnia definitely should one day.